Congratulations to Catt, our lucky winner of the $50 AmEx gift certificate and thanks to all who shared great tips for making their new apartment into a home!
As we approach September, we hope you’ve been successful in your summer rental search. Knowing what a HUGE month September is for moving, we wanted to share some time-tested tips to help you feel at home – FAST.
To that end, we’ve partnered Apartment Guide as they definitely have the lowdown on how to make your new place cozy as all goodness in no time flat.
One of the site’s best tips is to avoid packing your most precious items. Imagine your 8-year old self – would she/he have moved ANYWHERE without her/his previous stuffed animal under the arm? Doubtful. So, remember that and carry your most important items yourself.
For me, my most prized possessions are the art I’ve collected from my travels. I know that as soon as I put them on the wall – my apartment will feel lived in, mine. So, I always label the box and make sure that it’s in my car and not in the moving van. I also make sure I keep my jewelry in my purse so I don’t worry about it getting lost. It may not be the most practical item to attend to first, but it makes my heart happy.
Also, consider setting up your bathroom and kitchen first. Until you have these rooms set up, you’ll literally be living out of boxes. This way, you can start cooking and brushing your teeth without having to pull your hair out searching. To me, the bathroom is most important (Zyrtec where are you?! My allergies are devouring me!) but I’d still pull out at least a few plates, cups and silverware.
Finally, try surrounding yourself with comforting smells. This could be the bath spray you use or, even, your favorite perfume. (Dudes: Order some pizza, if you must). You may be surprised by the power of the scent!
Another idea, that I’ve always liked, is throwing a raging house party. No better way to make your place feel lived in:)
Now, it’s your turn. How do you turn your new apartment into a home? Share your best tip in the comments below for a chance to win a $50 AMEX gift card, courtesy of Apartment Guide!
We’ll pick our lucky winner randomly from all the comments on September 5.
Check Apartment Guide’s website to learn more about how to turn your new pad feel like home. You can also check out sample floor plans and photos. Be sure to follow them on their social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google +) for real-time tips and updates as well!
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