Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Tips to Turn First Apartment into New Home

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Tips to Turn First Apartment into New Home

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If you've just graduated and are moving into an apartment for the first time, you know how overwhelming it can be to make your new space feel like home. Maybe you're just getting acquainted with your roommates (and their decorating "tastes"), or perhaps you're stuck with hand-me-downs you're less than crazy about. Perhaps your apartment is a little less clean, organized and practical than the family home you're so used to.

Whatever you're struggling with, we've got all the solutions. Get ready to turn your new apartment into a home you'll love.

- An entryway console.

Any self-respecting adult should have a dedicated spot to drop their keys, bag, coat, mail and shoes upon entering their home. Otherwise, these things end up on the floor, on a bed or on the back of a chair.

- Kitchen basics.

When shopping for kitchen essentials, think first about what you cook regularly, what you want to learn how to cook and how you want to entertain. For instance, you don't need a food processor if you favor spaghetti over soups.

- Sofa enhancements.

We get it. Sofas are a big investment, and they're hard to transfer from one home to the next, so you might be inclined to stick to your hand-me-down or an IKEA basic. But no matter what your sofa is, it should never be the only piece of furniture in the room.

- A dining space.

Whether it's a couple of bar stools at the kitchen counter or an eight-person dining table, you should set up a proper dining space. You can only eat in front of the TV (or worse in your bed) so many times before feeling like a lonely caveman.

- Fresh sheets.

While your flannel sheets from college served you well, those ratty (and Cheetos-stained) blankets have no place in your adult apartment. A crisp set of quality sheets will transform the way you sleep and instantly lift your bedroom. …

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