Apartment Life

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…
Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: The Ultimate Student Guide
Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: The Ultimate Student Guide

Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: The Ultimate Student Guide

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Before each year of your college education starts, you’re faced with a choice that will completely shape your experience: Do you live in a dorm or rent an off-campus apartment? It’s a decision that millions of students nationwide make every year, yet it’s a question that usually results in intense consideration. Below, find the ultimate…
When Is Your Rent a Tax Write-Off?
When Is Your Rent a Tax Write-Off?

When Is Your Rent a Tax Write-Off?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If there’s one thing that most people living in rental apartments can agree on, it’s that the monthly rent tends to feel like a hefty financial burden. Starting your lease at certain times of the year is one way to help lower your rent, but some renters can use their rent payments to save money…
Three Ways to Make Space for Your Roommates’ Privacy
Three Ways to Make Space for Your Roommates’ Privacy

Three Ways to Make Space for Your Roommates’ Privacy

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you live with roommates, you have to put in a bit of work to maintain your privacy. In apartments with thin walls, shared bathrooms and other common spaces, and frequent guest visits, it can be challenging to carve out a sacred space where you can feel totally, blissfully alone. You can become so focused…
Four Ways to Introduce Yourself to New Neighbors
Four Ways to Introduce Yourself to New Neighbors

Four Ways to Introduce Yourself to New Neighbors

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living alone in your own apartment is nice, but chances are that you’re never 100 percent alone. If you step out into the hallway, you might see your neighbors, and in many apartments, you’ll sometimes hear your neighbors moving around or listening to music in their apartments. It can feel slightly uncomfortable to know your…
Curtains, Blinds, or Shades: Which Is Right for You?
Curtains, Blinds, or Shades: Which Is Right for You?

Curtains, Blinds, or Shades: Which Is Right for You?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When it comes to covering your windows, your options might seem limitless, if not confusing and a bit overwhelming. Why would you opt for blinds when curtains seem so much easier to install? Is it worthwhile to install shades if you’re worried that curtains will far too far below the window frame? Below, learn about…
Four Ways To Maintain Your Privacy With Roommates
Four Ways To Maintain Your Privacy With Roommates

Four Ways To Maintain Your Privacy With Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you need to keep your rent low, living with roommates can be the way to go. As anyone who’s had roommates knows, the budget-friendliness of roommate arrangements doesn’t necessarily equate to a comfortable living situation – common spaces such as living rooms and kitchens can quickly become messier or dirtier than you’d like, you…