For those of you who are just joining us, first of all, welcome! It’s been a busy few months around here. In early August, I found out I was staffed as a writer on a television show for the first time! It’s been horribly exciting and extremely chaotic.
I found out that I got the job on a Friday, and I had to move from California to New York that following Sunday. Unbelievably enough, Mike and I found a sublet apartment we LOVED that Saturday and spent the next three days working to secure it. I bought (highly overpriced) wifi on the plane on Sunday and went back and forth with Mike the entire time figuring out the details. If you’ve never applied for an apt in New York before, let me tell you – the process is a beast.
We found out that following Thursday that we were approved for the apartment, and we began the move in process. Here’s a picture of the apartment before:
It came with an oversized armchair, a couch, an ottoman, a TV, and a mattress.
Somewhere along the line, I became a germaphobe. Once you get used to having your own living space and having your own way of doing things, it’s hard to jump into someone else’s. I set out to find a way to make this space our own without breaking the bank. I first made a list of everything I could pack and bring with me so as not to buy unnecessarily. This is what I came up with:
- Bathroom Towels
- Bed sheets
- Kitchen towels
- Bath mat
Obviously, these are easily foldable items that wouldn’t take much to bring with me. From there, I bought the following pieces to help make this place livable for us without breaking the bank!
For some reason, I was a little bothered by the idea of sitting on someone else’s furniture, but I wasn’t going to buy entirely new furniture for just a few months. Enter: couch and ottoman covers! Aside from brightening up the apartment, they made me feel like I was sitting on my own furniture, instead of someone else’s. Couch/ottoman covers are a great way to make old furniture feel new again, too.
I was careful about how much I spent on decor (I could have gone crazy, especially with an NYC apartment!), but I bought this throw to give the couch some texture. It was a practical purchase because I use it every night when we’re watching friends before bed!
Next up are my little side tables. If you noticed, the apartment didn’t come with a dining area. Mike and I have a bad (or possibly amazing) habit of eating dinner in front of the TV, so I thought TV tables might do the trick! These end tables came in a set of two for $28! We have gotten tons of use out of them. They’re so easy to build and collapse, too – we’ll definitely bring them back to CA with us.
Next up is this little entertainment stand. Guess how much it cost? No seriously. Guess. $25! We wanted something to hide the wires and house the electronics, and this did the trick.
This is probably one of my favorite purchases, which is so silly, but since the apartment didn’t have a dresser, I bought these collapsable cube storage bins to house small items! The best part? They were 6 for $16! I shopped around, and this was by far the best price I found. You probably noticed that I stuck them under our side tables too for added storage!
And while we’re at it, Millie asked me to share with you some of my other fav budget-friendly purchases!