life in a tiny apartment.

May 2, 2012


Tip #11: Wash your windows.

oh, the irony–a photo with the tell-tale sign of pollen lingering on a dusty screen. but i assure you, it gets worse and the difference between this shot and what was there before it is vast. here’s the issue: windows are one of those things that tend to get neglected, especially in rental apartments. they languish in the borderlands between landlord and tenant responsibility and more often than not they go unloved and unwashed. but a good bath with some vinegar and water and your world becomes bright once again. honestly, it makes a huge difference.

i know there are readers out there who are unable to open, let alone wash, their windows. for those guys, all i can recommend is to petition the landlord. for those of you who can wrangle the things open: proceed with caution. we’re lucky enough to have windows that fold in (try it, you might be too!) which means access to the outside from safe within. if that’s not the case chez vous i’m not advocating that you go rogue and strap yourself to the outside of your building just to get a little extra dazzle. but if you can manage to wash the things, i promise you’ll be delighted by what you find. namely, sunlight.

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  • Reply sweet harvest moon May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Love these posts!

  • Reply Janelle Haskin May 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I love your plants!!! Your window sill looks lovely despite the nasty pollen.


    • Reply Erin May 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      thanks sara! and thanks janelle! pollen is just plain rude, no?

  • Reply Rachel May 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I manage to do ours 2 – 3 times per year and good lord, it's an undertaking!

    We have jalousies, which means I can either take them out individually (and risk dropping and breaking a pricey pane) or just open them horizontally and awkwardly slosh water everywhere and hope I don't knock one out.

    But it does make such a difference.

    • Reply Erin May 3, 2012 at 2:01 am

      yes, indeed. it almost always entails the awkward slosh. but such satisfaction once that's through!

  • Reply Joan May 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    So true. I always make sure at least my front window is washed. 🙂 It gives my living and kitchen area a bright clean look.

  • Reply Linda May 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Lovely post-thanks for sharing!


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