Here’s the first post in a 3 part series on my post-moving life – what I’m doing to stay healthy and fit in an apartment with a crazy busy work schedule, what you can expect from me in the near future, and a bunch of other random stuff you might be interested in 🙂
First things first. . . Come see my apartment gym!
If you live in an apartment, you know how hard it can be to stay fit in a small space without the traditional big, expensive equipment or machines. I’m thankful I discovered a ton of ways to get in a great workout (for any fitness level) without a lot of equipment before I moved out on my own. Actually my workouts haven’t changed that much, and I’m still gaining strength and building fitness steadily, which is all a person can ask for, right? Here are a couple of pictures of my “apartment gym.” As you can see, it’s nothing fancy, but does it ever get the job done. (I’ll be posting some sample workouts that you can try, believe me – they will kick your butt if you do them right.)
My $9 used Hemmingweigh pull-up bar.
Triggerpoint foam roller and a pair of used, 35# dumbbells.
That’s it. I also have a jump rope I use sometimes, my gymnastics rings that I will attach to the pull-up bar when I want to do some ring dips, and bare walls I use for handstands on occasion but the foam roller, dumbbells, and pull-up bar are my 3 main tools I use for my workouts. Simple, isn’t it. In my book simple is better as long as you aren’t compromising quality, and I promise I’m not compromising my fitness by doing it this way. Like I said I’ll post some workouts soon so you can see what I mean.
Meet my apartment buddy, Ryker!
This is Ryker, my 12-week old kitten 🙂 He’s super cute and cuddly and a fantastic companion. (Be forewarned, being the single, apartment dwelling, cat-lady that I am, you will likely be seeing lots of Ryker in the future.) Since he’s black it’s a real challenge to catch him in the right light to get a decent picture of him, but I find having an “invisible cat” kinda fun.
6 tips for first time movers.
Moving has been a great learning experience for me. If you have moved many times please bear with my ignorance here but there are a few things I learned that I thought I’d share in case I have any other young, first time movers among my readers.
- Budget for more than you think you’ll be spending. If you are a young person you might be tired of older folks telling you how expensive living on your own will be, and while you don’t have to be super paranoid about it if you have a steady job, they are right to an extent. I had my budget lined out pretty thoroughly before I moved but I ended up spending quite a bit more than I thought I was going to – and that was just on necessities. Make sure you have more than enough to spend on living supplies, especially if it’s your first time moving out on your own.
- Don’t overthink. Moving out can be scary, but it’s only overwhelming if you let it. If you have a good job and are looking at apartments within a reasonable rent range, you have nothing to worry about. I mean sure, life happens and it will be difficult but don’t over stress about it. You’re gonna be fine, just take it one step at a time.
- Make Lysol and Pine-Sol your best friends. Seriously, these 2 cleaning products work wonders. Unless you are moving into a really high-end place, your apartment will probably have some sort of odor. (Just as a quick note, if you are touring apartments and they smell like mold or heavy smoke or anything else borderline sickening, don’t move there. Do your lungs a favor and just don’t.) If it isn’t mildew or some other malevolent substance, it’s probably just the commercial cleaning stuff they used after the last tenant. Using Lysol and Pine-Sol both do a tremendous job of absorbing odors, cleaning up residues to make it smell and feel more like home, while killing any bacteria or viruses (for peace of mind). I recommend especially using Lysol on furniture and carpets, and Pine-Sol on all hard floors and countertops. That combination worked better than Febreeze for eliminating some residual odors that were bothering me.
- Smile and wave, smile and wave. People judge a lot about you based on their first impression. Living in an apartment is far from a private lifestyle. You will see your neighbors a lot. Even if you don’t run into them in the parking lot often, you will come across them and see them out your windows frequently. Let’s be real, I’m pretty sure we all spy on the new people next door out our windows from time to time. What I’m getting at is that you shouldn’t be afraid to be friendly. A simple smile and “hello” will make living with close neighbors a lot more bearable. Who knows, maybe it will even pave the way for new friendships.
- Be patient. Don’t expect to have everything set up the way you want it within the first couple of days, or even weeks. Creating a new home takes time (and it should!). Be patient and don’t waste your money on every little thing you see that you might like to have. Above all, have fun and don’t rush yourself – make the most of the experience.
- Scour Pinterest for DIY furniture and decor ideas. For starters, look up recovering used furniture with canvas drop cloths (you can dye them with Rit) and keep your eyes open for bright colored throw pillows. This alone is a great way to add life and character to your apartment while helping you save big $ in the long run. Who says you have to spend a ton of money to have a decent looking apartment? I make less than $1,500 per month but my apartment is far from a dump. With a few more projects I’m hoping to do in the near future, it should end up as a pretty cozy home.