The Apartment Care Package

Even in this age of texts, emails, Snapchat and Messenger, almost everyone still loves getting actual mail. When you open the mailbox and there’s a letter or you see a package has been left for you, the excitement starts to build. It’s almost like Christmas! Whether you are a parent or a friend of an apartment dweller, and want to help kick-start a semester, or just help get them through finals week, here are a few ideas of packages to send to them. Continue reading

Parking in Downtown Madison

Parking_In_MadisonIf you live or work in downtown Madison, you know how hard it is to find a place to park or how expensive it can be for monthly parking. When you are in the heart of most metropolitan areas, this is typically the case, and while Madison isn’t the size of Milwaukee or Chicago, there are a still a lot of visitors and commuters that come to the Capitol area during the week, making parking difficult.  Whether you are commuting or living downtown, we’ve laid out the best options and information you need to know for parking in downtown Madison, especially during Wisconsin’s winter months. Continue reading

Choosing Your Next Apartment in Madison

madisonThere are many factors to consider when thinking about your next apartment or rental home.  Some of you may be gaining or losing a roommate with your next lease, or maybe your roommates are perfect, but you all just want a change of scenery. Either way, you want to be prepared.  Here are some efficient tips to help you as you search for your next apartment to call home. Continue reading

Staying Safe on your Apartment Balcony



Fall is upon us, but there’s still time to enjoy the perks of your balcony, deck or patio before Jack Frost comes calling.  Balconies are a simple amenity, yet they make entertaining so much easier!  Whether you’re pre-gaming for the Badger game or watching the sunset with a friend, keep yourself and your guests safe while using your balcony by avoiding these balcony no-no’s.


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Dealing with a Difficult Roommate

Don’t Hate Your Roommate, Work It Out

I’m sure you are already rolling your eyes since “working it out” with a difficult roommate can be tough work.  However, in most cases, it’s easier to work things out than to end things on a sour note.  Here’s some of our advice for getting through your lease with your difficult roommate. Continue reading

Apartment Plants…That You Won’t Kill!

Something that many apartment dwellers don’t incorporate into the décor for their new homes are plants! Some people intentionally leave them out for fear that they won’t be able to keep plants alive. Others just don’t even consider the benefits of having an apartment plant. Plants can do wonders for small spaces! They add a bit of beauty to your space, and they even help with your indoor air quality.

Here are 5 of the most neglect-proof plants that will survive your apartment…as long as you give them just a little bit of water, sunlight and, occasionally, some extra love!


These are great little plants that not only serve as a source of greenery in your home but also as living artwork! The delicate art of trimming a bonsai tree can be witnessed with Mr. Miyagi in “Karate Kid”, when he’s not forcing Daniel to scrub the deck and wash the cars. Trimming the bonsai can also help as a form of meditation. They aren’t too finicky…just water them a bit each time the soil is nearly dry.

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Getting Back to the Books!

StudyingNo one is quite sure where the phrase “Hitting the Books” came from, although many would like to physically harm their books once the semester is officially underway (especially during exam week)!  It more than likely came from the term “Hitting the Trail” when cowboys used it as they headed out for a journey. We know that getting back to the grind of school and studying can be a difficult journey in and of itself, so we’ve compiled a few tips to help you get back to it! Continue reading

Eating Well Without Breaking the Bank in College…It’s Possible!

You might think you don’t have the time to have a healthy meal because of all the classes, and studying…and partying. You might think that eating healthy food is too expensive or too complicated with all of the fad diets on the market.  But now that you have have your own kitchen in your apartment, there’s no need to waste your money on Junk food, eating out, or fast food in-between classes (although the food carts are kinda sweet, right?). You don’t have to eat gluten-free, all-organic, gourmet home cooking in order to ditch the junk and eat a little better.  Here are a few simple ways to eat a little bit healthier without breaking the bank.

Healthy Snacks


Some of our favorite snacks are peanut butter/banana rice cakes and avocado toast.  We like these snacks for for three reasons.  First, these snacks are super easy to make. Second, they are inexpensive products to buy, and third, the protein and carbs will work well together to tide you over longer. Put them in a container, bring them with you, and eat them between classes. Granola bars, mixed nuts, fruit, or even un-buttered popcorn are healthy snacks as well!

We got some of these ideas from an article in BuzzFeed. You can check it out here.

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Apartment Neighbors and Noise

Something everyone has to deal with, unless you live on a farm or in a cabin in the woods, is neighbors. Those of us who live in apartments quickly get to know quite a bit about neighbors; we know when they get home, when they get up, when they are cooking, when they are watching TV, slamming cupboards, doing laundry, having friends over, etc. They also know the same things us, so remember that. Here are a few things you can do to help limit hear and/or being the culprit of apartment neighbor noise. Continue reading

Budgeting For Your Apartment


You are out of the house, out of the dorms and officially “on your own” in an apartment! It’s a great day to be alive! And now comes the reality of renting an apartment…and really, the reality of life in general: money is a necessity. If you don’t put together a budget for the apartment, you could find yourself heading back to mom and dad’s and the tiny room you grew-up in. Sure, you love that room full of memories, but let’s stick together on this and get you into the grown-up world! Continue reading