Small Changes to NYC Apartments Pay Big Dividends
Whether your looking at apartments for rent in Manhattan or apartments for rent in Brooklyn, keep in mind that you can make certain small changes yourself that will make your space much more livable.

As renters, we don’t own our apartments. But often, we want to make them just a bit better. Just a bit more “ours”. The good news is that certain small changes can have a large impact on our enjoyment of our spaces. Thanks to, here are some simple changes that will improve your life and your apartment.

1. Change the old showerhead – Get yourself one of those fancy wide showerheads designed to mimic rainwater. A rainshowerhead or a massaging shower head will be welcome first thing in the morning or at the end of a long, sweaty day.

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Wouldn’t it be great if every NYC rental apartment came with a shower head like this?

2. Visually organize your closet  – Use one style of hanger. Metal hangers, wooden hangers, plastic hangers — the jumble makes your small, cramped closet look even messier. Consider buying a set of hangers (I like the slim, flocked model) to turn your closet from a mess to manageable.

3. Color Coordinate Your Clothes Closet – While you’re changing out your hangers, take a few extra minutes to arrange your clothes by type and then by color. The visual serenity has a calming effect on a harried morning and makes it easier to get dressed.

4. Ban The Bar Soap – If you haven’t yet made the move from bar soap to its liquid cousin, the time is now. Not only is it easier to use, there’s a lot less maintenance involved (a quick rinse under hot water to unclog a nozzle vs. sopping up soap scum).

5. Toss Tattered Towels – Skip on over to the size known as bath sheets. They’ll wrap around you with fabric to spare. They feel great and you can get colors that match your bathroom or bedroom.

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Start your apartment rental in New York off with fresh, new, soft towels.

6. Buy Better Bulbs – Moving away from incandenscent bulbs is a change we’re all making. What to replace them with? My personal choice is LED bulbs for a softer, kinder, more flattering light. While you’re at it, take the time to pick appropriate bulbs, both in wattage and color, for the tasks that each lighting fixture will illuminate.

7. Swap your top sheet for a duvet – If you’re a person who hates making their bed, trading in a top sheet for a duvet in a cover is a revelation. A quick flick of the wrist and the comforter settles over the bed as if cajoled there by Mary Poppins.

8. Set Up A Landing Strip: If you’re a long time reader, you’ve probably got one in your house (though it may be time to clean it up). If you’re not, and you’re stumped, a landing strip, at its most basic, is a place to put down your stuff when you come in. Imagine not having to run around the house looking for your keys!

9. Buy Weekly Flowers For Your Home: Buying weekly flowers for your home is a basic part of the Apartment Therapy credo. Not only do they brighten up your home and smell good, there’s something about a bouquet of flowers that feels indulgent and luxurious.

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Written by Lorenzo

Lorenzo has been hanging around the office for the past 20 years, and, in the process, has become the president of,, and His mission is to build into New York's largest no fee apartment rental service. Before, Lorenzo was a Regional Sales Manager for Time Equities, Inc., one of New York's largest converters of rental buildings to coops and condos. Lorenzo was once a part owner of Swift & Watson Real Estate in NYC's Greenwich Village.

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