Organization Hacks To Help You Save Room In Your Apartment

Do you ever feel like you have more stuff than you do space to put it all? I think we’ve all been there! We must admit, there is nothing better than finding a hack to make your life a little easier and to help you solve that issue! Check out 6 tricks to help you save space and keep organized!

1. Shower rings in the closet

Clothes are often the biggest culprit for taking up so much space, especially when sweater weather arrives. What if we told you that shower curtain rings can help you with this problem? Yes, you read that right! The rings you use in the shower to hang your shower curtain can actually be used to help you save space in your closet. Hook as many of the rings as you can on your hanger and hang the clothes from the rings! This is the perfect way to hang light clothing items such as tank tops, bathing suits, and belts. Not only does this give you extra space by using less hangers but keeps everything nice and in order. 

2. Fridge Bins

The fridge is another common area that can feel like it gets crowded pretty quickly and sometimes it feels like there is just not enough drawer space to put everything. Well we can solve that! Let’s call it a DIY Drawer! Fridge bins are bins that you place in your fridge that act as a makeshift drawer! This way you can keep your fruits, veggies, dairy products, etc all in one organized container. Those days of digging deep into the fridge will be a thing of the past!

3. Lazy Susan

If the bin idea just does not seem like it is for you when it comes to making room in your fridge, try the lazy susan hack! Place a lazy susan on the top shelf and store your condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and salad dressings on there. These are bulkier items so this hack will save you space on the other shelves of your fridge and all you have to do is give it a quick spin! It is a convenient way to find what you need quickly.

4. Baskets

Baskets are your best friend when it comes to organization. They are a convenient place to store blankets and pillows in the living room, your pets toys, kids arts and craft supplies, and so much more! Not only are they great for storage but they will not be an eye sore and distract your guest from the overall look of your place. They look cute and can fit in perfectly with your apartment decor! 

5.Plastic shoe holder in the pantry, linen closet, etc

Who said plastic shoe holders have to be just for shoes? Hang one of these in your linen closet and keep anything from extra towels to cleaning supplies in there! It stays hidden and out of the way but it has multiple slots so you can store a decent amount of items in there and it is easy to access when it’s cleaning day!

6. Labels

If you are really into keeping everything organized, you may want to invest in labels! Labels are extremely helpful when it comes to keeping track of where things are especially in busy places like the fridge! Not to mention, it is a time saver when you are in a rush and need to grab what you are looking for quickly. You can purchase your own label maker on Amazon

Hopefully these tips & tricks can help you stay organized! There are so many more that you can use to make life a little simpler. What are some of your favorite hacks? Share them with us! 

Apartment Decor Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

When you get invested into a TV show, you invite those characters into your home and they invite you into theirs.  You may even feel like they are a member of your family. You become connected to their storylines and go through the ups and downs of their lives along with them. You see many different types of styles on television whether it is clothing, food, or even apartment/home decor. Have you ever wanted to decorate your home like your favorite shows? Well now you can! 

1.Friends

Most of us may agree that Monica’s apartment is one of the most recognizable sets in television history. Her apartment is where the 6 friends spend most of their time together, when they are not getting their daily cup of coffee at Central Perk, and it is the perfect place to just hang out. If you want to create the same vibe for you and your friends, check out Cute Furniture’s article on how to “Decorate An Apartment In F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Style – Monica’s Place”. Also, let’s be real. You cannot forget the iconic yellow picture frame to add to your front door as the finishing touch! You can find that here on Amazon! 

2.Golden Girls

“Picture it. Sicily. 1922.” Golden Girls is just one of those feel good shows that can bring a smile to your face after a long day. While the 4 women had very different personalities, their decor throughout the house seemed to suit each of them well. For years we saw them laugh, cry, and argue in the many different rooms of their Floridian home. If you are a Golden Girls fan and are into more of an old-school fashion look, Apartment Therapy breaks down each of the rooms pictured in the show and links where you can find replicas of the furniture!  

3.Mad Men

Mad Men is a show based in the 1960’s so if you are into a dated but modern style, you may want to take some decorating notes from Don Draper. Apartment Therapy’s article “Mad Men Shop Set Home Decor” gives us a guide to stepping foot into the Mad Men world. While the furniture is a bit on the pricey side, there is no need to fear! LivingSpaces.com shares “11 Retro Furniture Types” and links to the stores where you can find 1960’s inspired items for all price ranges! 

4.Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Fans of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt know that she and her roommate, Titus, have a very fun, bright, and quirky style which matches their lovable personalities. If you need a little color in your life…ok a lot of color… replicating Kimmy’s style is the move for you. ElleDecor gives us a guide of how you can bring this eccentric style into your own home! 

Gilmore Girls, Frasier, New Girl, That 70’s show, just to name a few, are some of the many television shows that can totally inspire your apartment decor along with these 4 staples in television!  Why live vicariously through your favorite characters when you can bring a piece of their world into your own? Happy decorating!

