Category Archives Cleaning & Maintenance

Part of the fun of setting up a new place is that you get to use the space as a blank canvas to work with. And the sooner you put your stamp on that canvas, the quicker you'll feel like you're really at home.

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With that in mind, here are a few unpacking tips to help you get settled in a flash.

Cigarette smoking is still a very common habit in the U.S. According to the latest findings from the American Lung Association nearly 50 million adults over age 18 are smokers.

So what does this have to do with you?

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Whether it’s summertime, the holidays or spring break, it’s likely that you’ll welcome visitors into your apartment. Whether they’re staying for a day or a week, you may run into a very uncomfortable issue: how do you ask them not to smoke in your apartment?

You should not feel intimidated in your own home. Your house, your rules! If they can't deal with not being able to smoke inside, they can find somewhere else to crash.

If being blunt isn't your style, here's something to consider. Even if you've never lit up yourself, you would still be in harm’s way says the Centers for Disease Control. More than 40,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke each year.

So, what can you do?

In honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary April 22, Apartment Guide sat down with Ashley Caderet, author of green and frugal living blog “Our Little Apartment,” to get her thoughts on how everyone can live more environmentally friendly in their apartments or homes. Plus, there’s a bonus: In this down economy, anyone can benefit from Ashley’s money-saving, waste-less, live-simply tips.

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Living in a small apartment can be challenging. Finding furniture that fits perfectly into a small space can be difficult, and chances are you might be on a budget, so options might be limited.

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Fortunately, living comfortably and affordably in a small apartment is a possibility. Read on to find our tips on how to optimize your space effectively in a small apartment.

It’s early March, which means that spring is less than a month away. Use the next month to get your house in perfect, organized order so you can spend spring enjoying the wonderful weather outside.

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The following plan is designed to clean from high to low places in your home so you won’t have to go back over any areas. Follow the steps in order for a clean home just in time for spring, and feel free to break up the jobs over the next few weekends so the work doesn’t take up one whole weekend. These items should be done in addition to your normal weekly or biweekly housecleaning.

Redecorating an older home or apartment can be a difficult task, especially if the previous owner covered every square inch with wallpaper.

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Removing all that old, ugly wallpaper is no easy task, but the tips below should help you get it done with a minimum of fuss and bother.