Apartment Friendly Smart Home Products

For those of you that live in an apartment and love new technology that helps you get sh!t done, smart home products are both a blessing and a curse. Many products require installation, like a home thermostat or door lock. These installations are often frowned upon by landlords, and are sometimes useless even if they could be installed.

For your convenience, I’ve put together a list of apartment friendly smart home products that won’t get you kicked out and make your life easier:Read More »

Please Slow Down, 2016

Every month seems like it’s crazier than the last. 5 minutes ago, I was bundling up in sweaters and now I’m relaxing in air conditioning in our new apartment!

So speaking of “our new apartment”, Tony and I moved into our new place.

A huge event I planned for Morrie’s, a European car show called Eurowerks, finally wrapped up.

We went to Ikea and managed to come out with both our dignity and money still left in our pockets.

As usual, we explored coffee shops and found fun new places to take hipster pictures.ย 

I helped with lots of different events and drove fun cars, as per usual!

My sweet little sister turned 21 and had her very first sip of alcohol!

Tony and I became real adults and opened a joint checking account. Crazy, I know!

I ate way too much Mac n cheese and drank lots of beer, like a good Wisconsinite.

Okay, I’m ready for the next 5 minutes that they call August!

What I’ve Learned From Movingย 

There are very obvious tips that everyone gives you when you’re looking to move, like “check out the neighborhood” or “make sure it fits into your budget”. But there are certain things that you just don’t think about until after you’ve moved in. So I’m here to share things I’ve learned from moving, so you can learn from my mistakes.

Does your tiny bathroom have halogen lights that emit the heat of the sun?
This is very important, because if so, you will melt if you try to blow dry your hair in your bathroom. Or your makeup will start melting before you even get to work.

Are you a very tall human?
In the rental business, a “very tall human” is defined as any person of a height greater than five foot three inches. Tony and I are “very tall humans”. This means the shower comes up to our chest. So at least the bottom half of me is clean?

How big is the elevator?
This is important if you’re living any higher than the second floor. You won’t want to carry your furniture up the stairs, so it will need to go in the elevator. Things such as “will this sectional couch fit in the elevator” are very important things to consider before you try to shove said sectional couch into said elevator.

What kind of noises will you hear at night?
So hard to figure out. This is why I think that rental companies should allow people to stay at the apartment for a night. They would make money off it and potential renters would feel more comfortable knowing they have somewhat of an idea of what they’ll be hearing at night. Because kitties meowing is okay (and adorable). Because babies crying is not okay (and annoying AF).

If you’re moving in with someone, do they have the exact same items you have?
You do not need 100 sets of plates. Ask me how I know.