Apartment Life

How to Recover Financially After Overspending During the Holidays

How to Recover Financially After Overspending During the Holidays

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re looking at your bank account and your January credit card statements and wondering what happened to all your money between the holiday season and now, you’re not alone. For some reason, during the holidays, I get really generous and really frivolous about actually sticking to a spending limit I can afford. Ever year I convince myself that…
Quick & Easy Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Meatloaf

Quick & Easy Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Meatloaf

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s cold and dreary outside so it’s time for some comfort food to warm us up. This quick and fun meatloaf recipe will tingle the taste buds – plus, it is the perfect recipe for a dinner party for four or six, with leftovers for sandwiches!  Get the meatloaf oven-ready and refrigerate well before your…
Downsizing from a 1-Bedroom Apartment to a Friend’s Closet

Downsizing from a 1-Bedroom Apartment to a Friend’s Closet

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Space is a hot commodity in apartments these days. Some say that location is everything, but if you’re looking at a space with unusually large or abundant closets, the landlord/broker will inevitably point out and brag about how much storage there is. I have certainly fallen prey to this temptation. Your mind begins to wander when…
From the MFA Mailbag – How to Assert Independence from Your Parents

From the MFA Mailbag – How to Assert Independence from Your Parents

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
MFA Mailbag recently received this email asking for our guidance: “I left my parents’ house on good terms. Great terms, even. After I left for college a few years ago, my relationship with my parents has only improved. When I wanted to move out, they agreed that it made sense for me to get an apartment in…
New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s the New Year! I hope 2014 was great for you and you’re looking forward to an even better 2015. We are here today with a few resolutions for your New Year that will help keep you (and your apartment) in good shape for all of 2015! Think about where you want to see yourself…
Your 2014 Holiday Tipping Guide

Your 2014 Holiday Tipping Guide

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ah, the holiday season… it’s a time filled with hot chocolate, perfectly packaged gifts, family traditions, and a general outpouring of generosity. If you’re an apartment dweller, this time of year can be both magical and stressful all at once, especially when you’re dealing with a limited budget and a first go-around with the concept…
14 Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas for Small Apartments

14 Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas for Small Apartments

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The first holiday season I ever spent in my very own apartment, I went a little crazy. I was absolutely convinced that I had to deck every hall (wall, doorway, etc., etc.), make ALL the ornaments for my way-too-big-for-my-tiny-apartment fake tree (I’m sadly allergic to the oh-so-pretty real trees), buy every useless decoration I saw, bake…
10 Tips for Choosing a Winning Self-Storage Facility

10 Tips for Choosing a Winning Self-Storage Facility

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A few months ago, my boyfriend and I downsized from a spacious apartment to a small area of his mom’s house. Not willing to part with our furniture for a stay that will likely be short, we decided our best option was to store our things until it’s time for us to pick up and move somewhere…