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How To Make Your Apartment Smell Nice

When visitors come to your home, it is not just the sight and decor that will be stuck to them. What they will remember would be how it smelled. If you are living long enough in your home, you might not notice it, but those who come in will do.

Apartments might have a distinctive smell. Some would be bad, some would be good, or some would be somewhere in between. The great thing is that you can have something your own, and it is not too much work and costly.

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda will not give off a smell. In fact, it will do the opposite. What the baking soda will do is absorbs the smell. So if you have anything that is not so pleasant such as shoes or old carpets, you will just have to sprinkle it at your carpet and furniture and leave it overnight. The smell will be absorbed after that. What is great about this is it will make your furnishings, rugs, and carpet smell fresh even as time passes or how much people had passed by.

2. Scented-Candles

As the baking soda will not give off any smell, you will need to have something that will make your apartment smell good. The first on the list will be scented candles. It is easy to find and get. You can even make them yourself. Then what you can also do is place them somewhere the smell will be easily absorbed. 

3. Stove

When you cook something, the smell will surely spread around. It is the reason why they are needed to be exhausted at times. But you can also use the stove for the purpose of making your apartment smell good. You can use it to simmer some herbs and fruits, and you will have your own air freshener. This will be great if you are planning to have a party or expecting some visitors. 

4. Maintain Cleanliness

To maintain your home clean will be the best way to avoid the beginning of smells. Because of that, you will need to have your place cleaned up. Garbage bins especially should always be emptied for food and other things might start to decay. If you have a garbage disposal in your sink, you will need to have some citrus peels with water run through the disposal, and it will do the work. Then, you will also need to clean up your refrigerator and vacuum regularly to get rid of crumbs that might form a smell.

5. Air Freshener

Air fresheners will be the fastest way to make your apartment smell good. They are also available in many forms. You can have the spray for easy access. But then, you can also use car air fresheners and put them in your air conditioner or vents. If you are thinking of saving money for this then instead of buying, you can make one that can also be doubled for cleaning. With this, you can also have something that will kill bacteria.

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How To Make A Cheap Apartment Look Nice

To have someplace to live is a great accomplishment on its own. Sure, it is a need, but it would be something you gained no matter what. It also does not matter if it is big or small or even just rented, you can still have it as your own.

When you are living in an inexpensive apartment, one of the things on your mind is that it is temporary and would leave as soon as you can move to a better one or even bought one. But that does not mean it will stop you in making it look nice. It is still a place you will live in, and you can make it so.

1. Add Color

If it is allowed, the first thing you will need to do is to repaint your apartment in something you like. Then, you could also add color through the decors. You can place some rugs and artworks. Another way to add color is by adding plants which are also a great way to add life in your home and also bring in nature that will be lacking if you are in a city.

2. Add Comfort

To have your place feel like home is for it to be cozy. And to be cozy, it should be comfortable. Pieces of furniture such as couches and beds will do that. Having a rug is not only good for adding color but can also put in some comfort. But of course, coziness is all about what makes you feel good and relaxed and nothing beats heating up by a fireplace in cool nights. Lighting can also make a difference because of the ambiance it gives. Natural light will be the best, but you can also add different kinds of fixtures around your apartment.

3. Add Personality

To make the apartment looks like it is really yours is by adding your personality and interests. If you love to read, you can add on shelves with your favorite books in it. That is also the same if you are into movies with your DVD collections or TV. If you are into art or crafting, you can have your creations displayed all around. It is not only with your interests. You can also add in some framed photos around or can also be trendy by having polaroids on a string then displayed as a banner. It can also be themed like musical or travel. Just let your imagination flow with this, and it will be your own.

4. Add Function

Adding function in your apartment means it is used and lived in. This can be done by adding some appliances in your kitchen and really use it. Even if you are not much of a cook, you can still make toasts or microwave or even just fry something. You can even set up a coffee machine which will be great if you love coffee instead of buying one in shops. Then, you can also have things that are double in purposes such as ottomans for extra storage or daybeds and futons for your naps and sleeping area for your visitors.

