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What is the Keto Diet?

It’s all the rage these days: the ketogenic, or “keto,” diet. It tells you the ideal diet is the opposite of the food pyramid, which makes grain and carbohydrates the staple of a healthy diet. According to the Harvard Medical School blog, the “ketogenic diet is not something new. In medicine, we have been using […]

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  • Natural Solutions for Cleaning Your Kitchen

    Natural Solutions for Cleaning Your Kitchen

    Most of us want to make cleaning as painless and as inexpensive as possible. The kitchen particularly is a unique challenge due to the variety of cleaning demands.  Now you can have an easy day of cleaning without using toxic cleaners. Almost all of these guidelines use things you’ll find around your house. Expensive cleaners […]
  • 4 Apartment Warming Gift Ideas

    4 Apartment Warming Gift Ideas

    Moving into an apartment can be thrilling, exhilarating, and slightly frightening particularly if you’re a first time renter. To celebrate the move, apartment warming celebrations thrown by family and friends are becoming more and more common. The following are several gift ideas that are great for people who rent apartments! Gifts for Emergencies Everyone should […]
  • How to Create and Securely Store Strong Passwords

    How to Create and Securely Store Strong Passwords

    In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to create and securely store passwords. Each year hundreds of millions of consumer accounts are hacked, thanks to passwords that were easily guessed or reused after they were revealed following large information breaches. The solution, of course, is to create strong and unique passwords regularly. And the […]
  • How to Store Paint

    How to Store Paint

    We all know the situation. You buy a few gallons of paint to paint a room. You proceed to paint the room. And then you have a few gallons of paint left over. Where and how should you store it all? Storage The first thing you’ll want to do is seal the can of paint. […]
  • The Best Container for Coffee: According to the NCA

    The Best Container for Coffee: According to the NCA

    What’s worse than waking up in the morning to a sour cup of coffee: a cup of coffee that, for all the routines and tasks for which you need it to energize you, you cannot stomach? The National Coffee Association gives us a few tips on how to store coffee, in order that your storing techniques […]
  • Tips for Storing Financial Documents

    Tips for Storing Financial Documents

    As you move from apartment to apartment, the task of storing financial documents can seem daunting at first, not only because some documents might be relevant in the foreseeable future while others virtually useless, but because typically financial documents include sensitive personal information. On top of a good organization system, storing financial documents requires a […]
  • How to Avoid 3 Common Moving Scams

    How to Avoid 3 Common Moving Scams

    The three most common moving scams all involve money. Before you continue to read about the common scams of moving companies, just know that all can be avoided, quite simply, if you sign a contract before you officially decide to hire or use moving services. Inflating Prices after Packing All Your Belongings One thing you […]
  • Ultra-Processed Foods and Cancer Risk Linked

    Ultra-Processed Foods and Cancer Risk Linked

    A new study, as reported by Consumer Reports, draws a correlation between the consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer risk. This is the first study to connect ultra-processed foods to cancer, although these foods have already been connected to obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. “In the new study published Wednesday in the medical […]
  • Good Gifts for New Neighbors

    Good Gifts for New Neighbors

    The trope of new neighbors typically brings to mind movie scenes involving casserole dishes. In our day and age expectations of neighborly courtesy have certainly changed. Traditional gifts like food dishes become less and less appealing when you think about the possible allergies any dish, even by accidental ingredient inclusion, might agitate. We are required […]
  • Prevent Bugs and Pests in Your Apartment

    Prevent Bugs and Pests in Your Apartment

    Yes, it is a harrowing thought that one day when you get home from work it is possible that the beloved family dog will have eaten half of the living room carpet the leasing office just installed. But there is nothing worse than cooking dinner and, upon reaching for the cup of flour you poured […]
  • Tips for Moving with Pets

    Tips for Moving with Pets

    With all the boxes, fragiles, and furniture you’ll pack into the moving truck, it’s easy to lump your pet’s belongings with everything else. But your pet’s belongings are key to comforting your pet during this time of change. As you think about moving, don’t forget your pet. Below are two important pieces to making the […]
  • Apartment Living with Energetic Cats

