Think Outside the Dog: The Best Pets for Apartment Living

Want to live somewhere where you don’t have to shovel snow, mow the lawn, or do any maintenance projects? How about an apartment?

All you have to do is pay rent and go about your day. However, a drawback to apartment living is that there are limitations to the kinds and sizes of animals you can have.

While most apartments allow small dogs, that’s not your only option.

Dogs aren’t for everyone. They’re needy and require a lot of care. Additionally, a bored dog can cause a lot of destruction.

Read on for the best pets for an apartment!

Cats, of Course

Cats or dogs: the debate that has gone on for centuries.

Cats can make the best pets for any size apartment. They’re incredibly low-maintenance. Aside from food and water, they basically take care of themselves. The personality of cats, however, vary greatly. Some cats are super friendly cuddle monsters who love attention. On the other hand, we have all met those anti-social cats that seem to have no desire to be touched or looked at by you.

Depending on what you need from a pet, a cat may or may not be the way to go. Additionally, there is always the gamble of what kind of personality it will have too.

Cockatoos

Birds can also make fantastic pets, but cockatoos can make the best pets. Cockatoos are extremely intelligent creatures and can even learn how to talk.  They have big personalities and bigger hearts. Cockatoos are known for being surprisingly affectionate with their owners, to the point of being clingy. They make good pets as well as excellent friends.

However, cockatoos demand a lot of care and attention, they are not a good fit for lazy pet owners. A cockatoo that is kept too confined can eventually exhibit aggressive and self-harming behaviors.

 

Ferrets

Ferrets are animals often overlooked while people are looking for the best pets to have. Ferrets in the wild can be aggressive and quite intimidating. However, domesticated ferrets are kind of like cats. They can be trained to use a litter box and can be very affectionate with their owners.

Also like cats, ferrets sleep for a good part of the day and are incredibly curious animals. They are quiet for the most part, but all develop individual personalities.

A downside (maybe) to owning a ferret is that it is often advised to have at least two, due to the social dynamic of a ferret’s nature. They love to play and explore, and that type of stuff is always better with a friend.

The Best Pets Are the Pets You Love

Regardless of the animals you decide are the best pets, one thing is always certain. If you choose to be a pet owner, you are making a commitment to yourself and that animal. It deserves to be treated with love, kindness, and respect.

With the right care and ownership, a pet can be the best thing in your life. When you’ve had a bad day, your animal is always waiting at home to cheer you up, just to be your friend.

Before adopting any pet, contact your leasing office to find out what types and sizes of pets they allow. 

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Pack This, Not That: 8 Things You Actually DON’T Need in Your New Apartment

You’re moving to a new apartment – congrats! Let the packing begin. But before you box everything up, wait and think. Do you really need to bring ALL the things with you?

Apartment living brings its own set of rules with it. Whether you’re downsizing or looking to get rid of some things, there are items you have the freedom to let go of.

Let’s look at 8 things you don’t need to take with you to your new apartment.

1. Place Settings for 10

You only use about 6 plates at a time – tops. So save yourself the cabinet space and only bring the dishes you actually use. It’s wasted space to store dish settings for more people than can fit into your apartment at one time.

2. Power Tools

One of the great things about apartment living is being maintenance free! While it’s helpful to have some basic tools on hand, in case you want to hang a picture, power tools aren’t necessary. Leave the big repairs to the apartment staff.

3. Cleaning Supplies for Every Room

While you may need a couple of specialty cleaning items (we’re looking at you, toilet bowl cleaner), multi-purpose cleaners are the way to go in a new apartment. Having one item to clean several rooms saves space and money.

4. Specialty Kitchen Appliances

Waffles, paninis, and smoothies – oh my! Sure, it’s fun to mix up lunchtime with something new. But if you don’t use those waffle makers or blenders on a regular basis, donate or sell them online. Too many specialty appliances will overcrowd your kitchen storage.

5. All the Tupperware

Tupperware tends to multiply like rabbits. Before you know it, they’re taking over your kitchen. Save space by using a glass storage set. Buy only the sizes you know you’ll use on a regular basis. (Bonus: glass looks better than Tupperware too!)

6. Outdoor Furniture Set

Personal outdoor space is usually limited in an apartment. So that large patio set you have won’t fit. If you want to enjoy your small balcony or patio, get a smaller bistro set instead. You get the same practical use at an apartment living size.

