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Nearly one third U.S. adults live with a roommate - and that doesn't include romantic partners or college-age students. The thing is, any experienced roomy is aware of the fact that platonic cohabitating doesn't look much like the carefree stereotypes created by sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother or New Girl. On the contrary, finding good roommates is a complicated business that should be addressed seriously. If you're in a situation where you need another person to help split the rent in an apartment in a large city like New York, here are a few tips to help you along the way. Always Sign a Contract There are many subtle legalities that come with living with a roommate. For instance, adding a roommate to an existing lease is complicated and even co-signing a lease together can get sticky if someone leaves before it expires. You also want to understand what responsibilities you share as tenants and who will address each concern (or how you will share each duty on a schedule.) In addition, it's important to ensure that anyone who cohabits in a space with you understands the restrictions, such as noise pollution and maintaining personal space, that come with living in a city setting. That's why you should always sign a separate contract with a new roommate specifically stipulating how any potential scenarios of this nature should be handled. Set Ground Rules Ground rules are always important with roommates. When you're in a big city with limited wiggl...
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Our homes are often the places we spend the most time in - which means, for most students, it's the go-to place for studying. With that in mind, creating an optimal study space for yourself and the rest of your family can help reduce stress and help with productivity. If you're in need of creating a dedicated study space in your home, here are some useful tips to help get you started. The Importance of a Dedicated Study Space The world of education is always evolving. For example, online learning is shown to have a lot of great benefits such as boosting digital literacy and allowing students to connect to their virtual classrooms from anywhere. Additionally, with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, learning from home has become a necessity with school closures across the nation. With this in mind, it's important for your success as a student to have a dedicated studying area. With the right space, it will be a lot easier to concentrate, stay motivated, and hit deadlines. Additionally, it can help ensure there are fewer distractions and interruptions from other family members. It's also a great way to stay organized as you're able to keep all your schooling supplies and documents in one area. Working with Small Spaces For those living in tight quarters, there might not be space to spare for a study room. However, a great studying place doesn't necessarily have to be its own separate room. If you have kids in school, turning an area of their bedroom into a dedi...
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It doesn't matter if you're staging your home to sell, or you simply want to get the most out of your living space. It's easy to rework your existing set up to make your home feel more spacious. The best part is, you don't need to spend a fortune on home remodeling projects to get that roomier feel. Here are a few tips to help your home feel more spacious with minimal effort. Declutter The first thing you should do is declutter your spaces. This should be done before you spend a penny on new decor or start looking at paint samples. A cluttered space is synonymous with a cramped, uncomfortable, stressed-out feeling. Even naturally large spaces can come across as small when they're disheveled. Go through your current belongings and do the following: Identify what is important and put it where it belongs. Identify what is garbage and either throw it away or recycle it. Identify what has value but just not for you, and either sell it online or donate it. As a side note, you can also take advantage of this time to finally go through your closet and dig up any extra stuff you may want to liquidate. Lighter is Better It's no secret that darker colors make a space feel small. It's part of the reason that dusky greens and warm browns are so popular with the cozy hygge style. If you're looking to make your home feel larger and more grand, however, you want to steer away from those darker hues and aim for something a bit lighter. Whites and light grays wo...
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It's impossible to avoid the talks about climate change and other environmental issues that are sweeping the globe right now. More than ever, people are drawing attention to serious problems our planet could be facing if changes aren't made on a global scale. While there's plenty of back-and-forth about whether individuals can make a difference, or if it will take large corporations and governmental organizations to do something, the fact is, everyone needs to pitch in. It's not an either/or situation when it comes to the sustainability of our planet and our future. If you have children, making changes in your own home and teaching them how to do the same will help to encourage an environment of sustainability. It's important for kids to know that everything they do can either have a positive or negative impact on the planet. So what can you do around your home to keep things running smoothly for years to come? How can you teach your children the skills they need for basic home maintenance? Ditching the Disposable Mindset There are a lot of things you can do in your home to live a more sustainable lifestyle, from recycling to using energy-efficient appliances. But it's also important to make sure you maintain your home and repair things properly so your devices keep running efficiently and effectively. We tend to have a disposable ideology when it comes to the things we own or the things we use on a regular basis. But the reality is that most things are...