Monthly Archives: February 2016

Home Hacks!

Below we have shared an article about some home hacks to help you stay organized throughout the house. Read the 10 tips that they tell in this article below…


10 Home Hacks for Every Room in Your House

Our list of top home hacks will help you organize your home and get the most out of each room.

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Life is a lot less hectic when you find ways to keep your home organized, simplify storage and find DIY solutions that are affordable and easy. Here are some of our favorite clutch tips for your home.

Kitchen Home Hacksvia The Sweetest Occasion

1. Kitchen

Add personality to every meal with customized dishware that you can make yourself in minutes. You don’t need to be an artist or have special art supplies. Just grab a Sharpie® and draw your design freehand (or use a stencil for more intricate patterns) on your dishware or mug. Clean, white enamelware works well. You can personalize your creation with a name, signature monogram or even a favorite quote. To make it permanent, bake your finished design at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Tip: Start with a cold oven to allow the dishware to gradually come up to temperature. Also, hand washing will help your artwork last.

Living Room Hacksvia Storage Talk

2. Family Room

Family rooms often have to do double duty as a playroom and entertainment hub. But finding room to store all your playthings without compromising your sophisticated style can be challenging. This hack meets that challenge head on: Simply store your puzzles, dice and other game pieces in decorative jars. They’re even fun to look at and provide a unique storage solution so you don’t have to make room for bulky game or puzzle boxes. Choose jars in different sizes, shapes and colors to add visual interest and to match your decor. Mason jars, apothecary jars, etched glass jars or pressed glass jars are all great options.

DIY Storagevia Buzzfeed

3. Bedroom

Seems you can never have enough storage, especially in the bedroom. This hack lets you add storage and a decorative wall detail at the same time. Just create instant shelves from old drawers. Vary shapes and sizes for an eclectic look. Line the bottom of the drawers with patterned paper or paint for added color. Look for dressers with unusual curved drawer fronts or undulating profiles. Tip: You can often find reasonably priced dressers/drawers at garage sales, resale shops, vintage stores or estate sales.

Closet Hacksvia Make Space

4. Clothes Closet

It can be frustrating fighting to find your favorite jeans in a cluttered closet. If you’re not ready to slim down your wardrobe, have no fear. This hack lets you retain all your perfectly worn-in pairs, but in a more organized manner: Hang your jeans on shower hooks. Saves a ton of closet space and makes finding your favorite pair a snap!

Hanger Home Hacksvia Buzzfeed

5. Bathroom

Sure bathroom hooks are essential for hanging wet towels or robes, but no one says you have to use standard hooks that are purely functional without any decorative appeal. Instead, use old doorknobs as hooks. This super simple hack adds a ton of character to your bathroom while it maximizes wall space. Tip: For a cool shabby-chic vibe, use a grouping of vintage doorknobs that have finishes with a little wear and tear.

Home Hacks for Every Roomvia Green Idea Reviews

6. Laundry Room

Bet you didn’t know that you could easily conquer dryer static with just some ingenuity and aluminum foil. It’s true! It turns out balled-up aluminum foil can minimize dryer static. Here’s how: When you’re ready to dry your washed laundry, just throw three aluminum foil balls (about 3 inches in diameter each) in your dryer and tumble dry your load as normal. These anti-static wonders are easy to make, economical, reusable for up to 6 months, recyclable and help you avoid toxic chemicals found in dryer sheets. Tip: Heavy-duty foil works best. Wrap a tennis ball in foil. This will help you use even less foil to make a sizable ball and the tumbling tennis ball helps fluff your laundry as it dries.

Phone Hacksvia Mashable

7. Home Office

Smartphone accessories, like a phone stand, can be kind of pricey…unless, of course, you know how to make it yourself with inexpensive office supplies. This hack makes good use of binder clips, which you probably already have at home. When positioned in just that right way, your binder clips can make a quick and functional phone stand. When you’re done using your ingenious phone stand, just slip the clips back in your desk drawer. Job well done!

