Apartment Life

Elyse Asks To Dorm or Not to Dorm Next Semester?
Elyse Asks To Dorm or Not to Dorm Next Semester?

Elyse Asks To Dorm or Not to Dorm Next Semester?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
“To Dorm or Not to Dorm?” That is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of RA’s and ugly furniture; or to take arms against the sea of the real world and move into an apartment… The spring semester has started, and that means colleges will be writing…
How to Throw a Last Minute New Year’s Eve Party
How to Throw a Last Minute New Year’s Eve Party

How to Throw a Last Minute New Year’s Eve Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’ve recently moved into a new place, there’s no better way to make a place feel lived in than by having a gather/party/what have you.  Sure, it means wet entryways (at least if you live in the Northeast!) but it also means adding warmth and friends to what may feel like an unfamiliar abode.…
The Holiday Tipping Experiment
The Holiday Tipping Experiment

The Holiday Tipping Experiment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In years previous, I’ve written about holiday tipping.  If you’re looking for that article, about suggested tipping amounts, check out my recent article called Holiday Tip 2009 . As a preview — your hair stylist might be expecting as much as $20! The topic was first proposed by my editor and I was a bit baffled…
Easy First Apartment Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party
Easy First Apartment Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party

Easy First Apartment Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
First Thanksgiving away from home and the budget does not allow you to go “over the river and through the woods” to grandma’s house.  Instead of getting depressed and crying into your sushi  dinner after a lonely movie, throw your own Thanksgiving dinner party and hardly dip into your personal finances.  The menu planning is…
7 Items to Keep You Warm When the Radiator Stays Cold
7 Items to Keep You Warm When the Radiator Stays Cold

7 Items to Keep You Warm When the Radiator Stays Cold

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Remember last winter, when banging at the cold radiator sounded like a rocking drumbeat but still didn’t bring any heat?  This year, don’t depend on the radiator gods — be prepared with a few inexpensive items that’ll help make you get warm fast, no matter how cold your apt is. A Hot Water Bottle Stays Toasty…
5 Flights or Staying on Budget and in Shape
5 Flights or Staying on Budget and in Shape

5 Flights or Staying on Budget and in Shape

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our blogger Elyse shares her exercise secrets. 5 Flights: Staying on Budget and in Shape When you’re living on your own for the first time, it’s probably safe to say you don’t really have the money to spare on a gym membership. (Especially if you live in New York City.) When I first moved in…
The Fifth Floor Girls and the Second Floor Guys.
The Fifth Floor Girls and the Second Floor Guys.

The Fifth Floor Girls and the Second Floor Guys.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Elyse learns why it pays to be friendly with your neighbors. The Fifth Floor Girls and the Second Floor Guys. We moved in on the same day as our second floor neighbors. They were three guys, we were three girls and we were close enough in age to comfortably mix socially. They…
How to Plan a Week of Healthy Meals for $60
How to Plan a Week of Healthy Meals for $60

How to Plan a Week of Healthy Meals for $60

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Elyse is an NYU student who just recently managed to free herself from the college dormitory system. Me and My Grocery List The one thing I never understood in college was how quickly people abandoned their meal plans. Why would a person choose to cook meals, wash dishes and, the worst part of…
Altec Lansing Speakers Review/Giveaway
Altec Lansing Speakers Review/Giveaway

Altec Lansing Speakers Review/Giveaway

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The Giveaway is closed. The winners will be announced on Monday. Often, we’re asked what kind of “stuff” we’d recommend for apartments.  Kitchen Stuff. Living Room Stuff. Bedroom and Bathroom and beyond.  So, while there are certain items I know well and can heartily recommend (hello, husband pillow!), I thought it might be nice for us to…
More Reasons Why You Should Get Curtains
More Reasons Why You Should Get Curtains

More Reasons Why You Should Get Curtains

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Elyse is an NYU student who just recently managed to free herself from the college dormitory system. The Importance of Curtains When my roommates and I first found our apartment one of my personal favorite features was the gigantic, and I mean gigantic, windows in every room. As a film major/“photographer” and…