I have lived in two family homes and apartment complexes all my life. From basements to studios to the second-floor view I have experienced it all. There are upsides to living in an apartment: it’s affordable, and you don’t have to do much maintenance. Those are the upsides to putting up with loud neighbors and broken faucets, leaky pipes, a toilet that clogs every three days. A grouchy superintendent. A landlord who never brings you a receipt after you paid him your rent. As you can tell, I had some inspiration.
A list of 21 things you will need living in an apartment.
1. An infinite amount of patience for your neighbors, your landlord, and your superintendent. There’s always a rotten egg.
2. Lots of extra cookies to share with your friendly neighbors because there will be some who are normal.
3. A shoe rack. Nothing like tripping over your husband’s boots at one in the morning.
5. Insulation for your heaters if it’s Winter and you live on the bottom floor. Meanwhile, your upstairs neighbors are complaining about the lack of heat, and you’re camped out in your living room with the windows wide open.
6. You’ll need to learn basic plumbing skills such as how to unclog a toilet. When that doesn’t work, you will consider investing in a drain.
7. A vacuum.
8. Storage boxes. Lots.
9. Lamps. We don’t even have ceiling lights where we’re currently living.
10. A sense of humor when you have to listen to your neighbor’s loud sneezes.
11.Lots of floor space. Don’t even try buying large couches. You’ll want to try yoga someday.
12. A gorgeous shower curtain to brighten up your 1950’s era bathroom.
13. Appreciation for the beautiful view next door. You know, of that building’s brick wall.
14. Your very own shovel and rock salt.
15. A stereo to drown out your neighbor’s stereo.
16. Earplugs if you’ve just had it with the games.
17. Those racks you put in your fridge for extra space.
18. Shelves. It’ll break up the monotony of white walls EVERYWHERE, and give you some extra storage space!
19. DIY Pinterest boards full of recipes for cleaning mold off of everything.
20. Krazy glue for anything that breaks falls off or apart.
21. A screwdriver to put your kitchen cabinet back together after it nearly hits you in the face.
From my personal experience, you will need all these things to survive living in an apartment. I’m serious when I say a cabinet has fallen on me. Scariest moment ever.
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