Tired of being forced to eat microwaveable meals due to a cramped kitchen in your apartment? Living in an apartment with limited kitchen space and range of appliances can be a challenge, especially if you love to cook and enjoy entertaining guests. Though you can increase the functionality of your kitchen by purchasing countertop appliances, dealing with a cluttered countertop is incredibly frustrating, making your kitchen feel cramped.
However, there are a variety of counter-top kitchen appliances that can help you save space without compromising on functionality. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best counter-top appliances that are perfect for apartment living and include links to the products so you can get your apartment kitchen up to snuff as soon as possible!
When you live at home you have the awesome bonus of usually having one of your parents do your laundry for you. Moving out and into your first apartment means no more parents doing laundry for you -- time to learn how to do it all on your own.
Garage Sailing (attending garage sales) is an art. Just like sailing a ship, you have to have a plan, set your course, and have a keen eye to arrive home with a catch you can be proud of. Garage Sailing is not without its perils. The suburban seas can be treacherous. Learn how to navigate the dangers of these waters to furnish your apartment on a budget.
Everyone cringes at the dreaded ‘B’ word: Budget. Before you even begin searching for apartments in Chico, Redding or the surrounding areas in Northern California, you need to know how much you can afford to pay for monthly expenses.
Here are the materials you’ll need: either a pencil and paper OR open up a spreadsheet or Word document on your computer, a paycheck stub, and at least a small dose of reality.
At the top write “MY FIRST APARTMENT BUDGET” in big letters. Good. Now it’s time to crunch some numbers.
Having never gone through the first apartment process before, you’re probably wondering where to start. If you want your first apartment to be home sweet home, this "My First Apartment Checklist" is for you!
I don’t know about you, but I can scroll through Pinterest for hours looking at different ways to use small spaces, repurpose old items, and find the best way to make my first apartment look like it came out of a catalog.
If you're like me, then even when you see those amazing ideas, you aren’t sure how your wallet can survive the hit. That thought alone can put a damper on your decorating plans. Don’t get discouraged though!
Picture this: The moving truck just left. Boxes are piled in the center of every room. You pick one to sit on, look around smiling, and think: “Finally here in my first apartment.” Then your smile slowly fades as you think, “…Now what?”
Now that you’re moved in it’s time to start unpacking. As you put things away, make a list of all the things you don't have but know you'll need. We’ll help you by going through the main rooms of your apartment.
Think of searching for your first apartment as a treasure hunt. You have a goal in mind – you want a treasured place to call home, but you don’t quite know how you’re going to get there yet. There are clues you have to pick up on the way. The following tips will help give you clues to the apartment in Chico, Redding, or surrounding areas that is just right for you.
Only consider places you can afford
If you allow yourself to look at apartments in Chico or Redding that are out of your price range, then you’ll be tempted to compromise.
When it comes to renting with roommates it’s always good to establish boundaries before you officially move in together.
Whether you know your new roommate(s) or they’re random roommate(s), having an agreement written up and signed will be a life saver. If you find yourself thinking, “oh we don’t need one, it’ll be fine!” ignore yourself and create one anyways. A million things can come up and it’s better to have a set agreement than to figure out how to kick their significant other out when they’ve been there an entire month.
Moving out on your own is a big step. It’s now time to step into the real world and start looking for your very first apartment (Yay!).
Renting your first apartment can be an exciting experience as you search for the perfect space to express yourself. At the same time though, it can be a stressful experience because of all the decisions that need to be made. You might be thinking, "How am I going to manage moving into my first apartment, take care of bills, balance work and a social life, get my chores done, and not forget anything?"