Housekeeping

Give Your Apartment a 2011 Check-Up
Give Your Apartment a 2011 Check-Up

Give Your Apartment a 2011 Check-Up

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s time to give your apartment its annual check-up. Let me share a few apt tips that will be nearly 100% painless and totally worth-it! 1) Change the Batteries – In your smoke detector? Certainly. Also, think about the last time you changed them in your tv/dvd remote. At the very least, buy a pack…
Living with Shared Kitchen
Living with Shared Kitchen

Living with Shared Kitchen

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Colleen from Washington, DC gives her tips for sharing a kitchen with a bunch of roommates.  Our favorite,  make your roommates take the dirty dishes to their room if they don’t want to wash them. Living with a Shared Kitchen Sharing a kitchen will always be a challenge. Use these four tips to make shared kitchen living…
Add a Tool Kit to Your Apartment Essentials
Add a Tool Kit to Your Apartment Essentials

Add a Tool Kit to Your Apartment Essentials

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our Bloggers Wanted ad got a huge response and brought in a whole bunch of good first apartment ideas. Here’s one from Kasey, who is a junior at UCSD and just got her first apartment. “The one thing I suggest for any new apartment renter is a good tool kit. It doesn’t have to be…
How to Make your Bathroom So Clean it Sings
How to Make your Bathroom So Clean it Sings

How to Make your Bathroom So Clean it Sings

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’m having a house guest this week and as I walked around my house, I couldn’t help but notice…yuck. The bathroom was down right gnarly. There was that yucky bathroom dust over toilet, sink, tub and the like. I know that cleaning once a day takes about five minutes and that’ll let you avoids the…
Girl vs Rank, Disgusting Fridge
Girl vs Rank, Disgusting Fridge

Girl vs Rank, Disgusting Fridge

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When I moved into my apartment, two roommates moved out and two(including me), moved in. As it was, one gal stayed on. I didn’t think too much about the fridge, as there were more important errands to run and, most importantly, a neighborhood to explore. Months passed. The roommate who moved in when I did…
The Great Clean Up of My Old Room
The Great Clean Up of My Old Room

The Great Clean Up of My Old Room

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Sorry for the small delay in posting, ya’ll, but I’ve retreated to my parents home for the week and my work ethic has become a bit like jello. Mmm cable tv and a screened-in porch. . .why do I want to go back to Brooklyn and reclaim my independence? Until yesterday, when the ‘Clean Out…
How to make that funky room smell go AWAY
How to make that funky room smell go AWAY

How to make that funky room smell go AWAY

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So I wonder sometimes, if smells are like that age-old question, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one’s there to hear it, does it still make a sound?” Except I tend to become the woods after I live somewhere for awhile and need a new nose to tell me something stinks. Like,…
My ten steps to green your apartment
My ten steps to green your apartment

My ten steps to green your apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
10. Set up a recycling area. This can be as simple as a grocery sack next to the trash bin. Seriously. It’s not that complicated. 9. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs. It will save you money in the long run – always a good thing. 8. Live close to work so that you can walk,…
10 Ways To Make Your Apartment Greener
10 Ways To Make Your Apartment Greener

10 Ways To Make Your Apartment Greener

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ed. note. This is a repeat of one of our most popular posts from last summer. ‘Green’ is a concept that not only describes safer, more environmentally-friendly products, but also a state of mind. Let’s face it… times are changing and despite common belief, one person can make a difference. Below are ten ways to…
You’re Sniffy, You’re Sneezy, and it’s Time to Blame your Apartment
You’re Sniffy, You’re Sneezy, and it’s Time to Blame your Apartment

You’re Sniffy, You’re Sneezy, and it’s Time to Blame your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the seasons changing, if you’re feeling aglow with sneezing, scratchy throat, and itchy eyes, you could very well be allergic to pollen. What you might not know, and might not want to know, is that it could also be due to factors within your apartment, especially if you live in a vintage walk-up or…