7. Glassware for Every Beverage

By the time you store your mugs, cups, wine glasses, beer steins, whiskey glasses, and espresso cups, your kitchen is too full for much else. There’s no need to bring it all. Only pack two or three kinds you use most often. Besides, it might be fun to drink wine out of a mug.

8. Complete Bedroom Furniture Set

Yes, that entire bedroom set looks amazing in the showroom. But is your apartment bedroom as big as a showroom? Likely not. Do you really need two nightstands? Could you use a desk more than a dresser? Think practically about space, what you’ll need, and use.

Now You Can Pack Smart for Your New Apartment

Make your new apartment feel like home… without the clutter! These tips will help you move into your place like a pro, while also saving space and money in the process.

Still looking for your perfect place? Contact us today! We can help you find your next home sweet home in the Fort Wayne area.

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Let’s Settle This Right Meow: Are Cats or Dogs the Best Pets for Apartments?

For centuries, one debate has plagued mankind and ignited flame war after flame war: Which makes for the better companion, a devoted dog or a kindly kitten? Though cats and dogs are far from the only pets people own, they are the most popular. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5% of households own a dog while 30.4% own a cat.

And while both are wonderful in their own way, looking after a pet while living in an apartment can be a challenge. Of the two, which make for the best pets for apartments? Paws what you’re doing and read below to find out!

Cats

Sure, most cats may not be as verbose or rambunctious as their canine counterparts, but there are plenty of great reasons why cats are among the best pets for apartment residents.

Cats need little to no care from their owner aside from a few basic chores such as feeding and changing out the litter box once a week or so. As a result, cats are a wonderful choice for those looking for a low maintenance pet. Aside from feeding and cleaning, your feline friend will more or less keep to themselves.

A few minutes per day in care is all it takes to make your cat love you. Since cats are so self-reliant, they’ll take care of the rest! They’re also very quiet, so there’s little to no risk of upsetting your neighbors with a verbose animal. At worst you can expect a few meows when they need something or gentle purring when they’re snuggled up in your lap at the end of a long day.

Dogs

The story of our love of dogs dates back almost 30,000 years ago when dogs became the first animal man routinely kept as a pet. Since then, we’ve never stopped loving our playful pups. But are they right for your apartment? That depends on a few factors.

Dogs are notably higher maintenance than cats. They require constant attention and aside from a few basic tasks, can’t groom themselves. Therefore, taking care of a dog can be a much more involved process.

There are plenty of reasons to choose a dog over a cat, especially if you’re seeking companionship. Dogs are known for their fierce loyalty. Once you and your pet bond, they’ll love you forever. But the benefits of dog ownership extend beyond companionship. Harvard Medical School found that dog owners tend to be less isolated, calmer, and at a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. So while you’ll have to take them out every few hours, your dog’s need to stretch their legs may save your life!

And with hundreds of breeds, you can choose the perfect dog for your apartment size.

Best Pets For Apartments: Final Tips

So which makes for the best pets for apartments? The final answer depends upon your personality type. If you’re looking for a low maintenance pet that keeps to itself, cats are the way to go. But if you’re after constant companionship — sometimes to a fault — a dog may be your best bet.

Whichever you choose, know that your small pets are always welcome at Poplar Ridge Apartments! We pride ourselves on being a pet-friendly community, no matter where you stand on the cats vs. dogs debate.

Plus, we’re not far from some of Fort Wayne’s best trails, parks, and vets!

Ready to find a great new home that you and your pet will both love? Get in touch today and see why our residents and their pets love to call Poplar Ridge home.

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Set Up Your New Apartment Utilities: A Step-By-Step Guide

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During the moving process, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Changing your address, packing your belongings, and shifting your work schedule. One of the last things many people think about is apartment utilities. That’s a problem–forget your utilities and you’ll be stranded without WiFi or water.

Here, we’re walking you through every step of setting up your utilities.

Know What You Need to Set Up

Before you call a single utility company, you should talk to your landlord about what utilities you’re responsible for. This information is typically included in the lease. At Poplar Ridge, for example, we include water as part of our amenities in your rent.

You may need to set up any of the following:

  • Water and sewer
  • Trash collection
  • Internet, cable, and phone
  • Natural gas
  • HVAC

Once you know what utilities you’re responsible for, you should ask your landlord if there are preferred providers. Apartment communities usually only work with one provider, and many have deals with Internet providers.

