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7 Characteristics Of The Best Roommate

7 Characteristics Of The Best Roommate

When I say roommate, you say…?

 

Most of us have had them, and most of us could tell you the worst stories imaginable when it comes to living with other noisy, dirty humans.

 

Whether you’re just out of high school or in mid life looking to save a few bucks, having a roommate that is less than somewhat ideal can be tough.

 

We don’t always get to choose our roommates but when we do, they…

 

7. Like similar shows.

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It ain’t no thang if someone prefers a little nature show over Stranger Things, but it creates a more solid camaraderie if you can both geek out over what the creature is the in woods and how the hell it can get from one place to another so fast!

 

6. Are available.

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Not every roommate can act as a sit in therapist, but if you have a crappy day at work or your relationship isn’t what you want it to be your roommate can stand by you to listen when you’d rather not call mom.

And vice versa… we all got junk in the trunk sometimes and we need a little help getting it all sorted.

 

5. Can have fun.

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One of the best roommates I have had was the stand by me type to be sure but she was always up for something. Whether it was late night ice cream runs to Sonic or trying out a new bar, she was ready for an adventure.

 

4. Give privacy.

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There is nothing worse than needing space and being unable to find it.

Try to grab one of those rare housemates who can be in the same room and be virtually invisible. It’s an art, but it’s possible.

And for those of us who don’t enjoy the library, a roommate who knows that home is a sanctuary is invaluable.

 

3. Are quiet (When it matters).

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When I go to bed, my place has to be silent and dark. My two biggest wishes for sleep are two of the hardest things to have when you live in the city. Find a roommate who enjoys being home and believes in the importance of GOOD sleep.

And that means, off with the lights!

 

2. Are prompt.

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It can be paying rent or arriving at a shindig at your place on time (if they are otherwise disposed), but have a roommate that doesn’t leave you hanging.

 

1. Clean up after themselves (and sometimes you!).

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We can’t all be an Alison Hendrix, but we can at least do our own damn dishes. And when it comes to roommates, and small sinks for that matter, you may want someone who will pitch in when that exam is at 7 AM.

Either way, look for someone who understands the importance of cleaning up after oneself.

 

What are some of your favorite or most desirable characteristics in a roommate?

Transitional Spaces 101
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Transitional Spaces 101

Today, we’re going to do something a little different.

 

I recently completed a task with a client that I have fallen in love with.

 

Partially, because I enjoy the idea of “transitional spaces” and partly because this idea has come up a couple times while doing Mine Space.

 

She described it as wanting “visual separation” of the spaces.

 

My client wanted to create a separation between her garage and a connecting room her family uses for storage and hosting parties.

 

Originally, I thought we would make a really nice division between the spaces using galvanized pipe.

 

But, I quickly learned this would have be a more expensive and difficult task to undertake.

 

So, we did this instead:  Curtains hung with electrical conduit

 

Supplies & Cost:

10 ft electrical conduit pipe ~ $6.50

Closet pole flange set ~ $6

Window elements dover linen grommet curtain panel pair (2) $30/ea

Total: ~$73

 

Equipment needed:

Reciprocating saw (if necessary)

Drill

 

Steps:

1 ) The pipe we bought was 10 ft, so we first had to use the reciprocating saw to cut the pipe down to 9 ft

NOTE: Be sure to measure the distance from wall to wall and then the pipe at least twice

2) Find the studs and mark them

3) Measure from ceiling to desired spot for installation

4) Install closet pole flange set on either side using the drill

5) Make sure the pipe is the right size

6) Once the pipe fits, place the curtains on the pipe

 

Voila!

 

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Now, her storage is hidden by some beautiful and inexpensive curtains and the rest of the space can be used for parties, relaxation, and yoga.

All for under $100!

 

Share your fun and affordable DIY projects!

 

6 Things You Should Consider Putting On Your Wedding Registry And Why

6 Things You Should Consider Putting On Your Wedding Registry And Why

I won’t pretend that I get excited about most things wedding.

 

But when it comes to the registry, I have put a lot of thought into what I ask for from others.

 

Here are the items I have decided will be better bought new and why.

 

 

TOWELS

TOWELS

You got a set when you graduated high school or you’ve saved the myriad of person-less towels your friends have left over the years.

It’s time to say goodbye to these guys and ask for a nice set in your registry.

I don’t want to go into the dirty details of why it may be important to buy new towels, but YOUR and EVERYONE ELSE’S SKIN CELLS, is all I’m going to say.

 

SHEETS

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Your sheets are probably the best or worst thing about your bed. 

If you simply can’t part with the jersey sheets you bought in college, that’s up to you, but choosing a higher thread count feels worlds better than those t-shirt sheets.

Trust me, I was that girl.

 

POTS & PANS

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If you’re like me, pots and pans are one of those items I have always acquired while on a budget.

I had no problem adopting lone pots and pans from friends that moved or purchasing a couple from Goodwill.

Now, the more I use my old pots and pans, the more I realize these guys are in bad shape. 

Over time:

– Leftover grease will absorb into the “pores” (yes, even pots/pans have pores!).

– The material will begin to rust.

– Teflon eventually cracks or peels.

– General warp occurs.

I’m usually A-ok with overlooking most of these issues (I think I’m just lazy) but now that I’m about to step into a new phase of life, I think it’s time for the new and improved.

