Renting: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Hi Made By Girl readers! This is Alison - a graphic designer living & working in Raleigh, NC. I have a blog called Alison Citron & a stationery shop but I also love Interiors! Today I'm here to share my rental experience with you! 

Living in an apartment means limited space - which means you are forced to curate your belongings. This means that you need to get rid of the clutter that can drag you and your space down, and you end up surrounded by the stuff you really like and use. You also aren't tied down to the space - if your needs change, you can just move, easy as that. 


You are living in close quarters with other people. As an example: we can hear our neighbors talking sometimes, which of course makes us aware that other people may be listening in to us. 

Sometimes our upstairs neighbor walking around has woken us up - and even worse, we have heard neighbors’, ahem, ‘intimate’ activities, which is obviously NOT ideal.


If your neighbors aren’t responsible for their space, you can be the one who ends up dealing with the consequences. Where I live, some people own their individual units in the complex. My upstairs neighbor owns his unit, and hadn’t kept up with maintenance. 

One day we had water coming through our bathroom ceiling. We ended up having a big hole in the ceiling for a month before they finally took care of it, and we could see upstairs through it! It really gave us a whole new appreciation for privacy (and taking care of our space).

Are you renting??

If you'd like to share, the good, the bad, the ugly of living in a rental here on MadeByGirl blog, email me your submission with 3-4 pictures of your apartment! Pls use the same format as above!



  1. Hey! I just saw that you live in Raleigh! I do too, and I've been following your blog for a long time. I live in the North Hills area. I am a big DIY'er and love interior design, party design, and I used to have an Etsy shop making children's clothes. Anyway, sorry to sound stocker-ish, I just get excited when I find another favorite blogger in our area! :)


  2. I hate the fact that we can't paint so we use wrapping paper on out book shelves and add little touches of color wherever we can.


  3. 100% agree with the curating of belongings - it really helps keep things light and concise (for want of a better word!).

  4. Being a student living in off campus housing, I know what it's like to rent for sure!

    Decorating your own room with what you love and choosing good housemates is what really makes a difference :)


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