Apartment Life

How to Safely Have Friends Over As States Reopen
How to Safely Have Friends Over As States Reopen

How to Safely Have Friends Over As States Reopen

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Nearly three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have begun to reopen their economies. As restaurants, storefronts, and other businesses return to a semblance of prior functioning, you may feel tempted to start seeing your friends again too. But is it safe to see friends or have visitors to your apartment yet? Or is…
How Soon Are COVID-19 Rent Protections Expiring?
How Soon Are COVID-19 Rent Protections Expiring?

How Soon Are COVID-19 Rent Protections Expiring?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In late March, the federal government passed the CARES Act, which banned evictions for 120 days in many rental apartments. This no-eviction period is fast expiring, leading many renters to wonder what their options are if they still cannot pay rent – a likely scenario given that unemployment has not improved since the pandemic began…
Pros and Cons: Studio vs. One-Bedroom Apartment
Pros and Cons: Studio vs. One-Bedroom Apartment

Pros and Cons: Studio vs. One-Bedroom Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In our Pros and Cons series, we weigh the advantages and disadvantages of important decisions that apartment dwellers are making every day. When you’re hunting for a place to live alone, you’ll generally encounter studio and one-bedroom apartments. The main difference between these spaces is that, in the latter, the bedroom is walled off rather…
How to Work From Home in an Apartment
How to Work From Home in an Apartment

How to Work From Home in an Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many apartment dwellers into a unique work situation. Widespread stay-at-home orders have forced everyone except for essential workers to work from home, and for people who previously worked in offices alongside their coworkers, the sudden transition to a work-from-home lifestyle may be challenging. How can you recreate an ergonomic, efficient…
How To Install a Window Air Conditioner
How To Install a Window Air Conditioner

How To Install a Window Air Conditioner

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In many parts of the country, temperatures are rising steadily as summer approaches. In apartments without central air, the race toward summer means that it’s time to install a window air conditioning unit. If you’re anxious about doing so, fret not: After reading this guide on how to install a window air conditioner, you’ll be…
Container Gardening for Apartments: 10 Helpful Tips
Container Gardening for Apartments: 10 Helpful Tips

Container Gardening for Apartments: 10 Helpful Tips

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global food supply chain and relegated non-essential workers to their apartments, some people have turned to container gardening to grow vegetables at home and start a fun new isolation hobby. If your apartment has a backyard or a balcony, you can easily start container gardening, and since no…
Can’t Leave Your Apartment? Five Ways to Keep Busy
Can’t Leave Your Apartment? Five Ways to Keep Busy

Can’t Leave Your Apartment? Five Ways to Keep Busy

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to hundreds of millions of Americans sheltering in place. This means going out minimally if at all, perhaps only for groceries or other essential goods and the occasional neighborhood walk or jog. In other words, it means you mostly can’t leave your apartment, and if you’re like most people,…
What Do I Do If My Roommate Needs to Quarantine?
What Do I Do If My Roommate Needs to Quarantine?

What Do I Do If My Roommate Needs to Quarantine?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take an outsize toll on everyday life, staying at home has grown beyond just sound medical advice. In several states, it’s become the law of the land. With mandatory stay-at-home orders enacted across the country, some people living with roommates or partners may be grateful they’re not alone during…
Pros and Cons: Living in a Doorman Building
Pros and Cons: Living in a Doorman Building

Pros and Cons: Living in a Doorman Building

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In our Pros and Cons series, we weigh the advantages and disadvantages of important decisions that apartment dwellers are making every day. As luxury rentals and mixed-use developments become more common in the U.S., doorman buildings have also become more abundant. In these buildings, a doorman greets you as you enter, though the term “doorman”…
How to Tackle Spring Cleaning With Your Roommates
How to Tackle Spring Cleaning With Your Roommates

How to Tackle Spring Cleaning With Your Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The tradition of spring cleaning may seem overwhelming. Do you really want to take the time and put in the labor to clean your entire apartment? This concern can be less pressing when you have roommates because you can all split the work evenly. Here’s how to tackle spring cleaning with your roommates. Decide what…