Apply for Service

Once you know what utilities you’re responsible for, you should contact each of your providers. If you have any common utility companies between your old address and your new one, you can simply transfer service. You should notify the company of the move a few weeks in advance and update your address. It’s usually a good idea to stop service within a few days of your move-out date.

If you’re applying for service with a new company, things are a little different. Every utility company has a different application process, but it often includes a credit check. If you don’t have good credit or haven’t had services before, you may need to pay a deposit.

Arrange a Setup

Once you’ve applied, you need to arrange to set up service. Generally, you should contact a provider at least two weeks before your moving date to arrange a setup. Luckily, most providers have an online portal that makes this process easy. You’ll need your new address, including the unit number, as well as the date you want service to start.

It’s generally a good idea to stop your service a day or two before you move and a day or two after you move in (you won’t have time to deal with it during moving day). Make sure to ask your provider about the wait time to resume services – if you’re moving during peak moving season (the summer months) the wait time will be longer. You should also ask the exact time of day when your service will be set up.

Apartment Utilities Make It Feel Like Home

Nothing quite like central heating and Internet to make an apartment feel like home! But setting up your utilities is just the first step.

For more tips on making the most of your apartment, check out our blog for more posts, like these five tips for a cheap apartment makeover. If you’re interested in living in our community, welcome! Click here to see what we have to offer to our residents, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Apartment Living: 5 Benefits of Renting

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home lately, think again. Imagine all the other things you’d be able to do with that much money! You could take a big vacation, save up for a new car, or just put the money aside for a rainy day. Plus, you can do all of this without compromising your quality of life.  

Instead of rushing into the life of being a homeowner, make the most of your time as an apartment dweller. Get serious about finding the ideal apartment community, then let yourself enjoy all the benefits of renting that are available to you wherever you sign a lease. 

There are plenty of reasons that renting is the way to go. Keep reading to discover five of the most important things that renting an apartment can do for you that buying a home cannot.

1. Saves Money

Buying a house is one of the biggest purchases a person can ever make and it comes with a lot of additional costs. If you were to buy right now, you’d be paying for:

  • The down payment
  • The cost of a real estate agent
  • Closing costs 
  • A monthly mortgage
  • The application fee for the mortgage
  • Any updates or upgrades the home needs

You’d also have to think about homeowner’s insurance and you’d arguably need more furniture to furnish an entire house versus an apartment.

Paying for rent and a security deposit is the much cheaper alternative. It helps you save your money for other things without putting so much financial pressure on keeping a roof over your head. 

2. Keeps You From Paying Property Taxes

There’s one more expense of being a homeowner to consider, and this one is reoccurring. As if all the fees of buying a home and paying a mortgage aren’t enough, you’d also have to pay taxes on your property every year. 

Or, you can bypass this expense altogether by living in an apartment. This one decision has a huge impact on your personal finances. It’s worth considering no matter what kind of tax bracket you’re in.

3. Helps You Take Care of Repairs

Homeowners are responsible for every inch of their home. They have no one to lean on when there’s a leaky faucet, an air conditioning issue, or trouble with the roof. 

Apartment living is a completely different story. Whenever you need to do maintenance in an apartment, all you have to do is put in a work order! Not to mention, if there’s ever a big issue like a flood, it’s much easier to handle when renting an apartment than if you’re a homeowner. 

4. Comes with Amenities 

Keep in mind that your rent pays for more than your apartment. It also gives you access to amenities like the apartment community’s outdoor space and community events. Whatever amenities an apartment community offers, you won’t ever have to worry about paying more for them. 

Homeowners, on the other hand, only get their home. If their neighborhood has amenities, they have to pay an additional membership or Homeowner’s Association fee to enjoy them.

5. Gives You a Sense of Freedom

At the end of the day, there aren’t many things more valuable in life than your own freedom. You have more freedom as an apartment dweller than a homeowner. 

When you own a home, you’re constantly tied to it. You don’t have as much freedom to travel or move as you do with an apartment. If you rent where you live, though, it’s much easier to uproot at any time you’d like, which is something that doesn’t have a price. 

How to Get the Most Out of All the Benefits of Renting 

It’s one thing to understand the benefits of renting an apartment and another to find the right apartment community for you. This is the best way to get the most out of all the benefits listed. When you find an apartment community that meets all of your needs, what you’re really doing is creating the lifestyle you want to have right now. 

If you’re interested in living in the Fort Wayne area, visit us to see what apartments we have to offer.

