If you’re struggling with the winter blues, you’re certainly not alone. Colder temperatures and a lack of sunlight cause many of us to simply feel “blah” in the winter months. We feel tired, unmotivated, and simply getting out of bed in the morning is a battle. Bleghk, right? Fight back with these nearly instant cures for the winter blues, most of which are totally free! Read the rest of this entry »
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Believe in yourself. Work hard. Never give up. These are some important words of wisdom for anyone looking to achieve their dreams, but we want to add, “Rent your furniture” to this list. How do you become one of those impressive people that turn their big dreams into reality? It’s all about how you spend your time, money, and energy. By renting furniture, you can make the most out of all three! Read the rest of this entry »
As cold winter weather rolls in, people shut their windows and prepare to hibernate indoors for a few months. Unfortunately, closing up your home also means trapping dust inside with you, which can be miserable for allergy-prone people. If you struggle with wintertime allergies, try these preventative measures to combat common allergy symptoms like a runny nose, scratchy throat, and itchy eyes. If you’re already suffering, we’ve got home remedies to help those aches and itches too! Read the rest of this entry »
“Staycation all I ever wanted, Staycation time to get away…” Rethinking those lyrics feels good, huh? So does rethinking your idea of a vacation. Maybe you can’t afford to take a plane and stay in a fancy hotel right now, or maybe you can’t get the time off from work. Whatever the reason, your vacation deserves to be taken and we’re here to help! So skip the travel time and make your own dang wanderlust with these four steps to having the best apartment staycation ever. Read the rest of this entry »
Depending on your style, an apartment with hardwood floors can feel cozy, swanky, or vintage. While hardwoods look good and certainly feel good under your bare feet, what about cleaning them? Here are some quick cleaning tips for apartment dwellers who want to make their hardwood floors shimmer and shine! Read the rest of this entry »
The sun feels scalding hot, tank top season is in full swing, and sweat is…dripping. Ew. Don’t get us wrong, summertime boasts some of the best times as far as seasons go, but it’s hotter than Brad Pitt/Megan Fox circa, well, any year, out there. And frankly, all we really want to do is dive into an ice cold pool. Don’t have one at your apartment complex? Check out our top tips for staying cool in your apartment when the weather gets toasty. Read the rest of this entry »
The student apartment search can be a stressful one, and making that first big move can be just as stressful. That’s why it’s best to be prepared with all the basics before you unpack all of those cardboard boxes and settle into your new student apartment. If you or someone you know is moving into a new college apartment soon, make sure these college apartment essentials are on hand. Get these must-haves for a friend, or keep them for yourself to use after the apartment search is over and you’re ready to start student apartment life.
College Apartment Toolkit Essentials
Once your apartment search is over and you’ve moved in to your new apartment, you’ll find yourself with an apartment full of unpacked boxes, unassembled furniture, and undecorated walls. That’s why every first-time student renter should have a toolbox with all the essentials. This toolkit should include screwdrivers (both Philips and flathead), duct tape, a hammer, a tape measure, a level, scissors, pliers, a crescent wrench, picture hangers, and nails and screws of assorted sizes. Have this toolkit handy when you move in, and you’ll be prepared for any building, repairing, adjusting, or decorating that you need to do.
College Apartment-Friendly Décor
Chances are that your apartment search has landed you an apartment that, while great for a student just starting out, probably doesn’t allow for a lot of permanent decorations. If your apartment’s lease prohibits painting or putting holes in the wall, don’t worry! You can opt for décor ideas like putting up temporary wallpaper, using 3M Command strips to hang posters or framed art, using a rug or throw pillows for some color, and adding your own lamps to make the room a bit cozier.
College Apartment Pantry Essentials
Now that you have a real kitchen and refrigerator, you can keep foods of all kinds in your apartment. Search your empty cupboards, however, and you’ll soon learn that there’s more to a well-stocked kitchen than what is in the fridge. To build a stock of non-perishables, get canned foods like beans, tomatoes, soups, and vegetables; stock, broth, or bouillon cubes; pasta; pasta sauce; a basic collection of spices, including salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, oregano, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, and nutmeg; olive oil; vegetable or canola oil; and baking essentials like powdered sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, flour, vanilla extract, baking soda, and baking powder.
College Apartment Kitchen Essentials
Having a full fridge and all the right dry ingredients won’t do you any good if you don’t have the right tools in the kitchen. You’ve probably already got a set of cutlery and some cookware, but don’t forget about items like a bottle opener, corkscrew, can opener, colander, ladle, tongs, and spatula.
