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

"I'm gonna need a lot more of these quarter rolls."

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

Example: Stool becomes entertainment center.
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Example: Stool becomes entertainment center.

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

Bed sheets for curtains. Case in point.
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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.

Eating cereal out of a pot, NBD.
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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:

Welp.
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Welp.

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

"Thank you. Now, I won't starve for at least another few weeks."
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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.

Because adults own nails and hammers, OK?
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Because adults own nails and hammers, OK?

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

These things are actual lifesavers.
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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:

Oops. Where's the floor again?
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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.

It happens.
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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.

😭😭😭 BASIC CHANNELS 😭😭😭
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😭😭😭 BASIC CHANNELS 😭😭😭

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

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

"Dad. How do you light a pilot light? Asking for a friend..."
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"Dad. How do you light a pilot light? Asking for a friend..."

13. There is no toilet paper fairy.

Shocking, I know.
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Shocking, I know.

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

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

Without quarters, you would be one stinky mess.
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Without quarters, you would be one stinky mess.

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

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

18. IKEA is your best friend.

Affordable and will last just long enough.
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Affordable and will last just long enough.

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

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