In-Laws Visiting? 15 Ways to Tidy Up in No Time

how to clean up in a hurryLet’s start off by saying that if your in-laws give ample notice before they step on your welcome mat, you’re in pretty good shape. In many families, in-laws are notorious for popping up at a moment’s notice, but that’s another topic for another day.

It doesn’t matter if your mother-in-law (MIL) and father-in-law (FIL) are arriving in two hours or two days, you surely want to do all you can to make sure your apartment is as presentable as possible. Do you worry about what your spouse’s mother will say if the cleanliness of your space isn’t up to her standards? Does she have the audacity to conduct a sneaky dust test with her fingertip as she slyly strolls through the apartment?

We understand that your place might never be spotless from top to bottom. And honestly, who has time for that? But if you’re focused on doing at least a little tidying up before the ‘rents make their debut, here’s some crafty and creative ways to quickly get your pad in better shape.

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How to Deal with Annoying Family Members This Holiday Season

how to deal with family drama during the holidaysYou’re in the homestretch. The holiday season halfway over. You’ve almost made it. All you have to do is get through the end of December. You love your family dearly, we know that. But sitting around the fireplace and pretending to be excited about grandma’s hand-knit holiday sweater that you technically only have 15 more hours to wear isn’t exactly your idea of a joyous holiday.

Not only that, the people you have to deal with are a pain! But they’re your family, so slap on a smile and read on to find out how to deal with your most difficult relatives over the next couple of weeks.

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No Thanks: 4 Logical Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving Alone

choosing to spend Thanksgiving aloneWhen you think of Thanksgiving, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Cheesy thoughts of an overly happy family gathered around a perfectly golden turkey and heaping mounds of mashed potatoes is probably what you imagine.

But that’s not the case for everyone. Believe it or not, some people do choose to spend Thanksgiving without their friends and family.

But why?

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Make Room for Baby: Prepare Your Small Apartment for a Little One

living in an apartment with kidsIf there’s anything we know here at Apartment Guide it’s this: you do not need to buy a house in order to make a home. This is still true when your duo turns into a trio!

A lot of expecting moms and dads panic when they find out that a new baby is on the way. Their small apartment suddenly seems tinier than Barbie’s dream house. And it doesn’t help when friends and family are constantly bombarding you with the question of the year: “So… when are you moving?!”

News flash: You can raise a happy and healthy child in a small apartment. It’ll take a bit of creativity, but it can be done!

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Happy Together? The Rise of Multigenerational Home Living

Consider the challenges and great advantages of living with an extended family.

Consider the challenges and great advantages of living with an extended family.

Is your apartment home to a diverse household where parents, kids and grandparents all live together?

Multigenerational apartment living gives new meaning to the phrase “one big, happy family.”

While this is not a unique phenomenon for today, changing and often uncertain economic conditions do set the stage for the benefits and challenges of multigenerational living under one roof.

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How Apartment Communities are Evolving: Much More than Amenities

The Westwater Apartments in Kirkland, WA

The Westwater Apartments in Kirkland, WA

What if the amenities at your apartment community went beyond the usual pool, tennis courts and fitness center — way beyond? How involved might you choose to be in an apartment society, a place that encourages shared involvement with fellow residents?

In California, an apartment community developer is going beyond the basics to give new meaning to “community,” creating programs like theater troupes, adult enrichment courses and after-school care for residents. And in Denver, some lucky sports fans can look forward to cheering for baseball… from their own rooftop!

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How to Make Moving Fun for the Whole Family

How to Make Moving Fun for the Whole Family

Make your move from the familiar to the new more enjoyable with these tips!

Relocating can be a stressful time for a family, so make a point to plan a fun move for your brood. With the right attitude and energizing tools, you and the members of your family can actually enjoy the adventure of moving to a new home.

Read on for moving advice on how to keep the energy level up, even when spirits might be down.

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Spring Break for Empty Nesters

Being an empty nester gives you a great opportunity to see the country and the world.

Being an empty nester gives you a great opportunity to see the country and the world.

You’ve finally got the kids out of the apartment and living independently. But what do you do now that you don’t have to plan vacations around school schedules or research kid-friendly destinations?

Taking vacations without the kids can be an adjustment. Follow our tips below to plan a great trip and have a good time even though your little birds have left the nest.

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How to Host a Dinner Party in Your Apartment

1600 Vine Apartments in Hollywood, CA

1600 Vine Apartments in Hollywood, CA

Hosting a dinner party in your apartment doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little creativity and DIY flair, you’ll have a great night with close friends.

Gather a list of guests and use our tips to help throw a glamorous dinner party in your apartment.

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