How to Decorate Your Apartment for the Holidays

Apartment Christmas Decorations
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Decorating an apartment for the holidays differs from trimming a home you own and have free reign over. In a rental, you can’t haphazardly nail stuff to the wall. You’re probably dealing with a smaller space or odd physical obstacles (like no mantel, or too many mantels!). And your landlord might even have restrictions on real trees or lighting candles. All these hurdles just means that the earned end result is far more satisfying. Continue Reading

Renter-Friendly Backsplash Ideas that Look like a Million Bucks

Hunting for a rental apartment is just about the worst thing about modern urban life. Not only do you have to contend with application fees and sketchy brokers, compete with other prospective tenants, and traipse through one messy, half-packed living room after another; but once you finally find a place that you can afford and that doesn't have literal holes in the walls — you have to move in and actually LIVE WITH all the ugly, outdated apartment features that you tried desperately to ignore as you signed the lease and handed over your entire month's income. Continue Reading

Seriously Useful Apartment-Friendly Closet Organization Ideas for Renters

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Most beautifully organized closets have one thing in common – built-ins. Whether it be custom shelving or even IKEA installations, a little (or a lot) of construction is needed. But what if you're a renter, and you can't make any permanent changes to your closet? Are you doomed to a single hanger rod and basically a hot mess? Luckily we have some solutions that don't require a power drill. Read on for renter-friendly ideas that will keep your closet nice and tidy. Continue Reading

Apartment Hunting Tips: How to Find a Rental You’ll Actually Love

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If you're currently apartment hunting, you're not alone. Over 36% of Americans rent their homes, and in these summer months, that means a good portion of renters are closing out old leases and moving to new places. Whether you're a new renter, or you've signed a few leases in your day, the whole process of apartment hunting can be overwhelming. There are so many options to sift through, scams to avoid, and factors to consider when figuring out how to find an apartment. Continue Reading

Moving? Clean These 6 Commonly Overlooked Areas Before Your Lease is Up

Moving? Don't forget to clean these 6 commonly overlooked areas

It’s the end of the month, and if your lease is up and you haven’t renewed, that means it’s time to move! When relocating to a new apartment, you likely have a million things on your to-do list. Between trying to secure a rental truck on the same weekend everyone else is, and sweet-talking your friends so they’ll help you haul all your stuff, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning. However, you don’t want to forget about your precious security deposit! Continue Reading

68 Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters

Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters
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Renting your home has some perks (no mortgage, no maintenance costs, no headaches), but there are downsides: apartment decorating can be a challenge, and limited storage space makes it hard to stay organized.             

Many apartments are too small or don't offer much storage. Maybe the landlord won't let you paint or put nail holes in the wall. And rental properties are usually fitted with unsightly light-fixtures or unattractive flooring. Continue Reading

75 Do-It-Yourself Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Room

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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With the new school year right around the corner, those of you who are heading back to college are probably thinking about how to decorate your dorm room this year. Well, we're here to help! Today we have 75 awesome DIY dorm decor ideas to give your space a unique, custom feel. Click through to check 'em out.     

 

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WALL DECOR

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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1. Add some color to your dorm room walls with this cheerful giant paper confetti. Continue Reading

Tips to Style A Plain Jane Builder Grade Bathroom

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Here’s a typical rental bathroom. Builder-grade materials; not offensive, but very plain and basic. It could be worse, of course, but a lot of rental bathrooms are devoid of style and character. But I like to look at this little room as a blank canvas just waiting for some personal touches. If you’re a renter living with a plain bathroom like this one, or maybe you’re heading off to college where a dull dorm bathroom awaits, here are some easy and affordable styling tips that will brighten your space. Continue Reading

10 Ways to Love Your Rental Bathroom

Ugly apartment bathroom solutions: From moldy caulk lines to ugly shower doors, here's one renters take on how to deal with an unsightly restroom.

If you have ever leased a home, you know the struggles that can plague a rental bathroom. Unless it's a brand new building, the restroom is likely going to have a unique set of unfortunate details. I've been a renter for all of my adult life. I've seen my fair share of bizarre bathroom situations – from lime green walls to landline phone accessibility next to the tub (true story). My current apartment bathroom has it's own flaws that over time I've either figured out how to disguise or how to live with. Continue Reading

How To: Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

If you already have functional privacy window treatments such as blinds or shades, but need to add in a little color or texture, this super simple budget-friendly DIY is the perfect fix. This solution requires no holes in the wall and no expensive window hardware. It's perfect for rental situations or can even be used to stage your home to sell.   

 

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

In our home we use a lined bamboo shade for privacy, but this little corner needed a something more. Continue Reading