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Pittsburgh, top U.S. city to live.

The 2022-23 list, released Tuesday, ranked 150 U.S. metro areas using indexes for jobs, housing affordability, quality of life, desirability, and net migration to calculate each city’s standing. U.S. News gathers data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor, and its own internal sources. Pittsburgh is a great place to live. You can call Pittsburgh your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com.

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How to make the newly clean apartment ‘your clean’ when you move in!

So you’re getting ready to move into your new apartment and want to make sure you get everything cleaned before the big day. Where do you start? There’s a lot to do, and with just a little preparation, you can get your apartment cleaned like a pro. Keep reading to learn how to get your apartment squeaky clean before you move in!

Dust before anything else

The first step in getting your new apartment clean is to dust your fans, lights, ledges, and door frames. Dusting high surfaces tends to get dust on the ground, so doing it first will keep you from having to come back to the same task twice.

If you want to dust off fans and lights without knocking too much dust on the ground, try flipping an old pillowcase inside out and using it to wipe down your surfaces. You can push the dust straight into the pillowcase and then dump it outside or in a trash can to clean up without making too much of a mess.

Clean the bathrooms

After you finish dusting, you’ll definitely want to deep clean the bathrooms. You can start by washing the mirrors and then scrubbing the sink, toilet, and bathtub. Spray these down with a solution of two parts vinegar, one part water, and then wipe everything down with a microfiber cloth or paper towels. 

Be sure to clean out the bathroom drawers as you go along. Consider putting down drawer liners or organization trays so your toothbrush and other hygiene items don’t have to touch potentially dirty surfaces.

Move on to the kitchen

One of the most important places to cover in cleaning your new apartment is the kitchen. You’ll most likely want to deep clean your oven, q and can be tricky to clean. If your oven has a self-clean function, use that to your advantage, but know that it won’t do all the work for you. You’ll need a strong oven cleaner to finish the job, so make sure you wear gloves and let the cleaner sit for 15 minutes or so before wiping it down.

The kitchen is one of the best places to use homemade cleaners, such as an all-purpose cleaner to clean the counters and a simple drain cleaner to flush any food waste out of the garbage disposal. While you’re at it, be sure to clean out the cabinets and put down cabinet liners to make everything look nice and keep your food clean.

Clean your floors

Be sure to clean the floors last, as any dirt, dust, or crumbs from other surfaces could get on the floor during your cleaning process. Vacuum or sweep all your floors while paying special attention to anywhere you’ll be putting furniture, as these spots will be harder to clean later. 

Now is also a great time to polish any wood floors in your apartment, which you can do with a microfiber cloth or mop and a bottle of hardwood floor polish from any home improvement store. and then, your apartment will look good as new

The http://www.starloftspgh.com apartments are always professionally cleaned and repainted after move out, so you do not need to do any or all of this, but to make it your personal clean, these are great cleaning tips

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5 tips for decorating your apartment.

Decorating your first apartment can be a new and sometimes overwhelming experience. However, it can also be a time to explore your creativity while having fun turning your new apartment into a home. Here are five helpful tips for decorating your first apartment.

Don’t Buy Everything at Once

Be focused on other financial aspects, so spending excess money purchasing all your decor at once isn’t ideal. You can start to add more and more décor pieces to your apartment gradually as time progresses and you’ve settled into your new place decorating and putting the ambiance of your apartment living space together. Gradually buying your apartment décor allows you to discover what you will really need and enjoy while saving you money, time, and space, preventing you from purchasing unnecessary items.

Wall Décor

Wall décor can be a key component of apartment decorating. Adding wall décor to your apartment allows you to show off your personality and style by creating a theme in your apartment without damaging or painting your walls. Wall décor consists of mirrors, pictures, paintings, clocks, tapestries, shelving, and other art forms that can enhance your apartment’s appeal and space.

Rugs

Rugs are a great décor piece for your apartment! They help enhance the appeal of rooms in your apartment, making them cozier and inviting. Rugs are also functional, keeping your floor warm, reducing the noise coming from your apartment, and making sitting on the floor more comfortable. You can even place a rug over the existing carpet in your apartment to separate areas and add a splash of color or texture to the rooms in your apartment.

Focus on Comfort

Along with enhancing your apartment’s appeal, you want your décor to provide comfort. Adding blankets, throw pillows, rugs, and lamps to your apartment goes a long way in creating a cozy, relaxing, and serene atmosphere. It’s ideal for helping you relax and enjoy the comfort of your apartment after enduring a long day of work or school. You also want to consider adding items that make your apartment inviting to accommodate those guests that are “just visiting.”

Make It Personal

Adding creative décor to your apartment helps display your personality reflecting your tastes and interests. Personalizing your apartment can be done by including pictures of loved ones, souvenirs, creative paintings, different color rugs, unique furniture pieces, and much more. As your tastes and interests change, you can redecorate, providing new visuals.

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How best to clean every kitchen surface.

Backsplash

A great place to start cleaning is with your kitchen backsplash. You’ll need cleaning spray and a slightly abrasive brush or sponge. You can pick up a bottle of stainless steel cleaner or glass cleaner for a metal or glass backsplash. Otherwise, you can make a simple solution of one part water and one part vinegar to deal with most of your backsplash stains.

