You've worn the same sweater to work two days in a row, hoping no one sees because the rest of your clothing are still in one of the boxes you haven't unpacked. Your apartment resembles a cross between a college dorm room and an Ikea stock room. There are boxes everywhere you look—in the hall, under the bed, even in the closet. It's a mess! You decide it's time to make some space by throwing out all of your old clothes and donating the money you would have spent on new outfits to the homeless shelter down the street.
Now that your place is looking nice, take out some moving blankets or ask a friend to help you cover up some of your furniture with them. This will help keep the dust down while you're putting everything away.
When you're done packing, set up a temporary kitchen table in your living room (or any other room where you won't be sitting for several hours at a time). Put a sheet of plywood over it so your guests don't cut themselves on their way to the bathroom.
Make sure everyone has a map and list of local restaurants with reviews. If you have a phone with Internet access, send out text messages with directions to important locations such as the airport or hospital.
Don't forget about your pets! Make sure they have water and food before you leave home.
A typical Japanese apartment is seen here. If there is room for a washing machine, it will be crammed in like this. See the list below. Dryers are uncommon. The majority of folks hang their laundry on the balcony. If you want to do the same, make sure your building allows it.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is here that everyone gathers for meals and conversations. Take a look at what a typical Japanese kitchen looks like. You will see that it is small but very functional. There is no need for lots of space because everything is accessible from the dining area. An oven or microwave would not fit under the counter so they are usually placed on a wall above it.
The bathroom is also small but very efficient. A toilet, a washbasin, and a shower are all tucked into one space. Most buildings will have a public bath where residents can come together to take showers or just use the facilities. This is also where people can change into clean clothes or put away clothes that were washed earlier.
Japanese apartments tend to be older and smaller than those in America. There are several reasons for this. First, Japan has a population of nearly 100 million people. That's more than twice the size of America! They don't have enough space to build new homes and renovate old ones at the same time.
The living room is also called the parlor because this is where people would hang out to have conversations. Later on, other rooms were added to houses, so the term "parlor" came to mean any room used for socializing or entertainment.
In English homes, the parlor was usually located on the first floor next to the entrance door. It was a large open area with plenty of space for seating and tables where families could visit and entertain guests. The word "parlor" comes from the French word "parloir", which means "to talk". So, the parlor is where we talk.
In American homes, the parlor is usually a separate room instead of being part of the main living room. It often has a wall of windows that look out onto the street, which allows people to see who is at the door without having to go through the trouble of opening it. This use of windows as doors is something you won't find in European homes.
The parlor is most commonly found in smaller households or those without children.