The old adage “practice makes perfect” does not seem to hold true when it comes to moving into a new home. My boyfriend recently moved into a new apartment, and we’ve shared laughs over some of the most difficult things he’s had to try and figure out about his new living situation. Here’s a list of what we think are the 7 most confusing things to learn when moving to a new place – do any of these sound familiar?
- How to connect to Wi-Fi
Probably the most immediate need you’ll have in your new abode is the code for Wi-Fi – after all, you’ve got to save your precious data for when you’re out and about in some godforsaken, WiFi-less place like the DMV. Getting the Wi-Fi name and password can be a lot more challenging than you’d expect. My friend and I once dug through piles of wires to find the bottom of the WiFi box, because that’s where the complicated, alphanumeric password, which of course nobody in their right mind would memorize (think: g7HHaqq48iMN), was inscribed. And sometimes even finding the right network name can be confusing because some of them look EXACTLY the same, while others are so punny and clever you can’t help but want to become friends with the neighbors who came up with them.
- How the shower works
Shower handles are like snowflakes – no two are ever the same. Hands down the most confusing thing to learn in your new home is how the shower works, from getting the water started to getting the temperature just right. Too gentle of a nudge and you’re freezing in a waterfall of Antarctic, glacial waters; too much one way and you’re melting in the depths of Mordor. I once visited a friend and spent 20 minutes trying to figure out how the shower worked – I ended up not figuring it out, so I had to shower by squatting and cupping my hands to collect water!
- How to use the laundry machines
Levers of any kind take some time to master. Once you’ve lived somewhere, you get used to the quirks of your laundry machines. But stick someone in front of an unfamiliar washer and dryer and you’re bound to see them staring blankly at all the different buttons. Just hope you don’t end up like one of these poor folks!
- How to lock and unlock the doors
When one door closes, another opens – and so it is when you say goodbye to your old apartment and hello to your new one. But getting through the new door into your new apartment can be rather tough if you don’t know which way you’re supposed to turn the key. And locking the door on your way out can be confusing too – some doors lock automatically, while others require you lock them from the inside before heading out.
- How all the light switches are connected
Flipping a light switch can be a never-ending game of trial and error – it’s hard to remember what each one is connected to. When there are two or more in a row, it can be even more confusing – good luck trying to figure out which switch is connected to which light!
- Where the hell you’re going to park
If you’re moving into a new city, it can be a task to find a parking spot. New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are all cities especially notorious for having impossible parking situations. If you’re lucky enough to have a spot in a garage, take a moment to feel sorry for the rest of us who have to deal with the daily struggles of parallel parking and endlessly having to drive in circles to try and find an open spot.
- How the hell you’re going to fit all your stuff
When you start packing up all your stuff to move from one place to another, you realize just how much stuff you have. Figuring out where everything’s going to fit in your new home is often like playing one huge game of Tetris. Don’t worry – you can always stuff everything into the closet!
There are definitely struggles that come with moving from one place to another. But the challenges are well worth the rewards of excitement and opportunity ahead of you as you start a new chapter in your life. Laugh off the funny and/or confusing moments and remember to enjoy the new experiences you have – in time, they may become some of your best memories!
Keep on Crushin’,