Stovetops

If you have an electric stovetop, you should only need a rag or sponge and some warm soapy water for cleaning. If there’s gunk built up over time or stains that don’t want to come out, try mixing half a cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water to form a paste, and then scrub the dirty areas with a rag and your baking soda paste.

Gas stovetops can be easier to clean than electric stoves because you don’t have to worry so much about scratching the stovetop. Remove the grates and drip pans and soak them in warm water, then wash them with a brush and dish soap. Take a rag and warm soapy water or baking soda paste and scrub out any gunk that might be remaining on the stovetop.

Counters

You might be wiping down your counters every day, but gunk can still accumulate over time, especially in the corners. Wipe down your counters with a wet rag as you usually would, but make sure you really get down in the corners with your fingernail and scrub hard at any spots that feel crusty under the rag. This is also a good time to sanitize your counters with a food-safe sanitizing spray.

Inside the fridge

An essential part of cleaning your kitchen is cleaning the inside of your fridge, as spoiled food can go to waste or cause food poisoning. Start by removing all the food from your fridge and discarding anything that is rotten or expired. Then, remove any shelves you can, and clean them in your sink with dish soap and a sponge.

Anything you can’t remove from the fridge can be wiped down with a hot sponge or rag. Finally, replace the shelves and all your food, putting the oldest food in the front of the fridge and newer items further from expiration in the back.

Kitchen sink

Your kitchen sink will get dirty from washing your rag while cleaning all your other surfaces, so take the spray nozzle and spray all around the side of the sink. Use a sponge to clean off any dried food that might be stuck to the side.

Floor

The last element of your kitchen you want to clean is the floor. It’s best to save the floor for last because it will accumulate some of the grime you wipe off other surfaces during your kitchen cleaning. Sweep what you can, and then mop or spot-mop your floor with a rag. A solution of vinegar and water can be great for this too, and you can try mixing in some fragrance oil for a pleasant smell afterward.

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Save Energy and Money While Staying Comfortable This Winter at Starloftspgh.com

In you StarloftPgh apartment in downtown Pittsburgh manage your comfort and utility bills.

Don’t just set one temperature and forget about it. Get in the habit of turning it down several degrees every night before you go to bed. If you’re like most people, you sleep better in the winter when lying snugly under several blankets. You can’t do that when the furnace is heating the http://www.starloftspgh.com to 75F all night (plus you’ll break the furnace that way).

• Manage the thermostat part 2. If you are away from your apartment and expect to be gone all day, turn down the thermostat before you leave. There’s absolutely no reason to heat an abandoned apartment eight hours every day. Turn the heat back on when you get home.

• Manage the thermostat part 3. Consider using a lower temperature setting for normal daytime and evening hours when the apartment is occupied. Just give 68 degrees a try, rather than 70, 72 or 74. You might find that you become accustomed to the lower temperature setting. If you’re still chilly, throw on an extra layer of clothing. This can save you abundant bucks on your gas and/or electric bills.

• Manage the thermostat part 4. If you have house or apartment partners, have a quick meeting to establish who has the responsibility to manage the thermostat, either all the time or week to week. You definitely want to avoid a situation where two or three people are constantly changing the setting.

• Close doors to unused rooms and shut the heating registers or vents in those rooms. The less space your central heating system has to service, the more efficiently (and cheaply) it can heat the rest of your apartment. However, there’s one caveat to this. If you close up too much of the apartment, your furnace or heat pump likely will short-cycle. This means it quickly heats the “open” parts of the apartmentq, then shuts down. It stops and starts time after time, which itself wastes energy and stresses the equipment. So in general, it’s OK to block heat to one or two bedrooms but not an entire floor.

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Have a great day! Janet

How to Give Your Bedroom That Dark Academia Aesthetic That Every Bookworm Loves

Andrea Neculae

ByAndrea NeculaeDecember 6, 2021

The dark academia aesthetic has seen a rise in popularity in the past 18 months, making it one of the pandemic’s fastest-growing trends. Revolving around classic literature (particularly ancient Greek) and the pursuit of knowledge, dark academia is more of a lifestyle than a fashion choice. What began on Tumblr in the mid-2000s as a book club with a gothic twist today romanticizes academic life at Ivy League universities, such as Harvard and Yale. And, with many students left this year to live out their college experiences in their childhood bedrooms, the appeal of a preppy campus is undeniable.

dark academia

However, dark academia doesn’t have an age limit, and you don’t need cobblestone walls or pointed arches to achieve this look in your own bedroom.

dark academia

Color Me Moody

As the name suggests, this aesthetic is mysterious and dark — and so is its color scheme. Earthy colors are also commonly used to convey that beginning-of-the-school-year, autumn feel. Meanwhile, if you want something more exciting than muted earth tones (like beige, brown and off-white), a burgundy and olive green mix can be the choice for you.

