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5 Registry Items You Need if Your First Home Together is an Apartment

5 Registry Items You Need if Your First Home Together is an Apartment

For newlyweds who are moving into an apartment together, unnecessary houseware is not always the most practical items to add to your registry. Instead of cluttering your new apartment with extra servingware, use your registry to upgrade to space-friendly and functional items. From new sheets to fun artwork that shows off both of your unique styles, there’s a registry item for every newlywed apartment. Let’s take a look at five of our favorites.

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    1. Essential Upgrades

    Let’s be honest—most of us are bound to have mismatched plates and worn-out towels from our college days. When combining households into a new apartment, register for essential upgrades instead of extra fluff. This doesn’t mean you need to register for everything—pick and choose which items are on their way out or could use the upgrade. A good set of nonstick pans is a fantastic investment for a newlywed kitchen, while a new duvet set and snuggly, higher-thread count sheets will last for years to come. If all else fails, register for a gift card to your local home good store where both of you can add upgrades to your home when the time comes.

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      2. A Quality Compact Vacuum

      Vacuums are essential for apartment living, but aren’t an enjoyable item to buy for yourself. Take advantage of having a registry to get the gift of a shiny new compact vacuum. Living in smaller quarters means your place is bound to get dirtier quicker, so register for one that will allow you to quickly clean up so you can get back to newlywed bliss. With a quality apartment-sized vacuum that can tuck into the closet or under your bed, you can clean with ease for years to come without sacrificing valuable space.

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        3. Artwork

        Moving into a new apartment together not only involves combining household goods, it also involves combining both of your tastes. Space in any apartment is limited, so register for a gift card to get bold statement art or frames for a fun gallery wall that shows off memories as a couple and artwork that’s special to both of you. If you both have a lot of artwork from previous homes, sit down with one another and filter through the pieces. Keep the ones that are sentimental or “must-haves” and donate those that aren’t.

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          4. Versatile Furniture

          Registering for furniture may not be the most obvious choice for newlyweds, but as a group gift, a new dining table or desk chair can pack some serious punch. Versatile furniture that can do multiple jobs and work in a variety of future homes is perfect for compact apartment living. Small dining room sets, for instance, can easily tuck into a nook in a future home or function as a desk down the line. No matter what furniture you add to your registry, use it to replace pieces that are starting to fall apart or that don’t fit into your combined newlywed style to keep your new apartment from becoming too cluttered.

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            5. Newlywed Experiences

            Instead of registering for clutter and items you don’t need in your new apartment, register for gift cards for experiences that you can share as a couple as you start your new life together. If you’ve moved to a new apartment in a new city, try out walking tours or a fun tourist attraction. If both of you crave weekend escapes, a gift card to wine tasting at a local winery or a spa getaway is perfect for curing the post-honeymoon blues. Registering for experiences will not only keep your apartment rid of items you don’t need, but it will be the perfect toast to the start of your new life together.

            Tell us: What’s on your registry?

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            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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