Back in the days when you first moved out, you probably had cheap pots and pans that you gave little thought. After all, they were just part of some kitchen set, and taking care of them wouldn't have helped them…
[caption id="attachment_70982" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Vacuum your refrigerator coils twice a year to keep your fridge running efficiently.[/caption] Let’s face it: In the summertime, your refrigerator is your best friend. There’s nothing like the first sip of a cold beverage to cool you off when temperatures are sweltering, and you don’t even want to think about where you’d be without the freezer. A summer without ice is not a summer you’ll enjoy. Since so much is riding on this relationship, this month's green tip focuses on keeping your favorite appliance running smoothly. Regular refrigerator maintenance involves vacuuming the condenser coils on the back or the bottom to clear out the dust and gunk about twice a year. Removing this debris will ensure the fridge doesn’t have to work too hard to keep the insides cold. Even better, the less the refrigerator has to work, the less energy it consumes – which translates to lower energy bills for you. Now that’s cool. So how do you go about vacuuming those coils? We’ve got the process laid out for you, step by step.
[caption id="attachment_62579" align="aligncenter" width="600"] "Temporary" and "fabulous" are the name of the game to create a stylish kitchen space that you can change back later. (A decorative sink backsplash applied via removable decals? Why, yes!)[/caption] Looking to refresh your apartment's kitchen without making permanent changes? Many landlords will allow renters to make cosmetic changes to apartment units provided the residents change those elements back when vacating the space. These requirements will likely be spelled out in the lease. Because of the expense and effort required, however, you may find it compelling to think about updating your kitchen decor in ways that are more easily adjusted. You want a cool kitchen, after all, but you may not want to expend a lot of extra effort – and you want your security deposit back when you move out.
[caption id="attachment_60488" align="alignleft" width="360"] Click the image to view the full infographic![/caption]Don’t send your Thanksgiving down the drain! Plumbers report that the day after Thanksgiving is their busiest day of the year for housecalls. Don’t let plumbing woes distract you from your Black Friday shopping this year. Check out these do’s – and mostly don’ts -- for how to treat your apartment plumbing with care after Thanksgiving dinner is cleared away. Stay on friendly terms with your apartment community maintenance team by following these directions!
[caption id="attachment_59743" align="alignleft" width="950"] Click the image to see the full infographic.[/caption] For many American families, everything that’s really important in home life takes place in the kitchen. At Apartment Guide, we know that renters want kitchens they can both enjoy spending time in and also put to work for their cooking efforts. What are the great apartment kitchen amenities people want and need most? Stainless steel appliances, dishwashers and microwaves are important, but extra amenities like a kitchen island and granite countertops can make a kitchen more useful and elegant. We’ve combed our apartment listings to find the metro areas with the most tricked-out kitchens.
[caption id="attachment_63578" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Stella Apartments in Marina del Rey, CA[/caption] Retro is hip — again! Retro kitchens were forward-thinking, clean-lined and edgy in their day, and they still give off that aura decades later. When you want to spruce up a generic apartment kitchen on a tight budget, going retro will give you a delightful range of colors, period items and other ideas to play with. Before you begin, a little planning will move you a long way toward success in your decorating project.
[caption id="attachment_62172" align="alignleft" width="306"] Not sure where to begin organizing? Just take it one room at a time.[/caption] Home organization can seem like a daunting task, but when broken up room-by-room, it’s easier to tackle. Here’s how to divide and conquer to tame the mess. Bathroom No nonsense. Space is often at a premium in your bathroom, so it’s important to be firm and decisive about getting rid of things you don’t need. Toss out toiletries and equipment that you rarely use. In your medicine cabinet, limit yourself to just the essentials to keep your organization goals on track. Trust us, you can live without that seventh bottle of nail polish remover.
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We know that preparing meals at home can save you time and money, but decking out your kitchen with gadgets and cookware can also be expensive. And if you’re living in an apartment, you want to make sure you have the basics without taking up too much room or burning through your bank account. Here are our tips on how to purchase budget-friendly kitchenware, as well as a list of the essentials every apartment dweller needs in his or her kitchen.