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"Garden-Level Living"

Ah yes … the garden-level woes can sometimes hit when you are not getting enough light in your home because … well, you’re living in the basement. Sometimes it’s drab, dark, and can be uninviting. It’s got its perks though – very few stairs and no one below you. But it can also be a bummer to have smaller windows than every other apartment in the building, too. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of ways to make it feel bright and cheery!

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 1. Light it Up

Lamps are a garden-level apartment’s best friend. Overhead lighting not only cramps the space, but it can make it feel darker. Fluorescent lighting is the worst, too. Invest in some lamps and place them strategically throughout the house. It’ll light up!

 

 

2. Get the Daylight to Bounce

Mirrors are one of the best ways to reflect light and create a brighter space. They’re also great because you can have a ton of fun picking out pieces that reflect your personality.

 

 

3. Long Curtains

Hanging full-length curtains at the edges of the windows will make them feel larger. If you go with a light color and sheer texture, you can make it feel even brighter.

 

 

4. Paint

If you can paint your place, go for it. White does not always make a space feel brighter – I believe that’s a personal preference. Choose a light or bright color for your apartment like greens, yellows, blues, and greys. 

 

 

5. Go Easy

It’s easy to pile in the furniture when you’ve got the space, but when you have too much furniture it will appear dark and cluttered. Consider pieces that will help reflect light such as glass or Lucite, or use low-profile furniture or items with legs.

 

Add some of that green into your life! Not only do plants increase your happiness by 15%, according to a study done by Exeter University, but they also help relieve stress. Bamboo is a great choice because it grows well in with minimal light.

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If it’s time for you to move soon, you’re probably starting to get that sick feeling in your stomach, starting to panic about how you will get it all done and overall dreading the move. On the bright side, you are probably looking forward to your new home and jazzin’ it up to reflect your cool stylings, right?

Fun Times: The Community Laundry Room

I can hear you groaning in agony at the painful words: Apartment Laundry Room!!! I hear ya. First of all, can I have a show of hands of how many of you like to do laundry under any circumstances? Come on, don’t be bashful. I know there are one or two of you out there! Now, and this is getting fun (for me, anyway) can I get an “Amen!” from you on how much you love, love, love doing your laundry in the community laundry room in your apartment building?

Roommate Wars...Why Can't We All Just Get Along

Have you had enough of your roommate already? What happened to the reasonable person you selected as a roommate? Why have they been replaced by an insane, inconsiderate psycho? Don’t people have any respect for others anymore? Didn’t their mother raise them right? What is wrong with these people????? As you probably know, having a roommate can be exceptionally challenging. Let’s be reasonable. Why does this sound like common sense, but it is so difficult to honor? I don’t think anyone sets out to intentionally irritate their roommate, but I do believe the relationship can devolve to the point that angering your roommate can become sport. Roommates see you at your best and worst and know many of your secrets. They know what sets you off and how they can grind on you to the point you snap. But, you also know their sweet spot, too.