Homie Lauren has some creative storage solutions in her "very white, white and beige rental" in North Queensland Australia. From tea cups that help her brush her teeth, to floral boxes that have been tables and benches, to a great solution for storing washing powder when you live in the tropics. This is the stuff that she keeps her stuff in…
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I distinctly remember standing in the living room of my new home, looking at the chandelier, and breathlessly exclaiming, "It's a mansion!" American dream? Not quite. My mom was in her dream neighborhood, but the house wasn't hers, wasn't even the bank's. It was the landlord's. Eventually I became ashamed of the fact that my parents didn't own our home, and at times a bit resentful. Then, much later than I should have, I had an epiphany…
Just because your lease commands that your place remain "rental beige" doesn't mean that you can't make your home colorful, useful, and glittery. Yeah, I said glittery! Check out one Homie's de-beigeifying work-arounds.
I grew up in landlocked Tennessee and never even knew seasonal communities existed. My husband on the other hand, having lived on a few different islands, quickly brought me up to speed: vacation hot spots aren't so hot when the temperature drops. This means for a little more than half of the year, us folks of modest means can live the high life. Before you go running for the coast though, here are a few things to consider…
I went to the home improvement store and found semi-transparent adhesive window films, but they cost $20 per window! With three windows to cover, I knew I’d need to find a cheaper option. In fact, I found a way to do it with just stuff I already had so the whole project was FREE! Here’s how to put it up AND take it down.
We're buying our first home and have offered to let a friend and her son move in with us and "pay rent" (part of the mortage + utilities). He thinks our friend should be paying more than half because she's taking more space, my suggestion was that all of the adults pay an equal amount. So, homies, how have you worked out splitting the costs between roommates in such a situation before?
My husband and I live in an apartment that we love, except for the bug problem. We have a large gap in our door where they keep coming in. I've done some research about sealing the gaps, but it all seems geared to people who own their home. Any advice for bug and weather proofing for the renting Homies?
Our kitchen is teensy. I can pretty much touch both walls ay once, in both directions. I love to cook and bake, so it was important to me that even though the kitchen was small, it worked well and held everything I need at arm's reach without chaos in every cupboard.
We're renters, so while I could write a million posts about things I'd do in this kitchen if I owned it (pot rack, wall mounted lid racks, more sensibly proportion cabinets, extra shelving… etc), here are some ideas that anyone can do — whether you own your house or not.