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The tiny, colorful studio apartment, that taught me a lot about who I am

Before moving here, I was living in a larger studio with my husband, but moving into this place alone I had to be even more choosy about what came with and what did not. This home has taught me a lot about who I am. I had been in a very codependent relationship, so it had been a long time since I had only needed to worry about myself. Being able to express myself through my space was instrumental in my journey to finding my own identity after I left.

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Living in a family-focused, cooperative housing townhome in Victoria, BC

We live in a co-operative housing unit. Like all co-ops, it's a blend between ownership and rental. Unlike rentals, every household (or member) has equal voting rights on all major decisions. And everyone has to volunteer to help with running the co-op (usually about 10 hours per month). We also have the ability to make changes in our unit that might not be allowed in a rental. For example, one member put up a climbing wall in his living room! Many of our members have lived here for 15+ years.

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How do you approach a neighbor about their dog's barking?

My husband and I have no relationship with the people in the apartment next to mine, other than smiling at each other on the elevator, and so we're at a bit of a loss about how to approach them about their dog's barking. As far as we've been told, our building doesn't allow dogs. How can we bring it up without creating a negative relationship right from the get-go?

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How do I live with my dog when my dog isn't happy where I live?

I've had my dog ever since she was able to leave her mom. She's four now, and really is the best behaved dog for the most part. We have both lived with my parents in the country. Recently I moved to a new city and apartment. I thought my dog adjusted perfectly, however after a month and a half, my landlord called to say she was barking/howling/crying during the day while I was at work and that they wouldn't tolerate it anymore and that I had to do something. Right now, my doggie is living with my parents, but it's breaking both of our hearts to be apart. What else can I do in order to be able to live with my dog again?

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WTF is renters insurance really, and do I need it?

I live in an apartment, but it doesn't explicitly require renters insurance. I've been renting my own places for four years now, and have gone without it. It seemed like a good thing to have, but not something to prioritize as a working (sometimes struggling) artist. Can y'all help a Homie out and break down what your experiences have been, and any advice you have on renters insurance?

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How do I reclaim my balcony from the pigeons?

Homies, I need your help: pigeons won't leave my 12th-floor balcony alone. After putting up with two rounds of pigeon babies being born and raised because I had a heart or something, enough is enough. My cat chirps at them, and if they see her, they fly away — but then they come right back. I bought a plastic owl with a rotating head, but unless I move it around the balcony every day, they get wise to it and ignore it. Am I doomed to this owl-repositioning fate forever? Or are there other options?
Help! There's so much poop!

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Readying yourself for life with multiple cats (and other pets) in a small space

My fiancé, Derek, and I recently settled down into a cozy little apartment. The first big decision we made in our new home was to open our doors to cats. Our apartment is great, but it's also pretty cozy (read: small), so we had to make some adjustments to accommodate the new members of our little household. Here's what we found works for us. Some of this information is cat-specific, but a lot of it applies more broadly to keeping any mix of pets in a small apartment together, like multiple dogs, ferrets, or bunnies…