Don’t get us wrong. A little apartment DIY can be a fun, crafty way to decorate a space on the cheap. But if you have too much fun with your upcycled cork projects, you may find yourself getting into the harder stuff. Thermostat installation? Maybe. Kitchen island demolition? Watch out. There’s a line between do-it-yourself and shouldn’t-have-done-it. If you’re fighting the DIY bug, here are some tips to help avoid falling down the rabbit hole of complicated apartment DIY.
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You’d be surprised how small of a space you can cram a shower, toilet and sink into. The good news is, with a little creativity, you can create more storage than you think in your fun-sized bathroom.
For items that you take to the sink every day – toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, makeup, comb, or whatever it may be – find a cheap, decorative basket to easily stash your essentials wherever they may fit. Read the rest of this entry »
Apartment living can come with a lot of perks: a great local community to interact with, paid amenities, and free maintenance. But when looking at studio apartments, closet space can often leave something to be desired. Here are the top 5 easy tips for making the most out of a smaller closet. Read the rest of this entry »
Hey pal, put a cork in it! In your apartment decorating, that is. Corks aren’t just for popping champagne and making bulletin boards. Saving corks from bottles can pay off in some seriously awesome DIY décor. From one-bedroom apartments to townhouses, here are 5 ways any renter can finally put all those leftover wine corks to good use.
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Halve the cork vertically, then make a ¼-inch horizontal cut on the rounded sides of your two cork halves. Place the halves flat side down, and ta-da! It’s a couple of tiny cardholders. Host a dinner party and put them to good use—make place cards for your guests, or put out hors d’oeuvres platters and name all those unusual-looking cheeses. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the perks and benefits of living in an apartment is maintenance service. However, sometimes it’s easier to fix a problem yourself than wait for maintenance to arrive. If you’re looking to save time and frustration, follow these simple DIY tips for apartment maintenance.
Having the right tools can solve many plumbing problems. Keeping a plumber’s snake on hand can help you quickly unclog a sink or shower drain without having to call maintenance. Know the difference between a sink plunger and a toilet plunger? If you don’t, odds are you’re using the wrong one for the job. Also think about what you put down the drain. Oils, solids and even coffee grounds can clog up your garbage disposal and kitchen sink. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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!