If you ever invited your mother to your college dorm, you know how this usually goes: She might gasp at the pile of dirty dishes, the heap of clothes on the floor or the fact that your bed is unmade.
Despite the grief that you may have gotten from her, you love your mother and know that she only wants the best for you. Show her that you’ve grown since your college days and impress her with a mother-approved first apartment. But what does it take for your new place to be meet mom standards? Well, I’ll let you in on a few secrets:
1. Focus on Location
Let’s be honest: Mom probably won’t like the idea of you being too far away, but you can her mind at ease by finding your first apartment in a safe neighborhood with plenty of amenities nearby.
2. Conduct Roommate Research
Living with a roommate can save lots of money over the long run, and they can also offer you some company during the week. But take it from me, never live someone without really doing your research first. You’ll want to choose someone who mom would approve of, after all.
Instead of casting your pole out in the world of Craigslist to find a roommate (lots of potential for crazies), ask your friends and family on social media first. Post a Facebook status or tweet asking if anyone in your area is looking for a roommate.
Maybe a friend of a friend needs a place to live, and you’ll already know someone who can give you a pretty good analysis of this person. In that same vein, feel free to check out your potential roommates’ social media accounts. Their pictures and information could give you a fairly good idea of their personality and living habits.
3. Keep it Clean
The first thing that your mother is going to notice when she steps foot into your first apartment is how tidy (or messy) everything is. Cleaning up before mom gets there means more than shoving everything into a nearby closet. She knows your old tricks!
After you pick up any clutter, wipe down surfaces and clean the floors, don’t forget to deodorize! A bad smell can quickly take the attention away from your sparkling clean apartment. Zap odors before mom heads over by always having a few candles or diffusers on-hand. You may even want to tackle certain areas of your apartment that smell the worst.
For instance, a sink that was just filled with dirty dishes doesn’t exactly smell like roses. To freshen it up, put a few ice cubes in the disposal to clean off the blades. Then toss in a few orange or lemon peels to give your garbage disposal a citrusy clean scent. Mom might even be asking you for tips to clean up her kitchen. Oh how the tables have turned, mom.
Have blank, boring walls ever been mother approved? I don’t think so. Even if you don’t have the slightest clue as to how to decorate your apartment, it can be done (I promise). Decorating doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here are some easy ideas that won’t break the bank:
Use removable wallpaper. Not all rentals will allow you to paint the walls, and um, who wants to do that anyway? Save yourself the time, money and frustration by using removable wallpaper. You can take it down anytime you want, and it can add a fresh accent of color and pattern to your walls. Learn the basic of removable wallpaper here.
Decorate with flowers. One of the easiest ways to enhance the look of your apartment is with fresh cut blooms. Find a fun vase (thrift stores have super cheap, cool finds) pop in an arrangement of flowers, and set it on your kitchen table, coffee table or bathroom vanity to brighten up the space.
Hang family photos. That’s right–tug at mom’s heart strings by hanging a few family photos in your first apartment. Here are some great DIY wall art ideas using Instagram photos.
Next step: Invite mom over and watch her jaw drop (in a good way, finally).