Apartment Life

A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!
A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!

A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Coming from college, many of you might equate a small apartment with the dingy dorm you were were forced to live in with nary a stove for X number of years. I can see where you’re coming from: your new apartment is also tiny and not by choice. But, oh, is it SO different! Sure,…
Since when is it hard to find a subletter in NYC? Since Now!
Since when is it hard to find a subletter in NYC? Since Now!

Since when is it hard to find a subletter in NYC? Since Now!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Greetings from the new world. What kind of world, you say? Well, apparently, it isn’t the world of obscene rental costs and banging your head against the wall because you aren’t getting chosen for a Craigslist Apartment. Which, you know, is great and all — unless you’re the one trying to sublet the room you’re…
How to Handle a 3-week House Guest
How to Handle a 3-week House Guest

How to Handle a 3-week House Guest

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello, ya’ll. Are you surviving your January winter tundra? Things seem a bit better this week. I’ve been making conscientious efforts to get out of the apartment more and see more human folk. Also, I have a friend visiting from Germany. And he’s gonna be here for 3 weeks – depressed hosts are SO 2008!…
Trying to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues!
Trying to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues!

Trying to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I have a case of the January’s. I’m home sick today, but the past couple of days have been real mopey. Perhaps I’m homesick as well. I miss my family and friends from home and don’t feel like I have a great lot to look forward to in ’09. How bad is it? Work is…
Tips for helping you survive being home for the holidays!
Tips for helping you survive being home for the holidays!

Tips for helping you survive being home for the holidays!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Greetings fellow apartment-ites! If you’re anything like me — you’ve been home for about a week and are getting a bit claustrophobic. It’s the first time I’ve been back in the ‘burbs without a car(ie escape plan) since high school. Actually, my senior year I bought a used car with the money I’d saved from…
Tis the season. . .to negotiate with your landlord!
Tis the season. . .to negotiate with your landlord!

Tis the season. . .to negotiate with your landlord!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Welcome back, Gentle Blog readers! I hope you had a festive Thanksgiving and enough turkey to last a lifetime. Well, at least until next year. As December marks the beginning of “End-of-Year” reflection, let us reflect back on a topic from September: How to best negotiate your lease. Ah, what memories – the stock market…
I am thankful for . . .a pretty great living situation!
I am thankful for . . .a pretty great living situation!

I am thankful for . . .a pretty great living situation!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I realize that many of my posts are about problems. My apartment’s too small. My apartment’s too expensive. My apartment has a leak etc etc. As my Yiddish speaking grandfather would say, I’m a bit of a kvetcher (complainer). So this Thanksgiving week, I am going to look on the bright side, for there still…
So, is my boyfriend annoying my roommates?
So, is my boyfriend annoying my roommates?

So, is my boyfriend annoying my roommates?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As we head into dating hibernation season (i.e. winter), I thought now might be a good time to revisit the subject of the roommate significant other issue. And, it’s a doozy. Sure, summer flings had their drawbacks, never knowing who was going to walk through the door next. They’d be here today and gone tomorrow.…
20-somethings are thrifty — because we have no other choice
20-somethings are thrifty — because we have no other choice

20-somethings are thrifty — because we have no other choice

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I don’t know if ya’ll have been reading the New York Times of late, but they’ve recently created a mini section entitled, “Design Inspiration from Students.” Sometimes, I find the tone of the NYTimes to be a little ridiculous, in that way older people often look at younger people. Like, ‘kids these days are just…