In case you haven't heard, this Kim Kardashian game is sweeping the nation, and currently holding down the number one spot on iTunes' free apps chart. I downloaded it, thanks to an insatiable curiosity and chronic fear of missing out, and guess what? It's way more fun than it has any reason to be. After three days of making my way up to the "D" list, I've come away with 27,300 virtual fans and a handful of real lessons about life at home. Place tongue firmly in cheek and read on.
Spend lots of time with your people.
In the app, you're encouraged to network and mingle and spend time on dates; it's how you move your way up the Hollywood ladder in your quest to become a celebrity. Real-life dates offer more than just status, though. Great times with great friends fill your space with memories and turn a house into a home. Invite people over, and often, for a plentiful life.
You don't have to buy everything at once.
Your apartment in the game starts with bare bones—there's not much more than a bed inside. But you know what? It works. Once you've saved up enough money, it's a treat to outfit your space with a nice sofa or a top of the line entertainment center. In the meantime, you realize that whatever you have right now is enough to get by. Filling your home is about the journey, not the destination.
It's good to live close to work.
Since a bus ride to Calabasas costs more than a plane ticket to Miami in the game, you'll find that you go through a lot of cash commuting around town. Once you can afford to buy the mansion next to the boutique, it's a boost that your home and your job are on the same street. In the game, it's money saved. In real life, living close to work saves time and sanity, too.
Pets provide you with abundant energy.
In the app, collecting bolts of energy is the only way you're able to get things done, like photo shoots and event appearances. Owning a pet in the game provides you with tons of energy you wouldn't get otherwise, and that goes the same for real life at home. If you have the time, a pet is a worthwhile investment that fills your home with happiness and pays you back in love.
Get out often.
You only get calls from your manager and publicist when you're outside with idle time. It's a virtual reminder that as nice as it is to be at home, there's a world of opportunity happening right outside your door. Enjoy time in your space, but get out as often as you can and experience new things.
Pay your rent.
I ventured into my virtual apartment late in the week and found my landlord inside hounding me for $750 I owed him and threatening to kick me out on the street. The lesson? Housing is cheap in fake Hollywood (compared to the cost of living in real L.A.), and you should always, always pay your rent on time.