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new years apartment resolutions 2018

The beginning of a new year is a great time to make resolutions which will increase your quality of life. That holds true for apartment dwellers, too. Check out these apartment resolutions for 2018. Even if you only embrace a few of them, you'll be happy you did!

downsizing to move

Downsizing is both freeing and stressful. It's never easy to pare down a lifetime of memories, and most of us tend to associate our belongings with events and the people we love. Here are some downsizing tips to help make sure you don't make any mistakes, but pare down enough to happily move to a smaller home or apartment.

downsizing is good for you

If your kids have moved out and you no longer want or need a big house, chances are you’re going to downsize at some point in your life – maybe more than once. The good news is this: Going smaller is good for you! Here are five reasons bigger isn’t always better:

1. You’ll save money

This one’s obvious: In general, smaller spaces are less expensive. Downsizing to a smaller house or apartment is good for your wallet:

declutter toys

While having a child can add so much joy to a parent’s life, these little loved ones also bring certain challenges – including the spatial needs for a family. Living in a rental with a child can feel cramped and cluttered. If you have a child who loves playing with toys, but you don't have a lot of space in your home, there are some simple solutions you can employ to keep your kids’ favorite toys organized and accessible. Want to know more about the best toy storage solutions? We've compiled a list of 4 helpful tips to keep your kids' toys easy to access and out of the way.

8 Quick and Easy Closet Upgrades

Is your closet a wasteland of clothes you haven't worn in years and piles upon piles of shoes, handbags, scarves, and more? If so, it might be time for an upgrade-- if only to make it easier to find your…

capture-revised

As the school year comes to a close, families are making tough decisions about their living situation. Financial circumstances change. Happy marriages break up. Some people are finally realizing that living large in a picture perfect McMansion does not always equate to the good life. Keeping up with the Joneses isn't all sunshine and unicorns.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest point in nearly 20 years - just under 65 percent - as renting becomes a more attractive and affordable alternative. The last time it was that low was in 1995.
homeownership rates 2014
Source: Census.gov
It's clear that an increasing number of people are coming to terms with the fact that downsizing from a house to an apartment is sometimes the smarter - or even the only - option. But it ain't easy. There will be lots of new things to get used to. How will you deal with such a drastic change?

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