Apartment Life

Moving Tips: 3 Things I Wish I Had Been Told Before I Moved Out

Moving Tips: 3 Things I Wish I Had Been Told Before I Moved Out

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When I was saving up to move out of my parents’ house, the adults in my life had no shortage of advice for me: “Don’t worry about living with someone you don’t know; I had a Craigslist roommate when I was your age who ended up being in my wedding”; “Oh, just relax and enjoy…
Stress-free Unpacking

Stress-free Unpacking

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving into a new place is a ton of work. You can skip a day at the gym because of how physically exhausting making repeated trips to and from your car is – add stairs into the mix and you’ll be sore for days. However physically tiring unpacking is, it’s also mentally taxing. That’s why…
How to Keep Your Puppy Happy In a Small Apartment

How to Keep Your Puppy Happy In a Small Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I am a HUGE dog lover and even adopted a dog a couple years ago in my first apartment. Raising a puppy in an apartment isn’t easy (see this post and this one and this one for more information on preparing), but once you commit to having a dog, it’s fun to think of creative ways to…
Random Thoughts on the First Day in a First Apartment

Random Thoughts on the First Day in a First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This is going to be awesome! I am all grown up! How did I accumulate so much stuff in so few years? No big deal, it’s only like 15 boxes. Or more than that. And a mattress and bed frame and desk and TV and sofa. Thank god I asked my parents to help. Heavy.…
Checklist for Prepping Your Apartment for Your Vacay

Checklist for Prepping Your Apartment for Your Vacay

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the best things about summer is having the time to get away from home on vacation. Whether you’re a beach, cabin, lake, or destination-lover, you probably still have a trip or two in your plans. But what happens to your apartment while you’re away? Here’s a quick and easy checklist-timeline to help you…
Bloggers Wanted! Join the Growing MFA Team

Bloggers Wanted! Join the Growing MFA Team

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My First Apartment is looking to add to our team a couple of new bloggers, a photo editor and a social media assistant. BLOGGERS: If you are a 2015 grad and want to share your first post-graduation apartment experiences with our site’s 200,000+ monthly visitors, let us know why you should be the next MFA…
Having Summer Adventures on a Budget

Having Summer Adventures on a Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you are living in your first apartment, chances are that you are also living on a budget. However, being on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have travels and adventures! Here are three ways you can satisfy the travel bug in you without breaking your wallet. 1. Explore local destinations. I’ve written before…
Get Your Money’s Worth from Your Amenities

Get Your Money’s Worth from Your Amenities

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s no secret that part of what you pay in rent funds amenities around the complex. But are you really getting what you pay for? It’s definitely not the best idea to choose a complex only based on amenities. But once you’ve decided to move in, use these tips to make sure you’re getting the…
9 Emergency Numbers Every Renter Should Post

9 Emergency Numbers Every Renter Should Post

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Think back to your childhood… whenever your parents left you with the babysitter, what did they always point to or leave behind before they left the house? Got it yet? No? Ok, I’ll tell you. The emergency numbers list! I know for me, my mom always left it on the refrigerator. It was the perfect…
Subletting Woes, Part 1

Subletting Woes, Part 1

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Throughout the entirety of one of my recent sublets in Oakland, my focus repeatedly settled on a book on the bookshelf entitled, “Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life”. I never picked the book up, but every time I read the title, I wondered about Sonja. I should have listened to my…