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Melissa

While being New York’s most fabulous resident consumes most of her time, Melissa Kravitz enjoys excessive amounts of reading, crafting, shopping, cooking five meals a day, and befriending puppies. Melissa considers herself NYC’s ultimate pasta expert; a good part of her apartment is dedicated to her thriving pasta collection.
14 Point Moving Checklist
14 Point Moving Checklist

14 Point Moving Checklist

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Moving day can be stressful and unpredictable! You’re uprooting your life and settling down in a new place. Even if you’re only moving into an apartment a few blocks away, make sure you have everything lined up so your move can be as easy as possible. Here are some questions to ask yourself to make…
Should You Live with Your BFF?
Should You Live with Your BFF?

Should You Live with Your BFF?

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Whenever I hear this question, my immediate response is no, you should not.  Unless you met your BFF in a roommate circumstance (it happens!), you probably should nix the idea of shacking up with your BFF.  It may sound like fun, and like something out of Girls or Friends, but in reality it causes a lot…
20 Questions to Ask a New Roomie
20 Questions to Ask a New Roomie

20 Questions to Ask a New Roomie

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Whether you’ve been friends forever, met via the Internet, or have even lived together in the past, it’s important to establish some mutual understandings with your new roommate before officially moving in together. A fun game of 20 questions can only make things better before signing a lease. Are we all paying the same amount…
New Girl Moves In: 3 Rules for Switching Roommates
New Girl Moves In: 3 Rules for Switching Roommates

New Girl Moves In: 3 Rules for Switching Roommates

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When the time comes to renew  your lease, the more roommates you have, the more likely changes will happen.  Apartments are temporary; you pick to live in a rental with roommates because you’re in a transitional period in life.  Most twenty-somethings who live in apartments have ever-changing jobs, relationships, grad school acceptances, and other unpredictable real-life adult factors…
Our Favorite Online Resources for First Apartments
Our Favorite Online Resources for First Apartments

Our Favorite Online Resources for First Apartments

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If you live in an apartment as small as mine (do I complain about this enough?) there’s a fair change that a good part of your home life actually takes place within the constraints of your laptop. Or iPad. Or smartphone. Daydreaming about the decorations and objects you’ll one day put in your regular-sized dream…
How to Sublet Your Roommate Share
How to Sublet Your Roommate Share

How to Sublet Your Roommate Share

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Subletting is a great way to earn extra money, or at least avoid paying rent on an empty room when you’re out of town. However, when you have roommates, inviting a stranger or even an acquaintance to temporarily live in your home can be uncomfortably unfamiliar with everyone else who agreed to live with you…
Roommate Gift Giving Alternatives
Roommate Gift Giving Alternatives

Roommate Gift Giving Alternatives

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Gift exchange season is upon us, as is the impending doom of shopping for everyone on your holiday list while also managing to pay rent. And let’s hope your lease isn’t up at the end of the year too… Sharing presents with roommates can be a fun group activity or a potential disaster. If you…
7 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Party with the Roomies
7 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Party with the Roomies

7 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Party with the Roomies

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Apartment parties are fun—you get to decide the guestlist, menu, playlist, décor– but can also be a bit stressful, especially when you have to make executive decisions with other members of your household. If you’re planning to host a crowd over the holidays or on on December 31, you want your event to be pretty…
Holiday Decorations and Celebrations in an Interfaith Apartment
Holiday Decorations and Celebrations in an Interfaith Apartment

Holiday Decorations and Celebrations in an Interfaith Apartment

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When you live with people outside of your family, it’s highly likely that they’re going to have different traditions.  Even if you’re the same religion, you’re bound to have some differences about decorations and celebrations.  For example, my cousins and I, who are all of the same faith, have drastically different ways of acknowledging holidays!…
Four’s a Party, Five’s a Crowd: Setting Rules on Visitors
Four’s a Party, Five’s a Crowd: Setting Rules on Visitors

Four’s a Party, Five’s a Crowd: Setting Rules on Visitors

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When you live in a shared space, how do you decide on a fair guest policy? Some people love a crowd, they truly believe in the more the merrier, and are happy with friends passed out on every square foot of their apartment on a regular basis. Others prefer personal space and would rather check…