Housekeeping

A few things I’ve learned since ditching the dorms and moving on up to the, umm, East Side? Well, real apartment at least…

And most of you might already know these things, but here goes…

1. LEMON OIL TO REMOVE STICKERS

A little bit goes a long way so just put a dab on a paper towel. Rub it into the sticker [eg price sticker on a dish] and in a few minutes that baby will be off. Bonus – it smells nice!

2. DO NOT GET FLAT/MATTE PAINT

It looks nice and covers imperfection well (bonus if you’re painting your own walls in a rental), but it easily gets dirty from leaning against the wall in dark denim, when hanging pictures/plates/mirrors, etc. Next time I will buy eggshell as I like a matte-like finish better than gloss in most circumstances (but gloss can be fun in certain rooms). Click on this link to learn more about different paint finishes if you’re curious.

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Thankfully, anything that mars the paint comes off easily with some windex or soap/water.

3. THE MORE FURNITURE YOU PUT IN A SMALL SPACE, THE BIGGER IT LOOKS

Counterintuitive, but seems to have worked in this small space (thanks, Mom, for the tip).

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4. JET DRY DOES NOT NEED TO BE REFILLED EVERY TIME YOU RUN THE DISHWASHER

This would explain why Jet Dry comes in such a small bottle. Lesson learned when I ran out of half the bottle in practically a week.

5. CLEAR THE CORDS

My mom painstakingly spent time to tie up cords using wire and such to make sure none were on the floor (except for one surge protector). It makes cleaning the floor and vacuuming so much easier and I feel like most people don’t like looking at tangles of cords, right?

TELL ME: ANY HOUSEKEEPING TIPS YOU HAVE?

Until next time…

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6 thoughts on “Housekeeping

  1. Your place is lovely, so bright and light. I would have never thought putting more furniture in a small place would make it appear bigger, but it does! I love the arrangement and thank you for the tips. I have to say, I’m not the best housekeeper, my mom comes in here and is constantly rearranging and organizing… I need help 😉

  2. Still crushing on your new space. Excellent job! Some tips I have up my sleeve: to clean dusty baseboards (they get so dirty) use a dryer sheet. It will coat the moulding and prevent dust from settling. And for window treatments, hang rods closer to the ceiling instead of directly over the window. It gives the illusion of a brighter and bigger space.

  3. uhhh, I’ve lived by myself for a long time and I did not know any of these things. Thank you. And also come with me to Target for apartment redecorating things?? 🙂

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