    Apartment Living with Energetic Cats

    Cats have taken over in some apartment communities. This is no accident. As independent, and somewhat aloof creatures, cats basically take care of themselves, given enough food and water. People who like to travel find this autonomy of cats convenient. Left alone too much, however, cats tend to become rambunctious. Many have found even cats […]
  • Three Places to Hide Your Spare Keys

    Three Places to Hide Your Spare Keys

    Improvements in technology haven’t really solved the old, eternal dilemma: where to put the spare key. Hiding it is imperative, but keeping it accessible, and in a memorable spot, is difficult. We recommend 3 easy, accessible places to hide your key in plain sight. Car floor mat As long as you don’t lose your car […]
  • The Best Time To Rent A New Apartment

    The Best Time To Rent A New Apartment

    People move for many reasons: their apartment wasn’t what they expected, annual rate increases, or newfound desires to change scenery. Yet there are some who anticipate the move, and rent a new apartment at the optimal time. Notwithstanding the specials that come and go at every apartment community in any given season, there are actually […]
  • Are You Ready to Sign the Lease?

    Are You Ready to Sign the Lease?

    As you’ve counted down the days until your lease expires, the time lost to looking at new apartments on Apartments.com or Trulia has made your friends very worried. Why don’t you put that phone down and binge watch Netflix with them? It used to be your favorite thing to do. It’s like nobody knows you […]
  • Begin Exercising at Your Apartment

    Begin Exercising at Your Apartment

    The best deals are those that involve getting the same product or service for a lower price. This is why exercising at home is best. No more gym rats. No more sweat-infused-axe-spray nausea. No more machine hogs. Think about how much less effort you’ll have to put into preparation for the gym. Let’s talk about […]
  • 3 Proven Methods for Improving Your Cell Phone Signal

    3 Proven Methods for Improving Your Cell Phone Signal

    Not much is more frustrating than trying to use a cell phone with 1x reception. From broken sentences to incomplete words, the conversation is pretty much incomprehensible. You try everything to improve the signal. The most obvious thing to do is keep your phone charged because a full battery guarantees the best hardware performance. But […]
  • Why Renting is the Better Choice for Millennials

    Why Renting is the Better Choice for Millennials

    You’ve probably heard: student debt is over $1.3 trillion. And, according to a report by CNBC, it’s “growing faster than the average salaries for recent graduates.” For a borrower aged 20-30, the average monthly student loan payment is $351. That’s quite a bit, especially when the median income for millennials remains relatively low. As reported […]
  • How to Discuss Clutter with Your Roommate

    How to Discuss Clutter with Your Roommate

    If you’re living independently for the first time, with a roommate or significant other, you’ll encounter a universal problem: people organize their lives differently. What seems to be clutter to one person will be organized chaos to another. This problem may appear irresolvable to some. If your roommate or significant other doesn’t think about what […]
  • Mottos of the Organized

    Mottos of the Organized

    Don’t let your stuff own you It’s easier said than done. Some people collect so much stuff throughout their lives, they have no idea what to do with it. So they keep it. Then have to pay for space to store it. And the problem just perpetuates itself. When you make financial decisions about where […]
  • Tips for Storing Books

    Tips for Storing Books

    If this is your first time storing books, you might think the process will be as easy as storing anything else: pack them up in boxes and throw them on a shelf. But that’s not exactly the case here. Books are delicate, sensitive to changes in their environments. Store your books with the confidence that […]
  • Conquer the Toxic Dust Hidden in Your Home

    Conquer the Toxic Dust Hidden in Your Home

    Many of us don’t need a substantial push to swap harmful cleaning chemicals for less intrusive alternatives. Who likes dry, bleach-stained calloused hands anyway? As the dangers of indoor dust are well known, it’s becoming apparent the invisible, long term effects of our daily cleaning habits, and lack thereof, can amount to terrifying heights of […]
  • These Cities Cost Student Loan Borrowers Most

    These Cities Cost Student Loan Borrowers Most

    Student debt is one of our country’s most pressing problems. As of this year, the total amount of student loan debt has reached $1.44 trillion. Paying back the average $37,000-plus loan will be a challenge for millions of students for decades to come. And for some more than others. This means that loan borrowers will […]
  • FORBES SportsMoney Index: Ranking Money in Sports

