What could be a better way to start off 2015 than with a spotless living space? Although plenty of those pesky New Year’s resolutions may fall by wayside, cleanliness shouldn’t be one of them. Keep your apartment spick and span throughout the year with these easy yet effective apartment cleaning hacks. Read the rest of this entry »
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The holidays are upon us, which means it’s time to start decorating (if you haven’t already.) Between gifts, travel expenses if you go out of town, and hosting family and friends, the holidays can become a an expensive time of year. However, decorations don’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of traditional holiday decorations you can make yourself that are much cheaper than buying them outright. Here are a few of our favorite DIY holiday ideas to make your home and bank account happy:
Traditional wreaths can be on the pricier side, especially if you add extras like lights. Instead, decorate your doors with wreaths made out of present bows. All you’ll need is a Styrofoam wreath (available at most craft stores), a bunch of bows in different sizes and colors, and a hot glue gun. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve ever shared a wall with rowdy renters, you know how frustrating it can be to live in an apartment. Living next to noisy neighbors can lead to loss of patience, sleepless nights, distraction, and general twitchiness. While you can’t always control the way your neighbors behave, you can be a good neighbor yourself and limit the amount of noise that gets out of your apartment as you go about your day. Here are some apartment living tips and ways you can soundproof your apartment so you can be a courteous neighbor by keeping the noise inside your apartment.
1. Mind your windows. This is actually one of the easiest things you can do to alleviate noise pollution in your apartment. Living in an apartment complex often means sharing common areas like courtyards, patios, or even simply sidewalks and parking lots. This shared space can be a boon if you want to get to know your neighbors, but a nuisance if sound carries easily throughout the complex. To cut down on noise in close quarters, make sure you close your windows when you have large groups of people over, are watching a loud movie or TV show, or playing video games with loud music or sound effects.
2. Improve your laundry room. If you have your own washing machine and dryer in your apartment, there’s a chance that your neighbors are well aware of when you do your laundry. To minimize noise and vibrations from your washer and dryer, lay down some rugs to absorb the sound and vibration of the machines, and also add some acoustic paneling if your lease allows.
3. Stay quiet at night. Even if you’re a night owl yourself, it’s best to respect the fact that others may have to go to bed early, or else have small children who do. If you can, avoid running the dishwasher, vacuuming, drawing a bath, or rearranging your furniture late at night. Your neighbors will thank you for a peaceful sleep.
4. Turn down the sound on your electronics. It can be easy when watching TV or listening to music to forget about the volume. Be a considerate neighbor by changing the settings on your TV to minimize the bass, be mindful of louder parts of action movies or shows and adjust the volume while you watch, and relocate your subwoofers away from any shared walls to lend your neighbors a little relief.
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Everyone loves music, but not everyone loves living near a musician. You may think your wailing solos sound great, but those who live near you may not agree. In apartments, soundproofing your space can be vital if you don’t want to win your building’s “Most Hated Neighbor” award.
Apartment soundproofing can run into some money, and since you don’t own your home, you won’t want to make a major investment in it. However, there are easy ways to cut down on the amount of noise your neighbors hear.
First, make one room your practice room, and concentrate your apartment soundproofing efforts on it. This will be much easier than tackling the whole apartment. Choose a small room (or even a walk-in closet) that is as far from your neighbors as you can get. Then try these apartment soundproofing tips.
Walls. Egg-crate foam panels are a good form of apartment soundproofing. Cut sheets of inexpensive wallboard to fit your walls. Attach the smooth side of the foam to the boards with a staple gun or adhesive. Tack the wallboard to the walls. For extra sound dampening, cover the panels with heavy fabric, tapestries, or curtains. Foam panels may be used on the ceiling as well.
Floor. A heavy rug will help with apartment soundproofing. For best results, it should cover the entire floor. Use a thick foam underpad to help reduce noise transmission.
Door. Don’t forget that a lot of sound can leak through a door. For inexpensive apartment soundproofing, use weatherstripping foam tape on the top and sides of the doorway and install a sweep on the bottom edge. For additional noise reduction, hang a heavy curtain over the door.
The success of apartment soundproofing may be limited, so always be considerate of your neighbors. Find out if they are away from home at regular times, and try to practice then. Explore ways to reduce the sound your instrument makes. Mutes are available for many stringed and wind instruments. You can get electric keyboards, guitars, even drums and use headphones when you practice.
If apartment soundproofing simply doesn’t work, it may be time to pack your instrument and move. Use our site to find Phoenix apartments, Seattle apartments, Dallas apartments, and Austin apartments where your chops will be appreciated.
Once pests invade apartments they can be a real pain to eliminate. We have compiled some helpful tips for controlling and solving your insect problem without using toxic chemicals in your home:
Block entryways with petroleum jelly or duct tape and sprinkle with cayenne pepper or cinnamon, which interacts with their feelers. Wipe down area with vinegar and water solution. Vinegar removes the scent trails and keeps them from coming back to the same source in apartments. To reduce and kill your ant population in faster way, borax mixed with jelly ruins digestive system and the exoskeleton.
