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Style | Mar 27, 2020

Tips for Settling Into Your First Apartment

StyleMar 27, 2020

Tips for Settling Into Your First Apartment

You may very well be singing from the rooftops to celebrate your newfound freedom. That’s totally okay, we get it! There’s nothing like turning the key into your first apartment. Ahhh. A clean slate. A fresh start. But the emptiness of a new space can feel overwhelming once the excitement cools down. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you narrow down where to start. 

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Start with the Staples 

It’s best to invest in the things you’ll be using the most. Bedding, of course, is one of those things. You spend a third of your day sleeping, so it makes sense to invest where you’ll be the most while at home. You can grab the basics with a ready-to-go move-in bedding bundle! Next up, towels.You’ll want quality towels that last you the length of your stay at your new place. And lucky for you, there’s a type of towel for you no matter what your day-to-day needs are. Surely, the list goes on. Make a checklist of the staples you’ll be needing in each room. That way, you won’t miss a thing!

Declutter

If you haven’t made the big move yet, consider decluttering before you do. It’ll save you a lot of unnecessary packing. Sort through the things you haven’t used in a while and consider reselling or donating. Also think about the space you’re moving into when sorting through your things. What will actually fit in your new place? What will you actually use? By avoiding overcrowding, you’ll be able to settle into your space with ease. If you have moved already, you can still do this, too. While doing so, you can find new storage solutions for your space to minimize more clutter in the future.

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Make it a Home

Cozying up your space can be mastered with a few simple additions. A warm throw blanket, a fun rug, or a few plants can take your place from feeling new to lived-in. Add personal touches with the things you already own. Decorating with some of your favorite books, framed photos of your loved ones, and artwork that speaks to your sense of style will help, too. When you design with elements of yourself, you’ll be left with a place that feels just right for you.

Take Your Time

Moving into a new place is very exciting, especially if it’s your first solo-pad. But, filling your space with things you love takes time. When it comes to decorating, painting, and adding new furniture, give yourself a bit to get acquainted to your new space, it’s functions, and how you move through it. You can avoid filling your space up too quickly by first seeking sources of inspiration and doing some research before making big purchases. You can also limit yourself by tackling one room at a time. As time progresses, you’ll accumulate more thoughtful and practical pieces. 

Go for a Stroll

Familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood. A quick walk around town will allow you to note what shops are nearby, what your neighbors are like, and what commute options you have. Say hello to your neighbors! Getting to know your apartment inside and out will help you feel safer, more inspired, and more excited to be living in your new space!


Cybele is a freelance writer covering all things culture and lifestyle. She’s also a content strategist in the tech startup space and mastering Media Studies at The New School. You can find this native New Yorker canoodling her two dogs, trying out a new recipe, or on IG @cybelina.

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