The Benefits of Dual-Paned Windows

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It’s 3:00am. You should be dreaming of sugar plum fairies and what Santa is bringing you for Christmas, but instead you are up listening to your neighbors argue outside your apartment window. This seems to be a weekly occurrence from your neighbors living across the way. You have had enough of this. You are ready to move.

The next place that you live is going to have dual-paned windows. It is a necessity for you – not only because of the noise reduction but because of the four other features that these windows provide.

First of all, dual-paned windows save you money by helping to better insulate your home. This means that you will use less energy heating and cooling your apartment which is in turn more eco-friendly. Anything that helps the environment is important to you.

Furthermore, the thickness of dual-paned windows helps reduce moisture. Moisture reduction is beneficial because it helps reduce the chances of mold and actually makes your home a healthier place to live.

Also, these windows are easy to clean. They are a solid pane of glass so there are no nooks and crannies that need to be meticulously cleaned.

Finally, the two panes of glass make the windows harder to break. So you increase your safety by having dual-paned windows. This is an added benefit to having these in your home.

This Christmas you are going to give yourself the gift of having dual-paned windows. You will either find an apartment that has them or you are going to get them installed in your apartment. They are economical, environmentally conscious, effective for your health and safety, and easier to clean.

And the only Christmas you will hear will be your own!

Check out our website to see which apartments have new dual-paned windows! Click here.

Categories: Apartment Hunting, Apartment Living
Inexpensive Ways to Keep Your Apartment Smelling Fresh

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Sometimes living in close proximity to your neighbors can be a bit, well, fragrant. Candles and air fresheners can get a bit expensive, so here are several ways to keep your apartment smelling fresh on a budget.

Baking Soda

Most of us know to keep baking soda in our fridge to keep things fresh, but did you know that you could use it in your crockpot? Fill a crockpot with water and some baking soda and let it boil on low for a couple hours. It will clear away bad odors. You can also sprinkle it on your carpet and let it sit for fifteen minutes before vacuuming to remove odor.

Keep a Separate Bag for Food

Getting rid of bad odors is the biggest step in keeping your apartment fresh. Put old food in a separate, smaller bag and get rid of that immediately after a meal. That way the leftovers are not sitting in your trash causing a bad smell.

DIY Natural Room Scent

Monica at The Yummy Life blog has a great DIY for natural room scents. She puts a pot of water on her stove and boils various herbs and spices to create aromatic combinations. Not only is this an economical way of keeping your apartment smelling fresh, it is natural also.

Keep Your Garage Disposal Clean

Don’t throw away your old orange and lemon peels. Keep them and throw them down your garbage disposal. They will help keep your kitchen from smelling and help keep your garbage disposal working.

Read more information on how to keep your garbage disposal working here.

Scented Wood Cubes 

Alex from Northstory  stumbled across away to make these scented wood blocks. Very simple to make, she just brushes the wood blocks with aromatherapy oils. She places these throughout her house. She also has made her own car air fresheners.

Using these simple and inexpensive tips will help keep your apartment smelling clean and fragrant, in a good way!

Categories: Apartment Living
Space Saving Solutions for Apartments

Apartments are a wonderful place to live. Usually, they are within walking distance of shops and restaurants. They require less maintenance and less upkeep than a house or condo.

The downside of living in an apartment is that is can have a lack of storage space. While vintage apartments are charming and full of character, these apartments can especially have a lack of storage. Or if you are living in a studio apartment, you might find yourself wondering where to put everything.

Here are some space saving ideas to help you maximize your storage.

Choose Decorations that Double as Storage

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Choose decorative items that double as storage solutions. These shelves from Ikea not only look great, but are the perfect way to store things.

Purchase these shelves, here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/kitchen/series/21592/

Utilize the Open Shelving Trend

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Gorgeous and functional, open shelving is a hot trend right now. This trend is perfect for apartment living.

Look Up, Rather than Out

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When you don’t have a lot of space, focus on decorating up rather than out. This kitchen utilizes several methods of storage that we have talked about. They have made the most of this small space by decorating up rather than out. Open shelving has also been incorporated in this look.

Store Things In and Under

Use the space under your bed or put baskets under your coffee table. You will be amazed at how much space you can find if you put things in or under your furniture.

 Purchase Hanging Storage

There are lots of options for over the door storage or storage that hangs over cabinet doors. This is a great space saving solution.

Use Storage Racks

There are storage racks for plates, shoes, spices, and much more! Visit The Container Store or Ikea for storage racks.

These space saving ideas will help you to increase your storage space. There are lots of resources out there for storage solutions.

What space saving solutions have you found helpful?

Categories: Apartment Living