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It really depends on you, your condo and where you live. If it were me, I'd go withe the under counter fridge and freezer. But we are a 2 person household that doesn't make and store huge volumes of food. If your condo is in a city or is designed for empty nesters, you probably don't need a big fridge.


What's Better in Small Kitchen: More Cabinets or Full-Size Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 09:39 AM

Lovely kitchen remodel. I agree 100% with what Birch said. Get one fairly large, interesting basket or container that perfectly fits the space. Keep it light in color. And definitely get all the stuff off the fridge, it's not helping your design.


What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/23/14 09:35 AM

I think your only option is to shop the farmers market and make you salads as soon as you get home. I've been making salads in large mason jars - any nuts, grains or chopped stuff at the bottom, stuff the lettuces in at the top and seal. If you could fit several mason jars on that shelf, that might work.


Tips for Food-Loving Roommates Sharing Kitchen Space? Good Questions
7/23/14 09:28 AM

Looks very good, nice use of reclaimed wood. I hate to tell you but I just paid a lot of money for a similar table where the rusty condition was left in brushed off condition - got it at a downtown interior design shop in LA. The patina of age is trendy right now and authentically aged pieces sell for a premium around here.


Before & After: A Rusty Reject Gets a Reclaimed Reno
7/23/14 09:24 AM

The smell is probably mildew. Unless you kill all the mildew spores the smell will continue. To kill mildew, take the dresser outside in the sun and remove all the drawers. Vacuum all the surfaces very thoroughly to remove as many spores as possible (clean your vacuum before returning it to the house to prevent spreading spores indoors). Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and damped a rag with it too. Use both to dampen all the fabric. Leave out in the sun to dry, as UV sunlight also kills spores. Sniff and repeat as needed until the smell is gone.


What Is the Best Way to Remove Odors from a Dresser? Good Questions
7/21/14 09:20 AM

I skip the garage sale altogether and go straight to donating, as I find the tax credit to be worth about as much as I would make selling the stuff.

I don't like to let things pile up, so every couple months I load up the car with the Goodwill donations, leftovers from home projects (like extra tiles or scap lumber), and any hard-2-recycle stuff like plastic films and styrofoam. Then I go to the local recycling center. It has bins for every type of material (including a hazardous zone for things like batteries and fluorescent bulbs), a Goodwill center that will provide receipts for donated clothes, books, dishes and stuff, plus a building materials zone for odds and ends of construction.


After the Garage Sale: What to Do With What Didn't Sell Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
7/20/14 04:19 PM

The saddest part about all these comments is that the thought of stopping on the way home and picking up a few things to cook is too stressful/time consuming for so many.


I Tried Blue Apron's Meal Delivery Service and Here's How It Went Product Review
7/17/14 09:39 AM

@just_kazari - neglected pets are so sad. If there is any way for you to offer to walk the dogs, that's one good solution. You can help the dogs be happier and calmer, and help your (maybe overwhelmed) neighbor too.


The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 11:53 PM

I'm gonna be perfectly honest here and sorry if I offend anyone, but in my experience, when I visit friends apartments and houses that have a lot of odors, they always also have a lot of clutter and mess. A house that is kept clean on a regular, frequent schedule rarely has a bad smell. Trash, laundry, carpets and catboxes that are cleaned well and often have very little stink to contribute to the air.


How To Get Rid of Funky Smells: Products, Remedies & Scents to Stop the Stink
7/16/14 09:11 AM

@Melabell you should clean the P-trap of your sink. There are videos on YouTube that show how to do it, it's really easy. And gross!!! There's a ton of soapy, greasy gunk that builds up on the inside of pipes. You take the pipe off and clean all that stuff out with paper towels, then soak the whole thing in vinegar water and give it a rinse. Good as new. Vinegar and lemon juice work as well as bleach on the odors and germ killing but they are much better for the pipes and the environment.


How To Get Rid of Funky Smells: Products, Remedies & Scents to Stop the Stink
7/16/14 09:04 AM

When you throw something away, where do you think "away" is? It's another community, another habitat, another place where others live who aren't you (and are probably poor/powerless compared to you). I think most people are completely fine with literally dumping on other people as long as they can ignore it and don't have to see it. Why is this OK?


How Would You Look Lying in a Week's Worth of Your Trash? Gregg Segal's 7 Days of Garbage
7/15/14 09:49 AM

Unless you like hanging out at the laundromat fluff and fold is the way to go. I found one that was cheap and would also pick up/deliver. It really worked out to around $5 extra per service - money well spent!

Another tip - don't leave your laundry unattended. I've had loads stolen more than once. It's hard to believe that people would to steal my regular old jeans and tee shirts, but they did.


Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 09:40 AM

what @muahree said


Ideas for Living Room that \"Needs a Little Something Else\"? Good Questions
7/15/14 09:34 AM

I like top sheets and I never tuck them in. I wash the sheets every week along with either the duvet cover and shams, or the mattress pad, so those get cleaned every other week.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 11:28 PM

Yup, that's a good design. And for that size and materials, a very good price!


Russell Sofa with Right Chaise
7/11/14 09:35 AM

When I lived in an apartment I was so stressed out by neighbor noise, pests, and trying to get the landlord to fix things. So for me owning my house is much, much better. The costs of maintenance and property taxes though - quite a bit more than expected! It's also disheartening to plan for renovations or new appliances and then have to spend the money on sewer repairs instead. But at least I can have all the pets I want.


Living in an Apartment Means Never Having to Do Anything
7/11/14 09:34 AM

I think any sink without storage is a bad idea, and it if also has no counter space it really doesn't work for me. I like a floating sink with a small cabinet below - something like this:
http://www.wayfair.com/Iotti-by-Nameeks-Smile-23.2-Bathroom-Vanity-Set-IBN1202.html

I prefer clean and clear counters and toilet tops, with all the stuff hidden from view.


Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/11/14 09:15 AM

Dream home for sure but I really want to know - what is the toilet/plumbing situation for a house that is moveable? Even people who live in a dream house need to poop!


A Little New Zealand Beach House Lives Large Arch Daily
7/11/14 09:07 AM

I think Rhoda did a fantastic job. The cabinets, counters and hardware all look beautiful together and I like the bright and light paint color too. Well done!


Kitchen Before & After: An IKEA Kitchen Renovation for $8,700 Kitchen Remodel
7/11/14 08:56 AM

It took us forever to buy a house, and I hope I never have to leave it. It's beautiful and close to amenities.

I'm planning a renovation that allows the house to have more flexibility, where the second bedroom and office could become a separate in-law unit in the future by simply converting a hallway to a closet. That second unit will be universal design - no stairs, wide doorways, etc. to accommodate a walker or wheelchair. So if any relative(s) need to move in, they can. Or if we lose an income, we can rent it out. If none of that happens, we have a beautiful updated master suite.


One Inspiring Reason For Owning a Home Comment of the Day
7/9/14 12:04 AM