DIY Garagevia House Logic

8. Garage

Rusty tools are the bane of any true handyman or handywoman. Here’s a great way to make sure you won’t have to worry about that: Use blackboard chalk to prevent your tools from rusting. Just place several pieces in your toolbox. The chalk traps dampness, which helps keep your tools rust-free, giving you one fewer excuse to not be handy around the house.

Space Saving Hacks for the Homevia Childhood 101

9. Playroom

Playrooms can be a messy prospect, but they don’t have to be with this awesome household hack. Just use an over-the-door shoe organizer for toys or art supplies. The clear compartments make for easy access and easy clean up. So simple, it’s like child’s play.

Kitchenware Home Hacksvia Olives ‘n’ Wine

10. Dining Room:

Chances are if you’re hosting and elegant party in your dining room, you’ll want to break out the good china and silver. That means making sure your silver sparkles and shines. Here’s how with just some baking soda and hot water. Line a pot or your kitchen sink with foil. Fill it with very hot water and mix in about 1 cup of baking soda. Add your tarnished items and let soak for about 30 minutes or until you see the black residue lifting off the surface. Then just rinse and dry (or first clean with a mild dish detergent) to use right away! Et voilà, dinner is served!

Breaking Leases

Are you currently renting? Below is a shared article that gives some information about breaking your lease. Learn the Ins and Outs below…



The Ins and Outs of Breaking Your Lease

Career changes, sudden family emergencies or school requirements aren’t always the most convenient circumstances. In fact, many of these require individuals to completely move cities or even state lines to take care of business as needed, and if renting at the time, breaking the lease before the predetermined end date is necessary.

While you may face some financial repercussions, it’s best to act fast so you can retain some of the remaining rental dues on your lease and keep a positive reference from your current landlord. Failing to follow protocol could result in a negative renter reputation, possibly leading to denied applications in the future.

Follow these four steps to keep good rapport while ending your tenancy earlier than anticipated.


  1. Explain your situation

Rather than wait and let the situation become progressively worse, behaving in a proactive manner is the best way to dissolve stress on your end. In fact, one of the first things you should do after you receive final notice of a job offer or major life change involving relocation is to inform your current landlord so you can begin the move out process and start looking for a new rental in your next city. With ample notice, landlords can begin the advertising process to fill the unit in your absence. And, assuming property management secures new occupant(s) before next month’s rent, you escape monetary loss as it relates to the monthly rent or security deposit.


  1. Assist with advertising

Why not help the landlord fill your unit by simply subletting the apartment? To avoid any legal consequences or be forced to pay rent after you’ve moved out, you can pass the remainder of your lease onto another tenant. The sublet process and specific terms vary state by state, so completing your due diligence and researching online, or alternatively, consulting with a legal professional, bypasses potential legal ramifications. You should also inquire about the rules of subletting with your property manager or landlord prior to posting any advertisements online.


  1. Know your rights

Most states require landlords to put in effort to re-rent units if tenants are forced to move out early. Otherwise, they could sit back, relax and let apartments stay vacant while collecting steady income from past lessees. If you’re struggling to come to an agreement with your landlord – whether attempting to break your lease or find a subletter to take over the remainder of your tenancy – you might need to enlist the help of a legal professional.


  1. Be accommodating

While landlords advertise and show your unit, it’s smart to remain flexible. Keep the apartment regularly tidy so you aren’t scrambling to do any major chores right before a last minute showing. You’ll want your place to appear as attractive as possible so your landlord can fill your spot. Then, you aren’t responsible for rent any longer than you have to be. Although it may make your last few weeks uncomfortable, being on the ball is in your best interest. Even if your property manager doesn’t charge you rent after you vacate, he or she may still keep your security deposit. But, you might be able to receive your security deposit back if your unit is filled before next month’s rent is due and your landlord isn’t missing any payments.

Broken lease agreements are inconvenient for both landlords and tenants, but they occur frequently, so don’t become overwhelmed if you find yourself forced to move out of your rental early. As long as you inform your landlord as soon as possible and do your part to help fill the unit, your financial loss and renter profile should have minimal impact.

The Ins and Outs of Breaking Your Lease

Interior Predictions

Below we have shared an article that tells a couple of predictions they have for 2016 when it comes to Interior Design. Read below… maybe some of these ideas will complete you home!


