Renting is great—it’s your own space without the long-term commitment. If you’re new to apartment living in New Jersey or just want some helpful tips to make life easier, here are a few easy ways to make your living space more comfortable.


  1. Trick your eyes into seeing more space

Check out spacing and storage tips on lifestyle blogs, and invest in some sturdy organization pieces to help deceive your eye into thinking you have more space that you actually do!


  1. Form a friendship with your landlord

Consider forging an immediate and friendly relationship with your landlord in the very beginning—first impressions matter, right? That way, when a situation comes when you really need his or her assistance, the matter at hand might get immediate attention as opposed to “I’ll get to it when I can.”


  1. Don’t advertise your solitude

If you live alone, be careful when it comes to communicating this detail to outside parties. While we don’t like to think about it, burglars and predators are a real thing, so if they learn when you’re not home (or when you are and alone), you could be putting yourself into danger.


  1. Become fluent in your A/C settings

Instead of just leaving your A/C unit on at all times, consider learning it’s auto and fan settings. This will save you tremendous bucks in the long-run, and you won’t be wasting precious energy.


  1. How to deal with “unwanted roommates”

Again, we don’t like thinking about bugs or rodents, but they exist. Keep your kitchen tidy, remove expired food, and it’s always helpful to keep a trap around just in case. In this situation, it’s better to be prepared than sorry.


  1. Be your own plumber

Things happen. Don’t waste your money on a plumber if you can try and fix it yourself. Check out the message boards or even YouTube videos to coach you if you’re feeling a bit unsure.


  1. Learn your ceiling fan’s secret tricks

Your ceiling fan is a lifesaver in the summer, but few people know that when the blades whirl in the opposite direction, the fan can also be a great warmth distributor! Hello, cozy!


  1. Breaking the lease without breaking the bank

Your lease is there to manage ease of life for your landlord or complex, but sometimes life happens, right? Be sure to check out the stipulations that come into play if you find that you have no choice to break your lease. It’s better to be educated than surprised.