A nice thing about renting a furnished apartment: not having to buy furniture, obviously. This was super-convenient and made it easy to start settling into the house right away upon bringing my suitcases up and my boxes out of the storage unit. It also made the move a fraction of the potential cost, since buying an apartment-ful of furniture is expensive. Again, obviously! These benefits are so obvious that I overlooked a couple of obvious facts: that I like shopping and that furniture is fun to pick out. Dang.