Halloween is almost here, and that means lots of spook-tacular celebrations are too! Do you live in a studio apartment? No worries! You don’t have to rent Frankenstein’s castle to throw a truly ghoulish gathering. Use these fun ideas for decorations, food, and games that are totally doable…or, shall we say, BOO-able—even if you’ve got a small space to work with. Now let’s get down to some scary business! Read the rest of this entry »
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Prepare the pumpkins, fire up the cauldron and get your eye of gnoot ready – the spookiest night of the year is coming up fast! All Hallow’s Eve is the perfect excuse for one thing: throwing a scary good shindig at your apartment. Read the rest of this entry »
The library is packed, the sun at the park is creating a blinding glare off of your computer screen, and those five dollar lattes from the coffee shop are really eating up your budget for, well, eating…so where on earth are you going to study for that Chem test? If you’re one of many college students living in an apartment, chances are that your place is no mansion. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to create your ideal study space amidst your one bedroom or even studio apartment! Check out these tips on how to create a space that’ll guide you straight ahead to straight A’s. Read the rest of this entry »
As we head toward the end of January, it may be slightly embarrassing to admit that you’ve still got decorations from the holidays decking the halls of your home. If you’re an apartment renter, the prospect of squeezing that artificial tree back into the corner of the coat closet may seem especially daunting. Whether you rent a one-bedroom apartment or a studio, have no fear! Here are 4 space-saving tips for how to pack away the holiday chaos in an orderly fashion.
Tip #1: Use old egg crates to store ornaments
Looking for a quick and easy way to store fragile ornaments? Simply take an old egg carton out of the fridge and place an ornament in each cranny and close the lid! Your ornaments are protected and organized in a snap! It no longer takes professional boxes, bags and tissue paper to store the tree décor.
Tip #2: Use leftover cardboard boxes to wrap up lights tangle-free Read the rest of this entry »
After comparing many, many apartments, you’ve chosen your perfect small apartment, signed the lease, moved in, and unpacked. But an apartment’s space may not quite feel like home until you’ve had guests over. A housewarming party is a great way to break in a new apartment, let your family and friends see your new place, and maybe even meet your apartment’s neighbors so you can start to make friends.
But a small apartment might leave you wanting for room to maneuver, which can be difficult when planning a get-together. Inviting all of your nearest and dearest over might be a bit cramped. That’s why it’s all about ingenuity when it comes to planning a small apartment’s housewarming party. If you get creative with what you’ve got, your housewarming party will be a success, no matter your apartment’s size!
Stay Neat and Clean
Even if you’re an untidy apartment-dweller by day, it’s important to clean up before a small apartment’s housewarming party. Even a little clutter will likely limit seating or floor space, and you’re going to need as much room as you can get.
Stash the Breakables
While you’re cleaning, it may be wise to hide anything fragile so that it doesn’t get knocked over during the course of the party. Lots of people in a small space often leads to some jostling around, and it would be a shame for a favorite picture frame or a treasured knickknack to suffer damage because of a little bump to your apartment’s bookshelf.
When you tidy up, make sure every one of your apartment’s horizontal surfaces is cleared off. That way you can use your coffee table as a buffet, your kitchen counters for cups, napkins, and beverages, and free up your end tables and kitchen table as places to set food and drinks.
Choose Finger Foods
Finding a place to set a plate down and eat in a small apartment can be tough. Skip the cutlery and full-size plates and give your guests finger foods instead. With the options of small plates or sturdy napkins, they can stand and chat while nibbling on appetizers or dinner foods.
When you walk into your apartment’s kitchen, do you find dishes piled up in your sink, your cabinets filled with an explosion of Tupperware, and half of your knives M.I.A.? If yours is a small apartment, this predicament is understandable. Small apartment living is fraught with plenty of challenges when it comes to finding enough space in your apartment. Living and cooking in a small kitchen can be a challenge, especially if you’re not well-organized. You might even be discouraged from cooking altogether, since there might not be much room to slice, dice, or sauté in the first place. So what’s a small-apartment dweller to do? When it comes to small apartment living, even the messiest among us can make (pardon the pun) little changes that will make a big difference. Use these easy tricks and tools for small apartment living to turn your small kitchen into a clutter-free, cook-friendly zone.
It’s the Little Things
Don’t sweat the small stuff—hang it up instead! Oftentimes, teaspoons, mixer attachments, measuring cups, and other small cooking tools get thrown together into whatever small drawer is available in favor of making room for the big things in other drawers. Separate them and make them easy to access by using under-shelf hooks to hang up little cooking implements to eliminate mess. You can also put 3M-style hooks on the inside of kitchen cabinets to the same effect.
Dish It Out
Drying racks take up valuable counter space, so move those dishes up with a wall-mounted dish rack above the sink. They’ll drip-dry easily and out of the way. Suddenly, doing dishes by hand is much less annoying.
Put up a pegboard on a blank wall and use it to hang large cookware that won’t fit in any other cabinet. In fact, if you get creative, pegboards can be great for more than skillets. Rest your rolling pin on top of two well-spaced pegs, hang a basket up for smaller tools, or use individual pegs to hold up mugs and teacups.
Knives are really something you don’t want lying haphazardly in a drawer. Not only are they dangerous if you’re looking for a cleaver in a hurry, but all that jostling around can dull the blades. Get a magnetic knife strip and attach to your kitchen wall. Your knifes will stay safe and visible, and free up even more drawer space.
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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.