Roaches are attracted to water so it is important to not leave stagnant water in the sink, avoid humidity, and wipe all spills. While you are at it, put all produce, bread, and perishable food items in the fridge. Mix borax with sugar. Like with the ants, it damages their exoskeleton and their digestive system. Will take about 2 weeks to see results, as the roaches continually cary and ingest the deadly, yet non-toxic, method. You can even make your own non-toxic trap: coat the insides of a mason jar with petroleum jelly and fill jar with a healthy slice of bread. They cannot crawl up the sides of the jar and are trapped inside. This method will not kill the whole colony at a rapid rate, but it will get rid of surface level insects.
We like this nifty method for getting rid of fruit flies in apartments. Pour a glass of wine or orange juice into a cup. Then, cover it with saran wrap, and poke 6-8 small holes with a needle for flies to crawl into. They will not be able to fly out of the glass and will remain trapped. If you like to keep the doors open occasionally in your apartment, keep a pot or a few sprigs of basil in your home to repel fruit flies.
Moths like dark and cozy area like your closet. They can produce larvae and hatch eggs in your garments and leave holes in your clothes. A satchel of cedar blocks and/or lavender can eliminate this problem in apartments. Cedar will kill the larvae, and lavender will act as a repellant to prevent future infestations. Consider it a 1, 2 punch to moth colonies!
Spring is here. The weather is changing, and now could be a good time to use that green thumb to add some color and decor with a garden. However, if you’re looking to find an apartment, the thought of adding a garden can seem downright impractical.
Small patios, cramped spaces and lack of sunlight don’t have to be impediments to adding some green ambiance to your apartment living.
So, if you’ve decided to focus on your moving checklist and crossed apartment garden off your wish list, here are a few tips to turn your urban patio and even your windowsill into an outdoor surprise.
1. Climate, Season and Sunlight
If you are still looking to find an apartment, the available sunlight makes a big difference. But so does the type of garden. Consider types of annuals depending on the season. For example, cold hardy snapdragons bloom in fall, are quiet during winter and come alive again in spring. Begonias are a great summer annual that do not always require full sun.
Choosing plants according to climate, season and sunlight adapted to where you live, will provide for optimal growth and can add some nice color to an apartment patio or sill.
2. Space Saving
If patio space is at a premium, consider a trellis or hanging pole. These are great space savers allowing a garden to spread vertically rather than horizontally. Hanging poles are quite common and great ways to grow tomatoes.
If patio space is non-existent, don’t fret. A windowbox can double as its larger than life cousin, the planter box. Hung from a windowsill, even a railing, that apartment garden can still become a reality.
3. Try Containers
With minimal room for large pots, some flowers, herbs and vegetables thrive in small containers. That empty canning jar, painted tomato cans and nearly anything can be substituted as a space-saving container for your apartment garden. We’re only limited by our own creativity.
When choosing a container, ideally, you want to ensure that it is large enough so as not to constrain the root system. Multiple plants in small spaces can compete for space, thus inhibiting growth.
Small apartment living space does not automatically mean the loss of a green thumb. However, a little research will yield many options that’ll add some style, color and possibly even put food on your table.
Doing the dishes, vacuuming, dusting, laundry — a lot of work goes into maintaining apartments and keeping your apartment clean. But one simple task that’s easily overlooked is changing your apartment’s air filter, which is something that needs to be done every 1 to 3 months depending on the type of filter you have. Not only can it improve the air quality inside your home — it catches dirt, dust and pet dander — but it can help your apartment’s air conditioner run more efficiently.
Since regularly changing the air filter can help keep an apartment’s air conditioner running smoothly, some apartment complexes may handle doing this for you. For most renters, though, this is something you’ll need to remember to do on your own. Set a reminder on your calender, or pick an easy day to remember like the first day of the month, so you’ll always know when it’s time to change your apartment air filter.
Know the Size of Your Air Filter
Before you go out and buy a new filter, write down the size you need — there are quite a few sizes to choose from, so you’ll more than likely wind up guessing wrong if you try. If you don’t see the size clearly written on the air filter that’s currently in there, call up your apartment manager and ask.
Buying an Air Filter
Air filters range in cost from a few dollars to as much as $30. The cost depends on the quality and lifespan of the filter, so consider doing some research beforehand. A good air filter may make an apartment more comfortable for allergy sufferers.
Replacing the Air Filter
No need to be intimidated by a big A/C unit. Replacing your apartment’s air filter is easy — you typically just have to pop it into place or slide it into place. If you’re unsure of where the filter goes or how to put it in, contact your apartment maintenance to ask, or to request that someone come in and do it for you.