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The Emotional Stages Of Moving Into Your First Apartment

There are a lot of feelings.

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Stage 1: Excitement

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Life! It's really happening! It's all starting! You're going to have your own space and do the dishes only if and when you choose!

Stage 2: Fear

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But you'll also have to pay your own rent. And what about if there's a bug infestation or something?

Stage 3: Excitement Again!

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But think of the living room dance parties! Also, dinner parties. Also, total freedom.

Stage 4: Fear Again...

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Then again, what if the shower doesn't have good water pressure? And what if everything breaks at the same time? And how about that rent situation?

Stage 5: Panic

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Suddenly, it all becomes clear: You need someone to co-sign. You need it to be your dad. You need it to happen now.

Stage 6: Relief

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The lease is signed! The date is set! YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO DOOO.

Stage 7: Fantasy

The apartment is now entirely decorated in your head. "I'm thinking a really cool combination of modern pieces with vintage art. Like, cozy chic, you know?"
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The apartment is now entirely decorated in your head.

"I'm thinking a really cool combination of modern pieces with vintage art. Like, cozy chic, you know?"

Stage 8: Harsh Reality

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You realize you won't be able to bring about 50% of your stuff with you into the tiny apartment and start begging your parents to let you leave stuff with them.

"Please. Can you wait just a liiiittle bit more before making my room into the gym? I neeeed it."

Stage 9: Solutions

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Nothing will stop you.

Stage 10: Acceptance

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You realize this is going to be the best thing ever, even though it's still stressful and scary.

Stage 11: Pride

You've finally moved all of your stuff in, and you're surrounded by boxes but so happy to be there. "NEXT CHAPTER, HERE I AM!"
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You've finally moved all of your stuff in, and you're surrounded by boxes but so happy to be there.

"NEXT CHAPTER, HERE I AM!"

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