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Gardening Without a Garden

Don’t let your small space hinder your growing dreams. Would you love to grow your own fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, but think you lack the space necessary for a successful garden? If your tiny balcony or lack of a yard is hindering your green thumb, don’t worry! There are many alternative options to grow things without a traditional garden. Whether you have a …

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offers city dwellers a way to enjoy fresh, local produce throughout the growing season. It’s an idea that has been gaining traction among individuals who want to support local food production and sustainable farming practices. Typically, CSA subscribers pay a farmer in early spring and then receive a weekly share of organic produce throughout the growing season. The CSA concept …

Sustainable Living: Give The Earth a Hug

This is a great time to reflect on what each of us can do to live a more eco-friendly, sustainable life. It’s true that one person’s contributions don’t make much of an impact on the world, but if we all make teeny, tiny baby steps towards living a more green existence, we can affect a huge change in this world. There are several things …

The Rules & Etiquette

Right on – you found a roomie! Now comes the fun part of establishing ground rules regarding your new shared living space before moving in, so everyone is on the same page. Cleaning sucks. Being the only one cleaning sucks even worse. When you divvy up the chores evenly, assigning certain tasks, or rotating weekly, it makes things flow way smoother. Be respectful of …

Are You Running an Extended Stay?

Do you ever have overnight guests? Sure you do, come on! Sometimes your parents come to town and spend the night; with them in your bed and you on the sofa. Fun times, right? How about your friend from college who is between jobs right now and is couch-surfing at your place? What about your boyfriend/girlfriend who stays over frequently? Do you sometimes wonder …

Why Living With Friends May Not Work

Sure, you’re friends. You have a lot in common: music, culinary choices, clothes, and people you hang out with. You can trust them, and they seem to be a safe choice. Selecting a roommate is a daunting task, because you both want to make sure that it will be a good situation for all involved. But should you live with a friend?   One …

Roommate Wars…Why Can’t We All Just Get Al...

Have you had enough of your roommate already? What happened to the reasonable person you selected as a roommate? Why have they been replaced by an insane, inconsiderate psycho? Don’t people have any respect for others anymore? Didn’t their mother raise them right? What is wrong with these people????? As you probably know, having a roommate can be exceptionally challenging. Why does this sound …

Crucial Questions You Need to Ask Your Prospective Lan...

Raise your hand if you love moving! Hahaha, just kidding. Hunting for an apartment can be a super exciting time in your life…but it can also be one of the most stressful things other than death, marriage, or starting a new job. Yikes! Did you know landlords must legally comply with Fair Housing laws? I once went on a showing with a landlord who …

Oops I Should Have Purchased Renter’s Insurance

When my children were babies, my husband (at the time) and I were flat broke. I mean rob-the-kids’- piggy-banks-to-buy-macaroni-and-cheese kind of broke. We cut corners on every possible expense to provide shelter and the bare necessities for our young family. One kid was still drinking infant formula and both were still in diapers. Ouch! Big ticket items that added up to huge expenses! Our …

Whoa! Slow Your Roll Before You Sign that Lease

I know! I know! You found that super awesome pad you want to call home! Before you get too enthusiastic, breathe and try to look at the apartment objectively. As an aside, I want to wish you good luck with that, because most real estate decisions are emotional. You will most likely be thinking with your heart rather than your brain, and that makes …

Clean Your Dirty Apartment: The Cleaning Guide

Don’t pay a hefty amount of money because you didn’t clean your pad. Get your security deposit back! Kitchen Refrigerator: Interior empty and cleaned Shelves and drawers wiped down Clean top and sides of exterior Leave ice cube trays if they were provided Oven & Stove: Interior and racks cleaned Clean drip pans and burners Bottom drawer cleaned Broiler pan clean and present Clean …

Fun Times: The Community Laundry Room

I can hear you groaning in agony at the painful words: Apartment Laundry Room!!! I hear ya. First of all, can I have a show of hands of how many of you like to do laundry under any circumstances? Come on, don’t be bashful. I know there are one or two of you out there! Now, and this is getting fun (for me, anyway) …

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