The Lunar New Year (AKA Chinese New Year) is once again upon us. It arrives at a particular point in history where tumultuous times are the center stage of news reports across the U.S. Fear not! This is the Year of the Rooster and change (whether wanted or not) is at the heart of this zodiac sign. For those seeking growth in life — whether mental, physical, or spiritual—this is a time of joy. But for those who are resistant to something different, the challenges will flourish because change is no longer coming… change is here. The decisions you make spurred by change is what will define you in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
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Lets face it. For some, 2016 was a great year. But, for others (at least according to the Internet), it was a dumpster fire. From elections to celebrity deaths to epic movie fails, 2016 is likely a year people will try to greatly improve upon in the new year. For you, this means some things must change, others must improve, and some new items need to join the mix. These are our picks for 5 ways to get the most out of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
It is rare to go a day without hearing something new about apartment living. Everything from a new apartment community opening across the street to the rising costs of rent in the major cities. But the world is rapidly evolving, and so too is the news about apartment living. New innovations are making the apartment lifestyle more desirable than ever before. A host of other changes in typical apartment life (including prices) are changing the way we think about renting. Here’s a look our predictions for apartment life in 2017 and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome to 2016! A new year brings new opportunities to improve your lifestyle, including bettering your current apartment – or maybe even moving to a new one. This does not mean that you have to spend a lot of money. In fact, you can dramatically improve your apartment lifestyle and save money simultaneously, by starting the year right and following a few simple apartment lifestyle hacks.
Now that the holidays and New Year’s Day have come and gone, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life and forget about those pesky resolutions that were made on January 1st. Whether your resolution was to lose weight, spend less money, or just be happier, life has a habit of getting in the way of achieving your goals. However, there are plenty of easy ways that apartment living can help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions.
There are many different ways to go about saving money, and apartment living can help you do that! If your finances are getting a little tight, consider moving in with a roommate, cut back on the little things like eating out, or check out our Budget Blog Roundup for excellent tips on saving money while living in an apartment.
If 2014 wasn’t your best year, maybe it’s time for a change. Take the leap and find a new job that makes you happier or cut out the negative people in your life. A new year allows you to change things up, so consider where you’re living and if you’re content there. Start fresh, find an apartment in a new city, and jump into the culture there. Making a big change can seem scary, but it might just be the thing you need to make 2015 your best year yet. Read the rest of this entry »
Does anyone actually keep New Year’s resolutions? It’s true that we all want to, but somewhere along the way all of those good intentions are brought down by bad habits we just can’t seem to break. Habits relating to our apartments are no exception. Maybe you’ve resolved to be more organized this year, maybe you want to be healthier, or maybe you want to improve the way your apartment looks. All of these are noble goals, and ApartmentSearch.com wants to help you on your way to a better 2014.
Check out these easy ways to break 6 bad habits for better apartment life. Read on, and learn how to stop…
1. Losing Your Keys
No, you won’t remember that you put your keys are on the kitchen table or near the sink or on your bathroom counter. So install a set of hooks or put a bowl by your apartment’s door, then be religious about putting your keys there every time you walk in. You should also get a spare key made. In fact, two spare keys couldn’t hurt; give one to a responsible friend or neighbor.
2. Killing your Plants
Even the most forgetful renter can keep a plant alive. Save your apartment’s greenery by getting a self-watering planter or container, and making sure your plants are in a place where they can get enough light. And don’t forget that outdoor plants need love too. If it’s cold, cover them up with an old sheet or bring them inside. Can’t make a serious plant commitment? Get a succulent like aloe vera that requires minimal watering, or get fake plants. For our full apartment plant survival guide, check out these tips.
3. Being a Couch Potato
There’s a reason gym membership sales spike every January: the most popular New Year’s resolution is to get fit. But you probably don’t want to shell out membership fees for that fancy gym. Plus, it’s so much easier to stay in your apartment on a cold day. Instead of lounging around your apartment, head to your apartment’s gym a couple of times a week. Do some laps at the local Y. Walk around the block. Even exerting minimal effort will pay off over time. Don’t have access to a gym at your apartment? Here’s how to work out in apartments with no gym.