    FORBES SportsMoney Index: Ranking Money in Sports

    Have you ever wondered who the highest paid athletes in all of sports are? Or the most valuable teams? The most influential brands? To answer these pressing questions of our time, Forbes compiled a unique index to track and rank money in sports. Forbes describes the new index: “To create the SMI, we’ve combined all […]
  • Why Smart People Rent: On the Benefits of Renting

    Why Smart People Rent: On the Benefits of Renting

    Trying to decide between renting or buying a home? Of course, buying a home gives the stability of a mortgage. And renting a house or apartment allows for tremendous flexibility of location. But there must be more, right? Is flexibility the only reason to rent? The Khan Academy has published a video on the difference, […]
  • Boost Cell Phone Reception in Your Apartment

    Boost Cell Phone Reception in Your Apartment

    Not much is more frustrating than trying to talk on the phone when your cellular reception is low. From broken sentences to incomplete words, the conversation is pretty much incomprehensible. The most obvious thing to do is keep your phone charged. A full battery guarantees the best hardware performance. But aside from finding the sweet […]
  • Tips for Working from Your Apartment

    Tips for Working from Your Apartment

    Working from home can be a huge blessing for some people: you can drink as much coffee as you want! For others, it can be a death sentence. From childcare and errands to cleaning the house and Sportscenter, some distractions you’ll find at home don’t exist at the workplace. But distractions don’t have to ruin […]
  • How Renting is Greener than Owning

    How Renting is Greener than Owning

    When you think about it, the average apartment unit size per family size is probably smaller than the average house size per family size. This, at the outset, gives an advantage to renters: with a smaller area, you’ll use less energy to provide heating or cooling to satisfy the same amount of people. But some […]
  • Gift Ideas for New Neighbors

    Gift Ideas for New Neighbors

    Not much is worse than living next to a neighbor you don’t want to socialize with. The typical neighborly gift is food. But many people have food allergies. Get off on the right foot with these gift ideas for new neighbors. Introduce to Local Places Your new neighbor may also be new to the community. […]
  • Prevent Mosquitoes at Your Apartment

    Prevent Mosquitoes at Your Apartment

    Mosquito bites shouldn’t ruin the summer for you. Open the windows and curtains and enjoy the weather from the inside of your home. Keep the mosquitoes away from your apartment this summer with these tips. Screens Most modern windows come with screens. But some don’t. You can purchase a low-cost screen to fit any window […]
  • How to Break Old Habits and Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

    How to Break Old Habits and Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

    Now the holidays are over, and the New Year's resolutions are kicking in, it's time to think about sustainability. Whether you are resolved to eat healthier this year, exercise, or even learn a new instrument, you'll have to think long and hard about how you'll accomplish your by-the-end-of-the-year goals. The good thing is you're not alone. Gaining traction on your New Year's resolution is a matter of forming a new habit. So it's important to understand how habits work. Habits are like Cycles In an interview with NPR, Charles Duhigg discusses his book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business. Everything we've made into a routine, from exercising to cooking, from brushing teeth to cleaning laundry, begins with the same “psychological pattern.” This is called a “habit loop.” It's really simple, actually: every habit begins with a cue, proceeds by routine, and ends with a reward. That's it! Let's look a little closer. A habit begins with “a cue, or trigger, that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and let a behavior unfold.” Then the routine occurs, which is the behavior itself, or the habit. Lastly, the reward is “something that your brain likes that helps it remember the ‘habit loop' in the future.” The interesting thing is habits are formed in the part of the brain that has a major influence on “emotions, memories and pattern recognition.” It's called the basal ganglia. Why is this interesting? Because it's a separate from the region of the brain responsible for decision making – the prefrontal cortex. And, as a result, when automation kicks in, when habit loops initiate, the prefrontal cortex goes into hibernation. This is readily available knowledge, at least by quick reference to experience. Think about how difficult the very …
  • Prepare Your Clothes for Storage