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Mistletoe and Jingle Bells: Spirited Christmas Decoration Ideas for Apartments

‘Tis the season to deck the halls and make your apartment shine brightly for the holidays! Moving into an apartment doesn’t mean that you cannot decorate to make it feel like your own spirited space. This holiday season, impress your guests with creative Christmas decor. The size of your place does not limit your creative license. You can choose from these numerous Christmas decoration ideas for apartments to get that Christmas feel.  

Christmas Decoration Ideas for Apartments

Deck the apartment! Keep reading to spark your Christmas creativity! 

Put up a Table Tree 

If you moved into a studio apartment, it may seem too small for a tree. Nonsense! Just buy a tree that fits the space! You can purchase tiny artificial trees that will sit right on top of an end table! Drape the table in a Christmas blanket, and stretch cotton around the tiny tree stand to make it look like snow. 

For a full effect, wrap small boxes with pretty paper and ribbon to set beneath the tree. Stores even carry miniature Christmas ornaments and lights or make your own miniature bulbs with tiny foam balls and hooks and small red bows.

Utilize Your Ceiling Space

Most people fill up their floor and walls but forget about all the space overhead. Hang some of your decorations! Put decorative mistletoe in each doorway for lots of giggles and love. Also, get crafty and make paper snowflakes to hang. If you cut fishing line at different lengths and attach ball ornaments, you will make your home into a true winter wonderland. 

Decorate Your Doors

Check out any Christmas aisle and you will most likely find cheap, plastic door covers. Some of the styles are super cute and you can choose a different one for each door. If you prefer homemade decorations, buy your favorite wrapping paper and ribbons to turn your doorways into giant presents. These provide the perfect Christmas decorations for small apartments.

Winterize Your Windows

Christmas window stickies come super cheap and allow you to show your Christmas spirit to your neighbors. Frost the glass with Epsom salt around the sticker decorations, to make it look as if Jack Frost lives nearby! 

Don’t forget about the lights. Line inside your windows with lights that match the rest of your decor. Or, if you like simple, forget all the frost and stickers, and simply place white LED candles into each window for an angelic feel.

Create a Frosty Fridge

Apply your appliances to the decor! Turn your plain white refrigerator into Frosty the Snowman using constriction paper. 

You will need:

  • 2 black circles for his eyes
  • 5 smaller black circles for his smile
  • 3 even smaller black circles for his buttons
  • 1 orange triangle for a carrot nose
  • your color choice for a scarf (wrapping paper or foil work well too)

Turn the freezer section into his face and the refrigerator section into his body. Everybody will appreciate this little addition that takes up absolutely no extra space! It’s perfect for apartment Christmas decorations.

Create a Christmas Card Wall

Use an open wall space to remind yourself of what Christmas really means. Joy, love, and togetherness make the season bright. You can simply tape all of your Christmas cards, past and present, around the space. Or, you can hang thin strands of garland with tacks on each end to hang the cards across. To hide the tacks, hang little stockings at either end of the card string. 

Bring Christmas Home with Your Decor  

Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t still decorate in big ways. Use these creative, space-saving Christmas decoration ideas for apartments to bring Christmas home.  

If you’re still looking for a place to decorate, let us help! Find your perfect studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom apartment with us!

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Rent and Save: How to Save Money When Renting an Apartment

Most people make the argument to buy a home rather than rent an apartment because they see it as a long-term investment. That’s easy to say when you actually have the money to invest, though. The smarter thing to do with your money may actually be to rent.

Renting allows you to do a lot more with a significantly less amount of money. It’s cheaper to pay for rent than to cover the cost of a mortgage each month, not to mention, renting can improve your quality of life as a whole. 

Here are 3 ways that renting an apartment allows you to save money.

1. The Initial Investment is Small 

If you were to buy a house right now, your down payment would be much higher than a deposit check for an apartment would be.

Whether an apartment complex is asking for one or two months of rent up-front, they’re still giving you an amazing deal in comparison to what a home purchase adds up to. More so, you have to remember the deposit you make up-front is actually money that goes right back into your pocket.

When you pay for the last month’s rent before you move in or you cover the first two months in advance, you don’t have to worry about these payments later on. What you’re really paying for is peace of mind.

2. Repairs Are Free 

Aside from the savings you get when you compare the cost of renting vs. buying, there are additional savings to think of in terms of repairs. Any repairs in a home fall on the homeowner. They can’t call someone to fix their drain or see what’s wrong with the dishwasher. 

