Posts Tagged: budget decorating

5 Bed Frames Perfect for Apartment Living for Under $300
5 Bed Frames Perfect for Apartment Living for Under $300

5 Bed Frames Perfect for Apartment Living for Under $300

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello again, budget apartment shoppers. Over the last few weeks, My First Apartment has been diving into finding all your apartment furniture needs on a dime, whether it’s a space-saving dining set, apartment-friendly sofas, or how to equip your first kitchen for under $200. This week, we’re tackling queen-sized bed frames for under $300 (note that the…
Apartment Living: Expectations vs. Reality
Apartment Living: Expectations vs. Reality

Apartment Living: Expectations vs. Reality

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Before move-in day, apartment hunters have expectations about how apartment living will be, and the reality is often times very different. When we watch movies, read books, and scroll through photographs on social media, we often see the fun, nice-looking side of living in an apartment. I know I certainly did. I thought apartment living…
5 Apartment-Friendly Dining Sets Under $250
5 Apartment-Friendly Dining Sets Under $250

5 Apartment-Friendly Dining Sets Under $250

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A few weeks ago, we brought you the first installment of The Affordable Apartment Furniture Basics Series (if you missed it, mosey on over here to check out 5 awesome couches for under $500). This week, we’re heading out of the living room and into the kitchen to bring you 5 apartment-friendly dining sets—often with multi-use functions (can…
5 Best Apartment Sofas Under $500
5 Best Apartment Sofas Under $500

5 Best Apartment Sofas Under $500

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Let’s be honest: furniture shopping — and the big budget it often requires — only gets a special kind of person excited. I’m one of those rare breeds — few things get me more pumped than shopping. Digging to the depths of the internet. Walking through stores until your feet hurt and your gas tank is…
How to Create a Basic Budget
How to Create a Basic Budget

How to Create a Basic Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Creating a budget is one of the most important steps in keeping your finances in order. When you move into your first apartment, you’ll have to pay for necessities, such as rent, utilities, and groceries, while also being able to afford many other monthly bills, including commuting or car payments, student loan payments, phone,  cable…
Ask Yourself These 6 Questions When You Are Budgeting for First Apartment Expenses
Ask Yourself These 6 Questions When You Are Budgeting for First Apartment Expenses

Ask Yourself These 6 Questions When You Are Budgeting for First Apartment Expenses

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The amount of rent is obviously the most important consideration in your first apartment search, but there are several other factors that can make or break your first apartment budget. Before you fall in love with an apartment, ask  yourself these six questions and factor your answers in when you are budgeting for apartment expenses.…
10 Easy Ways To Decorate & Organize (With NO Nail Holes)
10 Easy Ways To Decorate & Organize (With NO Nail Holes)

10 Easy Ways To Decorate & Organize (With NO Nail Holes)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This post by our organizing expert, Monica Ricci, had been a reader favorite since 2014. As a certified professional organizer, I’ve been in thousands of homes and apartments helping my clients take back control of their lives. One theme that always shows up in my work is my advice to look for as many ways…
Thrift Shop Decorating: 5 Basic Rules of Second-Hand Shopping
Thrift Shop Decorating: 5 Basic Rules of Second-Hand Shopping

Thrift Shop Decorating: 5 Basic Rules of Second-Hand Shopping

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The idea of furnishing a new apartment, in addition to paying rent, is the stuff of nightmares for those of us paying off loans. Add the Pinterest-induced pressure of accent pieces, space-saving DIY projects, and words like “minimalist,” “bohemian,” and “shabby chic,” and one wants to throw their hands up and sleep on an air…
7 First Apartment Decorating Mistakes To Avoid
7 First Apartment Decorating Mistakes To Avoid

7 First Apartment Decorating Mistakes To Avoid

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you moved into your first apartment over the summer, your moving boxes should by now be in the recycling bin and your stuff neatly put away. (If that’s not the case yet stop reading right now, go empty your boxes, and come back when it’s done!) Now that the summer is gone, you are…
Save or Splurge: The Kitchen
Save or Splurge: The Kitchen

Save or Splurge: The Kitchen

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the best parts (or worst, depending on your skillset) of moving into your own apartment is having free reign over your kitchen, meal plan, and cooking schedule. For those that love to cook, this freedom is thrilling! For those that don’t, it can be a bit daunting. Here’s a our list on what…