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Responsible Recycling Options for Apartment Dwellers

Recycling is an important environmental duty that demonstrates good stewardship of the resources we’ve been given, saving both materials and energy while reducing waste. Many cities provide tax-paying homeowners with both curbside waste and recycling pickup, and a large number of apartment complexes provide recycle bins for their residents near trash dumpsters. In fact, valet …

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No Closets for Hanging Clothes? Try One of These Ideas

Closets are one of those structural elements we tend to take for granted until we live in a place that doesn’t have them. Traditional houses and even most apartments include bedroom closets as a standard architectural feature, but there are times you might rent a place (especially loft-style or studio apartments in renovated turn-of-the century …

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What to Do if You Can’t Customize: Four Common Rental Realities and How to Overcome Them

Renting an apartment is a necessary part of life for many people, especially those who live and work in the city. Unless you’re fortunate enough to find a newly-renovated place that’s tastefully painted and floored, has plenty of storage, and still falls within your budget, there are bound to be at least a few things …

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Apartment Living: Enjoying Pets Without the Smell

Many pets adapt well to small homes and city living, becoming wonderful companions treated like members of the family. Nevertheless, they’re still animals, and develop odors quickly (unless you own a chinchilla – rumor has it they don’t smell). Being confined to a small space essentially amplifies even slight pet odors and makes them hard …

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6 Creative Small-Space Solutions for Books and Media

Book, music, and movie lovers would agree that one of the hardest things about living in a small space is the necessity of downsizing their beloved collections. Preliminary downsizing is easy: wean out the duplicates, outdated formats (VHS, anyone?), and titles you don’t like. But when you’ve trimmed down your books and still have ten …

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Choosing the Best Pet for Apartment Life

Studies show that pet owners have lower blood pressure, fewer cases of depression, and overall better health than the rest of the population – testimony to the therapeutic power of animals, and reason enough to start scouring the ‘free to a good home’ ads. Choosing which pet is best for you should always be a …

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