Last week, I talked about how my striving stewardess ways were changed a bit while we spent time in the temporary corporate apartment as we transition to life in Texas. This week, I want to share a bit more about our modifications, because life in a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is slightly different than living in a house with a yard.
Appliances. Because we obviously didn’t get a say in the purchase of these, it was very easy to not consider the impact–both environmental and financial–of utilizing these. I washed and dried a load of laundry daily, and freely used the detergent provided. I didn’t change the “heat dry” setting on the dishwasher, because, hey, “it’s not mine!”
Although the appliances were lovely, they didn’t advertise their environmental friendliness, which leads me to assume they were not the greenest models out there. Modification: Short of picking out the greenest appliances out there (which unfortunately would likely cost quite a bit), I would need to be more mindful of my usage of apartment appliances–air-drying as Ronnica does, using the dishwasher only when completely full, etc.
TV. Cable television came with the apartment. Free! Having gone without cable for years, I was amazed at how easy it was to fall into the habit of channel surfing and mindless viewing. Modification: Many communities, be they apartment or otherwise, provide certain services, such as cable, for their residents. Were the community we live in to ever offer free cable (or something similar), I would need to be very careful of falling into old ways, being mindful of good time management practices, and maybe even tossing the TV altogether!
I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to stay in an apartment. As noted last week, it served as a good reminder to me to always be open to new ways of doing things, and also that there are several ways to live a life of stewardship!