Moving into your first apartment is a definite milestone to check off your list. You finally have a space of your own to do anything you want. Hang up that painting your parents weren’t a fan of, watch TV until the wee hours of the morning or spend all day perfecting your baking skills.

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But if you’re in the process of moving into your first apartment, here are a few things that can make your life much easier.

Measure Before You Buy

I remember when I was going through Ikea to buy furniture for my first apartment, I wanted quite literally everything. I fell in love with a white desk that would match perfectly with the rest of my room’s decor. But what I didn’t think about was the dimensions of my room. Thank goodness I didn’t purchase the desk because it never would have fit in the space.

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When shopping for furniture, always have the dimensions of the room you’re buying for on hand. This will make it easier to narrow down which pieces to purchase and save you a whole lot of stress and frustration.

Bring a Toolbox

It’s going to be tough to put your bed together and hang all those paintings up on the wall without a hammer, nail and screws. You’ll want to have a toolbox with you to put together anything and everything that you need when moving in.

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Clean First

Chances are, the first apartment you move into isn’t going to be sparkling. Upon moving in, make sure to clean the floors, bathtub, sinks and toilet. Floors, for example, will be much easier to clean when you’re not maneuvering around rugs, tables, chairs and couches. Once everything has been disinfected and wiped clean, then you can start filling your apartment with all of its furnishings.

Give It Time

When I moved into my first apartment, I was a bit overwhelmed in the beginning. My roommate and I didn’t have any furnishings, nothing decorating the walls, and we were short a few staples, like a garbage can, light bulbs, paper towels, cable and Internet. Keep in mind that all these things don’t come together overnight.

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Just tackle one task at a time, and you’ll have a fully functional, beautiful apartment in no time. What helped me was making a calendar. This way, I knew which things took priority, and which things could wait to be tended to.

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