10 Things You Should Know About Job Relocation
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Stay Productive In Your Home Office

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Working from home definitely has it’s perks. You can roll right out of bed into the office, the fridge is close by, every day is “bring your dog to work day”, and you can easily answer all those emails you’ve been avoiding while on a conference call. While that’s all great, distractions happen, especially at home–the TV is near by, the couch is comfortable, and you have the option of staying in sweats all day. Learn how to reap the benefits of working remotely and stay productive.

Declutter your desk 

Keeping your desk nice and neat lets you concentrate on the task at hand. Anything you don’t use on a daily basis, put away in an (organized) drawer. Anything that sits on your desk but you don’t actually use, toss it. Only keep the essentials out–writing utensils, notepad, calendar, post its (if you’re feeling dangerous!) It’s unrealistic to think your desk will never get messy, so to keep your work space from becoming a dumping ground day after day, dedicate a few minutes at the end of each work day to re-organize and declutter what’s piled up.

Decorate

While the experts recommend you keep your desk clutter minimal, that doesn’t mean your office space needs to be sparse as well! Hang your favorite photos, get a funky lamp, or display posters with your favorite quotes for daily motivation. You spend a lot of time in your office–your space should reflect the personality and vibe you want to cultivate in your work.

Take breaks with a purpose

It’s tempting to click over to Facebook or scroll through Instagram when we need to hit pause. Next time, try an activity that gives you a break from work but is still beneficial, like a walk around the block or brushing up on industry news. Make sure your break is long enough to feel refreshed, but not so long that you get distracted from getting back to work.

Dress The Part

Just because you’re working from home and not seeing coworkers on a daily basis, doesn’t mean you should hang in your pajamas all day long. Keep your comfy clothes for vegging on the couch, and wear your work threads when it’s time to get down to business. Defining the line between work and play, even at home, will help you stay productive throughout the day.

Pick Appropriate Furniture

Don’t throw any ol’ desk and chair in your home office. Like clothes, your office furniture will help you focus and be ready to work. Pick something that’s functional and something you won’t mind looking at every day. Be sure to also pick a chair that is comfortable. Ask Fashion how you can add a home office to your furniture rental order. We can help you create a space that will keep you productive and motivated all day long!

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Making Friends In A New City

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You found a new place, rented some rad furniture, and you’re ready to take on your new city! If you moved to a town where you don’t know a soul, you may feel a little anxious or unsure about how to make some new friends. We’ve got four tips to help combat the awkwardness and create a new friend group.

Find Your Local Dog Park

If you have a dog, seek out your neighborhood’s pooch-friendly park. Dogs are great ice breakers, plus your new friends will have the inside scoop on the dog-friendly places in town. Make a suggestion to bring the pups on a playdate while you and your new friends grab coffee. If you’re not comfortable striking up a conversation on your own, there are meetup groups for dog owners you can try as well.

Be A Team Player

Check out adult sport leagues in your city and join a team! Not only will stay fit and active, you’ll meet a new group of people and have an automatic way to bond. Additionally, signing up for a team means you will be the same people week after week, which is helpful when building new relationships. Plus, many sports team like to head out to the bar after a game for a celebratory drink–bonus points for checking out the local watering hole.

Say Yes!

It’s so easy to tell a new acquaintance “no thanks” when they invite you out for drinks. Our first instinct in a new place is to stay cozy in the comfort of the familiar–our apartment for a good ol’ Netflix binge. Fight the urge to hibernate and say, “Heck, yes!” to that invitation. You’ll gain fun experiences, stories, and those acquaintances will eventually turn into good friends.

Be Confident…and Patient

Don’t be afraid to ask someone to grab coffee or drinks if you think they’ll be a good person to know–and don’t be hurt if they say no. You put yourself out there, and that deserves a high-five! Establishing new relationships takes time! While it may be frustrating, taking the time to nurture new friendships will be totally worth it in the end.

 

 

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Decorate with the Pantone Color of The Year

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Have you heard? The new Pantone 2017 color of the year is Greenery, a fresh color that emulates those first few days of spring. (Unfamiliar with Pantone? Check them out here!) Now that you’re in the know about the hottest color trend, how can you incorporate Greenery into your home? Better Home & Gardens has you covered:

Accent Wall

Dive right into the color trend of the year with a statement wall. Gorgeous green pulls natural light in from windows and instantly gives your bedroom that cheerful upgrade it’s been lacking. Blue bedding and furniture provides a natural color complement.

Greenery Accent Wall

Bring The Outdoors In

Expect to see a lot more indoor plants this year with Greenery on the rise. But don’t fret if you lack a green thumb — air plants are low maintenance yet still seamlessly connect your interior escape to your backyard oasis.

      Outdoors

All About Accents

Don’t have the budget for an extreme makeover? There’s nothing a few throw pillows can’t fix! Bring flourishes of green into your home with pillows, blankets, wall art, and more. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how fast this natural color can liven up a room.

