New Year, New City, New Apartment

So you’ve moved to a new city and survived your first holiday season in your new place. Congratulations!

But now, as the confetti is getting swept up and the festive decorations are coming down, life returns to it’s normal ebb and flow. Except, you’re in a new place and have yet to fully find your niche.

It’s time to make a resolution or two. Now, New Year’s Resolutions can feel a bit…trite, but in your situation they might actually be useful. Take the typical January 1st proclamation: “I Will Work Out More.” This year going to the gym will not only get you in better shape, it’s also a great place to meet some locals. This could be the best of both worlds: new friends, and a gym buddy will probably keep you motivated to work out all the way through 2013.

And we’ve all experienced the post-Holiday cleanup high that often leads to the self-affirmation “This year I’m going to be neater.” This usually lasts for a few weeks before the clothes are back on the floor, and the sink is overflowing. But this year you’re trying to meet people, and having a place where your not embarrassed to bring people to is always helpful. It might just be the inspiration to keep your new FreshRent apartment clean. Because—let’s be real here—no one wants to bring a new-city-date home to a messy house.

But resolutions aren’t just about getting your life into shape; they’re also about giving yourself room to reinvent who you are. Relocating makes that even easier. In 2013 get over your shyness, or your stage fright. Finally carve out some time in your life to learn guitar, take a dance class, or go to that open mic you heard about. It’s a great way to meet other cool, like-minded people, and the adrenaline rush will keep you talking well past the “nice to meet yous.”

Make the most of 2013, shake up your routine, and get yourself out there. And remember, FreshRent is here to help with all your apartment hunting, and living needs!

Holidaying Your Apartment

The holiday season has descended. Several menorah candles have been lit and you can’t seem to escape the over-cheery Christmas music. Let’s face it- you can’t beat it so why not join it? And one of the best ways to find yourself in a festive mood is to decorate your apartment!

Maybe you’re thinking you don’t have the time, or the money, or that a lot of holiday garb is…well, tacky. So let Freshrent help you find the perfect seasonal decor for your home.

A holiday tree – can’t decide whether or not a tree is worth the investment (and the pine needle clean up you’ll face on January 2)? Try some of these reinterpreted trees – brought to you by CB2 – instead. They have a “frame tree,” a tree made from a string of lights, and even a “tree” made from a ladder.

If a real tree still sounds better you can always get a potted one. They’re smaller and therefore much more compact. And they’re still alive so there’s less “shedding” involved.

Get fancy with a peacock menorah a la Jonathan Adler and make sure to put it on prominent display! Or, better yet, get an electric one so it can be lit (safely) through the night.

Want something more personal? Get in touch with your crafty side. Stay simple by making cranberry and popcorn chains and kid-like snowflakes and stars. Or, if you really feel like delving into the homemade, try this window swag idea from Women’s Day. How about turning some old knee high socks into stocking?

Dining room tables are also good (and easy) places to add some holiday pizzazz. Go tacky with Stars of David-themed (or Santa Claus) table clothes. Be understated with a nice dark green, or blue, throw-over. Make (or buy) a centerpiece with some fir branches and poinsettias, or even carnations in the holiday color of your choosing. And last but not least, take any leftover glass bulb ornaments, put them in a vase, and, ta-da instant holiday cheer on your table!

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