The Apartment Hunter’s Four Step Guide to Success

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Choosing an apartment isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. After all, you’re talking about choosing the place that will become your shelter—one of your most basic human needs. Odds are, you’re going to be committing to that decision for at least the next year, which is the typical term of an apartment lease; and given the high cost …

Life Hacks for a Small(ish) Apartment Bathroom

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Unless you’re reading this from the spacious comfort of your sprawling penthouse on Fifth Avenue, your apartment was probably carefully designed to be optimally space-efficient. That’s a nice way of saying that a brilliant architect was probably tasked with the job of allocating more space in the rooms you’re likely to spend a lot of waking or sleeping time in …

Apartments: One Sofa, Five Ways

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  When you think about decorating the living room of your new apartment, getting the sofa just right is probably one of the first things that springs to mind. It’s an important focal point and serves as both “Social Central” when you’re entertaining visitors and as your own special place to crash and unwind at the end of a busy …

How to Scent Your Apartment for the Cooler Seasons

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Bringing beautiful, nostalgic scents into your Charlottesville apartment  can magically make it feel more special and celebratory; and it’s easier than you think! While most of us head straight for the candle aisle at our favorite store, not every apartment community welcomes the use of candles. Happily, there’s an even better way to scent your apartment naturally for the cooler …

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Cleaning Your Apartment Oven without Chemical Fumes

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Your apartment probably comes with a self-cleaning oven designed with a heat setting that’s used periodically to burn off food residue that accumulates. While this is pretty effective, in general, even a regularly-cleaned oven will take on a layer of burned-on residue over time. This isn’t a cleaning regimen that you’ll have to perform regularly. It’s really more of a …

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How to Make the Most of Limited Apartment Storage

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Accessories are a wardrobe’s best friend, but keeping all of your stuff under control in a small space—and in the midst of a busy lifestyle—can be a bit of a challenge. Here are a few fun and apartment-friendly ways to keep all your accessories organized, easy to sort through and find what you’re looking for, and even put them out …

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3 DIY Gift Ideas Your Friends Will Love

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There’s just something super special about a hand-crafted gift. While DIY gifts can often be more economical than store-bought ones, it’s important to realize that they’re created with far more valuable commodities—the time and creativity of the gift-giver. They also play a key role in helping us appreciate the holiday season in a less commercialized and more personalized way, and …