This is Offbeat Home's archive of Nitty Gritty posts.
This is our category dedicated to the hard topics of occupancy – the realities of having a home. Nitty gritties might involve moving, dealing with appliances, handling passive aggressive landlord notes, or choosing a utility company.
Growing up in New York City, I was vaguely aware that my parents "tipped" the doormen and the superintendent of my apartment building sometime around the end of December. Now as an adult newly living in a city in Texas, in a rental apartment complex, and I have no idea what I should do about holiday tipping… Who are these people we should be tipping? Should we be giving cash or gift cards? If so, how much? Should we be giving cookies? Should we just give a thank you/happy holidays card?
I'm going to need a new wardrobe and I'm sure I'll be dropping off a lot of stuff at charity shops. But… can I do that with bras? Would you buy a second hand booby wrangler? What do you do with bras that are okay, but just don't fit you anymore?
Before you start to make your plan, there are several considerations you should take before you set everything in writing. We talked about part one of making your estate plan, but don't let your eyes glaze over yet! This shit is really important, and we've still got to talk about the rest of it…
With some basic planning, you can provide for your loved ones in the worst case scenario. "Estate planning," an umbrella term, can help you direct exactly what happens with you, your loved ones, your money, and your things in the event of your incapacity or death. Usually people think that an estate plan requires an attorney and a lot of money. While an attorney will be able to give you comprehensive advice and documents unique to you and your situation, it need not be expensive. And you do not necessarily need an attorney for many of the documents that can help in tough situations. Here's how…
As soon as I get tired, I lose all ability to generate my own body heat. I'll be sleeping with socks, pajamas, three blankets and something over the top of my face and still feel chilled at the same time my husband is boiling. I know partners often prefer different temperatures for sleeping comfortably, so I would LOVE some advice on how you all deal with this issue.
I've been looking for a way to commemorate buying our first home together — something I can buy, build, or make.That way we can keep it forever, and whenever we look at it we'll know we've had that since we moved into our first home.
Due to some boring logistics, we will probably end up placing the washing machine in the garage. The problem is that there is no drain there, and it's cost prohibitive to install one right now. Our solution is to recycle the greywater from the wash. In the summer we will use it to water the lawn. However, in the winter the temperature drops below freezing, and we don't really need an ice skating rink in our back yard. What ideas do you have for recycling greywater in the winter?