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How To Get Rid Of Roaches In An Apartment Permanently

One of the biggest problems in your home is pests. It does not matter where you live, but it is especially a big problem in a city and in a building where you are not the only one who is living.

The most common pest would be roaches. It is a menace and seems really hard to get rid of. Add to that, they are really sickening not only on what they look like but with their nature overall. If these pests will not get rid of, it will truly contaminate everything in your home that will affect health and living.

So, what will be the best way to get rid of them?

1. Maintain Cleanliness

What roaches love are leftovers of everything, so one of the solutions you could do is to clean your apartment regularly as you can. It would be wise to clean up right after you have eaten something that way the roaches will not go for it. This also includes taking out your trash regularly. Also, roaches would also live off with any kind of debris, so you will also need to vacuum and dust your place regularly. You should also check and clean up your refrigerator and cabinets. 

Aside from food sources, the reason why you need to clean up is to eliminate their hiding spots. These spots, where they also nest, are usually dark places including some clutters such as cardboard boxes or papers then in your cabinets. Because of that, you will either have to throw away or recycle that unnecessary clutter and trash lying around your house. This also means that you will have to schedule a general cleaning in your home at least once a month if you are busy.

2. Use Baits and Sprays

After cleaning up, you would not get rid of them that easily. Because of that, you will have to set up products to get rid of them completely. You can use baits that come in many forms such as gels, chalks, or powders. There are also traps, and you can make one your own using the mentioned forms of baits.

You can also use sprays which are a popular form of insecticide and are usually seen used by professionals. The problem with it is that it is risky for contamination that will have an effect on your health. In addition to that, it is usually foul-smelling that is hard to get rid of.

3. Ask for Professional Help

If it is a really big problem, you can ask for help. You can suggest it with your landlord, so other units can also be checked if they have the same problem and be eliminated. It would still be a big risk for roaches to get back if other places are contaminated because they still have that entry point. With professional help, they can also help you identify the main source of your problem. Because of that, you can also learn about prevention, and they may also give you products for it.

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How To Decorate A Studio Apartment On A Budget

It is really fulfilling to have your own space that you will call home, and it does not matter how big or small it is. What matters is you will have someplace to go at the end of the day and just rest and relax after an exhausting day.

But of course, you will also need to make space your own and to do that, you will have to decorate it according to your style. One of the challenges will be the space and how to make the most of it. If you are living in a studio apartment, it will surely be small and might need ideas to manage it. 

How will you maximize those spaces? How will you make it look cozy and uncluttered? How will your personality show?

1. Find Right Furniture

The first thing you will need is, of course, the furniture. You will need to find a size that will be a perfect fit for your apartment. You can choose pieces that are small that are stylish. You can also choose some big pieces such as love seats or L-shaped couches that will not take much space to your home. Less is more for a studio apartment, so do not put many seats. You can have some extras in case of visitors. You can also have furniture that has more purposes such as daybeds, tables for working and eating, and so forth.

2. Make Use of Light

One thing about lighting is that it makes the room bigger. Because of that, you can paint your walls with lighter colors and also have your windows take in natural light as much as possible. Because of that, choose curtains that are sheer to have that light. Another way to add some light is to have some of your accessories and decor in a light color so that it will be brighter. You can also add some additional lamps and fixtures if needed.

3. Decorations

To avoid clutter, you can minimize your decor. You can have some framed paintings and pictures here and there, but not too much. To add some life and color, especially in a city, you can add potted plants. You can also have rugs and shelves to divide your rooms. If you want to make your space look bigger, you can add pieces of furniture that are made of glass or of clear materials. You can also hang some mirrors. 

4. Storage Solutions

The source of clutter is usually the lack of storage. Even if you do have those, they seem to be the source of clutter too. Because of that, you will need to have better storage for your things. It might be harder to find one for small spaces, but there is a variety available that can also be used for dual purposes. Examples are ottomans that can double as a storage area by putting in some magazines or any other items or trunks that can double as a coffee table. There are a lot of possible storage solutions available, and you need to be creative with it.