Decorating on a budget? Rent appliances and other tips

Rent appliances and furniture like theseYou don’t have to break the bank to make your home look pleasant. With a little imagination, your small budget will go a long way into adding instant style to your place. You can rent appliances or re-purpose old furniture. The possibilities are endless! Here are five ideas to get you started:

Bring on that laid-back vibe

Wicker furniture can lighten the mood in any room and give your home that resort feel. It’s also much more affordable than traditional home furniture.  Bring some color into the room by adding throw pillows with cheerful patterns.

Don’t buy, rent appliances

A new set of appliances and furniture can put a dent on your budget, especially when you’re building  a new home. Rent appliances instead of buying new ones. Your local appliance rental company can furnish you affordable furniture packages for as short as one week to 6 months, while you’re saving for that dream designer bed.

Spacious with mirrors

Living in a cramped condominium unit? Make your place look wider by propping up a large mirror on the side. This classic interior decorator’s trick is sure to make your place roomier.

Hide flaws with throws

Think your furniture look too plain? Liven them up with throw blankets. These decorative objects can be draped over the side of a sofa or folded neatly at the foot of your bed for when you need some warmth while watching television or reading a book.

New uses for old things

Stick your favourite plates on a wall to liven up your space. Can’t afford a new bedside table? Use a barrel, a cool wooden chair or even a drum set you no longer use. Instead of buying bookshelves, pile up your books and turn it into a nightstand or use it to hold knick-knacks or ashtrays.

Appliance Rental: Good Choice for Newly Divorced

appliance rental, good choice for the newly divorced

After a divorce, people have different ways of moving on. Some sell their home and move into a smaller apartment, which they fill with new things through furniture and appliance rental. Others get rid of their old furniture in a garage sale, wanting to forget old memories from a “past” life. In addition to dealing with legal paperwork, the newly divorced have to face the difficult task of starting all over again as single individuals. Moving on after a divorce doesn’t happen overnight. Every individual has his or her own pace. Some move on quickly, while others take years. But it’s possible to one day forget the past and heal old wounds. All it takes is an open heart and an open mind. Moving on is never easy. If you’re newly divorced, we hope these five tips will make it easier for you to start a new life.

Get a new address

One of the first decisions that newly divorced individuals make is to sell their old home and find a new place to live. But finding a new home isn’t that easy. Often, hiring a rental agent to find an apartment is the best you can do. Your rental agent can help you get a good price for your new home and even recommend an appliance rental company that will buy your old possessions at a good price.

Ditch the old and bring in the new item through furniture and appliance rental

It’s difficult to forget the past when you are surrounded by objects from your married life. Are you keeping your married home? It might also be a good idea to get rid of old furniture, bedding and even glassware (like wineglasses from your wedding) that will constantly remind you of the past. If you’re not keen on buying new things, a good furniture and appliance rental company might be a good option. You can rent furniture, bed ensembles, washing machine, television, and tables and chairs for a cheap price instead of buying new ones.

Find a new hobby (not a hubby)

Have you ever wanted to try something new, only to be discouraged by your spouse? Now that you’re divorced, you are free to do as you please, so go off and climb the Himalayas if that’s your thing. Volunteer at a local shelter. Knit a new blanket to keep you warm during the cold nights. Learn a new skill. Being divorced is the start of new beginnings!

Rekindle old friendships

If you’ve stopped seeing your friends when you were married, maybe it’s a good idea to rekindle old friendships. Good friends will hold your hand when you’re sad and will support you as you move on. Moving on after a divorce doesn’t happen overnight. Every individual has his or her own pace. Some move on quickly, while others take years. But it’s possible to one day forget the past and heal old wounds. All it takes is an open heart and an open mind.

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5 Tips to Get You Through a Temporary Transfer

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A relocation, assignment, or temporary move to another city or a foreign country is increasingly becoming a popular practice among many companies. Human resource people see this as a good way for their employees to understand how other departments operate.

A temporary transfer or assignment can last for a few weeks to a few months. Many find it difficult. It means putting travel and other personal plans on hold. You won’t be seeing your friends or family for some time, especially if the temporary assignment happens in another country. You’ll be staying a corporate apartment furnished by a rental appliances company.

However, there are many things you’ll gain from a temporary transfer. This may even prepare you for a promotion. A temporary transfer can be a big challenge, so being prepared is key.

Here are five tips to help make you assignment smooth and free from complications:

  • Get your travel documents in order. If you’re assigned to a foreign country,  your passport should be valid throughout your stay. Secure the necessary visa or passes. Know the location and contact details of the nearest embassy.
  • Plan your wardrobe. Staying for only two weeks, six months, or an entire year? Be prepared for the local climate and temperature Shop for appropriate business and casual attire. Consider dressing conservatively. This applies when you’re transferred to deeply religious countries where wearing skimpy or too revealing clothing is frowned upon.
  • Book your accommodation. Your human resources manager may recommend an apartment or a hostel during your assignment. Rates are cheaper here than those in hotels. Alternatively, some multinationals have corporate apartments furnished by rental appliances companies. If you’re assigned to the Brisbane area, you’ll come across rental appliances companies offering corporate rental packages for one week to six months. There’s no need to purchase new items that will add to your luggage on your trip back. A rental appliances company is often the more cost-efficient and practical solution.
  • Take time to research. Read up on historical places you can visit. Take note of events you can catch during the weekend. Visit the weekend flea markets or go to highly recommended restaurants serving local cuisine. Your assignment will be more meaningful if you take some time to get a feel of city.
  • Make new friends. An assignment is a good way to get to know your colleagues, whom you usually interact with only via e-mail. Take it as an opportunity to build rapport and team spirit. If you’re assigned to Brisbane, ask your  new friends for advice on where to eat, which places to visit, and how you can make the most out of your stay.

