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Moving Advice 
30th-Mar-2006 03:30 pm
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Hello!

So I just got accepted into a PhD program in Indiana. This means I'll be setting up my first apartment from scratch. (At Whitman I lived in dorms and interest houses and since graduating I've been mooching off my mom at home so I can pay off educational loans.) I was wondering if people had any good advice on what to do/bring/buy/watch out for.

For example, I know I'll need to buy myself a toolbox.
Thanks!
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31st-Mar-2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Toilet paper, utility bills, t.v. dinners, good roomies, handling debt, possible garbage collection bills...toilet paper... And then I hear there's some paperwork that goes into renting an apartment and setting up a life on one's own, but I know nothing about it.

I *hope* this helps, at least! I'm not fully independent yet. It'll be great to hear from someone who is!
31st-Mar-2006 06:19 am (UTC)
I'd offer advice but I've only lived on my own in Japan and it's a bit different here... Ummm, light bulbs! Light bulbs are your friend!
31st-Mar-2006 08:57 am (UTC)
It's really not that complicated, at least as far as objects are concerned. You'll figure out what you need pretty quick, becuase you'll need it. You'll say, oops, I have no place for my dishes to dry. I need a dish rack! Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
31st-Mar-2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
You'll end up spending a lot of money on things you've never really thought about - dishracks, garbage bins, bath mats, wall mirrors, mop and bucket, silverware holder, shower curtain, clothes hangers, etc. Cheap as they are individually, they add up to a lot! I can take you yard-saling when you get here, though, because you can find some of it used.

You'll end up needing a lot at first just to live a single day in the place. But like they said, it's actually pretty obvious once you get there. It can be annoying when you've forgotten to buy any potholders and you've already started the soup, though.

Also, try to bring bedsheets and towels from home if you can - those can be expensive, and you're probably going to want two sets unless you have a washer/dryer in the apartment.

I think that's all for now...
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