19 Things You Quickly Realize When You Move Into Your First Apartment

“I’m gonna need a lot more of these quarter rolls.”

1. Using all of your resources to their maximum capacity and making things become other things is a wonderful thing.

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Example: Stool becomes entertainment center.

2. Your dreams of having the perfect HGTV-looking apartment are not realistic.

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Bed sheets for curtains. Case in point.

3. And things like bowls, utensils, and cups, well, they don’t just come as a packaged deal with your apartment.

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Eating cereal out of a pot, NBD.

4. Your fridge doesn’t just ~magically~ fill itself up, so you’ve accepted the fact that most of the time it will look like this:

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5. And when your mom and dad visit, you must take full advantage of their willingness to buy you a few essentials.

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“Thank you. Now, I won’t starve for at least another few weeks.”

6. You quickly realize that you should probably invest in a decent tool kit.

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Because adults own nails and hammers, OK?

7. But Command Strips are the greatest ‘cause you’re all about making the least amount of commitment.

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These things are actual lifesavers.

8. If you don’t buy a dresser within the first week of moving into your place, your floor will always look like this:

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Oops. Where’s the floor again?

9. And household chores that you thought were a piece of cake, well, they aren’t actually as easy as they appeared.

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It happens.

10. Because you’re on such a tight budget, you quickly learn that you’re going to have to make some sacrifices…like no cable.

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11. You learn that not all air-conditioning units function properly or are decent looking.

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They also aren’t as silent as you would like them to be.

12. And that some stoves are NOT electric.

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“Dad. How do you light a pilot light? Asking for a friend…”

13. There is no toilet paper fairy.

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Shocking, I know.

14. Having inflatable furniture isn’t the WORST thing in the world.

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Still does the job and is better than watching TV on the floor.

15. But buying a legit couch, well, there’s no better feeling.

Owning a couch = one step closer to being a full-blown adult.

16. You come to understand that quarter rolls are the most precious gift.

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Without quarters, you would be one stinky mess.

17. And that neighbors can be so wonderfully passive aggressive.

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You quickly adjust to seeing, writing, and delivering passive aggressive notes on the reg.

18. IKEA is your best friend.

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Affordable and will last just long enough.

19. And, finally, that desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Because, let’s face it, you probably don’t have a dishwasher, and your kitchen is too damn small.

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