With Summer right around the corner and graduation still a fresh memory, many students have finished school and are moving into their first new apartment/living space. Moving into your first place after leaving college is an incredible milestone in a person's life. Still, it also comes with many new responsibilities that may differ from those experienced in a dorm or at home. Let's look at what exactly goes into the milestone of a first apartment and how Yogibo can make it even more perfect for you. After all, where you hang your head is a sanctuary, so let's ensure yours is everything it can be!
The Declaration Of Your Independence
Much like getting your first job or car, moving into your own space symbolizes a newfound sense of independence. It's a giant leap from getting out of the nest and gaining self-reliance and the ability to make decisions that shape your life. Moving into your own space allows you to establish routines, set rules, and take charge of your living environment. Do you want to sit on milk crates and eat cereal from a football helmet? The dates you bring over might not find it appealing, but you have all the freedom to do so! Let your freak flag fly; this is your space!
Growth Like Nobody's Business
Living in your own space presents a lot of opportunities for personal growth. The responsibility to think on your feet, problem solve, and come to terms with the discipline required to take care of tasks on your own. Whether managing your finances and household chores or simply dealing with the unexpected complexities of life, almost every aspect of independent living offers a valuable lesson. This baptism-by-fire of self-discovery enables you to develop essential life skills, resilience, and a greater understanding of self. You can learn something about yourself along the way!
Express Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Think of your living space as a canvas to paint your self-expression. It reflects your personality, interests, and values. Moving into your own space allows you to create an environment that aligns with these aesthetic preferences and your unique identity. Whether choosing furniture, decor, or just moving your stuff around, each decision contributes to the manifestation of your individuality, fostering a sense of belonging and comfort.
The feeling of stability and security you get by having your own space is immeasurable. Your living space is a physical anchor, a place to hang your hat, and a refuge from the world's craziness. Knowing you have a place specifically yours, gives a genuine sense of security. It becomes a foundation from which you can pursue your goals and dreams. And to be honest, it's where all your electronics and snacks are, and who could ever want to be far from those?
How To Make Your Little Space A Big Deal!
A superpower best learned right away when moving into a first apartment is how to make the most of this smaller living space. You want to maximize this living space to its full potential, and sometimes that can be tricky, especially if it's on the smaller side. No worry! You can do a few things to make the space feel even more extensive than you thought:
One of the fundamental principles in maximizing a living space is to adopt a minimalist approach. When you bring too many personal belongings from place to place, this clutter can make a small area feel even smaller and more cramped. Start by decluttering and organizing belongings. You want to ensure you're only keeping what's essential and meaningful. By diving headfirst into minimalism, you can create a clean and open canvas, making your new space appear more spacious and inviting.
The Formality Of Verticality
This one might seem odd, but it's a game-changer for a smaller living space. Install floating shelves or wall-mounted cabinets to utilize the available wall space. This will make your storage visible and draw the eye upward, creating an illusion of height and spaciousness. Get yourself hooks and hanging organizers for doors and walls to hang bulky items like coats, hats, and bags.
Lighting Is Key
To the aversion of vampires everywhere, ensuring your apartment is well-lit will make it appear more expansive and inviting. Maximize the natural light of your surroundings by keeping windows clear of clutter (we're looking at you, green-thumb-succulents-every-which-way-person). Using light-colored curtains or blinds will also bring brightness to your space. Enhance the light further with strategically placed mirrors, reflecting the natural and artificial light, making the room feel brighter and more spacious.
Pay For Timeless Bliss
When it comes to your first apartment, you often start with very little and make purchases that help underscore and showcase your personality. In a great new space, you're going to want cool new things, but, as it always is, money is an issue. So our advice? Look for something that speaks to who you are that is timeless and high quality. Owning fewer things of high quality and built to last will be much more valuable than a pile of assembly-required particle board from the big-name box store down the street.
It's A Bird...AND A Plane!
Since apartment space can often be cramped, things that serve more than one purpose should be the items that move up your "want" list first. Finding a multi-tool item that's good at every function is tough, but it's a keeper when you find one that seamlessly fits your needs. That distressed hardwood coffee table you saw at the antique store that's ALSO a chic storage container? Score! A chair that's comfortable and also doubles as a couch? Sign us up; that takes your apartment to the next level.
Yogibo: Versatile & Durable
Listen, we know apartments. Our furniture has been a staple of the first apartments and dorms for over a decade, and there's no stopping this comfort we're bringing to the world. We fit so well in these smaller living spaces because our furniture adapts. Plain and simple, no matter the room, a Yogibo works! And the best part of Yogibo that will make it a perfect choice when decking out your new place? Versatility. Yogibos are multifunctional and can be used in many ways, both by themselves and with each other! And because all our covers are washable and removable, you buy them once and don't have to worry about it. Our signature stretchy fabric can take whatever you throw at it, so go ahead. Jump on the furniture when you celebrate the move-in day!
The Yogibo Max is a furniture life hack. Our bestseller for thirteen years in a row, the Max is everything you need it to be. A chair, a couch, a recliner, a bed, you name it! The Max is also a space-saver, only taking up 4 square feet when stood up and weighing 19 pounds, so it's easy to move and store.
The Yogibo Short has all the comfort and versatility of the Max but in a more compact size. The Short is perfect for those who want to skimp on the size rather than the pure relaxation. And our Luxe line of covers bring an elegant and snazzy feel to any room they’re in, perfect for a Short or a Max.
Do you like to live with all the style and class of a Soho apartment without that Manhattan price tag? For those who have a bit extra space to their apartment, our Doza Couch line is an incredible addition. Doza couch is classy, with upholstery fabric and cloud-like seating comfort.
Moving into your own place is a significant endeavor and certainly one of the most rewarding ones you'll experience. And when you pair your new digs with some of the adaptable and unique furniture we offer at Yogibo, you're bound to have the best apartment on the block. Trust us, we've been making first apartments the talk of the town since 2009; we know a thing or two.