fruit in fridge-Africa Studio-edited [find-an-apartment] Do you have a science experiment growing inside your fridge? A dirty fridge is like a Petri dish for the bacteria that cause food-borne illness. It's important to know how to keep your refrigerator food-friendly. Read on for a few ideas.

[find-an-apartment] Whether you’re planning to rent a storage unit or will be using portable storage, packing your stuff properly for storing will help ensure that nothing gets damaged. Read on for what to keep in mind as you’re packing your belongings for storage.

Moving with pets can be stressful, but here are a few tips to make it easier.
[find-an-apartment] Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street to a new apartment, one of the major factors you have to account for is your pet. Our pets are a special part of our families, and they require special attention and consideration when we move. Help your pets get adjusted quickly in their new environment and have a stress-free move with these tips.

Seasonal affective disorder
Fight the winter blues by changing your perspective and hanging around good friends.
It’s no secret: winter is in full force, and it’s here to stay for the next two to three months, at least. The winter season seems to affect people differently, and many can experience mild depression, low energy and lack of motivation. [find-an-apartment] The good news is that you don’t have to suffer through the dreary, cold days and draining winter nights that seem to drag on and on. By following just a few simple tips, you’ll be able to beat the winter blues and get yourself back on track well before spring thaw.

depression The magic of the holiday season has come and gone, and with the cold, dark days dragging on, things can seem a little bleak this time of year. If you find yourself feeling down during the winter months, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, primarily starting in the fall and continuing through spring, and according to a study done at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, an estimated 4 to 6 percent of the population in the United States suffers from it. [find-an-apartment] If you’re not sure whether or not you have SAD, the Mayo Clinic has released a list of symptoms to watch out for, including depression, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, oversleeping, weight gain, difficult concentrating and appetite changes, particularly a craving for foods high in carbohydrates. While the specific cause of SAD is unknown, a few factors that might come into play include a disruption of your body’s circadian rhythm, and a drop in serotonin and melatonin levels due to reduced sunlight and the change in season. The good news is that there are several quick fixes you can make in and around your apartment to help fight seasonal affective disorder and boost your mood by spring. Here’s how.

With some smart organizing, you can make an easy exit -- and your next move will be a breeze!
With some smart organizing, you can make an easy exit -- and your next move will be a breeze!
Are you a frequent mover or anticipating a move in the near future? You can make the next move easier by preparing a strategy to pre-pack and organize stuff you want to take -- and toss what you’d rather leave behind! [find-an-apartment] With some smart organizing, you can make an easy exit -- and your next move will be a breeze! Here are 7 tips to keep you nimble.

Downtown Chicago is one place where you'll find plenty of people walking.
Downtown Chicago is one place where you'll find plenty of people walking.
Sidewalk life can be one of the best parts of urban apartment living. The ability to walk right out of your apartment and take a stroll to the nearest park, corner café, bar or even your place of work is an incredible perk, for those lucky enough to enjoy it. At least, that’s what we often think when we describe the ideal apartment neighborhood. But according to recent studies, while “walkable” neighborhoods may be viewed desirably by residents, just because they can get around easily on foot doesn’t necessarily mean they will.

Why do you live in your city? For most of us, something ties us to a place, whether it's family, friends or a job. But if you had no ties and you could live anywhere you pleased, where would that be? Where should you live?

Take our quiz to see what type of place fits your personality. Do you belong at the beach, or nowhere near the water? Are you a country mouse or a city mouse? You may be surprised by your results!

Go Retro: Play Vinyl in Your Apartment!

Step aside, iPod… “retro” analog sound is back in style! Vinyl is making a comeback, according to the New York Times. After thirty or so years of neglect in favor of the compact disc, once again, it’s cool to play vinyl records in your apartment. [find-an-apartment] Not sure how to get your hands on the groovin’ goodies? Before you can get down to analog listening (yes, the sound really is different from CD, and you can actually read the covers!) you’ve got to find a turntable and some albums. Follow these 5 easy steps to start discovering sounds on vinyl.

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For college seniors, the spring season means looking forward to graduation – and life beyond the college campus. To help college graduates as they look both for work and a new place to live, Apartment Guide consulted with Indeed, the number one job site worldwide, to bring together information to match the perfect apartment with the right job. [find-an-apartment] Together, Indeed and Apartment Guide have researched the top cities with the most entry-level job openings, along with average rents for one and two bedroom apartments in these cities. Here’s the list.