Caitlin Morgan Posts

Best Friend, Worst Roommate?

The age-old question: should I live with my good friend? …And by “age-old,” I mean “several decades old, since more than just rich kids started to go to college, women included, young adults stopped living with their parents until marriage, and people have been allowed to choose their own roommates rather than being assigned by […]

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How Much Should You Spend on Rent?

Conventional wisdom has historically limited rent to 25% of your income before taxes. Surveys suggest Americans are paying upwards of 30%, lots of times more. My friends who live in San Francisco often pay at least half their income to a landlord every month. Domu.com’s rent calculator puts “low end” at 20% of income, “middle […]

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How to Clean Your Bathroom

This essential life skill isn’t exactly taught in high school or college, and it’s a sad thing, too; I’ve lived with far too many people who don’t know how to thoroughly clean a bathroom. Save your roommate relationship, and don’t forget the following:   Materials: -Gloves (don’t use these for anything except bathroom cleaning!) -A […]

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The Standing Desk

In the past year, the media has increasingly reported on the dangers of sitting too much; it might even be as dangerous as smoking. (Cue Jon Stewart: “So, if I give up sitting, can I start smoking again?”) Well, great, you have a desk job—what’s a working stiff to do? One option is the standing […]

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Organize Your Desk To De-Stress Your Home!

Clean everything off your desk Start from scratch. Completely remove all items from your desktop, and think carefully before replacing each one. Does it really need to be on display in your home or workplace? Or would it be just as accessible—and less in the way—somewhere else, like a drawer, file folder, or trash? If […]

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Low Maintenance House Plants For Your Apartment

Is your thumb very, very far from green? You can still improve the air quality and overall aesthetic of your apartment, provided you choose the right plant. Here are just a few ideas of many—for more, ask your local nursery staff! And always check whether a new plant might be poisonous to dogs or children. […]

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How to Negotiate Your Rent

Americans aren’t always comfortable with haggling, but in the case of rent, price negotiations could be huge. You can raise the question of reduced rent with your landlord before you sign a lease, mid-lease, or even at the end of the lease. Stay friendly, and make sure your timing is good for your landlord, as […]

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