This past weekend I moved into my first apartment ever in Ohio. It’s a simple two bedroom apartment and I share it with one of my best friends from high school.
Here’s a grand tour of the new abode…
The Living Room
Upon entering the apartment, the living room is the first thing you see. We have a couch, recliner, a TV, and a couple lamps. We have no interior design skills and the color scheme is atrocious, but it’s a relaxing space to lounge in and that’s all we care about.
The only decorations are a couple Cincinnati Bearcats banners, which is where my roommate is currently attending graduate school. If you ever happen to be in the Cincinnati area be sure to reach out and we can grab a coffee.
Chef Zach’s Sub-par Cooking Station, also known as The Kitchen
Next up we have the kitchen where I’ll attempt to learn how to cook along with the dining room where I’ll attempt to eat said food. The only appliance you can see in this picture is the Keurig in the corner, but I also have a rice cooker and a crock-pot.
On a side note, thank you to anyone who has sent me cooking tips already via email, I can use all the help I can get. If you happen to have any simple dishes you personally like making (and that a guy with minimal cooking experience fresh out of college could understand) definitely shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your recipe.
Moving on down the hallway we arrive at my room on the left…
The only decoration I have is the world map above my desk, which serves as a nice reminder that there’s more to see out there outside of Ohio.
The minimal appearance of the room is intentional. I find that the less stuff I have in my room the more peaceful it feels. One of my friends commented “You need more stuff in here to show what your interests are” which I thought was a funny thing to say. I already know what my interests are and I’m the person who will be in my room the most so I don’t see the need to decorate it to remind myself what I like.
Of course I could hang up a Dallas Mavericks poster (my favorite basketball team) or a picture of Warren Buffett (my favorite investor) or souvenirs from my trip to Japan (my favorite country), but I already know I like those things. I don’t need decorations to remind me. I like to hold my interests and hobbies in my head and only own physical stuff that adds value to my life.
Next up is the bathroom directly across the hall from my room.
Seen here are hand-stitched linen towels made by skilled towel-weavers in Bali and a French shower curtain made from rare orange silk.
Just kidding, the towels and the curtain are from Wal-mart. There’s nothing particularly fancy about the bathroom.
This apartment is about a 12 minute drive from my workplace, which is an easy commute and much better than the 50 minute commute I had before I moved here. I have been scouting out the area for paths to ride a bike to work, but I haven’t been able to find a route that looks bike-friendly yet.
The rent along with utilities is around $1400 per month, which I’ll be splitting with my roommate so I’ll be looking at a monthly bill of only $700. Grocery shopping and meal-prepping will be my next biggest expenses, which I’ll be blogging about as I figure out the best ways to keep these bills low.
Living outside of the house I grew up in for the first time in 23 years is still a very weird feeling and I’m not used to the new living arrangement yet. Obviously over time as I become more familiar with the area I live and I meet more people I’m sure it will start to feel more like home.
I’m excited to blog about this new chapter in both my personal and financial journey. I’m sure there will be plenty of mistakes, experiences, and insights to blog about along the way. Thanks for reading 🙂
Zach is the author behind Four Pillar Freedom, a blog that teaches you how to build wealth and gain freedom in life.
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