New Year, New You: Working Out in Your Apartment

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As we discussed in last week’s blog, the most popular New Year’s resolutions involve living a healthier life. This includes nutrition, as well as exercise. We talked about our 7 Tips for Healthy Eating in the New Year in last week’s blog, so now we are here to talk about fitness and exercise, specifically in your apartment or small space!

I don’t know about you, but going to a gym in January can be difficult. Everyone is thinking about their new year’s resolution, so the gyms are packed with people trying to fulfill their goals. Now, you may be thinking you don’t have anywhere else to go and just won’t work out. Well, you can’t get out of it that easily. Just because you live in an apartment or small space doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise. We’ve put together a list, as well as some videos of some of the best exercises for your apartment or small space.

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It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking about Subletting your Apartment for Summer

subletting_keysAlthough the snow has arrived, now is the time to be thinking about subletting for the summer.  Whether you are graduating, studying abroad or just heading home for the summer, you probably don’t want to be stuck paying for rent while not living there, right?  Subletting your apartment is the perfect option and we have all of the information you need to know before you start subletting.

What is a Sublet anyway?

Subletting is when you are leasing out a portion of your lease to another person that is not originally involved in the lease agreement.  The sublet tenant will be responsible for the lease terms and obligations, however keep in mind that the original tenant is not let out of their responsibilities when subletting.
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Prepping your Apartment for Winter Break

winter-breakWell, the snow has finally arrived in Madison, just in time for Winter break! Before you pack up and head out, make sure your apartment is prepared for your absence. We’ve provided a list to check off before you leave to ensure you have nothing to worry about while on break.

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Decorating your Apartment for the Holidays, Plus a Chance to WIN!

Just because you live in an apartment, or have a small space, doesn’t mean that you can’t make your space look great during the holidays. We’ve hit up Pinterest to give you the best holiday decorating ideas for your apartment or small space.
 
Let’s start with the tree…
 
Christmas Tree:
Do you like real trees or faux trees? If you love real Christmas trees, check with your landlord first to make sure they are allowed in your building. Faux Christmas trees are a great alternative and although they may be a bit pricey at first, you can use them year after year, so you get your money’s worth. They even make pine scented ornaments now that will make your apartment smell like you have a real tree. Make sure you pick the right size tree to fit in your space. If you have a small space and don’t have much room for a tree, try a tabletop tree, or a half tree as shown below. You can still decorate them just like any other tree, but they don’t take up as much space as a regular sized tree. Don’t have space at all for a tree? There are several alternatives to choose from instead of a tree. Take advantage of your wall space and use lights to create your own tree. Use chalk on a dark wall or create a tree shape with wood pieces or branches on the wall as shown below. We also love the idea of using your books to create a tree against your wall. You could do this on the floor, on a shelf or even on a table.



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Is Renter’s Insurance Really Worth It?

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What is the point of having renter’s insurance anyway? Do I really need it? Aren’t I just throwing away money that I could use on other things, such as that new sofa chair I’ve been wanting for my living room? These are some of the questions you may be asking yourself when thinking about renter’s insurance. Whether you’re renting an apartment, condo, or home in Madison, renter’s insurance is a must. It is required for most rentals now a days, but even if it is not required, here is some basic information on renter’s insurance and why it’s worth having for your apartment.

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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

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

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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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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!

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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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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