Apartment Life

The Housing Virgins of Manhattan and Other Apartment Hunting Stories in the News
The Housing Virgins of Manhattan and Other Apartment Hunting Stories in the News

The Housing Virgins of Manhattan and Other Apartment Hunting Stories in the News

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re searching for your first apartment, you probably thought your days of homework were behind you. Wrong! More important that any book report is the research that you should do to prepare yourself for the housing search. This web site is a great place to start for basic checklists and info. Beyond MyFirstApartment.com, however,…
What did you think I would post about next?
What did you think I would post about next?

What did you think I would post about next?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Close on eggs’ heels in the race of easy, delicious things to cook: chicken soup. No, not the Campbell’s kind. Dear reader, you’re a grown-up now, and your grown-up taste buds deserve better. Remember that cooking, like all of life’s arts, requires lots of practice, and lots of trial and error. Start basic, expect to…
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re learning to cook, it’s definitely the egg. Eggs are an easy, cheap, delicious, and nutritious thing to cook when you’re first starting out. You can scramble, boil, whip, poach, or even slurp them raw. Although that, technically, doesn’t count as cooking. When I was a kid, scrambled eggs were one of my top…
How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash
How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash

How to throw a bangin’ housewarming bash

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
1) E-mail as many of your closest friends as you can fit comfortably in your digs. Ask them to let you know how many guests they will be bringing. 2) Remove all breakables from the rooms in which you’ll be hosting guests. If you live in a studio, put anything fragile in your kitchen cupboards,…
Why, oh why, oh wireless?
Why, oh why, oh wireless?

Why, oh why, oh wireless?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in sunny SoCal, my monthly utility payments are satisfyingly low. The largest is by far my cable internet bill- approximately $40 a month, split with my roommate. I was reluctant, at first, to part with this extra dough for our own wireless- I have a laptop, and it’s easy enough to link to someone…
Taking advantage of your new kitchen
Taking advantage of your new kitchen

Taking advantage of your new kitchen

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Consider this recent report in the New York Times Business section: “A twice-a-week kung pao chicken takeout habit can easily drain you of about $10,000 over 10 years.” And that’s if you just order in twice a week! Call for pizza a couple other nights and you might as well just set your savings on…
Keeping cool?
Keeping cool?

Keeping cool?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s 98 degrees in the shade. Last night, I dreamt I was Superman, and I kept trying and trying to get to my ice palace, where it had to be cooler, but I couldn’t. I woke up sweating. If you’re lucky, your new apartment will have central air. Mine doesn’t. This means that lately I’ve…
Dispatch from Apartment #1
Dispatch from Apartment #1

Dispatch from Apartment #1

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hey there. I’m Kate, your new West Coast representative. I moved to Los Angeles last fall after four years at school in Boston. My primary goal? To escape winter. After that came the job, the car, and, oh, what’s this about a permanent place to live? Finding and maintaining an apartment was not, at least…
Free Time?!?
Free Time?!?

Free Time?!?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I have so many bills already. Paying rent and utilities is going to be a pain. There already not enough free time. Yet, I’m thinking of getting a part-time job to make some extra cash—like 5 to 10 hours a week at a job that pays $15ish—maybe I can bartend again. But, then I was…
The Crazy Spaces That People Rent Out
The Crazy Spaces That People Rent Out

The Crazy Spaces That People Rent Out

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Talk About Renting a Hole in the Wall Did anyone see this in the NY Times last weekend? It’s about people who advertised for rent, at $35 a month, a suspended mattress in their loft. The amazing thing is they got 12 replies. The article also talks about other crazy places people are willing to…