It’s a given that you’re going to make mistakes in your first apartment. Hopefully, they’re just small mistakes like leaving the milk on the counter or forgetting to take out the recycling one week. But other times mistakes can have major consequences. Use this guide to avoid some common first apartment mistakes.
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You did it! The last of the boxes are in and you’re officially moved into a brand new city. It can be a lonely, intimidating beginning to a new chapter in your life, but there are a few things you can do to make this transition a little easier.
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It’s a weird feeling, watching everybody go back to college after you’ve left. The college is continuing the exact same way it always has, but your life has completely changed. The good news is that while there are plenty of things you can’t avoid, you ultimately decide whether you’re going to make your life a happy one. Some things to remember:
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Living alone is exactly what you make of it. I never expected to live alone after college, but I ended up in a situation where I needed to find an apartment on a deadline and a studio apartment in the downtown section of my hometown was available. So I applied, got the apartment, and lived by myself for a year.
And I LOVED it.
Seriously, not that I don’t love my current situation more, but living alone was an amazing opportunity for me. It taught me independence, improved my work ethic, and gave me the confidence to get out and experience more. Sure, I was working 50+ hours a week to barely support myself, but you do what you have to.
If you’re in a situation where you might be living on your own, it can be a little unnerving. How many horror movie situations have played through your head as you try to imagine your first night in your own apartment? Here are five ways you can make your time of solo living safe, productive, and overall happy.
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Your home is your castle, even if it’s the size of a closet. It’s amazing how much stuff you realize you’ve accumulated when you’re moving into a tiny apartment and the idea of storing it all can be intimidating and frustrating. But don’t feel like you have to accept being overrun by piles until your lease is up. Here’s some advice on how to keep your little castle from feeling cluttered and overwhelming.
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I graduated from college five years ago, a fact I can’t always wrap my head around. That afternoon, I left my graduation ceremony and drove west on the Mass Pike toward the rural apartment I’d been gradually moving into over the past week. My first post-college job, counter help at the deli of a tiny grocery store, had absolutely nothing to do with my degree. I was living over a hundred miles away from my tight-knit family with no clue what I was going to do with the rest of my life. But it was time to sink or swim. In times like these, books can be a comfort. They can show you different ways of thinking about your circumstance, show you what might be coming, or just let you know you aren’t alone.
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Motivation is such a tricky thing. Even getting motivated to write this article is somewhat of a challenge. I love writing, but it’s hot in my apartment, my baby is teething, and I’ve got a final project and exam to get ready for this week. And I’m not exactly motivated for that last one either. Sometimes you need to do something to jump start your motivation. Here are a few ideas to help you get motivated for schoolwork or any other task in your life.
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Roommates in college and roommates outside of college are two very different beasts. In college, you didn’t have any legal entanglements. You had separate meal plans, separate finances, and if everything was going terribly, you knew that you’d never have to see this person again after the school year ended. While roommates after college are also temporary, there are lot more strings attached. I had a few roommate situations after college and they all had their ups and downs. But here are ten things I learned in that time that will hopefully make your time with your new roomies smooth sailing.
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The public library. You may have gone there for story time as a kid, but haven’t set foot in one since. Or you may have spent some hours there in high school, scrambling for print sources for a research paper. You may even be a user now. If you’re in college or just out, you’re probably looking for ways to save what little money you have. and your local library can be such a huge resource in so many ways. So dig out your library card. Here are just a few tips to help you utilize your local library in ways you might not have ever considered.
(Note that availability and policies will be different from library to library. So check with your friendly local librarians if you have any questions.)
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Some people are naturally morning people. I am not one of those people. In college, I stayed up late, woke up early, and lived on Red Bull. After college and working in food service and at evening library shifts for years, I was very much acclimated to staying up late and sleeping in late. But that all changed at the end of last year when my son was born. I suddenly had no choice but to get up at 5, 6am with him. And Red Bull just wasn’t as appealing as it used to be. I tried a number of things to make getting up so early a little easier. Some worked, some didn’t. I still have plenty of mornings where I stumble to the kitchen and try to put baby formula in the coffee maker.
Here are ten of the things that have worked for me. I don’t do all of them every single morning, but I try to squeeze in as many as possible. They’re all easy enough to adapt for dorm life as well.
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