Planning

How To Potty Train A Puppy In An Apartment

Having your own apartment is such a fulfillment for you. But what is more, is that you now also have your own pet puppy to make you happy and relaxed. But it will be a not easy feat, because you will need to be responsible for both, and that is to maintain your home and to take care of your pet.

A challenge you need to do is to have your puppy potty trained. This is for you and your pet’s good and also of your apartment. It will save a lot of time and patience.

1. Routines

You will need to feed them by schedule so that they will also have a schedule when they need to have a potty break. This way, they will know when they are needed to be taken outside. You can also actually schedule a time for you to take them for walks, and they will easily understand when will it be.

2. Watch for Signs

You should also know if your puppy would want to relieve themselves. It can easily be seen with their behaviors such as being uneasy and also smelling every corner and furniture around your apartment.

3. Use Confinements or Spots

It will be easy if you live on a lower floor but still might not make it and what more if your unit is on the upper floor? Because of that, you might need to have them trained somewhere inside your home that will be easy for you to clean up and also will avoid some upset if you find it at random places. You can have them confined in that spot, so they will know that is where they will relieve themselves. A great place would be your balcony. If you do not have one, you can invest in a litter box or a pee pad for them. To make it easier to clean, you can have put extra sheets of paper or plastic to throw away.

4. Rewards and Treats

Whether you will decide to have your puppy potty trained inside or outside of your apartment, you will need to give them rewards if they have done it correctly. The most popular way is giving them some special treats that are not part of their regular meal. Other ways would be giving them their favorite toy. Some puppies would also want something verbal and personal touch, so you can have them cuddled or give them a belly rub. 

5. In Case of Accidents

Of course, it will not be an easy process and would not learn with just a blink, so there will be accidents that will happen. In that case, you will have to clean it up and sanitize right away to avoid smelling and bacteria in your home. This will also erase the smell your puppy has installed in it. Also, do not scold them, because they will just be afraid and will affect your relationship. What you will need to do is to take them immediately to their spot as a reminder.

Design

How To Keep A Top Floor Apartment Cool In The Summer

As much it is really cool to be living in an apartment top floor because of the view, you will not be saying that much once the hot season starts. It is not easy and at times, you might just want to go somewhere else and not to stay at your home. Add to that when you have guests over, and it will be a lot harder.

There are a lot of solutions you can do though, so you can still have that time to relax at your own home and here are some:

1. Keep the Heat Out and the Cool In

If you manage to have that cool air, you will need to have it kept in your home. The first thing you will need to do is close the doors of rooms not in use, but keep those that you use frequently such as bedroom, bathroom, etc. 

With the cool air in your home, you will also need to block out any sources of heat, and one of these is the sunlight especially during midday when it is the hottest. Because of that, you should keep your curtains or blinds closed during this time. You should also avoid doing something that will add extra heat to your home. So if possible, do not do so much cooking in your home because ovens and stoves just add temperature. You can do it once in a week or times when it is less hot or have it done outside. 

2. Take Advantage of Nighttime

During the night, it will be much cooler unlike in the day. You would want to take advantage of that and have that cool air store in your home. You could do that by opening the windows during the night. You can also use some devices that will help the air circulate in your home even during the day.

3. Fans

There are a lot of fans you can use during the heat. First is the one you will use for yourself. If you do not want to consume much energy or pay big for electricity, you will opt for an electric fan or ceiling fan. For an electric fan, put on some ice to make it cooler. It is really nice to have it directly on you but if you want the cool air to circulate, you can have it rotate around your room. This is also what a ceiling fan does.

Another kind of fan is exhaust fans. What it does is it takes out the smell and odors from your kitchen and bathroom. But it is not the only thing it can do, it can also take out the heat from your home. Open them during the hottest time of the day, so the cool air from fans or air conditioners can circulate faster.

Things you can do for yourself:

Aside from cooling your home, you should also help yourself.

  1. Take a bath or shower.
  2. Stay hydrated and eat cool food.
  3. Wear light clothing.
Appeal

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.