Apartment living doesn’t have to rule out getting into the holiday spirit. Maybe you don’t have room for a Christmas tree. You can still decorate by hanging ornaments on a ficus or an umbrella plant. Or buy a beautiful poinsettia — that is a quick way to add a dash of color and cheer to your apartment. Living with plants is not your thing? Then here’s an idea for you: Make a winter wreath! Read the rest of this entry »
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Do you have too much stuff, and know that there’s no way everything can fit into your new apartment living quarters? Are you low on funds and want to have a chance at making back the down payment you made on your new digs? How about making at least enough money to update your wardrobe for Fall? It’s time for a Garage Sale!
The first step is to find a secure spot to sell your excess baggage. Be sure to look into neighborhood association yard sale restrictions before you begin your first stages of planning. If you are already an apartment dweller, make plans with one of your friends to have a joint garage sale at their house. Make it a team effort! It will be cheaper to run an ad when the cost is split, and more people at the sale will encourage other people to come.
After you have found a place to have the garage sale, select a weekend date. Running a sale on Saturday is a good idea. You may want to have a second day of selling on Sunday in case of inclimate weather on Saturday, or to just have another opportunity to get rid of your load. Be mindful of holidays and paydays of big industries in the area. Select a date that will be good for a big crowd.
Post messages on your social networks, and run an ad on Craig’s List under the “community” section to promote the sale. If you plan to create street signs, make sure your lettering is bold. Use crayon and permanent marker in order to keep ink from running if there is a rainstorm. Post signs at apartments in the area on their community board. Be careful about where you place signs and be sure to abide by all signage restrictions. Running a print ad for a local newspaper is also a good idea. Be sure to submit your ad content a couple weeks in advance to ensure that your ad will run the week of your yard sale.
Small apartment living requires you to think about saving space. Keep that as your mantra when you are parting with your stuff! A good rule of thumb is to price items for a quarter or a third of their original cost. Make sure that items are labeled well and that you have a sign posted that says “all sales final.” Also, remember to bring plastic grocery bags and newspaper (for fragile items) for purchases.
Good luck at your garage sale! See you next week on the apartment living blog!
Apartments that do not offer community gyms do not have to be a deal breaker for those wanting to stay fit or lose weight while remaining close to home. These days, staying fit is easier than ever within the confines of your apartment living quarters with the power of a smartphone. If you like to jog or walk, own a bike, hike, or do workout videos, downloading a free app that can help track your progress and keep you motivated may be for you! Think of it as digitally checking into the gym, all from the comforts of your apartment.
If you have an Android device, the Noom app may be for you. After you set your weight-loss goal, there are tracking features that help monitor progress. You must log your weight and your food intake daily. The app keeps track of the types of food that you enter, places them into categories, and makes the data viewable in a color-coded pie chart. Seeing your overall diet broken out clearly and visually can make it easier to pinpoint where you need to make changes to be more healthy. The third feature of the app tracks your exercise routine by using GPS and your physical movement. You can take a jog around your apartment, move your body to an exercise workout video, take a bike ride around your neighborhood, or even jump rope in your apartment living room.
If you have an iPhone, there are several options for keeping up with your workout. Nike+ and RunKeeper are common apps used for keeping track of workouts through smartphone GPS. These apps offer a great way to stay motivated by others because you can keep track of all of your friends’ progress and mileage. Calorific is a popular app thats keeps track of your food intake. Combining the app with an exercise app like Nike+ or RunKeeper can help you have a well-rounded program for keeping track of your fitness and weight loss goals.
So, its time to find an apartment near a park or trail, and get moving! No gym membership required.
Hosting your first dinner party is a fantastic way to show off that beautiful new apartment. While it might seem like a challenge to host a festive gatherings in small apartments, some simple preparation and planning will lead to a lovely experience for your guests and yourself.
We all know food is only part of the reason that family and friends flock to wonderful dinner parties. You want time to visit with your guests, and for most of us, spending the evening hunched over the kitchen stove while guests mingle is not the ideal way to host a gathering. The best methods for creating a fun apartment dinner party focus on the simple stuff. Uncomplicated meals, pre-made food items or even having your dinner catered by a local restaurant means you spend less time distracted and more time visiting with and enjoying your guests.
For guests who don’t plan on staying for an entire meal or those who are hungry right away, hors d’oeuvres and other finger foods are trouble-free, satisfying and look elegant. Placing pre-made beverages on a breakfast nook will provide easy access for guests, easing traffic congestion in the kitchen as well.
Apartment living typically means limited space. However, that should not deter you from inviting friends, family and even neighbors to your fabulous dinner party. You might be surprised at how much area opens up when you rearrange or remove excess furniture such as small tables and lamps. If seating is in short supply, renting furniture is great choice for ensuring guests have a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the festivities. An apartment patio or balcony will also extend the reach of potential space limitations, giving guests an alternative area to sit or stand.
