1. Using all of your resources to their maximum capacity and making things become other things is a wonderful thing. photogirl_schmitt / Via instagram.com Example: Stool becomes entertainment center. 2. Your dreams of having the perfect HGTV-looking apartment are not realistic. ridingwriter88 / Via instagram.com 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. binabuttercup / Via instagram.com 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: onceamoose / Via instagram.com Welp. 5. And when your mom and dad visit, you must take full advantage of their willingness to buy you a few essentials. petteradactyl / Via instagram.com "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. kay_lea222 / Via instagram.com 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. tamaramaroo / Via instagram.com 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: sonia_begonia_ / Via instagram.com 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. _staylucky / Via instagram.com 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. jladylala / Via instagram.com 😭😭😭 BASIC CHANNELS 😭😭😭 11. You learn that not all air-conditioning units function properly or are decent looking. pamanista / Via instagram.com They also aren't as silent as you would like them to be. 12. And that some stoves are NOT electric. katiemyers / Via instagram.com "Dad. How do you light a pilot light? Asking for a friend..." 13. There is no toilet paper fairy. jocosusdk / Via instagram.com Shocking, I know. 14. Having inflatable furniture isn't the WORST thing in the world. mcruz65 / Via instagram.com 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. Via instagram.com 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. katapunya / Via instagram.com Without quarters, you would be one stinky mess. 17. And that neighbors can be so wonderfully passive aggressive. nickicirami / Via instagram.com You quickly adjust to seeing, writing, and delivering passive aggressive notes on the reg. 18. IKEA is your best friend. oye_loca00 / Via instagram.com Affordable and will last just long enough. 19. And, finally, that desperate times call for desperate measures. itsfunsizejess / Via instagram.com Because, let's face it, you probably don't have a dishwasher, and your kitchen is too damn small.