If you're going from living at home, or just moving into a new place on your own for the first time, there are some important skills that you might not know that will come in handy one day.
1. How to Unclog a drain or toilet
While we do have maintenance staff that can unclog a toilet or drain, it is best to know how to take care of this yourself-especially if you have friends or family on the way over to your apartment! In almost every case a plunger should unclog a toilet or drain, and if you have one, a flexible snake would also do the trick. It is best not to use a drain cleaner as many have corrosive chemicals that can significantly damage pipes. If you can't unclog the drain yourself then absolutely go and speak to your building staff for assistance!
2. Use a fire extinguisher
In most cases a small fire can be put out without the use of a fire extinguisher, but if you do need to use one then you need to know which one to use and how to use it.
3. Perform Heimlich Maneuver/CPR
If you have a roommate and they start to choke on something they're eating, it would be imperative and life saving for you to be able to perform the Heimlich Maneuver and CPR. To learn both, make a day out of it and go with your roommate(s) to training at a local hospital, fire department or community center when they give free classes.
4. Hang a picture
The bare walls of an apartment when you first move in are just asking for decoration, and the best way to decorate your walls is with framed pictures and art. Depending on the size and weight of the framed picture you're hanging, you may need to use different tools, but thankfully there's a great article to detail multiple ways to hang any size of framed art.
5. Organize storage spaces
One of the biggest problems people face is a lack of storage space that leads to clutter in their apartments. Keeping you closets and living space tidy and free of clutter is easier than you might think and has many benefits. There are also many products that can help you organize and keep things in order. Shelving, stacking boxes, and under-the-bed storage cases are a great way to start.