Creating a monthly budget can seem like a daunting process. Many of us put off budgeting because we are afraid to see our finances brought to light. Luckily, there are ways to make apartment living in Raleigh easy with an affordable monthly budget. Here are a few ways you can create your budget.

Start by figuring out your income. Look at pay stubs, bank transactions or whatever it is that helps you see what you average in a week. Be thorough, as the number you figure out here is important in planning the rest of your budget.

List your fixed spending. Each month you have a certain amount of bills that do not change. This includes your rent, as well as fixed utilities like cable and internet, and other monthly charges to your card or bank. Make a list of all these to begin.

Deduct all of your fixed spending from your income. Then, consider any other monthly expenditures you might have. Do you buy coffee every day? Deduct it from the number. Soon, you’ll see how much money you have leftover each month.

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Looking for ways to spruce up the bedroom in your apartment? There are plenty of unusual design elements to try out.

Consider using one or more of these apartment decorating ideas:

  • Eye-catching patterns. Experiment with different patterns by layering them to create a bold look that will help you wake up in the morning. Choose patterns that have vivid designs or vibrant colors.
  • Large plants. Keeping a big plant or two in your bedroom helps keep the air clean and gives the room a natural look.
  • A whimsical touch. Include a few quirky items that have special meaning to you, such as works done by your favorite artist, or add touches of bold, cheerful colors.
  • One-of-a-kind headboard and nightstand. Use an extra chair or another unexpected item as a nightstand for keeping a clock or book on. Choose a headboard with a unique design. The combination of the two will give your room a visually interesting appearance.
  • A touch of romance. Add a bit of pink or red to your room, or keep a vase of fresh roses in it for a romantic look.

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Our apartments in Raleigh are a great place to call home if you are looking for to inject some green living practices in your life. With ever increasing cost of living, green living will also help cut down a bit on utility bills while significantly lowering carbon footprints. Become a responsible citizen and an essential fit to our community.

Get started on green-living in your apartment in and save both money and Mother Earth. Check out these few tips to maintaining a greener lifestyle.

Put your television, DVD player and all other accessories on single power-strip. The same goes for your kitchen. And yes, don’t forget to switch these off when you are out of your home and save almost 10% energy.

Simple habits like turning-off the water while you brush your teeth will save you almost 3 gallons of water every minute. If you do so while shaving, you will save even more! (As per Domino Magazine, normal spigot generally put out 3 gallons of water every minute).

Going green doesn’t have to be a Herculean task; you can easily save money and energy and your environment while living a healthier lifestyle.

Some apartment decorating ideas that make you feel great about your space. Here are five color combinations that will make your apartment pop in the best way.

Fire engine red and dusky green

These two colors are on the opposite sides of the color wheel to produce an exciting combination. The red is more of an accent color in this combo.

Rose and teal 

This is a play on pink and green, itself a play on red and green. Since the rose is more like a dusty pink, it reads sophisticated. Try a teal accent against a rose wall.


Raspberry and sky blue

Unlike the other combinations both of these colors pop so use them with a muted color like white.

Teal and lavender

This color combo works because the lavender is the star. If you set a light lavender against an even lighter shade of lavender, the colors add depth and highlight the teal.

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Perhaps you’ve had a rough day at work or it has been a long week in general. Regardless, you want to kick back and relax when you get to your apartment. Make note of the following apartment living tips to help you unwind.

  • If you have the time, take your time getting home from work and enjoy the scenery. Perhaps you can walk or bike or even take a longer route driving home. This can help to put a buffer between work and your home life.
  • Have a routine when you get home from work to help you mentally relax. For instance, change your clothes, have a cup of tea, cuddle your pets or go for a run.
  • Keep your work items such as your briefcase or your laptop out of sight.
  • When ideas or worries come to mind about work, jot them down so you can address them later. Keep a notebook handy for this purpose only.
  • If you have to do something for work at home, do it quickly. Use your free time afterwards to let your brain relax. Giving yourself a break is one of the best ways to cultivate creativity and be better at your job.

Make sure to apply these apartment living tips and you will be relaxing in no time!

Are you looking for a place to live in Raleigh? If so, please reach out to us for detailed information about our luxury housing community and our wonderful amenities.

Here at Inman Park, we pride ourselves on providing our residents with an amenities package designed to make life just a little bit easier. The countertops and appliances invite  you to whip up a delicious meal. Our dishwashers help make clean up a breeze.