Temporary transfer programs are meant to be enriching, both professionally and personally. We hope these five tips will help you prepare for a possible transfer.

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5 Tips for Living Independently

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Living on your own is one of the most significant decisions you’ll ever make. It’s an exciting adventure. It entails coming up with your own rules and making your own decisions, such as what to cook for dinner, making your first big investment, or even buying a new car.

Living independently, however, isn’t all fun. It involves responsibilities like being able to meet your monthly rent, settling credit card and appliance rental bills promptly, and even fixing the tap yourself because you can’t find a plumber past midnight.

Whether you’ve been living with your folks for some time and now want to explore life on your own, are recently single or divorced, or recently immigrated and starting out a new life by yourself, living on your own can be challenging.

These 5 tips can help make living independently easier:

  1. Set a budget. Living on your own means mum and dad won’t be around to pay for everything if you run out of cash before the next payday. It helps to a budget even before you decide to live on your own. How much money do you need to be able to live independently? Consider how much an apartment or a room would cost in the Brisbane area, in addition to groceries and utilities, and even credit card bills.
  2. Resist the urge to use your credit card. The temptation to use plastic to pay for non-necessities like a nice dress on sale will always be there. When you’re living on your own, your parents won’t be there to remind you to stay within your credit limit. Try to save your credit card transactions for emergencies.
  3. Keep tabs on your deadlines. You may think the landlord who shows no mercy is the stuff of fiction, but you’ll find out soon enough that not being up to date with your rent or bills will be to your own detriment. When you pay your bills promptly, you don’t need to worry about penalties and it helps foster good relations with your landlord or building administrator. It will also make it easier for you to get a reference when you decide to move to a different apartment elsewhere in the Brisbane area.
  4. Rent furniture or appliances instead of buying new ones. When you’ve found your first apartment, it can be tempting to go all out in decorating. You want your new home to be warm and cozy. But wait—can you seriously afford it? You may want to consider appliance rental for big-ticket items like refrigerators or washing machines at the start, especially as you’ll be spending a lot of money for basic items like a stove or toaster, bedding, and laundry necessities. Once you can afford it, you can then start saving to buy your own appliances.
  5. Always consider your safety and security. Living on your own means you cannot afford to be careless, especially if it’s your safety and security at stake. It’s important to be vigilant at all times. Don’t welcome strangers into your place. Remember to lock up before retiring to bed or when you leave for work. Inform the building security of anything out of the ordinary. Take a self-defense class, if you can. For some, living independently may mean breaking the rules and making your own, but this must not come at your own risk.

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How to Get Ready for University

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University opening is just around the corner. Are you ready for it?

Whether you’re leaving for university for the first time or moving to a new apartment or shared accommodation, it’s important to have everything you need to kick off the semester to a good start.

Aside from a wardrobe that’s appropriate for university and the season, here are other things you may want to add to your checklist to get you ready:

  • Basic home items – To get you settled in your room, remember to bring  necessities such as pillows, blankets, bed sheets, towels, and robes. Take your favourite blanket or pillow with you so it feels like you’re sleeping in your own bed. A laundry basket and hangers are essentials when you’re doing the laundry.
  • Bathroom necessities – In a shared accommodation arrangement, there will be numerous other people sharing the toilet with you. One way to practice good toilet habits is by cleaning up after yourself when you leave. A shower caddy is useful to hold all your personal essentials, and flip-flops are quite handy!
  • Emergency stuff – Over the course of your university life, unexpected things will come up, and while you can’t prevent these from happening, you only have to be scout-ready. Have a sewing kit handy for when you need to replace a loose button or repair a hem. Include in your luggage a first-aid kit with essentials you’ll need in case of a wound, an injury, or a simple headache or cough: nonstick gauze and adhesive bandages are important, as well as medicine for headache, an antacid for indigestion, and cough drops or lozenges for a sore throat. Keep in mind that a first-aid kit should not be a substitute for medical help. If it gets too serious, call a doctor.
  • Appliances – Depending on your situation, you may be able to bring your own furniture and appliances.  If you’re sharing the room with several other people, you may want to rent a bed instead of buying appliances and furniture from a local Brisbane store. This is because room assignments may sometimes change at the start of the year. Academy Appliance Rentals has individual items for rent such as microwave ovens, remote-control LCD TVs, DVD players, refrigerators, and washers. Appliance rental can be carried out on a weekly or monthly basis. The packages you rent can be delivered to you the day after you place your order. The rental fee is quite practical too. For example, a TV can be rented for as low as $6 a week. If you’re sharing that rental with 2 or 4 other people, that’s not such a bad idea, right?
  • Bedside table – You may want to start your first day off at university by waking up early, for which it’s wise to set an alarm.  And because time flies when you’re enjoying it, having a desk calendar is helpful in keeping track of the day of the week. You may also want to bring a favorite picture frame with a snapshot of the family or your best high-school buddy so you don’t get too sentimental about being away.

With these five essentials, your university life is certain to start off on the right foot. University is a life-changing experience and you’ll learn many things along the way. Enjoy it while you’re there!

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