Renting is far from glamorous. Don’t get me wrong — it’s still better than living with your parents, but taking care of an apartment and making sure no permanent damage happens is easier said than done. Who would have guessed that you actually have to clean your apartment and store your things properly so that they don’t become a fire hazard?
Look at these hacks that every renter should know.
1. Label your cords
If you live in an apartment, power bars are your friends. In any case, having your TV, PS4, and Xbox all connected to a similar power bar can get really untidy. Utilize plastic bread labels to name your strings and limit any perplexity.
2. Put garbage bags in their place
In an apartment, you’re going to go through a lot of grocery bags being used as trash liners. Keep them set up by joining Command glue snares to the side of your canister.
3. Keep your pad fresh 24/7
Just clip one of those portable Febreeze air fresheners to your vent. It’s a quick and easy way to keep your place smelling nice and clean
4. Use LEGO to keep your desk organized
There are a lot of practical things you can build with LEGO, including a cord organizer. You can even make a key holder that attaches to a desk so you’ll never lose your keys again.
5. Keep your apartment safe
This deadbolt strap wraps around your entryway handle and will keep your entryway secure, regardless of the possibility that somebody tries to utilize a key. Utilize this after a marathon of viewing scary films when you think somebody will blast into your place employing a cutting tool.
6. Use a safety blanket to deflect heat
I’ve lived in my fair share of apartments that were stifling hot, and I wish I had known about this simple hack. Purchase some emergency heat blankets. Since they are designed to reflect heat back towards the source, they are perfect for blocking the sun’s heat from your apartment windows.
7. Store mugs under cabinets
Save precious kitchen space by using screw-in hooks underneath cabinets to hold mugs or other kitchen utensils.
8. Another easy way to store cords
You can buy these decorative boxes at any dollar store. Just cut out a hole on either side and feed your cables through. They’ll be out of sight, and people will think you’re classy enough to have decorative storage boxes.
9. Fill in small holes with a crayon
Some landlords can be a nightmare when it comes to even the smallest evidence of “damage.” If you need to fill in small nail holes, rub a crayon that is the same color as the wall over the hole. The wax will seal it up so that it’s barely noticeable.
10. Use velcro to store things underneath tables and desks
Velcro is every renter’s best friend. It’s cheap, it’s easy to use, and it can help you store things in ways you never thought of before. Use a little velcro to attach your hard drive to the underside of your desk for a tidy work area.
11. An easy way to keep doors quiet
Soften the sound of slamming doors by wrapping a rubber band around your door handles. Pass this tip along to that one roommate who doesn’t know his own strength.
12. Use a floating shelf instead of a bedside table
A floating shelf will fit easily into any tight corners in your bedroom and won’t take up as much floor space as a traditional nightstand. These usually aren’t too expensive, either, and require minimal installation.