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"Brace Your Abode for the Bite of Winter"

Winter.

 

Also known as cruel and unusual punishment. Blah.

 

I’m so glad I’m not alone on that one. 

 

Even though I have (barely) survived nearly 30 very brutal Minnesota winters throughout my life, I still haven’t been able to decide what’s the worst thing about winter, other than it is just absolutely horrific. I can’t stand the snow, the ice, the cold… or the heat slowly escaping my humble little apartment. When it comes to dwelling in a rental home, you don’t always have the luxury of making permanent adjustments to help keep the heat in and the cold out, am I right?

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10 Ways to Stay Warm

... Like a Boss

 

Thermal curtains. Curtains aren’t just a decorative touch; they are awesome for keeping the heat in during the winter. Open the curtains during the day to allow the sunlight to come in and close them at dusk for optimal heat insulation. They’re also awesome because they can serve as a sound-proofing technique by keeping out the noise from outside or keeping your sound in.

 

Plastic window film. Yeah, they look tacky, but it’s also nice to not have a draft sail through when it’s -18° and you’re trying to get out of your warm bed. This is especially handy if you live in a historical building that has original windows. They are fairly easy to put on, and when it comes time to remove them, you don’t have to worry about any damage to the frames or sills. Bubble wrap can also work really well for insulation, too.

 

Get a door sweep. If you have a large gap at the bottom of your door, you’ll want to consider asking your landlord to install a door sweep to help keep the cold out. It’s cheap and takes just a minute to install.    


Keep doors closed to rooms that are not being used. Why heat areas you're not in? Keep the parts you use actively warmer.

 

Leave your oven door open after cooking or baking. Don't waste the warmth of your toasty oven!

 

Light candles. While they may not emit a generous amount of heat, they do make for a tranquil setting.

 

Wear slippers/moccasins/soccasins/mukluks. Because staying warm can be stylish at home, too.

 

Place rugs on the floors. Hardwood floors are wonderful, but jumping out of a warm bed onto cold floors is terrible.

 

Before going to bed, heat a water bottle and place it at the foot of your bed. Or baked potato. Now your feet can be nice and toasty.

 

Make a hot cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa. It just warms your soul.

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Whoa! Slow Your Roll Before You Sign That Lease

I know! I know! You found that super awesome pad you want to call home! Before you get too enthusiastic, breathe and try to look at the apartment objectively. As an aside, I want to wish you good luck with that, because most real estate decisions are emotional. You will most likely be thinking with your heart rather than your brain, and that makes you normal!

Ameliorate Your Space: How to Make Your Studio Feel Bigger

Studios are great! They’re inexpensive, funky, and easy to maintain… but they are also S-M-A-L-L. You don’t have to feel cramped because you’re allotted only a certain amount of square feet to work with, so how do you make it feel bigger? Here are some great and foolproof ideas on how to make the most out of what you have and having fun while doing it!

Apartment Hunting : The Hunt

Buyer Beware: What you don't know when shopping for an apartment can hurt you! Go ahead and ask those uncomfortable questions before you sign the lease. Raise your hand if you love moving! Hahaha, just kidding. Hunting for an apartment can be a super exciting time in your life…but it can also be one of the most stressful things other than death, marriage, or starting a new job. Yikes! Did you know landlords must legally comply with Fair Housing laws? I once went on a showing with a landlord who violated five Fair Housing laws in a sentence. I wasn’t even mad; I was impressed. One sentence!