So, you’re finally flying away from the family nest and renting your own place—congrats! Surely this is an exciting time for you—and let me tell you, it’s quite the whirlwind. Between packing, decorating, and furniture shopping, there’s a ton of stuff you need to do to make your new house feel like a home, so you’ll have little time to spare for things like a social life and sleep.
Decorating a rental unit can be tricky, but the best way to personalize your new digs is by buying the right furniture and home goods. But when you’re starting from scratch, this can get expensive, and fast—especially if you don’t plan things out ahead of time. Save yourself some trouble (and hard-earned dollars!) by investing in certain key items, while holding off on other things that you may be better off buying further down the road. I break it all down for you in the above slideshow—click through to learn when to splurge and where to save when settling into your first apartment!