Deep Cleaning A Rental

It’s every renter’s dream to walk into their newly-leased home and have it be sparkly clean, waiting for them to get settled into. It’s industry standard to have a property cleaned before new tenants move in, and for good reason – nothing is quite as discontenting as finding someone else’s grime all over the inside […]

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Goodbye, Apartment

We are fully out of our apartment and in Michigan with all of our boxed-up belongings, rolled-up rugs, and furniture looking for where it will go in our new home. Moving is proving to me once again that there is nothing quite like leaving a place to make you fond of it. Our last week […]

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Rental Shopping

I think looking for rentals is super fun. There’s no pressure to know how many bedrooms you’ll need in 10 years, or if you can live with those small closets for the long haul. Renting is a low-commitment way to try out different layouts and set ups and appliances to get a really good idea […]

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Looking Ahead to 2019

Happy 2019! I realize it’s already the second of the month, so whatever resolutions I’m making that I didn’t start on yesterday can basically be thrown out the window for the year, but I am goal setting and thinking about the year ahead anyway! There’s been a not-so-subtle shift in my enthusiasm about making new […]

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A Renter’s Guide to Holiday Decorations

Mini Christmas Tree in Nursery

Decking your halls can be tricky when your halls aren’t really yours. Between restrictions in the lease agreement, the issue of storage space, plus the ever-present knowledge that you may be in a different rental the next time the holiday season rolls around, seasonal decor in a rental can prove particularly challenging. Our Christmas decorations […]

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Choosing a Rug for the Living Room

Living Room Rug Options

We are having a rug issue in the living room. There’s a rug there. But it’s all wrong.  This rug was an impulse buy. I ran into Marshall’s just to grab a shower curtain and obviously had to look at the rug section and found this on clearance, and the next thing I knew, it […]

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The Perfect House

I think most people these days want a perfect house.  With so many renovation shows, home magazines, and Pinterest-worthy living rooms surrounding us, a perfect home becomes an easy idol. I find myself falling into this trap more often than I would like to admit. Thinking, “all I really want is bright white walls,” or […]

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Accidentally Downsizing

Kitchen Table in Middle of Kitchen

Who downsizes right after having a baby? We do. That’s who. But not on purpose. Not on purpose at all. As you know, we recently moved to Virginia from Michigan and, after the house we had planned on renting fell through, we ended up in an apartment. The apartment is far and away the nicest […]

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How We Ended Up Back in an Apartment

Brick Fireplace

When we were first married, we lived in a very typical apartment complex. We got all the perks of apartment living – no lawn maintenance, a readily available handyman, and a neatly plowed parking lot after every snowfall. We very much enjoyed these things, but they were outweighed by the less appealing realities of apartment […]

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SHARING A ROOM WITH BABY

Armed with the knowledge that we would be moving within the first 8 weeks of our baby’s life, we chose to forego a nursery. Instead, we decided the best course of action was to have all of Baby’s stuff (and oh boy, do they have a lot of stuff!) in our room.  After a couple […]

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