 

VACUUM

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One cat, two cat, three cat, NO!

Our fur babies are just that, our babies.

We don’t mind sweeping and vacuuming often to keep a space tidy if it means cozying up to them.

Again, now that we’re about to step into this new phase, I realized that neither of us have an optimal vacuum for what we are cleaning.

Sweeping gets tiresome and it is not as effective as vacuuming (the never-ending line of dust and miscellaneous specs).

We also plan on living mobile in the next couple years, so we wanted a durable but hassle free cleaner.

So we did a little research and decided that a Dyson V6 Animal Cord-free Vacuum was exactly what we were looking for.

There were other suitors on the market, but this guy, like his other counterparts, came highly recommended.

 

DISHES

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I’m more lenient when it comes to dishes.

Personally, it is fun to go to the nearest thrift store and pick out mix matched sets.

Some of us don’t care about having full sets of dishes.

But, this might be a good time to think about if it will matter to you once you get hitched.

 

CASH FUND

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In rummaging through the traditional gifts in registries, I started to think of where Jeremy and I wanted to be in a year.

We are both travelers, so I thought it would be a fun idea to make a cash fund for our upcoming adventures!

I had not heard of doing such a thing until I came across Zola.com.

Along with an assortment of basic and eclectic wedding gift ideas, you have the option of creating cash funds. 

I think this is a unique and valuable idea for the registry.

Scotland 2017, anyone? 

 

What are some items you asked for?

Are there any items you wish you’d asked for after you got married?

 

 

5 Things I Learned Through Time In The Rockies

5 Things I Learned Through Time In The Rockies

Hey everyone,

 

Jeremy and I took a trip out of state for a while, and we faced a harsh awakening upon arrival.

 

The past couple of weeks have changed the way I think about some things.

 

This week, I’m going to share some pictures Jeremy took along with a few lessons I learned on our travels.

 

1. Traveling is way more fun with someone.

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While we were spying on a lone bison, we looked across the river and noticed an entire herd eating and drinking. Then, the bulls lead the way and before we knew it the giant herd was swimming over to us. This is one of my favorite stories because Jeremy and I get so animated when we tell it. If we had not been together, one, this picture would probably not have been taken, and two, the story would not have as much life.

 

2. You are small.

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For almost a whole month, we were surrounded by the most beautiful mountains in the Rockies. Sometimes, our surroundings felt so large it was not surprising to find yourself feeling tiny. Relishing in our small selves allows us the space to remember just how big the Lord is and how vast his creation and wonders.

 

3. Don’t be afraid to say yes.

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Getting into cold water is not something I do often, and when I do it is never with grace. If it had not been for my stepmom, I probably would not have built the courage to jump. Well, if you can’t tell, this picture is my “after I said yes” shot. We had a marvelous day playing in the crystal clear water, and although I would have been much dryer and warmer, saying yes was the best thing I did that day.

 

4. Don’t forget to look up.

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At the end of each day, I was pretty exhausted, but Jeremy, being the crafty cameraman he is, took some long exposure shots that give you a glimpse of the glorious northern night sky. Away from the world, the sky is clear and endless. No matter where you are or the situation you are in, don’t forget to look up when you need inspiration.

 

5. Say thanks.

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The trip was full of many twists and turns; some were exciting, some were scary, and some filled me with awe. This is one of those moments. Jeremy surprised me on my favorite hike with a question that can only be answered with “of course.” In December, I will marry the best friend, son, brother, and man I know. I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

 

If you have anything you’ve learned recently that you’d like to share, leave it in the comments!

Let These 6 Items Change Your Life, DIY Style
Great solution to toothbrush storage

Let These 6 Items Change Your Life, DIY Style

When I started doing a little more research in regard to inexpensive and easy DIYs, I kept coming across ideas based on using materials from the Dollar Store.

 

It turns out that the store offers quite a few options when it comes to home organization and they are pocket book friendly.

 

FOR THE BATHROOM.

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Do you struggle with where to put the toothbrushes in the bathroom?

Use a plastic silverware storage container. Not only is this a great solution to getting the brushes off the counter, but you can write everyone’s name on the plastic!

Sourcefamiliesthatstick

rolled towels

 

Some of us don’t have good storage in our bathrooms, so and idea like hanging baskets on the wall to hold towels is just the sort of solution we need.

Sourcemakinglemonadeblog

 

earrings

 

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be losing that one earring.

Use ice trays to keep all your small jewelry pieces together and in one place.

Source:  yesterdayontuesday

 

FOR THE KITCHEN.

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Why is it that we tend to have way more spices than anything else in the kitchen?

Try this easy DIY with plastic containers and magnets.

Keep all your spices on the side of the fridge and free up the counter and cabinet space for something else.

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FOR THE KIDS.

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I know parents have a hard time between balancing play and tidiness.

Plastic crates from the Dollar Store not only create an easy way to get the toys and games off the floor, but they’re attachable!

You can easily put them together to make a storage shelf as small or big as you would like.

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FOR THE CAR.

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One of the toughest places to keep clutter free is the car.

Use a small shoe organizer over one  of the seats to create a space to keep all of the main items used in the car: wipes, kleenex, lotion, toys, trash bag, etc.

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