Of course, having too many guests at a dinner party can be troublesome, regardless of the size of your home; therefore, be sure to send out invitations ahead of time and ask for RSVP’s so you will know exactly how much food, drink and seating is necessary. With these simple tips, your first apartment dinner party can be a fantastic and fun reward for all of your hard work after you find an apartment thats perfectly suited to your needs.
It’s very easy to get excited when looking to find an apartment. Sometimes that seemingly perfect apartment catches our eye with an open floorplan, great ambiance and an easily-accessible location, making us want to sign on the dotted line right away. Yet, our excitement can later turn into a pocketbook that is emptier than our refrigerator. Here are just a few guidelines to help prepare minds and bank accounts for finding the right apartment.
One of the best ways to budget for your perfect apartment is to transition the numbers floating around in your head onto a computer, or at least a piece of paper. Documenting what you’re able to afford can help limit the mind’s justification for what may be unrealistic. Excel is a great tool to use because you can easily add up your expenses and perform other functions with your monetary responsibilities.
Consider researching the costs of utilities upfront. If all you can find is ballpark figures, it’s better to overestimate these costs than to later discover you have trouble covering water, gas and garbage. Documenting estimated utility costs will help you visualize the sometimes hidden costs of apartment living.
Should you need to upgrade items such as furniture, decor and other amenities, it is good to itemize, estimate and document these as well. This is a great way to know if wanted items can wait or if bargain shopping might be in order.
For those who are tech savvy, smartphone applications, desktop and online personal finance software such as Mint.com offer easy-to-use functionality that can compare nearly every aspect of a budget. Of course, many people find spreadsheets a great way to analyze and compare a budget.
There are no hard and fast rules to budgeting. Whether with pen and paper, spreadsheet or software, the best budgets are documented and calculated. Then, you can effectively compare factors such as income, spending habits and unforeseen costs.
Therefore, by being fiscally prepared, searching for that perfect apartment just might be easier than you think.
When it comes to small apartment living, shelving units can be incredible space savers. They offer good aesthetic quality to your home and add some flair to your small capacity for storage. The key is to break up space in interesting and eye-catching ways, but also make practical use of your shelves to maximize storage space. Vases and art are great for bookcases, but when you are considering the wall or a shelving unit as another place for storage in small apartments, practicality comes first.
Here are some ideas:
- Colorful photo boxes or hat boxes offer more color and can be stacked to optimize space, and hide items that clutter your apartment.
- Arranging books horizontally will not not only break up the space on the shelves, but also serve as natural book ends by anchoring your vertical books.
- Uniform, all-one-size, glass jars aligned along the shelf are a great place for colorful tacks, scrabble tiles, colorful candy, sea shells, and even spices. Extra tip: Store cinnamon sticks or dried lavender in a jar and open when you have guests or need a calming dose of aromatherapy.
- For records or magazines, utilize the typically roomy bottom shelf by using painted milk crates or large wicker baskets. Extra tip: Records should always be stored upright and vertically, not flat or leaning. Stacking or leaning them for a long period of time may warp the records.
- How about a bookshelf herb garden? It is really simple to do if you have ample light. However, if you have minimal light exposure in your apartment, choose plants like mint, parsley, violet, and echinacea. These herbs do well in shady conditions.
Small space does not have to mean limited options. Small apartment living limitations are just another way to spawn creativity! To find an apartment that will open up interior decorating options for you, count on ApartmentSearch.com. We’ll help you search for Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, Seattle apartments, and others in your city.
We’re back with some more ideas, big and small, to help jump-start your apartment decorating plans this season. Like we mentioned last week, fall is the perfect season for reevaluating your apartment’s decor scheme. You’ll want the space to feel as cozy and homey as possible entering into the colder months, when more time is spent indoors. Some of these tips are simple and budget-friendly, so you won’t need to spend much time or money updating a temporary home. On the other hand, for those motivated apartment-dwellers who plan to stay in their current apartments for longer than one year, we have some more involved ideas. Larger improvements such as adding new furniture are frequently worth the investment of energy and funds to create a truly comfortable, classy home environment.
In small spaces, one important thing to keep in mind is that when designating areas to serve specific living purposes, base decisions on your personal priorities. For example, you may not necessarily need a dining room for hosting guests, so don’t feel pressure to make space for one just because it’s traditional. You may or may not need a workspace and a desk, so base this apartment decorating judgement on your own preferences and lifestyle priorities. This is a great time to rethink current furniture arrangements and consider re-purposing certain rooms or areas that are being underused.
A more simple way to make your apartment decorating feel more luxe is to invest in new or additional bed linens. It’s a myth that many layers of blankets, sheets and pillows in a small bedroom can overwhelm. In fact, it adds to the coziness and warmth of the room (and your bed). Fine linens layered in varying but complementary fabrics or textures can make the bedroom seem airier and give it depth. After all, bedrooms are frequently the largest spaces in an apartment, so try to maximize the potential.