But when you rent, you get most repairs done for free. Your landlord takes care of things like appliances, plumbing, and air conditioning. Instead of having to search for repairmen and pay out of pocket, you have all the home maintenance you need in one place. 

3. You Get a Better Quality of Life at a Lower Cost

Repairs aren’t the only thing that is free when living in an apartment. Think about all the amenities you have access to, too! Between eco-friendly appliances, the option to move into a furnished apartment, and community activities, your rent check actually pays for a lot more than the apartment you live in. It directly contributes to your quality of life, which is an incredible value.

Rent and Save the Right Way

When you think about it, the best way to save money is to rent an apartment instead of rushing into a home purchase. It makes no sense to tie yourself into a mortgage you’re not sure how you’re going to afford if there are apartments available at a much lower rate. 

Add in the additional ways that renting saves money, and the decision is a no-brainer. To rent and save means you can stretch your money a lot further and better enjoy life as a whole rather than worrying about making rent. 

If you’re interested in additional ways to save money while renting, click here!

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Is Renter’s Insurance Worth It? 5 Reasons It Is!

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What would you do if you suddenly lost all your stuff? Say your apartment building burns down or an airplane crashes into it. Yeah, it’s rare but it happens.

Since you’re renting, chances are that you may not have a lot of stuff. But imagine having to replace it all at once. If you’re one of the 30% of Americans that have less than $1000 in savings, that may feel like an impossible feat.

You probably already know about the solution to this potential problem. However, you may be wondering “is renter’s insurance worth it?” After all, it’s one more bill you have to pay and your budget is already tight.

Let’s look at some reasons why it is worth it.

1. It Doesn’t Cost Much

Renter’s insurance premiums are actually extremely affordable. The average cost of renter’s insurance is only $187 a year! For the peace of mind that renter’s insurance can bring, that’s a small price to pay.

2. Your Apartment Community May Require It

The apartment community carries insurance on the building and grounds. To protect themselves, many landlords are now requiring that tenants show proof of having a renter’s insurance policy. They want to ensure they won’t be liable for your stuff if something happens.

In some cases, the apartment’s insurance company may even require it.

3. It Covers Your Belongings, Period

Renter’s insurance policies are designed to cover your belongings. Since belongings are mobile, they don’t necessarily have to be in your home to be covered. Many losses due to theft and other covered circumstances apply when they’re in your car, or even if you’re traveling. Just be sure to understand what constitutes “covered circumstances” on your particular policy.

By the way, if the loss is found to be due to your own negligence or deliberate action, they may not cover it. So don’t go burning your favorite music collection for the insurance money.

4. You’ll Get Liability Coverage

What happens if someone is injured while in your home? Or what if you accidentally injure someone? Or your dog bites someone? These are all examples of situations in which you would be liable and responsible to pay medical bills etc for the injured person. We all know how quickly medical bills can get expensive so you don’t want to be on the hook for those.

Basic renter’s insurance typically provides up to $100,000 in liability coverage. Of course, you can always opt for more for the extra peace of mind.

5. Unexpected Living Expenses

You never know when disaster will strike. What happens if your apartment floods and you need somewhere to live while they replace the floor? A hotel or motel might seem like a good option-until you start adding up the cost for a week or two’s stay.  With renter’s insurance, you won’t have to worry about it. Your policy will typically cover the cost until you can return to your apartment.

So…Is Renter’s Insurance Worth It?

What do you think? Is renter’s insurance worth it? There are a lot of benefits that come with a very affordable policy. Since you never know what life can bring, why not take advantage of the peace of mind?

To check out more tips for renters and apartment dwellers, feel free to browse through the other posts on our blog!

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4 Tips for Renting an Apartment for the First Time

Congratulations on preparing to rent your first apartment! Considering that over 30% of renters have moved in the past year, chances are that it will be your first of many. Renting your first apartment is exciting but can be a bit of a challenge if you aren’t familiar with the process. We’re here to help you get started with these tips for renting an apartment:

Tips for Renting an Apartment

Before you sign a lease, start out with these tips:

1. Set Your Budget

Rule #1 is to have a clear budget for what you can and can’t afford. It’s even a good idea to have a goal rent and a stretch rent.

How do you know what that budget should be? The general rule of thumb is that no more than one-third of your pre-tax income should go toward your housing costs. Keep in mind that this includes rent, utilities, renter’s insurance. Let’s say you make $3,000 each month before taxes. That means you could spend about $1,000 or less on your apartment. You budget an average of $100 for energy bills, $50 for water, $15 for renter’s insurance, and $50 for internet access. You should aim for an apartment that costs $785 per month or less.

