Downsizing to a 1 Bedroom Apartment

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
253 posts
Helper bee

@ArizonaGirl:  I totally understand how you are feeling right now. It’s like your head knows its the best decision but your heart wants more space and the luxuries of having two bedrooms.

Me and my boyfriend are living together. I wanted him to get a storage unit for his furniture. We will be moving into another place soon, but the expense of it didn’t make sense.

I cleaned out my spare bedroom and turned it into a storage space for him. I am OCD and I hate clutter and messes, and guess what? It doesnt bother me in the least.

Having a desk in the living room can be fine. You just put it where the kitchen table would be and maybe you guys can eat at the couch with a big coffee table or buy some bar stools. It’s really no big deal. I had a desk in my living room after college.

You really are making the right choice for your future and it is temporary. I know how you are feeling right now and I promise it will be ok.



Post # 4
153 posts
Blushing bee

You would only be signing a 1 year lease right?   Why not go with the one bedroom.  Save some more money, make sure you really like the town and neighborhood, and tell the complex you would like to upgrade to a 2 bedroom when it becomes available.  Often companies will allow you to switch your lease to an upgrade.

by the way, from a financial situation, you should look at what interest rate you have on your student loans and what kind of interest you are getting on your savings.  It may be worth your while to pay off your student loans more quickly if you have a cushion in the bank.


Post # 5
1234 posts
Bumble bee

@ArizonaGirl:   There are those who will say you’re being spoiled, but I think what matters is how you handle it. As long as you don’t whine or pitch a fit about it, I don’t think you’re spoiled. Everyone has selfish, “But what about me?!” moments. What matters is how you handle them.

That being said, I get what you mean about the whole 2 closets thing. We have a his/hers closet and I take up most of it (although one side is mostly taken by a chest of drawers for extra sheets and my winter clothes), plus one more drawer than half of our dresser. I never buy clothes, though- 80% of my clothes are hand-me-downs and I wear clothes until they simply can’t be worn anymore.

Post # 6
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It’s tough, but I think you can find a way to make the one bedroom work.  Ikea is my fav place and has the best storage solutions (underbed, shelves over doorways), things you might never consider.  It is a huge money saver, and just think where you’ll be if you do this for one year?  After that you can always switch to a bigger place if there are any open there?

Just remember the 2 bedroom being at the top of your budget, and you never consider all the costs for a place (you just can’t), with so many unknowns (how much furniture you’ll need, what your electric bill will look like, etc).  I have had three apartments in my life so far, and each one had hidden costs I never even thought of, so I’d be in bad shape if I started at the top of what I could afford 🙁

Post # 7
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ArizonaGirl:  My husband & I are similarly going through a dilema about staying in our crowded one bedroom apartment, or moving into another 1 bedroom in building that is bigger & has a lot more closet & storage space.

I did some praying about it, & some thinking, & ultimately what is best for us in the long run is more important than what make us comfortable right now, so we have decided to stick it out & continue living in our current apartment.

I think the 1 bedroom is a really good idea for you, but I that as a woman you start to mentally “nest” & imagine how beautiful a space will be. You have the whole place decorated & set in wstone in your mind before you even pull the trigger on signing the lease.

But, sometimes you have to make the tough decision to re-evaluate what is best for you in the long. I think you will ultimately be happy that you chose financial security & saving over a larger space.

Post # 11
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I understand the desire for a 2 bedroom, but I think that you should stick with the one bed.  You still have $40k in student debt to pay off – that a LOT!  I personally would treat that as “real” debt and get out of it as fast as possible.

A second bedroom is a luxury, not a necessity.  I think that you could put that $600/month to better use.

Post # 12
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Um… you are not debt free. In fact you have so much debt that one could buy a small condo in cash with all that you owe!!!

Move into the one bedroom and use the money that you’re saving to pay off your debt!

Post # 13
4367 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am more concerned with the fact that you are considering moving in with him so soon after he emotional outburst.  I think more time needs to be considered & some healing going on after that fight.  2 weeks is not enough time and going from that to moving into together is absolutely insane.  I hope there has been astrong decision about budget since he blew his lid over $100.

Post # 14
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ArizonaGirl:  Ugh. I know the feeling! We have a 2BR apartment and have a baby on the way. Great, right?

Not when DH needs a home office!

So we’re waiting to buy a house until DH gets his big upper management promotion… And putting the baby’s stuff everywhere. The crib is in our room, the dresser is going to wind up in his office… It’s a mess!

Congrats on moving in together, but it BLOWS that you’re going to be stuffed in there!

Post # 15
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My FI and I only have one real closet. So he puts his clothes in a large dresser and mine go in the closet. The few things he has that need to be hung up are just in my closet. Could you do that?

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