    Prepare Your Clothes for Storage

    It's time to put those summer clothes away for the season. Here are some tips to help prepare your clothes for storage. Clean You probably don't want to pack away clothes with bad odors. But don't forget your clothes might be stained too. And those stains will become permanent if you let them sit for half a year. Just be sure, wash all the clothes you plan to put in storage. Pack Everyone has boxes of some sort lying around. You'll be tempted to use them. But purchase some plastic containers to store your clothes in. These containers secure your clothes from insects and rodents. And if you have clothes from the drycleaner, don't just leave them in the drycleaner plastic. They could get water damaged. If you use a storage facility, like Infinite Self Storage, you can purchase wardrobe boxes to hang up your clothes while they're in storage. Then you won't have to worry about creases or folds. Label You might think you can just throw everything together. And that's fine, if you are just going to get everything out once spring arrives. But if you have a more variegated clothing selection, you'll want to label your items by season or, even, activity. Then you can keep your harvest season clothes in storage while it's planting season. Store Sure, it's reasonable to think plastic bins will protect your clothes from temperature changes. But they won't. In fact, they could compound the effects condensation has on your clothes. If you have an expensive wardrobe, invest in a temperature controlled storage unit to protect your clothes from condensation. If you have any more questions about storing clothes, we encourage you to contact one of our professional storage team members. At Infinite Self Storage, we have solutions to all your storage …
  • Begin Exercising at Your Apartment

    Begin Exercising at Your Apartment

    The best deals are those that involve getting the same product or service for a lower price. This is why exercising at home is best. No more gym rats. No more sweat-infused-axe-spray nausea. No more machine hogs. Think about how much less effort you'll have to put into preparation for the gym. Let's talk about getting your apartment ready for exercising. Goals Obviously, if your goals aren't similar to the outcomes desired by body builders, then you won't need as much equipment as a typical gym. You just want to do cardio? Maybe, then, all you'll need is a space for a yoga mat. Want to get really buff? The nice thing is, your apartment most likely has a fitness center that already includes some equipment. You'll only have to make space for what the fitness center doesn't have. And don't just brush off using the fitness center all at once. Research has shown it's actually easier to form habits, like going to the gym, if you begin with small goals first. Maybe your first time lifting weights shouldn't be at LA Fitness. Not only might you get discouraged, but missing a few days can turn into a few weeks and then you'll be back at square one again. If you want to build muscle, just begin with the basics: a quick ten-minute warm-up, followed by a period of strength training (pushups, pullups, squats), followed by a ten-minute cool down period. As simple as it is, beginning with this kind of routine will prepare your tendons and joints for heavier loads. And it has the added bonus of pushing you to form new habits. Organization The only other thing you'll have to think about is how to store what you need. If you're just getting a jump rope, you won't …
  • How Millennials are Happy and Productive in the Workplace

    How Millennials are Happy and Productive in the Workplace

    “67% of millennials are likely to share personal details [at work]…while only one-third of baby boomers do the same,” found a 2014 study by LinkedIn. The work/life balance is an unspoken rule among working people. What happens at home shouldn't be brought to work, and vice versa. This has long been the idea undergirding “professionalism.” But millennials have challenged this distinction in a very simple but powerful way. It goes without saying: there are many reasons to keep the work/life distinction afloat. The workplace is not home. And a certain level of professionalism is required to maintain an efficient organization. This is true without qualification. But what millennials have done, writes Sarah Landrum of Forbes, is widened their investment in the workplace. Work isn't just an investment of time for them; it's also an emotional investment. And this isn't a bad thing. The attempt to roadblock the emotional aspect is not only a misunderstanding of science (the brain is interconnected in unimaginably complex ways), but a recipe for unproductive habits. How Work + Happiness = Productivity Many of you, like myself, may think making friends at work would impede upon productivity. But friendships at work aren't like friendships at home. They don't involve hanging out, but are held together and formed by self-disclosures in conversations. What does this mean? Simply put: it's talking about how you feel about what you do, about how the weather is, about your weekend, more than about what you do, Landrum points out. In Psych 101 you might have learned the simple difference between an acquaintance and a friend. Acquaintances talk about facts. They say to each other, “It's sunny out. It's a nice day. I have work to do.” But they don't go further by disclosing any information about themselves like, “It's sunny out, …

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