4. Wasting Money on Your Utility Bills
Less is always more when it comes to paying your apartment’s utility bills. To lower bills on utilities like phone, TV, Internet, gas, electricity, and water, check out our post about how to save on apartment utilities. Switching to online bill-paying will also save you the cost of postage every month, and you should learn how to pay your bills on time so you don’t incur late charges.
5. Battling a Messy Closet
Does it look like a tiny tornado blew through your apartment’s closets? Have you spent too much time in the mornings searching fruitlessly for that one pair of pants? Do you need a GPS to get to your shoes? Get your act together and get your closets organized. There’s no time like the present to get rid of clothes that are out of season or don’t fit. Donate, discard, or sell ‘em. After that, get whatever organizing implements you need to make your closets orderly. Shoe organizers, vacuum-pack bags, over-the-door organizers, new shelves, sturdy plastic tubs—don’t hold back.
6. Settling for Dull Decor
Is your apartment decor, like, so 2013? Don’t despair. You don’t need to be Martha Stewart to update your apartment’s look. Change the way you think about your entryway, redesign your small apartment, try a little feng shui, or just put up a fresh coat of paint. You’d be surprised what a difference a few small changes can make.
As the first month of the year progresses and we slowly start to see our motivations diminish as things pile up on our plates, it gets a little hard to keep sight of our originally gung-ho New Years resolutions. And while many resolution-ers are spending their January crowding the local gyms, some of us are just trying start fresh – something best accomplished by giving the apartment a good ol’ makeover. Now, before you break out the buckets of paint and woodworking equipment, you should know that there are simple, easy ways to revitalize your apartment living situation without getting too nitty-gritty. Getting organized is not everyone’s forte, but that’s because not everyone realizes how relaxing and painless organizing can be – not to mention how rewarding. Here are some mini-tips on apartment organization from ApartmentSearch.com on how to start fresh (and stay fresh) in 2014:
Maximize your space
It’s time to reclaim your living space from the junk you’ve slowly accumulated over the months – you’ll be surprised at how the flow of an open living room can relax you. The first step to getting your space back is decluttering. Yes, that means you have to sort through that random pile of things in the corner and do something about the dead plants on the balcony.
This task may cause you to get a little sentimental, but once you buckle down and clear the rooms of things that you’ll never use, you’ll be able to breathe a little more easily. Some even suggest using the “one-for-three” rule, wherein for every one item that enters the home, three must go! Swapping your clunky outdated furniture for some more streamlined and multifunctional pieces (like a storage ottoman) will greatly improve the amount of perceived space in the room and increase your storage space.
Get into a routine
Unfortunately, the topic of chores is unavoidable when it comes to organization resolutions. The good news is that you can train yourself to do them without expending too much stress or effort, if you can get yourself in the routine. Small tasks done on a daily basis can drastically change how clean you can keep your home for the rest of the year. For example, dirty dishes should go into the dishwasher every night, not left out on the counter or table. Dirty laundry should go straight into the hamper and not left strewn about on the couch or on the floor next to the bed. Those tiny things add up and if you don’t train yourself to take care of them immediately, you’ll notice just how quickly they can pile up.
Bigger tasks like vacuuming and cleaning laundry should have designated days of the week. Doing laundry every Sunday might be a good idea, as you’ll most likely have enough time to wash and fold – and you’ll have a whole week of fresh, clean clothes ready on Monday morning. By delegating certain tasks to certain days, you can make sure that everything gets done without you getting overwhelmed and giving up.
Refresh your work and study station
The place where the most stress occurs in your apartment is probably at your desk or workstation, where late-night papers are sleepily written and a stacks of bills pile up. File away papers that you won’t need in the near future. Throw away random receipts and expired coupons and newsletters. Invest in some desktop organizers for unruly paperclips and pens. Springing for a wireless printer and having a laptop at the desk will save a lot of space and reduce cord-clutter. Once your workspace is clear, you can sit down and get to work without peripheral clutter getting in your way.
Keeping any New Years resolutions may seem daunting at first, but remember that it’s all about the small victories. Take things one concrete step at a time and you will find yourself in the groove before you know it. Check out our other ApartmentSearch.com blogs for New Years resolution tips like working out in an apartment with no gym or staying healthy and stress-free!