Tips for Moving Into Your First Apartment

Your very first apartment should be kept clean, have a couch, bed, plants, tools, and curtains for functionality. You also should create a good relationship with your neighbors.

You probably need some tips on what to do when you are moving into your first apartment. You’ve signed the lease, packed up the quaint life contained entirely in one room, and are ready to start anew in an apartment of your very own. Moving into your first apartment is exciting and the ultimate test of independence, which means it comes with a good amount of planning.

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When you have your very first apartment, you must think of must haves to be usable as such.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for that life-changing move.

1. Keep it clean.

Before you move into your apartment, the landlord or management may hire a professional cleaning service to scrub every single inch of your apartment. Other times, the landlord may just assume it’s clean and leave it as is.

Either way, make sure you give your apartment a quick once over before you move things in. Wipe down windows and all flat surfaces. The main things you need to worry about: cupboards, drawers, and carpet. Kitchen cupboards and drawers tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to cleaning. They’re tucked away, out of view, so why bother? But that’s where all your utensils, dishes, and dry foods will go, so keep things clean for maximum comfort.

The carpet is another story. As much as you vacuum, an old carpet will never feel as clean as it should. Consider renting or borrowing a steam carpet cleaner, or ask management if they know of an affordable, reliable service.

2. Fill ‘er up.

Once your apartment is spick and span, you can start to fill it up with must have stuff, and by stuff, I mean functional  things from furniture stores, not just movie props and apple crates. Considering you’ll probably be lacking in things, some of the basics—and not-so-basics—you need:

  • Couch: Probably the most important piece of furniture in the living room, couches are central to any home. The couch is where you’ll plant yourself after work, where you’ll entertain guests on the weekends. Choose a couch that is comfortable and will last.

  • Bed: If you’re still sleeping in the bed you had as a kid, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Mattress stores offer a wide selection, so take the time to choose a mattress that offers plenty of support for many restful nights.

  • Plants: Aside from the immediate aesthetics, houseplants have been shown to improve mood and make for a more healthful living space.

  • Tools: You don’t need a full toolbox, but various screwdrivers, a wrench, a hammer, and some nails will go a long way. You’ll likely experience various unprecedented malfunctions in your home, and knowing how to fix those issues will save you money and time.

  • Curtains: Especially if your apartment windows don’t come with blinds, you’ll need some window coverings for privacy.

3. Meet the neighbors.

If you’re living there for an undetermined amount of time, it doesn’t hurt to get friendly with at least a few of your neighbors. Create a good relationship and you’ll have a go-to person when you need a pet sitter or when you experience any emergencies.

Renting your first apartment is an exciting time. Remember—it’s yours! Decorate it how you like and make it feel like home. This is a pivotal time in your life that will have an impact on you forever.

 

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