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Taylor

Taylor LaSon is a recent Hamilton College graduate who is currently living in Memphis while seeking her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She and her cat prefer a quiet, introverted lifestyle full of Netflix binges and arts and crafts, but when she does go out, she enjoys rock climbing and making silly faces at small children.
The First Apartment Tool Kit
The First Apartment Tool Kit

The First Apartment Tool Kit

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I rarely need things from my tool kit, but when I do need them, I need them now. Assembling a good tool kit can be hard, though—How do I know what I need? How can I afford all of these expensive tools? Why do I need a tool kit if I’m not a handy person…
Things My Boyfriend Never Washed
Things My Boyfriend Never Washed

Things My Boyfriend Never Washed

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When I visited my long-distance boyfriend’s apartment for the first time, I discovered that the organized persona he put on in front of me was just that. He and his roommate were unaware of some of the most basic housekeeping necessities. Like washing things. Please, learn from their mistakes! The dish towel There was a…
The Wonders of Command Hooks: Tips for Slobs
The Wonders of Command Hooks: Tips for Slobs

The Wonders of Command Hooks: Tips for Slobs

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a slob, and for that reason, these things have been a godsend to me. They come in tons of colors, shapes, and sizes, and they don’t damage the walls. (And, no, the company isn’t paying me to say this, I just love them this much). Seriously, I use them EVERYWHERE:…
My First Apartment Furniture Purchases: Prices and Product Reviews
My First Apartment Furniture Purchases: Prices and Product Reviews

My First Apartment Furniture Purchases: Prices and Product Reviews

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Buying your first furniture can be really fun, but it can also stressful when you have dozens of different options and don’t know which ones to choose. It’s especially hard if you’re ordering online and don’t have the chance to see the product in person before making your decision. In an effort to alleviate some…
Everything I Own: A Complete Room-by-Room Furnishing Checklist
Everything I Own: A Complete Room-by-Room Furnishing Checklist

Everything I Own: A Complete Room-by-Room Furnishing Checklist

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Having lived in my new apartment for about a month, I went through and created a pretty comprehensive inventory of everything I own. Hopefully, this will help you develop your own furnishing checklist while you’re packing for your own move. MFA has written a checklist like this before, but I thought it might be helpful to…
Keeping Your Low-Budget Apartment Welcoming
Keeping Your Low-Budget Apartment Welcoming

Keeping Your Low-Budget Apartment Welcoming

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So, you’re living on a very low budget. So low that your furniture is all preowned and you’re using a cardboard box as a nightstand. This doesn’t mean you (or your guests) should feel like you’re living in squalor. Be clean One of the most important things you can do to make your low-budget apartment…
3 Ways to Keep Meals Interesting
3 Ways to Keep Meals Interesting

3 Ways to Keep Meals Interesting

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If you’re not a natural chef, it’s easy for dinner time to become a chore when you first start cooking for yourself after a lifetime of meals that someone else prepared. Not only is this a shame—food is one of the best parts of life!—it potentially hazardous to your health (pizza for dinner four nights…
What You Forgot to Ask Your Potential Roommate
What You Forgot to Ask Your Potential Roommate

What You Forgot to Ask Your Potential Roommate

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I’m sure you’ve already asked your potential roommate all the basics. You know where they’re from, how late they stay up, and how messy they are. You’ve talked about their party habits, whether they have a significant other, and their favorite hobbies. But there are a few topics that probably haven’t come up yet. Here are…
Moving with a Pet, Part 2: Settling in the New Home
Moving with a Pet, Part 2: Settling in the New Home

Moving with a Pet, Part 2: Settling in the New Home

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You and your pet made it! You both survived the drive, and now all that’s left is to get him settled into his new home. Here are some tips to help that process go as smoothly as possible. (For more advice, check out our other posts on introducing a new pet to your apartment). Assign him…
Moving with a Pet, Part 1: Driving
Moving with a Pet, Part 1: Driving

Moving with a Pet, Part 1: Driving

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If you have a pet, chances are, you can’t imagine living without him. However, you’re probably also very nervous about how he’ll handle moving to a new home. Having moved across the country with a cat of my own, I gained some valuable knowledge on this topic. Here are some tips and a list of…