Granted, as a renter, you may not always be allowed to paint the walls or stain the floors, so you might need to get creative with your use of the dark academia palette. For example, removable wallpaper is a no-strings-attached solution to giving your bedroom walls a darker vibe. Likewise, potted plants are also a great renter-friendly way to add color to the room, while keeping in line with the look you want to achieve. Plus, plants that fit this sub-culture best (which are usually from the ivy family) are a renter’s dream because they’re low maintenance.

dark academia

Going Back to The Roots

Don’t forget what dark academia is all about: Books. Arrange them on a bookshelf, stack them or use them as your bedside table. Just make sure they’re everywhere. Specifically, “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt is hailed as a staple of dark academia and is a must-have in your book collection, along with “The Iliad,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Pride and Prejudice” and anything by Oscar Wilde. And, the older the books, the better. Not only will they give you that vintage feel that you’re going for, but their sweet, musky smell will also add to the experience.

dark academia

Plaid It Cool

When it comes to fabrics, use rich patterns and heavy, ornate tapestry. To that end, adhesive strips are a sure-fire way to adorn your walls with textile art — without damaging the walls and ensuring you get your security deposit back. Luxurious materials — such as cashmere and wool — should also be on your decorating list. After all, you’re trying to replicate the way of life of Romantic-era nobles and upper-class American preppies. And, remember that there’s no room for minimalism here, so layer your bed with duvets and blankets, and add some plaid or tweed pillows for extra coziness.

dark academia

Have Decorating Down to a Fine Art

If you’re attracted to the dark academia aesthetic, you’ll most likely be found wondering around museums and art galleries or listening to Tchaikovsky while sipping tea. If this sounds like you, don’t be afraid to showcase your interest in the humanities: Musical instruments, Greek sculptures and art supplies can make excellent décor. Moreover, you can find all of these items in thrift stores, second-hand shops or garage sales, making them affordable. And, don’t worry about wear and tear — it will only add to their charm.

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Lumos!

A common motif for dark academia is chiaroscuro, which is the contrast between brightness and darkness. Most rooms that are decorated using this aesthetic are illuminated by flickering lights. The magical world of Hogwarts is considered dark academia by many, so you can take inspiration for your Muggle bedroom from its candle-lit corridors. And, while a hanging chandelier checks all of the boxes of a more theatrical, decadent feel, it isn’t an option for everyone. Instead, scour your nearest antique shops for a vintage lampshade or a lamplight to curl up next to with your favorite book.

dark academia

Don’t Shun Technology

Social media has always been a place of self-expression for mainstream styles and many subcultures. And, with the help of algorithms, users can more easily become immersed in the internet aesthetic of their choice. As a result, nothing is too niche — if you can think of it, you can find a mood board of it on Pinterest. And, of course, there’s a community out there for dark academics to share ideas, visuals and hobbies. Although technology doesn’t seem to match the core of sweater-knitting, flower-pressing, calligraphy-writing academics, it’s nonetheless a great source of inspiration. Your vast collection of highbrow literature can also come in e-book form, especially if you don’t have enough space for a library.

The #darkacademia has surpassed 1 million posts on Instagram, and the topic has sprouted many YouTube videos, including tutorials and hour-long whimsical playlists. All of this along, with its multiple facets and timelessness, make dark academia a trend that seems to be here to stay.

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Andrea Neculae

Andrea NeculaeAndrea Neculae is a creative writer at RentCafe, with a passion for bringing human-interest stories to light. Writer by day and bookworm by night, she loves reading and reviewing anything from the classics to sci-fi and fantasy. Her writing skills are complemented by a special interest in graphic and web design. From research about the rental market to home décor and interior design, Andrea’s articles cover many layers of a renter’s universe. With an academic background in Language Arts, Andrea is always looking to develop new skills and further her knowledge. You can connect with her via email.

Set up your place at http://www.starloftspgh.com like a nerdy bookworm!

Downtown Pittsburgh Listing Deal You Will Want to Check Out in December

For many of us, it’s hard to pass up an opportunity to live in Downtown Pittsburgh, especially when you find an amazing deal. This is what RentHop likes to refer to internally as gems. Thanks to years of accumulated rental data, we have some of the most affordable and quality rental listings the Downtown Pittsburgh has to offer. Our inventory of listings has grown exponentially over the years, this of one our favorite deals for rental listings.

The phenomenon of low supply/inventory of available listings continues into the month of December though demand has started to wane due to seasonality and the introduction of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. As a result, rental concessions being offered by StarLoftsPgh.com are remaining steady at pre pandemic rates (on average one month free) with some buildings not even offering any. Thankfully, RentHop is still getting a great inventory of gems. Today we’ll focus on some of our favorite deals in downtown Pittsburgh this coming December!

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Benefits of small rise apartment buildings.

Being on the bottom

In a smaller mid-rise, the bottom floor is really just the garden level of the building. Those buildings with a few more levels may mean the bottom consists of 1-3 stories. Regardless, living on the bottom floors provide:

  • Easy access both into and out of the building
  • A quicker trip to ground-floor amenities like common outdoor space
  • The ability to take the stairs all the time rather than dealing with the elevator

You also don’t have to worry about annoying a neighbor below you should you want to move furniture around, invite friends over or just tend to walk heavily.

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Good day, Charlie