You graduated college, you got a job, and you moved to the big city. You’re an adult now.
It’s time your apartment reflected that.
Face the facts: Some of your college holdouts need to be disposed of, and that mirror you stole from your favourite college bar isn’t as cool as you once thought it was.
Take stock of your living situation, and see if you need to make a few adjustments. CD racks, unframed posters, and futons have no place in your adult life.
Sheets, towels, leftover carpet separates -- when it comes to bare windows, guys have tried it all.
The fact remains that none of them are going to look great, and uncovered or poorly covered windows are one of the biggest signs that you don't have your life together. Make sure that's not the case.
The rule goes like this: If it looks like it belongs in a bar, it should stay there. Neon beer-brand signs, beer-branded mirrors, and bar games are always going to make your apartment look like a bar.
Is that really the aesthetic you want to create?
You're an adult now. Unless you're in some temporary or perilous financial situation, you should have something to put your bed on. There's no way to get around it, and no amount of cleverness is going to make it look acceptable.
Get a real bed.
It's great that you think 'Abbey Road' is a masterpiece, but a wrinkly unframed poster taped to your wall doesn't need to say that for you.
While it's a popular substitute for art that actually looks nice, you're better off just leaving the walls bare.
Having a strong CD or DVD collection is not impressive in 2017. We've all moved on to digital, and a huge rack of Criterion DVDs sitting in the middle of your living room signifies you just haven't.
Transition to digital or at least make your collection less apparent. No one wants to see that.
Fake plants seem like a great idea -- no maintenance required, and you still get a little bit of greenery in your living space.
Unfortunately, there's nothing more disappointing to anyone visiting your apartment than touching a plant and finding out it's fake. Avoid that fake-out and look into real, low-maintenance plants that won't be hard to keep alive.
A futon is incredibly useful -- when you need extra furniture for your spare room. The fact remains that no one particularly likes futons, but they're cheap and heavy, so we're stuck with them after college is over.
Avoid falling into that trap and get a real couch. Every single one of your guests will thank you.
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