In short, all of those things that you were willing to ignore when you were signing your lease are starting to add up. So what do you do about it?
That's What Landlords are For
If your problem is easily solvable, like a leaky sink or sticky door lock, give your landlord a call. No one wants to be "that guy," but seriously, that is what they're there for. If you wanted to fix your dishwasher yourself, you wouldn't be renting, now would you?
Find a Quick Fix
A little anecdote, my apartment is weird and my neighbor and I share a thermostat...that she has control over. Now, I understand that everyone has different opinions on what is an "appropriate" temperature, but lately I have been coming home to a 60 degree apartment. Seriously, y'all...Peek is going to turn into a fuzzy popsicle.
Sooo, after talking with my neighbor and a rather unhelpful call to my landlord (they aren't always miracle workers), I am now writing this post while sitting directly in front of my new space heater (thanks Mom and Dad!). Sure, it's a drier heat. Sure I have to wait for my apartment to warm up when I get home, but it's better than whining about it while I freeze to death. You can't change every situation, so make the best of it.
Make it Feel Like New
Maybe you can't find a new place until June, but that doesn't mean you're stuck in the same old space. Sometimes a quick rearrangement of furniture can be just the trick to falling in love with your home all over again. You can also add a new piece of art or a different bedspread to create a new feel. Need a bigger change? Depending on your house or apartment, ask your landlord if it's okay to paint! Finding a way to personalize your space will make it feel more like home when you walk in the door.
Start Taking Notes
Wish you had a larger closet? Or more counter space in your kitchen? Start making a list of the inconveniences of your current apartment. It is easy to overlook potential issues when you are shopping for a new place. If you have a list of what you know is important (a bedroom door is still at the top of mine), then you won't fall into the same old trap. A year isn't forever, but it can be a long time to live in a place you aren't happy with. Start your list now so you can be sure to learn from your mistakes.
Worst case scenario, you could always just move in with your parents, right?
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