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The Super Easy Computer Screen Cleaning Trick You Need to Know


Dirty computer screens are a big pet peeve of ours. Smudge-covered screens make everything more difficult to see, so when you use your computer on a daily basis, regular cleanings are a must. But as many of us know, cleaning screens with towels and water can cause annoying streaks to form that actually make visibility [...]

Self Care Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season


The holiday season is all about giving. However, it’s true what they say: you have to take care of yourself first before you can take care of others. That means self-care is a necessity during the holidays, especially if you’ll be hosting family and friends at home in your apartment. Face masks, scented candles, and [...]

Tips for Holiday Decorating in Small Spaces


Holiday decorating can be tricky for small apartment dwellers. Those of us with tiny homes simply don’t have space for a 10-foot-tall Christmas tree or miles of fresh garland. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo decorating altogether, though. We’ll show you some easy ways to give your apartment a holiday makeover without taking up [...]

Room Decor Inspiration from Jonathan Adler’s Now House Line for Amazon


Jonathan Adler recently made some of his eclectic home styles accessible to all with the new Now House line for Amazon. We’ve been a fan of his for quite some time, and we’ve put together a few of our favorite apartment looks to provide you with some home decor inspiration. Take a look below, then [...]

The Secret Hack You Need to Know for a Sparkling Clean Sink


Stainless steel sinks are ideal for apartment living. But with all the washing, soaking, and scrubbing that goes on in them, they require a good cleaning every once in a while to get rid of water spots and stains. This is especially true when you’re preparing your home for hosting guests over the holidays. We [...]

Hosting for the Holidays: How to Give Guests the Hotel Treatment in Your Apartment


It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes overnight hotel stays feel so luxurious. Even average-rated hotels stays tend to evoke a certain “je ne sais pas,”—a feeling of total relaxation that floods over you as soon as you open your room’s door and enter your temporary home. The holidays are peak travel time, and many [...]

Our Best Tips for Fighting Tough Kitchen Odors


The aroma coming from a busy kitchen is often a wonderful thing. Sweet and savory smells of home-cooked meals and yummy treats make magical home memories, especially around the holidays. Unfortunately, the smells that build up and linger for days afterward aren’t nearly as enjoyable. You can combat those yucky, unwanted kitchen scents with these [...]

Tea Bag Tricks to Know This Winter

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A hot cup of tea on a cold winter’s night soothes the body and the soul. If you’re a seasonal tea drinker, you may find yourself with an excess amount of tea bags this time of year. Did you know old tea bags can serve a purpose? We’re always looking for new ways to reduce, [...]

Holiday Events to Check Out in Chicago This Weekend


Chicago is always an amazing place to be, but during the holidays, it becomes magical. The lights, the snow, the cheer—we love it all. December starts this weekend, but many holiday happenings have already gotten underway around the city. If next month goes by as quickly as the last few have, the new year will [...]

How to Make Natural Homemade Drain Cleaner


Clogged drains are the worst, but they’re an unfortunate reality we all have to deal with from time to time. The build-up of hair (both human and pet) combined with soap scum and dead skin cells eventually leads to clogged drains in your bathroom or kitchen sink. Before reaching for the dreaded Drano, consider creating [...]

Decorate Your Apartment with These Holiday Houseplants


The holiday season is officially here, and with it comes new opportunities to fill your home with seasonal houseplants. When you hear the term “holiday houseplant,” images of red Poinsettias likely come to mind. Some people love them, but not everyone’s a fan. If Pointsettias aren’t your thing, you do have alternative holiday houseplant options, and [...]

5 Rugs We Love from West Elm

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The right rug can completely reinvent a room. When looking to redefine your space, a new rug is the optimal starting point. It’s an simple switch, but it makes a huge difference. You can transition from one style to the next seamlessly with the addition of a new rug, and West Elm offers a great [...]

Where To Live in Chicago: Tips for Choosing Your Next Neighborhood


It isn’t unusual for Chicago transplants to find themselves overwhelmed by choice. The Windy City is home to a whopping 77 neighborhoods, and when you don’t know one from the other, determining where to live in Chicago gets tricky.  PPM offers apartment buildings in Chicago’s most coveted neighborhoods, and we can provide insight to help guide you [...]

Our Best Tips for Eliminating Pet Fur in Your Apartment

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We love apartment pets, but there’s one thing we could do without— the constant excess of fur. If you’re a dog or cat owner, it may seem like a fur-free home is an impossible dream. That isn’t necessarily the case, though. We’re sharing some of our best tips for eliminating pet fur in your apartment. [...]

Dishwashing Hacks You Need to Know

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Washing dishes often tops the list of “chores you avoid until you absolutely cannot stand it anymore.” Even apartment dwellers with a dishwasher will find themselves needing to clean dishes by hand from time to time. Dishes always seem to pile up at lightning speed, and it doesn’t take much time for your sink to [...]