5 Interior Design Trend Predictions For 2016

5 Interior Design Trend Predictions For 2016

Each year, designers and architects go online to voice their opinion of what they believe will be the biggest trends in interior design. While some trends loose their appeal quickly, others stand the test of time; this should be considered before investing tons of money implementing these trends into your home.

Here at HotPads, we’ve analyzed the data from numerous design resources and have narrowed down 2016’s design trends to the ones we predict will stay around for a while. Here are our top five choices:

1 Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Four Season Metal Works
Four Season Metal Works

Two-tone kitchens have slowly gained popularity over the past few years, but this year two-tone kitchens are exploding. The general consensus when applying this design trend is to install the darker cabinet color on the bottom to anchor the room and the lighter cabinet color is used on the uppers to make the room feel larger.

2 Outdoor Fabric Comes Indoors

Delmarva Life
Delmarva Life

Outdoor fabrics are amazingly durable! Homes with animals and kids need high-traffic fabrics that are easy to clean. The selection of outdoor fabrics – in color and style – have grown over the years and the prices are usually lower than traditional designer fabrics, making this one of the best trends of 2016.

3 Statement Vanity Mirrors

Chris Snook
Chris Snook

It finally happened, homeowners across the country have banded together to boycott the hideous unframed mirrors that contractors glue to the wall above bathroom vanities. Ornately framed mirrors are showing up everywhere. These free-hanging fixtures will change the look of any bathroom and for the better. Consider two mirrors hung side by side or one large horizontal mirror spanning both sinks in a master bath.

4 Sunrooms and Garden Rooms

Studio Marcelo Brito
Studio Marcelo Brito

As construction prices continue to rise across the country, thrifty homeowners are looking for inexpensive ways to add living space to their homes. A deck turned sunroom or garden shed turned garden room may be the answer. The price to finish out one of these rooms is a fraction of adding an addition onto your home. Due to the lack of central heat, these rooms are called three-season rooms in cooler climates, but can be used year round in warmer clients.

5 White Kitchens With Pops Of Color

Kitchen Studio
Kitchen Studio

White kitchens have trended for several years now and they’re sure to stick around for a few more. While the endless sea of white can be stark, color has found its way into these spaces making these rooms come alive. According to designers, the bolder the color accents the more time you’ll spend in these rooms. Try a colorful backsplash to really make the room pop!




5 Interior Design Trend Predictions For 2016

Renters cant save!

This article featured below shares 3 reasons as to why it is hard for Renters to save. Read so maybe you can prevent when renting and actually save money!


3 Reasons Renters Struggle to Save

Most renters dream of owning their own property someday, whether it be to benefit from low mortgage payments or build equity in one of the largest investments one can make in their lifetime. But today’s renters aren’t able to save enough for a 20 percent down payment, for a few key reasons.

To save for a down payment while renting, consider the following reasons many leaseholders struggle financially.

  1. Historically High Rent

Rent is astronomical, especially in large metros on the coast. In general, renters can expect to spend 30 percent of their income on rent. Compared to homeowners, who only spend 15 percent of income on their mortgages, lessees have higher expenses. Median rents are up 4.3 percent year-over-year, so the future doesn’t look good for renters and their budgets. In fact, a recent Zillow study showed that renters are paying so much they skip out on dental care because renting is so widely unaffordable.

  1. No Negotiating

Many renters don’t bother to negotiate because they don’t realize it’s an option. If you’ve been renting from the same management company for a while or paying premium prices, ask your landlord to supply you with a complimentary parking spot, or throw in free WiFi. You’d be surprised at how often property managers are willing to negotiate in order to keep their trustworthy tenants from moving.

  1. Damage Deposits

Security deposits can be withheld for many reasons, but most often, it’s due to damages left inside the rental unit upon vacancy. Make sure to document all damages that are present prior to move-in, and you can avoid being forced to pay for others’ damages. Take pictures when you move in and when you move out, in case your landlord tries to charge you for damages you didn’t create.


If you want to buy in the future, it’s important to do your research and be a savvy renter in the meantime. Make sure to keep up with housing trends and affordability in your area so you can buy when the time is right.