College Apartment Roommate Essentials
If, in the course of your apartment search, you have acquired a roommate, you’ll need some tools to coexist peacefully. One such useful tool is the chore chart. Create one when you first move in, put it in a readily-visible place (like the refrigerator door), and adhere to it as best you can.
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During the search to find an apartment, there are dozens of different factors to evaluate before ultimately picking your perfect new home. And even when you do decide on the ideal apartment, you might have to choose between units at the actual property. This can be tricky, so if you have the choice between a top or bottom floor apartment, think carefully about which you’d prefer. Here are some of the ups and downs of living on the top and bottom floors of apartments, so when you find an apartment (or two!) you love, you’re ready to assess.
Living on the Top Floor
Living on the top floor has both perks and drawbacks. If you’re set on trying to find an apartment on the top floor, consider these pros and cons first.
Top Floor Pros:
- Top floor apartments tend to have the best views! Find an apartment facing the right direction and you could be treated to a beautiful sight from your living room every day.
- Since you’re further removed from the ground floor, you’ll have less noise from street traffic.
- You’ll never have ceiling noise from the upstairs neighbors.
- Top floor apartments have a significantly smaller chance of suffering a break-in from the outside.
Top Floor Cons:
- You might have to keep foot traffic to a minimum, especially at night, to make peace with your downstairs neighbors.
- Unfortunately, living on the top floor may mean hiking up and down stairs or lugging items in and out of an elevator on a daily basis.
- Heat rises, so your apartment will be a little toastier during the summer.
Living on the Bottom Floor
The ground floor has a lot of advantages that the top floor lacks, but there are also some trade-offs you should consider before settling in on the lowest level. If you find a place with a bottom floor apartment available, think about these factors before making your decision.
Bottom Floor Pros:
- You won’t have to worry about creating noise from foot traffic, which is a major plus for families with young children or excitable pets.
- You’ll have ready access to outdoor areas like playgrounds, dog parks, patios, and courtyards.
- No lugging groceries, strollers, or heavy furniture up and down stairs or to an elevator every day.
Bottom Floor Cons:
- Since you’re closer to streets and sidewalks, you’re more likely to hear traffic noise.
- Your patio, balcony, and windows are more accessible to passersby, and so are more susceptible to break-ins.
- Your windows are also easy to see into for anyone walking by, so you might have less privacy than you would on a floor that is higher up.
- You’ll have to contend with ceiling noise from your upstairs neighbors.
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Have you taken a good look at your apartment’s kitchen lately? Chances are, it’s not as clean as you think. Your kitchen is just one of many areas in your apartment that may be harboring germs. That’s because there are lots of places in apartments we don’t think twice about that could definitely benefit from a good scrubbing. You should regularly vacuum, mop, and dust your apartment, of course, but there are plenty of unlikely culprits remaining.
Take some sanitizing wipes or a good cleaning spray and go over these things in your apartment to eliminate inconspicuous germs and stay healthy.
Purses, Laptop Bags and/or Backpacks
Your bag goes with you everywhere, and is set on all manner of chairs and floors over the course of the day. Give the outside a quick cleaning with a wipe or a washcloth, and be sure you clean it out regularly. You never know what might be lingering in the bottom of that bag.
If you use your apartment’s gym, be sure you wipe down the gym equipment after you use it. Most apartments’ gyms have a spray bottle of cleaners and some paper towels handy for this surface. Wipe down anything you touched, including the dashboards of any cardio equipment and the seats of weight machines. If your apartment has no gym, be sure you clean any home gym equipment or yoga mats you may have.
Sponges and Dishrags
Your apartment’s kitchen cleaning implements spend so much time cleaning dirty dishes and surfaces that they become culprits for harboring germs themselves. Wash them out every day, and put your sponges in the microwave for two minutes on high to dry and disinfect them. Replace your sponges every month to help keep your apartment’s kitchen germ-free. You can also throw your scrub brush in your dishwasher with each load of dishes, and let the machine do the work for you!
Clean your cutting boards after every use, and be extra thorough if you have used them to cut raw meat. Use two cutting boards, if you have them; one for meat, and one for fruits and vegetables.
Think about the last time you blew your nose, and then think about everything in your apartment’s living room that you touched afterward. Those are the kinds of surfaces that could benefit from a quick spritz of disinfectant. Pay attention to your apartment’s doorknobs, remote controls, light switches, computer keyboards, and faucet knobs.
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While you can easily stay fit in apartments with no gym, plenty of people prefer to have a separate facility on the premises with specialized equipment. It can be nice not to have to drive to a gym which, while possibly bigger, is not within walking distance and requires steep sign-up and monthly fees. That’s why living at an apartment complex with a gym is both a time-saver and a convenient way to exercise regularly! Read the rest of this entry »