Accents

Draping Beauty

This zesty green shade shines most when close to its natural habitat. Dress your windows with new drapes that complement the foliage outside. Pro tip: Drapes long enough to brush the floor make a cramped room appear larger.

Draping

Faded Trend

If you have a soft spot for muted colors, this faded green hue may better align with your design style. Pale green still achieves a fresh look but doesn’t overwhelm your senses. We love pairing this color with a dark brick fireplace.

Faded Trend

Sitting Pretty

Consider Pantone’s Color of the Year if you have furniture shopping on your horizon. Greenery looks perfect in a sunroom or screened-in porch. The color invites you to sit down and make yourself at home.

Sitting Pretty

Natural Art

You don’t have to water daily to achieve a home with natural beauty. Check out this seriously cool plant art. Larger-than-life leaves bring excitement to this cozy living room. We love all the natural elements that come with Greenery!

Natural Art

 

Tinted Tile

Inexpensive tile is a great way to incorporate color into your home. Change the entire look of your kitchen by outfitting the backsplash in vibrant green tile. Trust us — this will stun your guests!

Tinted Tile

Look Up

Turn your hallway makeover on its head! If you’re at a loss for inspiration, paint your hallway ceiling a burst of color that will shock guests. We love how this paint treatment draws the eye up to showcase a gorgeous chandelier.

Look Up

An Apple Day

This is certainly the easiest, and tastiest, tip on our list! If you can’t get Greenery in your home fast enough, take a trip to the grocery store! Fill your kitchen with fresh green fruits, like these picture-perfect apples. Pair with lemons for a complementary centerpiece that’s almost too cute to eat.

An Apple a day

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Why Sleep Matters

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While it might seem to be a mundane activity, sleep is a crucial part to living a happy and healthy lifestyle. It contributes not only to your physical health, but to your mental and emotional well-being as well. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults (aka anyone 18 and over) should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. School-aged children need 8-11 hours. (Raise your hand if you don’t meet this on a regular basis. Guilty as charged over here).

What can a good night’s sleep really do? Consistently getting a good night’s sleep can lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and helps to keep your hormone levels stable. Sleep also can improve memory and  the learning process–when you fall asleep, your brain “practices” the skills you tackled while you were awake. A full night of snoozing can additionally help children pay better attention in school, curb mood swings, and decrease impulsive behavior.

Ready to snooze? Check out these tried and true tips for getting your best night’s sleep and feeling refreshed.

Stick To A Sleep Schedule

Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every night (even on your days off!) Your body will adjust to the routine and a schedule will reinforce your body’s sleep cycle, ensuring you get the best sleep possible.

No Late Night Lattes

This may go without saying, but caffeine too late in the day will wreck havoc on your bedtime routine. If you’re still dying for that afternoon cup of coffee, try switching to decaf coffee or tea six hours before bedtime. Same rule applies for soda and energy drinks, which are loaded with both caffeine and sugar and can negatively affect the quality of your sleep.

Avoid Distractions In Your Bedroom

Ideally, this means no TVs and no checking your phone in bed (again, guilty over here). Make your bed and bedroom are a relaxing, serene, sleep-only zone. Looking at screens before bedtime increases stimulation and stress. Associating your bed with activities other than sleeping (working, checking emails, watching TV) makes it harder for your body to relax when you’re ready for bed.

Invest In Your Mattress

The quality of your sleep is only as good as your mattress. Good sleep starts with good support–without this, you won’t be comfortable. A top-notch mattress helps with your spine alignment and even regulates body temperature (yes, even the fabric of your mattress matters). When you rent from Fashion Furniture, you can feel confident that you’ll best your best sleep. Choose the mattress that’s perfect for you from our three sleep system categories based on the support and comfort you need. Our team is ready to guide you and help hand-pick your perfect bed so you’ll feel rested night after night.

Ready to sleep well? Contact us to get started!

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When Is The Best Time To Look For A New Apartment?

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A new year often means new goals, new changes, perhaps a new apartment. You may be ready for a change in your living situation,  but when is the best time to move into your new pad? There are a lot of factors when it comes to looking for an apartment–price, inventory, and competition, for example. Despite claims, there is never a “perfect time” to move. Each season has it’s perks and drawbacks. Let’s take a look:

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Why You Should Rent Furniture

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The one question we get asked the most here at Fashion Furniture Rental is “why should I rent furniture?” If you’re moving to a new city or need to find an apartment to rent quickly, renting furniture may be your easiest and best option. Let’s break it down

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Simple Tips For Decorating Your Small Apartment For Christmas

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If you’re struggling on how to incorporate your love for all things Christmas into your small apartment space, we’ve got the perfect guide for you! From simple twinkle lights to colorful ornaments, these ideas will have you busting out the eggnog and signing Christmas carols in no time!