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A little girl finds a way to cool off in her parents' apartment without central air conditioning.

10 Cool Tricks To Beat The Heat Without Central A.C.

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Triple-digit temperatures are tolerable if you’re frolicking around a pool or playing tag with ocean waves, but if you’re stuck indoors with no air conditioning, sweltering summer heat can be a living hell. read more

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Cheap and Easy Ways to Spruce Up Shelves and Dressers

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No matter how much you’ve enjoyed that shelving unit you spent a whole day putting together with an Allen wrench or that dresser you scored for $10 at a garage sale, sooner or later you’ll want something new. But instead of shopping for replacements, why not use your industrious creativity to revamp those old pieces? […] read more

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Small Grill Recipes For Balcony Cookouts

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Many apartment balconies have room for a full-size barbecue grill — though some can barely accommodate a small one. Compact grills are great for simple things like hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings, but with a little creativity, they can also be used to create read more

A combination refrigerator/freezer in an average apartment unit.

Space-Saving Tips For Apartment Refrigerator/Freezer Combos

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Since most apartments don’t have the space or appropriate hookups for freestanding freezers, renters are usually forced to make the most of the space available to them in a refrigerator/freezer combo. read more

A small, modern pied-à-terre apartment.

Pied-à-Terre: The Second Home That Could Save You Time and Money

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When people complain about work, it’s often not about the job itself but the toll it takes on their lives in the form of local commuting, out-of-town business trips, stressful packing and unpacking, and time away from family and friends. Whether you’re just starting to make your mark in your profession or finally on the […] read more

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The Best Furniture Arrangements for Small Living Rooms

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Since most apartments don’t have dens, rec rooms, or kitchens large enough for entertaining, the living room is usually the best place in them for hanging out with friends and family. And while small living rooms are challenging to decorate, it’s often even more difficult to read more

Hamburger patties cooking over an open flame

Mouth-Watering Barbecue Recipes for Summer Fun

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Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs — all these things are guaranteed to taste their best when grilled over an open fire on your backyard barbecue. And while these classics will certainly keep bringing smiles to our faces for generations to come, sometimes it’s fun to up your grill game by trying out some new dishes. read more

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What To Do When Your Landlord Raises the Rent

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Renting a home generally comes with a few problems, from noisy neighbors to total strangers parking in your allocated garage space. While most of these problems are solvable, nothing compares to an unexpected rent increase. You may feel helpless, angry, or a little of both right now, but you need to remember to explore your […] read more

An empty, unusually shaped closet space.

Making the Most of an Unusual Closet Space

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Apartments and homes built in the last 20 or 30 years typically have nothing but standardized closets scattered throughout their interiors, each one usually equipped with sliding doors to keep hinged ones from taking up precious space. But if you live in a place that’s older, you may find that a few of your closets […] read more