13 Thinks I Regret Buying for My First Apartment
13 Thinks I Regret Buying for My First Apartment
Overjoyed at the prospect of living on my own, I made the costly mistake of not planning or comprehensively thinking things through. My idea of shopping was making a rudimentary list, and buying anything else I might need on-the-go.
As you can imagine, I ended up buying many fancy things that I wanted but did not really need. If you are getting your first apartment, this list will help you avoid some of the mistakes I made.
1. A decorative globe
Looking to add some warmth to my desk, I bought a big beautiful globe that could even be connected to a power source to rotate at varying rates.
It was a buy I was happy about at first but after struggling to organize my often cluttered working space; I realized that the globe was not doing much aesthetically but take up precious desk space.
2. An expensive painting
I came across this awesome (and somewhat expensive) painting that I took an immediate liking to and bought. In truth, it provided a lovely focal point and added a sunny dimension to my living space; but in retrospect, I would have better used that money to buy something more useful and postponed my art acquisition tendencies to a later date when I was more financially stable.
3. Wine crate
I really do not know why I bought a wine crate considering I tended to buy and consume wine immediately rather than store it stylishly. The crate was, and still is a looker; but for a first apartment, it was totally uncalled for and a waste of money.
4. Fancy entertainment system
To make an impression, I decided to go for a fancy and expensive entertainment system. In fact, I came up with an innovative way to milk my folks of some cash to actualize my entertainment dream.
It was something I craved, but did not need. Looking back, I feel a bit guilty for hassling others for a selfish project that was not feasible given its cost-benefit assessment.
5. Laundry basket
I dislike doing laundry and getting a large laundry basket was a bad idea. It only gave me the excuse and flexibility to pile up dirty clothes to alarming levels – and with that much laundry demanding my attention, all I did was procrastinate.
Finally, I resorted to doing laundry in bits and I cannot even remember once when that basket was less than half full. I learnt a valuable lesson: buying anything that will give you a reason to shirk duties you dislike is not prudent.
6. Desk figurines
I acquired an exquisite figurine to spruce up my desk that doubled up as a pen holder. Little did I know that it was a delicate piece of handiwork.
After a week or so, I knocked it over as I absent mindedly reached for a pen. The result was a disfigured carving that was hideous to look at. Definitely a poor purchase.
7. A food processor
Being passionate about food, I did not think twice about buying a food processor. Over one and a half years later, I had only used it twice and that was when it hit me that the processor amounted to a wasted $100.
8. Lemon squeezer
An incurable lover of lemon and ginger tea sweetened with honey, I came across this interesting lemon squeezer that promised to quickly milk my lemons thoroughly. I got home eager to try it out and to my dismay; it broke on the very first lemon I tried to squeeze “thoroughly.”
9. Storage bins
I bought various storage bins as a hack for saving space, but the problem was that I did not have the quantity of stuff that necessitated that level of investment into space management.
For over 2 years, the storage bins were less than half full and they only came in handy recently after moving in with my partner.
10. Pizza clippers
Pizza clippers, though good looking, were a poor buy. The clippers spent more time cluttering the kitchen drawer than being used. Oftentimes, I was too hungry to go look for them in some obscure drawer in the kitchen and I would end up using a knife and spoon instead.
11. Avocado slicer
Another fancy gadget I could have managed without, I bought an avocado slicer that was all sleek and well packaged only to realize that a knife and spoon were still more effective. I felt cheated and wished the “goods once sold” clause did not exist.
12. Excess dishes
As a cooking enthusiast, I have always had a weakness for kitchen equipment and as you might imagine, I went a bit overboard when I moved into my first apartment. In particular, I bought chunky wooden chopping boards that were a nightmare to clean and store.
13. A book shelf
I bought it from a friend after envisioning where I would place it and how I would arrange my book collection for maximum visual effect. I felt crushed when I got home and realized that it was bigger than the available space. It taught me the very valuable lesson of always taking measurements before buying artifacts.
Older and wiser, I now realize that my biggest mistake was getting lost in the excitement. Given a second chance, I would espouse a minimalistic shopping approach and buy fancy items only after living for a while in the apartment and finding out what I really need.