Of course, these are general numbers. Be sure to look at all your monthly expenses like student loan payments to set a comfortable budget. It’s also important to look up apartments in your area to see whether your budget is reasonable.

2. Make a List of Questions to Ask the Leasing Office

When you have a budget, you can start touring some apartments. Before you do, make a list of questions to ask the leasing office. Your list may vary, but here’s a list to get you started:

  • How much is the security deposit?
  • When will the apartment be ready for me to move in?
  • What utilities am I responsible for? How are they billed?
  • What is your policy on pets? Are there additional fees or deposits required?
  • How long is your lease?
  • What fees are required to apply for the apartment? What fees are required to move in?
  • What will I be responsible for when I move out? Will I need to pay a cleaning fee?
  • Which cable and internet providers are available?
  • In which school district is this apartment located (if you have kids or plan to have kids soon)?
  • What type of parking is available? Is there are an additional parking fee?
  • What apartment amenities does your community offer?

Have your list ready and be sure to ask the same questions at each apartment community you visit.

3. Check Crime Rates

It’s important to find out whether a neighborhood is safe before you move into it. There’s a lot of local crime information available online. You can also call the local police department and ask how safe the area is.

4. Don’t Skip Renter’s Insurance

This is crucial: always maintain current renter’s insurance. The cost is minimal, often as low as $10 or $15 per month. It covers you in the event of a fire or other tragic event. Many apartment communities require it before move-in, but it’s still important if they don’t.

Renting Your First Apartment

Few things compare to the excitement of renting your first apartment, but it takes a few steps to get there. The tips for renting an apartment above can help you get started on the right foot.

If you’re ready to look for an apartment in Fort Wayne, contact us today!.

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Living Minimalist: 5 Tips for Downsizing to an Apartment

Are you getting ready to move to a smaller apartment? Are you worried about having too much stuff that might not fit into your new space? There are a few things to consider before taking the first steps to living minimalist lives. You don’t have to complicate it. With some careful planning and the ability to say no you can de-clutter your space and set up your new home in one go.

1. One Room at a Time

When going for a minimalist lifestyle it’s important to start small. Downsizing can be overwhelming. So we recommend focusing on one room at a time. This will allow you to select a few things from each space and get rid of the rest. While getting rid of unwanted items, come up with a theme that you may want your new apartment to have. This will give you a cohesive perspective as you go on to the next space.

2. Get Rid of Extra Furniture

Moving is a great time to get rid of that ugly old couch you’ve hated for years. Minimalist spaces thrive on limited furniture and no clutter. When cleaning your spaces in preparation for moving, donate or curb the furniture you no longer like. This allows you to let go of your cluttered past and it may allow someone else a chance at updating their own space!

Minimal spaces can be comfortable, even without a bunch of chairs. Pick and choose the pieces you think will work best with your overall look for your new space.

3. Clean Floors and Clear Walls

Furniture isn’t the only thing in a home that causes clutter. Sometimes walls overloaded with artwork and pictures can help drag a space down. The same goes for floors. If you’re going for a minimalist look, consider abandoning side tables and extra entertainment units.

Any flat surfaces should be clutter free too of course. For walls, consider one or two pieces that can catch the eye but not be overwhelming for the rest of the space.

Minimalism requires a certain level of self-awareness. Make sure each piece you decide to bring to your new apartment with you reflects who you are. This will help you weed out the extras you no longer need.

4. Learn to Say No

Learning to say no is a great lifestyle choice. It can also help you lessen some of the clutter that may threaten your new minimalist apartment. Say no to free samples. Say no to hand-me-downs. Saying no may make you feel guilty for a while but in the long run, it’s a good way to keep your space from getting bogged down with clutter.

5. Remember: Only the Essentials

When moving and downsizing it’s important to remember to bring only the essentials. If you have doubles of anything, get rid of those extra things you may not need. It’s always a good idea to purge your closet every few months. Donating or selling unwanted items can help your community as well as your state of mind.

Don’t be afraid to let go of some things when you’re moving. Your new space will be all the better for it in the end.

Living Minimalist in Your New Apartment

Embracing a minimalist lifestyle can seem overwhelming at first. But learning to let go of the items you no longer want or need can make your new space a home.

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