The New Apartment

Saturday, August 13th, 2005 @ 5:15 pm | My World

I’ve now been in my new apartment for about a week and a half. Between my folks being in town for the first few days and my general dislike for the unpacking (it’s slightly better than packing, but only because unpacking has less of a deadline), I haven’t finished decking out the place. It’s certainly coming along, though.

For the most part, the apartment’s pretty nice. I’m pretty sure I’ve more space here than at my old place. Chris has been bugging me to both post pictures of my new place and resume regular blogging, so I’m combining the two activities.

The living and dining rooms run together, so I’m splitting the two with furniture. I don’t have a problem with the rooms running into one another, but I just don’t have enough space for my couch and chairs if I don’t do this 🙂

Living and Dining Rooms

Originally, I had my TV, stereo, Airport Express and laser printer on the wall next to the door, since the cable jack was also on this wall. During my first night at the apartment, though, I figured out that the electrical outlets on that wall were both controlled by the switch next to the door, so I ended up reversing the layout of the living room the next day.

Living Room

As you can see, there’s plenty of security on the door, what with three locks. Of course, none of them do a bit of good if you leave them all unlocked, as I did when I was watching a movie last night. This enabled a very confused older lady to wander into my living room. She didn’t respond to any of my queries — I’m not sure if she wasn’t well or if she simply didn’t speak English — but she quickly realized she was in the wrong place.

In retrospect, I probably should’ve called the police in case she was ill and simply wandering the complex, but the thought didn’t occur to me until this morning.

Whatever the case, I’m now going to keep the doorknob locked most of the time.

My bedroom’s spacious enough to setup my bed and desk and keep a chair at my desk at all times (although said chair was elsewhere when I took this photo). In my old apartment, I had to keep the chair at the far end of the room when I wasn’t using the desk, as keeping it at the desk blocked the path from the bed to the door.


The one room that doesn’t thrill me is the kitchen. It’s larger than my old kitchen, which was little more than nook with stove, sink, and dishwasher (I believe my old landlord called it a galley kitchen, but I don’t remember), but the old apartment had more usable counter and shelf space. In the old apartment, I could setup all my kitchen utilities (drying rack, microwave, can opener, toaster, etc) and still have room to do food prep. In my new kitchen, I barely have room to setup the drying rack, microwave, and can opener. It looks like I’ll either have to put stuff away to do food prep or move some of the work in the dining room.


Before moving in, I managed to convince myself that the model apartment I saw back in June had a dishwasher, but that wasn’t the case. Back to doing dishes by hand.

The only other irksome thing about the apartment is the electrical system. The kitchen and bedroom each have only one pair of three-pronged outlets. The living room has two pairs of such outlets, but one pair is the connected to the aforementioned switch. The dining room, where I’ll probably plug in the fewest devices, has two accessible pairs of three-pronged outlets plus a 5th three-pronged outlet that dedicated to the landlord supplied air conditioner (no central air, but the rent includes utilities). The remaining outlets are two-pronged and seem to be located in most of the places where I want to connect things with three-pronged plugs. I’ve already started to run extension cords to get around this shortcoming.

I’ve got most of the big stuff done. My lease requires me to place rugs in the living room, bedroom, and dining area, so I need to find some reasonably-priced options. Although the hardwood floors look nice, I’d probably get rugs even if they weren’t mandated — the floors are extremely slippery and collapsing onto my couch often has the effect of causing the couch to slide several inches. I also need to start hanging stuff on the walls, since they’re looking rather sparse.

5 Responses to “The New Apartment”

  1. chris Says:

    Looking good, Eric! I love the wood floors, though I agree, even if it weren’t mandated, rugs would be necessary. The kitchen reminds me of my first apartment at LSU, though I did have a dishwasher.

  2. Lee Bennett Says:

    I know exactly how you feel

  3. Eric Says:

    I figured out that my dish rack will stand on end against the wall, so if I empty it, I have a little more prep space.

  4. JonBoy470 Says:

    Check out the IKEA in Woodbridge. They have a number of different area rugs that are very attractively priced. And good deal finding an apartment with hardwood floors! I am envious!

  5. Angela Says:

    I agree, nice floors. Make sure you get those grippy mats to put under your rugs so they won’t slide around.

    Too bad about the no dishwasher thing.