Keep your dishwasher working in tip-top condition with these tips:

  • Scraping dishes before loading helps the dishwasher clean more efficiently.
  • Avoid piling in too many dishes. Water and detergent need to circulate between the dishes. Otherwise, you might as well handwash everything.
  • Run the faucet with hot water before starting the dishwasher. This will help your dishwasher initially fill up with hot water.
  • Read your labels. If your dishwasher detergent contains a rinse agent, there is no need to add another. You may all fill the rinse agent reservoir with white distilled vinegar.
  • Clean out your dishwasher using vinegar. Simply add one cup of white distilled vinegar to an empty dishwasher and run a normal cycle.
  • Match the soil level of your dishes to the appropriate dishwasher cycle.

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Running is a great way to get exercise at your apartment in Raleigh. When you start to run, you may find that additional exercises are helpful to get your body in shape for vigorous running. Here are some exercises and movements to improve your running technique.

Single leg squats will help improve your strength. When standing on one foot, you should lower yourself down and raise yourself back up. You can improve your balance by not holding onto any support.

You should also try eccentric calf raises for increased strength and flexibility. Stand on a step with one foot, while standing on the balls of your other foot. Then, you should lower yourself down until your heel stops. Using two feet, lift yourself up and repeat.

Also, try the two-joint hip flexor stretch. Start by kneeling down on one knee. Reaching behind your body, grab your ankle with your opposite hand. Now drive your pelvis toward the ground and hold for 30 seconds. Do this three times for each knee.

With these tips to improve your running, you will be able to get in good shape at your home in Inman Park. Who knows? You might eventually try a local 5K race.

Harsh winter weather can pose health threats to your animal companion. Take good care of your pet this winter at your apartment by keeping the following winter pet care tips in mind.

  • Stay inside- When the temperature drops, avoid going outside altogether. While you’re pet might suffer from a bit of cabin fever as the winter goes on, that’s better than hypothermia or frostbite.
  • Use a leash- It’s especially important to prevent your pet from running off when it’s dangerously cold outside. Keeping your pet on a leash when outside at our pet friendly apartments in Atlanta is important to preventing an extended amount of time outdoors during harsh and potentially dangerous winter weather.
  • Bundle up- If you have a short-haired dog or cat, consider purchasing sweaters or coats sold for pets.
  • Wash paws- Pay attention to your pet’s paws in the winter months. Common wintertime hazards such as antifreeze and salt can cause irritations and wounds in your pet’s paws.
  • Schedule a vet appointment- The winter can be hard on your dog’s health, so consider having a checkup in the late fall to make sure everything’s ok.

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Instead of traveling to faraway places or spending a lot of money on your next vacation, plan on taking it in your Irvine apartment instead. You can actually have quite a bit of fun creating a customized itinerary for your stay-at-home vacation. If you need some inspiration, here are three fun ideas for a home vacation:

• If you love to cook, use your vacation time to experiment with gourmet recipes that you’ve always wanted to try. Plan to make one gourmet meal each day of your vacation. Make sure to stock your refrigerator with all of the groceries needed to make your meals before your apartment vacation begins.

• Plan on pamper time each day. Take luxurious candlelit bubble baths with oils, give yourself invigorating facials and pretty pedicures daily.

• Hire a fitness instructor to come to your apartment to give you a workout designed specifically for you. You could also ask your friends to join you for your at-home workout, and turn it into a special friends day at your apartment.

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Looking for ideas on how to decorate your Raleigh apartment? With a little inspiration and your personal touch, your apartment will have a whole new look. Below are a few ideas on how to decorate your apartment by adding your creative niche.

• Framed Artwork – Using vintage artwork from magazine or books and putting it in a frame can give your room an eclectic look you are sure to enjoy.
• Repurpose Fabric – Using leftover fabric from a sewing or art project, place the fabric over a canvas and secure it. Then place a matching piece of fabric in a smaller frame. This gives you a perfect matching pair of framed art décor.
• Recycle Old Jars – Recycle used jars by painting the tops to match your décor, then add your personal touch for a complete finish.
For more ideas on easy ways to add an unique item to your apartment, visit Inman Park. Ask for a tour of the luxury amenities and family-friendly floor plans. Call us today!