7 Mistakes Sometimes Made In Small Spaces
We often post design tips for maximizing a small space to its fullest form + function + design. In this case, we wanted to highlight some pitfalls or small mistakes often made so you can avoid them when creating the home that’s right for you. After the jump, check out 7 design mistakes shared by designers who have seen it all.1) Cramming the space with too much stuff. A large piece of furniture can actually make the space feel larger, as long as it’s selected carefully.
10 Common Thrift Store Finds (And Ways to Use Them for DIY Projects)
We often hear people complain that they’re no good at thrift store shopping—they have an aversion to dirt, no patience, or just bad luck. The truth is that anyone can be a good thrifter if they keep an open mind. It’s as simple as recognizing when an object needs a good cleaning, a coat of paint, or even just a new context. Here are a few common items to keep an eye out for the next time you’re at the thrift store.
The Efficient Toilet-Cleaning Method Everyone Should be Using
If you learn how to clean the toilet properly—and how to keep it that way—you'll be able to enjoy that fresh commode feeling around the clock.
How To Clean & Organize a Refrigerator
Before I took on this assignment, I really didn’t think that my fridge was that dirty. Well, let’s just say that I was wrong. In case you too have fallen victim to that somewhat subtle accumulation of of grit and grime, follow along for my step-to-step guide to getting rid of the mess.Here’s a before photo just so you can grasp the full extent of this transformation.
8 Ways to Keep Your Bedroom Clean Once & for All!
We talk a great deal here at Apartment Therapy about keeping things clean and our persistence about it is quite strong when it comes to our bedrooms. They seem like a magnet for dust and allergens — not to mention clutter from other parts of our home. Today we’re taking a stand and saying, enough is enough!
Removable Wallpapers by Style: Modern
Installing wallpaper typically requires a level of commitment that many folks aren’t comfortable with. Whether you tend to change your mind about style choices or you’re renting a home, pasting paper on the walls in a fairly permanent way can be daunting. Enter your new friend, removable wallpaper! Check out these options with a huge amount of modern appeal, without the commitment.
Renters Solutions: 7 More Temporary Ways to Make a Rental Your Own
Nothing’s more frustrating than not being able to put your own mark on the place you live in, which can be tough when living in a rental with strict rules. It can be doubly aggravating if the place you’re renting isn’t just bland, but has unsightly elements you’d rather not have to see every day. We’ve got more ideas for renters who need temporary solutions to making their home look better.
How to Use an Air Conditioner Economically and Save on Your Electric Bill
There are plenty of ways you can get creative when it comes to staying cool and saving money. But when the heat of summer truly hits, sometimes your best bet is cranking up the AC. Learning how to use an air conditioner economically can help you keep your cool physically and budget-wise. While it certainly costs a bit more than your usual ice fan hack, things like closing off vents and rearranging furniture are effective and still pretty easy on the wallet.
9 Tricks to Beat the Heat (Without Turning Up the AC)
It’s summer and if you’re not getting out of town, chances are you’ll find yourself fighting a battle with the heat between now and the fall. Maybe you’re like us and you don’t have air conditioning, maybe you’re trying not to rack up big bills, or maybe you’re trying to be more environmentally-friendly. Here are some tricks we’ve accumulated through years of grinning and bearing (and sometimes baring) it.
8 Easy Energy Saving Tips for the Kitchen
The kitchen is home to some of our biggest energy hogging appliances. But, by sticking to these eight easy habits (new years resolutions, anyone?), you can reduce your kitchen energy usage and save some cash. Don’t Place Hot Foods in a Fridge. Allowing foods to cool to room temperature ensures your unit won’t have to work as hard. Thaw in the Fridge. Frozen items throw off cold air into the fridge, helping to keep things cool. Make Your Own Ice.
7 Unusual Small Space Solutions That Work!
There are some small space solutions that seems like common sense — clear the clutter, use double duty items, scale down your furniture and then, there are some that make no sense whatsoever…but they work! Wonder if they’ll work in your space? See what they are and try them out after the jump. Hang your curtains high up over your windows: Though it would seem to make more sense to keep your windows clear and streamlined, try hanging curtains.
Organize & Decorate: Clipboards in the Home Office
Matthew Pearce of Matt’s Macintosh shared this lovely home office setup with us via our flickr community page, showcasing an easy and affordable decorative solution for the home office “blahs”: clipboards!
Frugal Living Weekend Assignment: 5 Areas You Could Save Money
During the week, life might be moving so quickly that you don’t have time to be your most frugal, let alone think about how you can save money. So why not take a little time today or tomorrow to evaluate how you might save a little more dough around the house? We’ve got five common areas that often have room for folks to save money in — take some time this weekend to see if there is any money saving potential around your home! 1.