Category Archives Cleaning & Utilities

DIY bookshelves

If you're in serious need of a storage solution in your apartment, you only need a few wooden crates, some paint and hardware to build your own bookshelf! What's great about this project is that you can customize it, making it as small or as large as you like. Since I have no bookcases in my place, I decided to fill my entire wall. Four stacked crates would also work just as well.

solar power apartment

Solar power is undoubtedly the wave of the future . Because solar panels are coming way down in price, you’ll see more and more homeowners proudly sporting shiny energy-saving devices on their roofs, reducing their power bills. But what about…

clean refrigerator coils

Vacuum your refrigerator coils twice a year to keep your fridge running efficiently. 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…

citrus cleaning spray

If you’ve made the switch to green cleaners, you’ve made a smart, healthy choice for yourself and your household. And if you choose to DIY your own cleaning solutions, even better! Making your own cleaners is cheaper, healthier and better for the environment than buying toxic commercial cleaners. Even if you’re not crafty, don’t be daunted by the DIY process. In fact, there’s only one ingredient you really need to make most DIY cleaners: Vinegar. It’s a wonder solution for killing germs and removing odors. But let’s be honest: It doesn’t smell great. Fortunately, you can take advantage of vinegar’s cleaning power without that pickled smell. Here’s how to make your own citrus vinegar cleaning spray.

door draft stopper

When you walk past the windows or doors in your apartment, do you feel an icy draft? If so, you’ve got leaky windows, which can be a real problem. The icy air coming inside is something your heater has to fight against, costing you a lot in heating costs. You probably feel like there’s nothing you can do – it’s not like your landlord will let you replace the windows. You’re not out of luck – you just need to insulate the windows.

Draft stoppers – also called draft blockers, draft dodgers, or door/window snakes – are simple: They’re just tubes made of fabric and filled with an insulating material.  It’s basically a tube shaped pillow that you place at the base of your windows or doors, where most energy leaks happen. Making your own draft stopper is a fun, simple DIY project that took me less than an hour. Here’s how I did it:

air out apartment

Wet clothes… old cat litter … spoiled meat … these are all serious smells that might funk up your apartment for days. And few odors stick with – or stink up -- a space, as powerfully as cigarette smoke. If you’ve moved into a formerly smoky spot, or have other smelly issues of your own, here are some tips that will help with the toughest odor removal.Few odors stick with – or stink up -- a space, however, as powerfully as cigarette smoke. If you’ve moved into a formerly smoky spot, or have other smelly issues of your own, here are some tips that will help with the toughest odor removal.

painting apartment

Once the movers bring all of your belongings to your new apartment, you still have some important details to sort through before you can truly feel at home. Here's a motivating thought: when the work is done, you can really enjoy your new home! Follow this post-move checklist for tips on how to settle in to your space.

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