Apartment Life

New Apartment, New Adventures

New Apartment, New Adventures

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I can’t believe this summer is coming to a close. It really feels like yesterday that I was moving all of my things into my Atlanta apartment (and cursing the amount of junk I had accumulated! Don’t do what I did! Tips here.). I’m headed back to South Carolina for my final year in college…and…
Get Friendly! Meet Your Neighbors

Get Friendly! Meet Your Neighbors

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One tricky part about living on your own–especially if you spent the last few years in communal dorms or on a college campus–is figuring out how to make friends nearby. In my experience, you see your neighbors often! Whether it’s walking to and from cars before and after work, taking out the trash, or at…
How To Host A Small Apartment Dinner Party

How To Host A Small Apartment Dinner Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Entertaining in a small space? No problem. My family is big on dinner parties and we all love to get together for a fun meal. After moving out, we’ve received some pressure to have everyone over to see the new place, and I’m more than happy to oblige. This requires a lot of thought and…
Homemade Summer Eats and Treats

Homemade Summer Eats and Treats

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When summer comes around, you can practically smell it in the air. The sweetness of ice cream, the decadence of friend pastries, and the smokiness of BBQ’s grilling your favorite foods. It seems like as an apartment renter, the only way to get a taste of these wonderful summer flavors is to visit someone’s home…
Dorm Life Vs. Apartment Life

Dorm Life Vs. Apartment Life

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Transitioning from a college dorm to an apartment may seem easy, especially if you’ve been lucky enough to enjoy suite-style living, but there are plenty of  hurdles (and costs!) along the way. First, and most importantly, you need learn to budget for the rent money.  Dorms typically charge by the semester, so you’re pre-paid for…
Apartment Downsizing? Here’s How.

Apartment Downsizing? Here’s How.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Not too long ago I brought you the benefits of apartment downsizing, but now that I’m personally in the midst of trying to figure out how to take my spacious one bedroom apartment and turn it into a manageable living space in the upstairs area of my boyfriend’s mom’s house I know the frustration that…
6 Surprising Benefits of Apartment Downsizing

6 Surprising Benefits of Apartment Downsizing

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My apartment journey so far has been a history of 9′s — 9 months here, 9 months there. Well, this interval is almost at a close and little to my surprise I have decided to move yet again. However, this isn’t just any move. My boyfriend and I are packing up, moving in with his…
Should You Renew Your Lease? 7 Questions to Help You Decide

Should You Renew Your Lease? 7 Questions to Help You Decide

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Your lease is up soon and you’re pondering whether you want to renew. Sometimes, it’s a slam-dunk: of course you want to renew. Other times, it’s a no-brainer: no way you’re living in such a dump another year. But this time you’re just not sure. Your current place is okay … but you don’t love…
More Smart Buys for Apartment Living

More Smart Buys for Apartment Living

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As an apartment renter, there are a few amenities or luxuries you may not have direct access to. You might have to walk 5+ blocks to your local grocery store or take the train to your nearest Laundromat (if you’re not lucky enough to have laundry in your building.) Transportation in general may be limited…
Beat the Winter Blues: Throw a Summer Theme Party

Beat the Winter Blues: Throw a Summer Theme Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Even the biggest snow-and-ice buffs have said it by now: Enough with this winter. Alas, the storms and chills just keep coming, with no end in the immediate future (in fact, some of you are probably reading this looking at piles of snow outside your window). The only thing to do, short of booking a…