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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Apartment Makeover

A huge thanks to my mom and sister for spending the past month scouring Target, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods for everything in this apartment!

This rug that my parents used in a prior house served as the inspiration:

I sadly didn't keep this backpack.

Sadly didn’t keep this backpack.

Here are the before pictures.

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Here are the after pictures:

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One trick I learned from my mom – the more furniture you put in a small space, the bigger it will look (to a point).

After 9 years in dorms, I’m more than elated to live in an adult space! [And, I did end up painting the walls myself!]

TELL ME: ABOUT YOUR FIRST APARTMENT/HOME…OR POST SOMETHING YOU WANT IN A DREAM HOME IN THE COMMENTS!

Thanks, again, Mom and Allison!

The decorating team...

The decorating team…

And, thanks to my entire family for supporting me through med school!

I love you, Mom and Dad!

I love you, Mom and Dad!

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Until next time…