The Benefits of Renting

A big part of growing up is moving out and living on your own. Finding a place to live can be stressful and the idea can be daunting, but it does not have to be! You will face the challenging question of whether it is better to rent your first place or to buy. While there are certainly pros to both of these options, find out more about the benefits of renting!

One of the perks of renting is the low maintenance that comes along with it. When you own a home, if something breaks or goes wrong, you are responsible for hiring a professional to fix it or you have to purchase the supplies to resolve the problem yourself. This can become costly. When you rent, there is a maintenance team for you to depend on if something goes wrong. Having this feature available helps decrease the stress that homeownership can cause, especially if you are trying to save. 

While it can vary, another pro of renting is the monthly cost of rent is typically less than a mortgage payment plus applicable fees. This gives you the opportunity to save up your money to eventually own a home, go on that dream vacation, or add to your retirement fund. 

With renting often comes flexibility. Life happens and sometimes things come up such as new job opportunities, family emergencies, downsizing, etc. Renting gives you that relief of flexibility. Most leases are 12 months commitments, so find out if there are lease break fees and/or opt in options to take advantage of so you are not locked in for a full year unnecessarily. Of course, the benefit to being “locked in” is that the rate won’t be changing in the middle of the lease term! Flexible renting is much less of a hassle and will not make you feel as tied down or stuck in one place. 

If you rent an apartment, a big perk are the amenities that come with your apartment community. Your community may have a fitness center, a pool, a playground, etc. Gym and pool memberships can be expensive. It is definitely a money saver to have those features included in the rent. Not to mention, this is a great way to meet your neighbors and enhance that feeling of community. Take advantage of the community atmosphere created for renters, and attend their monthly resident functions… what a great way to meet your neighbors!

Low maintenance, flexibility, amenities, and saving money are all awesome perks that come with renting. Aside from these reasons, renting has many other positives. Find time to conduct your research, write a pro/con list, and give yourself time to figure out what is the best for you and your situation. Whether you are renting an apartment, a condo, or a house, make sure it is somewhere you feel comfortable calling home! 

7 Tips For Hosting Thanksgiving in Your Apartment

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It is a time for family, giving thanks, and a lot of delicious food. Hosting can be stressful! If you’re living in an apartment home, space constraints can add to that. A million thoughts will be racing through your head of what needs to be done but try not to get overwhelmed! Here are 7 tips to remember when hosting Thanksgiving in your apartment home:

1. Try to keep your guest list to the right size, inviting your closest family & friends!

Though you would love to have everyone over for Thanksgiving, space can be limited. If your apartment community has a clubhouse, look into renting it! This will give you plenty of space to entertain your friends and family! If it is warm out and your community has a pool, bring Thanksgiving poolside– a fun and unique way to spend the holiday!

2. Have guest bring extra tables and chairs

You can never have too many tables and chairs. Ask your guests to bring any folding tables and chairs they have with them. This way you are guaranteed to have plenty of seating for everyone and you can set up a fun game night or an after-turkey movie! Also, homemade name cards are useful and will help keep everyone knowing their place while maximizing space!

3. Rearrange furniture to make more room

Before your guest come, take a look at the main area where you will be hosting. Can couches be pushed back? Can that chair fit in another corner more out of the way? Maneuver your furniture to make as much room as possible for a comfortable experience for your guest and less worry for you. Then you may even find enough space for a kiddie or card table as well!

4. Create to-do lists

When it comes to hosting a gathering, making lists of to-do’s, food to make, guests to invite, etc will make your life a lot easier. This is the perfect way to make sure that you are not forgetting something and you will not have to do last minute running around on Thanksgiving. Also, make your list a week in advance. Making it the day before the holiday, when you are frazzled with preparation, increases the chance of forgetting what you need to do or buy.

5. Prep as much food as possible in advance!

Think about what food you are going to be making and decide which items you can make a day or two in advance such as pies, cranberry sauce, stuffing, etc. This will decrease the load of the things you need to get done on Thanksgiving. If certain foods need to be made the day of, prep your ingredients! If the recipe calls for onion, chop it up the night before and put it in the fridge. Doing as much as you can ahead of time will be a huge help to yourself.

6. Try not to stress over the little things

Things may not always go your way especially when hosting an event. But, try not to sweat the little things that are out of your control. For example, trying to have everyone sit around one table. While it would be great to have everyone sit around the table together, it may be tight. Place some people in a room close by– that way they can take part in the conversation, and potentially even meet new friends, while insuring your guests are comfortable while enjoying the meal.

7. Send your guest home with leftovers

Insist your guest take some leftovers home. Since they will be celebrating Thanksgiving at your home, they may not have leftovers for the next day waiting for them… and let’s be honest, the leftovers are one of the best parts! Not only does that make a good host, but guests will appreciate the gesture as well!

Holidays will always be a busy time but a joyous one! It is a time to make memories with your family and friends. Do not forget to be thankful that you have a roof over your head and food in your stomach this holiday season. We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, Residents!