Posted August 13, 2015 by RentJungle

It's that time of year where parents pack up their children and move them 5-500 miles back to college for the new school year. However, that process can be different if you are moving into an apartment rather than a dorm. Your first college apartment is a giant step towards adulthood, and it is something to be excited about. Here are a few tips that you should follow for you first home away from home.

Extra Storage

Apartments can be small and you do not want to run out of space. Organization and extra storage is key to living in a comfortable and roomy environment. Make sure to bring closet organizers, over the door hangers and baskets to help keep your room organized and clutter free. We recommend investing in a closet organization system to even make the smallest closets big enough for all of your belongings.

Shop Thrifty

There is no need for you to spend hundreds of dollars to furnish your first apartment. Yes, you may want a new bed, but buying that $500 dollar ottoman can probably wait until your first apartment in the real world. Flea markets are a great way to pick up vintage pieces and make them something new. Pinterest is full of DIY tips for making a vintage piece fabulous again. Also, if you have roommates, use them to help furnish your apartment. Make a group txt to decide who is bringing the couch or the tv. This way not everything falls on one person.

Make The Necessities Your Priority

You may look at your apartment as your first step to adulthood, but it is important to make it study friendly, so you can graduate at the top of your class. Keep this in mind when shopping for furniture and accessories. You may not need a three tier shelf, but having a big desk to work on homework is probably a good idea. Label makers and dry erase boards are great ideas to help split up chores and remember which roommate brought which item. Eventually you will be moving out, and you do not want to be arguing over who brought a pasta dish in the middle of graduation. A label maker will save you this future hassle.

The most important thing is to enjoy your new home and roommates. Staying organized, being prepared and having fun will make your first apartment a memorable one. Image From Wikimedia and Jwiltatsmc
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