I’ve officially been settled into my first apartment for a few weeks now, and I’ve got to say, living in an apartment is a lot of fun! To me, there’s just something so adult and mature about living in an apartment (maybe it’s just because I’ve always lived in a house). While it’s only been a short while, and I’ve still got a lot left to learn, here’s a few lessons that have come my way.
Cleaning takes effort and a regular schedule
I guess one thing you could say I’ve learned about adulting so far is that cleaning takes time and a lot of effort. Since my apartment lacks a dishwasher, I’m required to hand wash my dishes practically daily. Quite the struggle, am I right? It’s really not all that bad, it’s just a change for me. I would say that best piece of advice I could give on this is wash your dishes after every meal. It makes it a lot easier to do the dishes in small loads then waiting until the sink piles up and doing it all at once. However, it’s understandable that there will be days when that’s just not possible. I’ll just have to get used to cleaning, though, because I’ve got A LOT of years of cleaning ahead of me! Goodbye, childhood and minimal responsibilities!
Having a glass of wine at the end of the days helps, too
So, I’ve only been 21 for a day (almost 48 hours if we’re getting technical) so I suppose saying this doesn’t really carry a lot of weight yet since I’ve literally only done it once. However, it was a long day today with the start of classes and getting back into the swing of things. When I was finally able to sit down and eat dinner around 8, which is unbelievably late for me to be eating since I prefer a 5pm dinner, that glass of Yellow Tail moscato didn’t hurt. I’m guessing there will be more of this where it came from.
Your neighbors can hear everything
I can hear my neighbors talking, laughing, and even peeing (our bathrooms share a wall–gross). This is definitely a change from living in a house with my family. I’m not used to sharing my life with my neighbors! Even when I lived in Lafollette I couldn’t hear my neighbors all that well thanks to those wonderful cinder block walls. I guess I’ll just have to get used to the noise and maybe keep a fan or two on at all times to drown out the sound.
Independence can be fun
I’m not going to lie, there are many times when I miss being a carefree child. Nonetheless, I’ve also realized that being an adult can be really fun, too. Doing dishes really isn’t all that bad, at times it’s kind of relaxing. It’s also satisfying to know that I can take care of myself and even cook my own dinners, too. I’m finally at a point in my life where I have the ability to truly make my own choices and steer myself in the direction I desire for my future. It’s going to be another great year at BSU!