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13 Things You Learn When You Move Into Your First Apartment

You did it. You signed the lease, got your keys and now it's time for the big move. But brace yourself, because this venture to independence is racked with responsibilities and unexpected twists. But never fear, here's 10 things you can expect to learn from moving into your first apartment.

Ah your first apartment. It's exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. From taking responsibility to your finances to fending for yourself in the kitchen, get ready because you're about to learn a lot.

1. How to cook more than Ramen
You finally have a stove! Iron Chefs ain't got nothing on you!

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2. Craigslist, garage sales, and Facebook groups = furniture gold
Yay $200 couch sets!


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3. And on that note: how to refurbish furniture
Because that $3 garage sale coffee table looks so much better with a fresh coat of paint.

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4. How to make a budget
Rent, groceries, utilities...it adds up, but thanks to your handy Excel skills you'll be fine.

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5. Dishes don't do themselves
Nor does the trash take itself out. Ya gotta clean for yourself now. *sigh*

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6. Parties are great, but expensive
Food and drinks for 7 plus people really does add up! Maybe just skip inviting everyone and enjoy that fine wine yourself.

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7. Not everything requires a maintenance request
There's nothing a quick call to mom and dad can't fix.


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8. Pizza is always acceptable
And you get leftovers for days.

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9. You will absolutely need a tool box
Whether you're fixing the sink drain or hanging up art, you will need all the tools.

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10. Adults dont know what they're doing either
Remember when you were 10 and looked at all adults like their life was all figured out? Ya nope.

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11. Leftovers are beautiful.
Need a quick lunch? No problem, just heat up yesterday's dinner.

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12. Some things are worth DIY-ing
And some things are worth buying. Seriously.

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13. That independence is fantastic
Sure, it's scary to move into your first apartment and to start paying rent, but in the end it's all worth it to have your own place you call home.

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There's nothing better than that first taste of freedom, and nothing quite as daunting as that first month of hardcore responsibility. Here's to making the most of it!

Alyssa K. Priebe

Alyssa is an Iowa native who's always loved fashion and found a passion for journalism while studying at Iowa State University. When she's not writing for More, you can find her watching Disney movies, crafting, and snapping adorable pics of her cats, Rory and Widget.

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