16
Jul 18

Think Twice Before Tossing These 4 Things When Moving (Even If You're in a Purge Mood)

Whether you’re moving to another state, or just down the block, packing can be an ordeal. And when you’re in the process of a move, you may find yourself wanting to purge a lot of items.

“Ask yourself why you want to keep the item. Is it for sentimental reasons? Does it spark joy? If it’s not for any of the two reasons above, chances are you can get rid of it,” says Allison Dunn of Organized Spaces by Allie.

However, while downsizing is great and wanting to have a clutter-free zone is everyone’s goal, you may throw away items you want or need later on—just because it feels good in the moment. If you’re feeling like you want to toss it all, take a break, then regroup and try and take stock of what you’re packing and what you want to get rid. “Choose the ‘best of’ items and corral and sort like items rather than randomly tossing things out,” said Angela Kantarellis, founder of AKorganizing.

To further help you get through that purge mood, here are four things you should absolutely never throw out while moving:

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12
Jun 18

5 Smart Home Habits You Should Steal from the Best Landlords

If you’ve ever rented before, you know that all landlords are not created equal. While some do the absolute minimum to get your monthly rent check, others do an incredible job at maintaining clean buildings and keeping their tenants’ best interests in mind. Recently, Brick Underground released a list of these amazing landlords. It got me thinking: Who better than a great landlord to give maintenance tips? So I reached out, hoping to tap into their extensive knowledge of running multiple properties simultaneously. Thankfully, their advice was just as good as I hoped (and is still achievable on a smaller scale). Here, the best housekeeping habits to steal from the best landlords in the business.

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25
May 18

Renter-Friendly Window Treatments That Don't Damage Walls

Most of the time, I’m okay with skirting around a landlord’s rules and will happily drill holes to hang art and curtains. However, every now and then, you meet a landlord who’s such a stickler, you wouldn’t even dare bring a drill into the apartment. If you find yourself in such a situation, these damage-free ideas for hanging curtains will help you keep your privacy—and your security deposit.

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11
May 18

4 Stress-Busting Things You Should Do Before You Move

You might not think an empty house or apartment as an especially beautiful thing. There’s a reason why houses are staged when they go on the market, and that is because people usually think of empty houses and apartments as sad and lonely. But, after you’ve signed on the dotted line and the home is yours, the emptiness can be a spectacular vision. Instead of loneliness, the space is a blank slate for all the happy memories (and awesome decor) to come.

But don’t get ahead of yourself: That blank slate also offers you ample opportunity to do the things that can cause massive headaches after move-in. Before you pivot the couches and cabinets over the threshold, take advantage of those empty rooms with these stress-busting tasks you might not otherwise think of doing.

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07
May 18

5 Things You Can Do On Your Summer Break to Increase Your Home's Value

Real talk: You don’t have to embark on a full gut renovation to boost the value of your home, or even its “wow” factor. Instead, tackling a series of smaller, more manageable projects can have just as much of an impact without breaking your budget or completely disrupting your life. Here are some projects that you can tackle when you have some time off this summer.

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02
May 18

12 Home Depot Finds (Under $30) Every First Time Home Buyer Needs

So you just bought your first home—congrats! Now comes the fun part: settling into your new digs by filling it with necessary items. But after you spent all that money on securing your new home, you might not want to spend any more on the boring organization and maintenance tools homeownership requires. Save your dough for nesting, and get moving-in done with these essential 12 finds from Home Depot, all under $30.

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30
Oct 17

The #1 Most Repeated Piece of Advice From Our House Tours

Time and time again we hear our House Tour subjects tell us the same piece of “best advice” when they fill out our style survey. So what do these decor savvy folks do that they think you should do, too? We might as well let them tell you.

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