Friday, September 26, 2008

10 Things I've Learned Living in an Apartment

I've officially been an apartment renter for one year today. With very few problems to speak of, it's been a great time. I love having my own place and space. However, there are a few things I've learned along the way:

1. No matter how many shelves you have, there are never enough.
2. Wall heaters are not cool.
3. There is no solution to empty pop can storage in an apartment.
4. Futons are not comfortable to sit on. They are also not comfortable to sleep on.
5. Laundry, no matter how hard you pray, will not do itself.
6. Taking your shoes off when you go inside really does help keep things cleaner.
7. Air conditioning is a blessing. I am not so blessed.
8. Decorations come later. Always later.
9. Plants are not as overrated as I once thought. Except African Violets (evil!).
10. Fire extinguishers are insurance. Buy one. Use it if you have to, hope that you won't.

Oh, and always, always, always, always, always lock the doors and windows when you live alone. Duh. (Seriously, they have TV shows about people who are dumb enough to not do this.)


Amanda said...

I've been living solo in my apartment for just shy of 2 months now and I have to say, roommate free is the way for me.

I completely agree with all 10 points...especially #1, #3, and #8 - all things I thought about in the last 24 hours :)

Eric said...

I think futons are one of those personal preference things. I had one when I moved in and loved it, to me it was so comfortable that when I was having a hard time falling asleep, I would go fall asleep on it and then crawl back to bed in the middle of the night.

I wonder about the locking the doors/windows one as well. It might be a girl thing. not trying to be sexist but I have female friends who are unwilling to walk home unescorted after dark, and no male friends with that requirement.