Mounting floating shelves where you have free wall space is sleek way to add storage without clutter. They work great in bathrooms for stacks of towels, bath products or candles, or in the living room for displaying knick knacks, paintings and more. This project results in a contemporary look and feel that can make a major difference in any apartment decorating scheme.
If you still need to find an apartment to decorate, use the great resources available here at ApartmentSearch.com. We’re excited to host an easily searchable database featuring Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, and Seattle apartments in these great cities and many more across the country.
When friends or family visit from out of town, hosting them as overnight apartment guests can be a fun experience for all parties. Even with the space restrictions of a small apartment, it is easy to accommodate guests for an enjoyable, stress-free visit when you follow a few considerations.
Your guests may be eager to explore your city, but don’t worry too much about planning an exact itinerary to follow. Do have some potential activities jotted down, so you can turn to the list for quick ideas on the go. Think about unexpected treasures in your city that guests would appreciate a chance to experience. As tempting as it might be to take your guests out on the town for fancy meals at top local restaurants, this can get expensive. Save money by dining in at the apartment as often as possible during the visit, and cook together with your guests. Preparing the meal can be half the fun!
If you’ll be at work during the day, recommend local hangouts like a great coffee shop or lunch spot for them to enjoy. Also, there will be less tension and stress overall if you put some faith in your guests and invite them to make themselves at home in your apartment when you aren’t there. Relax and enjoy the company, and they will feel relaxed and happy as well. Of course, having more people (and their luggage) in the apartment means more clutter and noise. While of course keeping tidy is important throughout, don’t put to much time into thorough cleaning during the visit. Rest assured that you will get everything reorganized and back to normal after they leave.
As soon as you know of a potential visit, talk to your roommates and make sure they’re okay with having guests— your best bet is the “go in asking” strategy. Assure them that your friends or family members will know to be respectful to the apartment. To most guests, it is second nature to respect the home, and do immediately address the issue if they become more obtrusive than expected. You have every right to politely confront them about being particularly messy or loud, as you are doing the guests a favor and service by allowing them to crash at your apartment. They should understand that their alternative would be paying for a hotel— and the housekeeping service that comes along with it.
To avoid having guests overstay their welcome, be upfront and clear about the parameters of the visit right off the bat. Have the conversation before they even arrive, ensuring there is a clear departure date on their agenda. If they decide they love your city too much to leave, recommend that they find an apartment using our great tools at ApartmentSearch. Whether they’ll need Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, or Seattle apartments, we have tons to look through in our searchable nationwide database.
There are several cat ownership tips that are specific to apartment dwellers. For example, it is crucial to keep the litter box fastidiously clean to prevent odors from spreading in the smaller area. Cat-proof your apartment by using catnip to attract cats to certain areas and away from others, and provide one or more scratching posts for her to climb and stretch out on. When using chemical products to clean your apartment, keep the cat in her crate and away from the area until it is wiped clean and dry. Make sure that your trashcan is covered or stowed under the sink to keep your curious little friend from jumping in.
Your cat will love apartment living, so long as you take a few simple steps to protect her and provide plenty of affection. Remember, playtime doesn’t have a minimum square-footage! Cats are beautiful, intelligent pets and you will enjoy the fun and companionship she brings to your apartment.
At Apartment Search, we offer great search tools to help you find an apartment that is cat-friendly. There are Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, Seattle apartments and many more to browse in our ever-expanding database. And if you find your apartment with us, you can be eligible to earn up to $200 in renter rewards!
Choosing to move into a small apartment is a decision that can stem from many factors. If it’s your first place out of high school or college, for example, you might want a more modest area to fit your budget. Alternately, you might be moving to a large, dense city, where apartments close to the city’s center are either small or astronomically priced (or both). Of course, you might just want to live simply, and not worry about the hassles that can come with furnishing a large space.
These are all perfectly valid reasons for choosing a small apartment. Once the decision to downsize is made, however, the question becomes, how much? Studio apartment or one-bedroom apartment?
Considerations can be broken down pretty finely, but for the sake of keeping things as uncomplicated as possible, we can say that choosing between the two options simply comes down to a matter of degree. Studio apartments generally consist of one room, occasionally with dividers or a loft to compartmentalize the single space, whereas typical one-bedroom apartments come with traditionally designated rooms. Since there are more rooms in a one-bedroom apartment, there is usually more space. Thus, the question of picking between the two is usually a question of how much space you’re looking for and how much money you’re willing to spend.
However, don’t discount other factors like location and proximity to amenities. Especially in large cities, studios in a desirable location might cost just as much or more than one-bedroom apartments located in other areas. If location is important to you, it might be worth it to spring for the smaller space.
No matter what your size range, if you’re looking for an apartment for rent, consider doing it with us. We have a wide range of Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, and Seattle apartments to peruse. However, with our apartment search tools, you can find an apartment just about anywhere you’re looking in the United States. Don’t forget: If you do find what you’re looking for at Apartment Search, you may be eligible to earn up to $200 in renter rewards. So check it out!