Back To School: Are You Apartment Ready?

Though the weather may be perfect for lazy days in the sun, college courses will soon be back in session, and it is well past time to begin prepping your college apartment for move-in day.

Moving into your first place on your own can be an exciting time, it also comes with a few drawbacks. Now you need to learn to do all the things that mom and dad used to help you out with - the essentials like: cooking, laundry and paying bills. Tackling these items can seem daunting at first, so let's start with something simple. Set yourself up for academic, (and adulthood) success by ensuring your first place is stocked with these often overlooked essentials:

New Sheets- We know you think those old superman sheets that you brought from home have a sort of rustic charm, but it's time to say goodbye to old Kal-El and invest in some more adult bed dressings.

Laundry Hamper- Your guests don't want to see piles of your dirty laundry on the floor? Corral last weeks soiled clothes in a hamper and keep them out of sight!

Shoe Organizer- Though you may pride yourself on an impressive shoe collection, they can become quite the tripping hazard if not stored correctly. Keep your shoes out of the way with a door hanger if you don't have enough closet space.

Storage Container(s)- We all have those little trinkets we just couldn't bear to part with, but that doesn't mean they should be littering your first place! Keep a storage container, or two, to house all the odds and ends you want to keep, but aren't necessarily going to use every day.

Alarm Clock- Though cell phones are great for knowing what time it is on the go, you need a back up in the event that your mobile device gets misplaced.

Shower Caddy- Between your bottle of bodywash, your roommate's shampoo (and conditioner), bars of soap and face wash your shower is going to get a little crowded very quickly. Organize the mess of bottles with a shower caddy.

Toilet Brush- Mom won't be there to do the dirty work for you, so that means cleaning the toilet is up to you! Better get the right tools to get the job done.

Coffee maker / mugs- After all those late nights...studying, you're going to need a little pick me up. Avoid the $5 cups of coffee at Starbucks and invest in a coffee maker and an expressive set of mugs for your place. Your wallet will thank you in the long run!

Can Opener- We get it, a busy student like yourself doesn't always have the time to cook up a five-course meal, and that means that some (or most) of your food will be coming out of a can. Be sure you can open them with as little effort as possible.

How did you do? Did you remember all the essentials on this list?

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