Decorating your Apartment in Roanoke

As a fellow apartment living person here in the Roanoke Valley, it can be hard to come up with great ideas with apartment-in-roanokedecorating, especially if your on a budget or if your like me, a guy with little to no taste when it comes to making things look great, lol. Luckily I found some great ideas on how to make your apartment in Roanoke and Blacksburg look great without having to break the bank while putting your own spin on things.

1. Use adhesive hooks. If you can’t use hammers and nails, try hanging your pictures on plastic hooks that come with super-strength adhesive. When you move out, simply pull off the adhesive, and leave the wall intact.

2. Buy extra closet rods. Apartments aren’t known for their spacious, walk-in closets. In fact, they’re known for tiny ones. Deal with this problem by purchasing an extra adjustable rod to place underneath the existing one.

3. Rotate knickknacks. Sometimes, what makes a home are the little items we attach to precious memories, and apartments can’t always hold them all. Leave your place simple and uncluttered by rotating these treasures and displaying only a few per month.

4. Maximize storage. Hide household items by storing them under your bed. You can use cement blocks to give your bed some height, and then cover them with a longer bed skirt, making room for boxes, books, and other storage items.

5. Use a reversible bedspread. To keep your decor fresh and new, try a reversible bedspread. Whenever you get tired of one look, flip it over the next time you make up your bed.

6. Find multifunctional furniture. Nothing saves space like multifunctional furniture. Whenever you shop for your new apartment, try to find flexible items such as futons, which can serve as both couches and beds.

7. Try mirror tricks. Opening up a cramped space can require a few illusions. Placing large mirrors around a room can make it appear larger and much more spacious than reality.

8. Decorate with plywood. Many apartment policies prohibit repainting, so an easy way to add life to your home is to paint or wallpaper large pieces of plywood any color you wish, and then simply lean them against the walls. Just make sure the plywood fits the space.

9. Let there be light. Some policies won’t allow residents to alter their light fixtures, so if you want more light, you will have to bring it with you when you move in. Find interesting lamps that add charm and personality to your rooms.

10. Let walls be a canvas. Another solution for bare walls is to cover them up with oversized canvases or posters. Found online or in craft stores, they allow you to drape your apartment in simple, solid colors or in wild, intense designs.

blacksburg-va-apartment-virginia-tech11. Add color with curtains. Try hanging curtains on your walls, as if you were concealing a nook or extra room. This creates the illusion that the apartment is bigger than it actually is, and it adds a little pizzazz to the decor.

12. Try wall decals. It might seem a bit elementary, but cling stickers can brighten up a bathroom or kitchen. Home improvement and superstores carry a variety of fun and bright stickers such as flowers, polkadots and chic silouhettes. They can give a room a little whimsy without damaging a surface.

13. Choose accents wisely. Even if you choose to keep the original wall colors, accents and accessories can easily spruce up your rooms. Add decorative throw pillows, rugs, and lamps that reflect your own personal style and create a homey space without upsetting your landlord.

Keeping Your Roanoke Apartment Clean

roanoke-va-apartment-cleanIt’s wonderful that you have your own space. Your apartment is a healthy way to manage your independence. You have your privacy. Your apartment is your home. Maintaining an apartment is very important and necessary. Maintaining an apartment is also hard work.

You need to keep your apartment clean and comfortable. You need to have fresh food regularly. In your apartment you must have a space where you can wind down and relax. You need a space in your apartment where you can have a little enjoyment. You want a space in your apartment where company can sit and visit. You want your apartment to reflect your lifestyle.

You don’t have a dull life and you don’t want a dull apartment. So you need to use your imagination when you set up your apartment with your belongings. Your apartment should be a resourceful place for you. Think of managing your apartment like managing a relationship. Avoid war with your apartment. Be on good terms with the place you live. This takes a caring attitude and a commitment to do the work to maintain your apartment.

There are many ways to keep your apartment clean. Some people have a set routine every week when they clean their apartment. Other people clean it when they start seeing dirt build up and clutter pile up. Unfortunately many people don’t give their apartment the attention it needs. It becomes an uncomfortable place to be and too embarrassing to invite people over to. To avoid this discomfort you need to clean your apartment on a regular basis.

A great way start is to organize your apartment the way you want it set up when you move in. Then make a habit of putting things back where they belong when you are done using them. This will help with the problems of clutter and not knowing where things are. It will also motivate you to keep your apartment clean. Remember that it’s your space! You can always rearrange things a different way, but this way you will be able to find the things you need to move them around.

Keeping your apartment clean requires you to be responsible every day. Some chores you will need to do daily:

  • Do your dishes every day. Keep your sink clean. This is how you will avoid the problem of not having any clean dishes available to eat off or not having a clean coffee mug when you offer your neighbor a cup. If you don’t clean your dishes every day, the opportunity for unwanted guests will increase. Food particles on dirty dishes are an invitation for ants, flies, fruit flies, cock roaches and bugs you don’t even know the name of or care to have visit. Do your dishes.
  • Clean the table you eat off and your counter tops every single day. Empty your wastebasket every time your trash gets full. Overflowing trash is another attractive invitation to the guests we mentioned above that expect to live with you and share your food rent-free. Have a can of Lysol available to disinfect your wastebasket before you put a clean trash bag in. Empty your trash.
  • Sweep your kitchen floor once a day along with any other areas that see heavy traffic.

Other chores may need to be done weekly:

  • Also keep up with your laundry. Do your laundry every time you get a full load or pick a time once a week when you set aside to do all of your laundry. Don’t procrastinate. Use a laundry basket or laundry bag to put your clothes in after you take off your dirty clothes. You need clean clothes. Do your laundry.
  • You want your bathroom to be comfortable and pleasant. Your bathroom needs to be cleaned at least once a week. This includes your toilet, shower, and bath if you have one, sink, mirrors, and your bathroom floor. A dirty bathroom puts you at a great risk for catching viruses or bacterial infections. Dirty bathrooms smell offensive and they are uncomfortable to be in.

    Follow the directions carefully for any cleaning agent you use. Use a cleaning agent like Comet to clean your toilet bowl. Use a strong disinfectant like Lysol to clean your toilet seat and underneath it. You can use the same type of disinfectant to clean your sink and bathroom mirrors. Wipe down your shower walls daily after showering. Use Clorox and hot water to mop your floor. Follow the directions on the Clorox bottle carefully. Make sure you always keep toilet paper and paper towels available and on stock in the bathroom. Clean your bathroom at least once a week.

Cleaning your apartment takes time, hard work and practice. However, clean apartments are easier to maintain and they are less expensive. You will appreciate your apartment more if it is clean. Cleaning your apartment is an important part of maintaining your apartment.