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More Stuff: Renting an Apartment or DuplexBy Evan Nehring
Phase two of the accumulation of stuff is renting. I mean renting a real apartment, not just throwing your college stuff in with a couple of pals.
After graduation, I moved to Stevens Point, WI and setup my first non-college apartment. I brought the old yellow fold-out table we had used on campus. I still had the cinder blocks. The folks from the church that hired me were so appalled by the bricks that someone found me a simple table and chair set. Which leads to the first system to consider when you’re setting up a real apartment:
- Furniture – bed, dresser, couch, dining table and chairs, bookshelves
I kept my twin bed until my parents came to visit. I broke down and bought an inexpensive queen-size bed so they wouldn’t have to get a hotel. I used it for ten years.
As the years went by, I was able to upgrade my couch and bought a nice big TV and surround sound stereo. It all takes time!
- Vehicle – gas, maintenance (just empty your wallet)
Few things will tie you down like big car payments.
- Office – file cabinet, stapler, three-hole punch, organizers
- Kitchen – pots and pans, knives, bakeware, utensils
Yes, hand-me-downs are the rule in your first apartment and new purchases are the exception. All of the systems you setup after high school need to get a little more elaborate as you take on more independence and more responsibilities.
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Do you remember your first apartment as clearly as I remember mine?