Turn that old Drab NYC Bathroom Fab!

New York City has been around a very long time, this should be no surprise to any New Yorker,most of the apartment building’s in New York City are just as old. With the exception of a few newly constructed buildings. Those building’s are usually considered “luxury” buildings, few New Yorkers experience such accomidations. But this doesn’t mean that you cannot make a few minor updates to an old apartment to keep up with the times!

Remodeling a bathroom can be a quick, easy and affordable way to upgrade.

Not only is remodeling a bathroom an a quick, easy and affordable project, but it is also a really fun bonding experience as well. Who doesn’t love to paint or pick out a new color scheme?


Change is fun!






Some of the most popular paint color’s for bathroom’s so far this year have been various shades of blue and nuetral green’s.

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This is just one beautiful example, the color of the paint really brightens up the bathroom, creating the illusion of having more open space.


Choosing the right paint color is easy, there are few more steps involved in remodeling a bathroom that involve a little more creativity and work.

In older building we tend to run into a lot of outdated wood.

First step to loosing that old out dated look,

  1. Paint the old drab wooden trim and cabinets white, painting your cabinets white is not only a more modern look, but it appears to look sleak and clean clean.     Get rid of that outdated wood!16
  2. Change the Hardware on your cabinets and door knob. The possibilities are endless, here are just a few beautiful, unique options from http://www.lookintheattic.com/


Octogon Glass and Crystal knobs, ranging in price from just  $1.99 & up!




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Ceramic Cabinet Knob

3. Swith out your old Towel Bars, Towel Rings and Tissue Holders for new ones!


4. Buy inexpensive prints (available online at amazon for next to nothing), frame them yourself and hang them, create a theme. No theme is more fitting for a New Yorker’s Bathroom than vintage New York City art.


5. Switch up the lighting!

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6. Toss out old towels and bathrug’s for newer, less moldy, trendy accessories that will match with your new decor!

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To save money on bathroom accessories shop at your local Kmart, Target or order from Ikea! 


Budget Friendly Tips for Redecorating Your Apartment!

Change is good. Luckily change doesn’t always have to come at a high cost. Here are some fabulous, budget friendly alternatives! Enjoy.


  1. Worn out old couch? You can either buy a commercial couch cover or re-upholster the couch yourself. If you don’t have a couch and you can’t afford an expernsive one, buy a cheap, used couch at a flea market and make it your own by re-upholstering it and adding your own personal touches such as fabric, fringe and some home made throw pillows!




2. Wallpaper the insides of your shelves to ad a little color to the room.


3. Put some trendy, colored glass bottles on display.



4. Add some new colorful frames to show off fond memories!


5. Change up your lamp shades.


7. Add bright colored seat cushions to your kitchen chairs!

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Simple and Decorative Ideas to Keep Organized!


Let’s face it, it is hard to keep a kitchen organized. There is a reason why the kitchen is refered to as the, “heart of the home”. 


Here are a few idea’s we hope that you can find to be helpful! Enjoy!


Buy a label maker and label ingredients!

Buy a label maker and label ingredients!

Create a take out menu basket and a mail/bill basket!

Create a take out menu basket and a mail/bill basket!

Add additional shelving to the inside of the pantry door.

Add additional shelving to the inside of the pantry door.

Store larger pots and pans above the butcher block for easy access!

Store larger pots and pans above the butcher block for easy access!

Keep all cooking utinsels in one place, close to where the pots and pans would be located.

Keep all cooking utinsels in one place, close to where the pots and pans would be located.

Keep a bulletin board inside the pantry to keep the entire family updated!

Keep a bulletin board inside the pantry to keep the entire family updated!

Use empty Jam jars to organize office supplies.

Use empty Jam jars to organize office supplies.

Save money by cutting your cleaning budget in half!

Save money by cutting your cleaning budget in half, ditch all those expensive cleaners and head for the vinegar, lemon and bleach, because we’ve found some home cleaning remedies guaranteed to make the toughest cleanups simple!

  1. (Homemade) All Purpose Cleaner:
  • 1 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp. of White Vinegar

**Add two drops of vinegar to your mop bucket to remove soap traces. **Add two drops of baby oil to your mop bucket if you have vinyl or linoleum tile to add a soft glow to the surface. **(Homemade) Lemon Stain Lifter:

  • Wet stain with lemon juice and let sit for 30 min.
  • Then sprinkle baking soda on the abrasive side of a kitchen sponge.
  • Rub away the stain

***Use Rye Bread to erase pencil marks on fabric!

  • Take a slice of rye bread, break a piece off from the center of the bread and roll it into a ball and then form it into an eraser.

**Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to unclog your drain!

  • Pour  ½ cup of baking soda into the drain.
  • Follow with a ½ cup of white vinegar.


Helpful Tips for New Yorkers living in small spaces, stay clean and organized.

Here at eMaids we understand all the difficulties that go along with living in the big city. Any true New Yorker would tell you that one of the most rewarding milestones in the life of a New Yorker is the day you sign the lease to move into your very own apartment. A true New Yorker will also tell you that to them a small studio or one bedroom apartment is more appealing to them than any large condo or two story home in the suburbs. Living in New York City is a rather humbling experience; you learn to be thankful for the little things especially when it comes to apartments.

Living, surviving and thriving as a New Yorker has a lot to do with learning how to live with a lot less. For most adopting this train of thought comes naturally for some it is a daily struggle. People that move into an apartment with way to much stuff live in a constant state of clutter and chaos. Choosing to live in such a way makes waking up for work and getting to the office on time a daily struggle. Mail gets delivered daily and never gets sorted; laundry gets cleaned, folded and stacked in several small piles dominating the living room couch. Lap tops end up on the floor and post it reminders begin to cover the refrigerator door.

 Are you living a cluttered, disorganized existence fellow New Yorker?

Here are a few helpful tips on how to make the most of your small space in this big city! Get clean and organized in a New York minute!

  1. Off Site Storage: We understand that off-site storage is not an option for everyone, but for those that can afford an extra $100 dollars a month to eliminate some of the clutter in their apartment we highly recommend it. Learn to prioritize, if its spring put your winter wardrobe and heavy down comforters and extra bedding in storage.
  2. Buy the smallest possible version of things in regards to appliances and furniture: Measure your counter tops, every room in your apartment. Don’t purchase anything that you don’t absolutely need or aren’t absolutely in love with.
  3. White, white and more white!: Buy everything in White. The color white represents, “clean”. Buy white shelves, white linens, white candles, white furniture and white curtains.
  4. Mount your TV.
  5. Buy Multifunctional furniture: Do you have a small studio? Buy a futon that can function as a couch in the daytime and fold out into a bed in the night time.
  6. Buy only what you need and purge often: Don’t hold onto things that don’t serve a purpose in your everyday life.
  7. If you have a small bathroom with little ventilation don’t buy large bath matt’s: Use quick drying, linen hand towels instead. Linen hand towels take up less room and they dry fast so there is no musty smell.
  8. Sort mail daily: and throw away the mail that is not important.
  9. Use under the bed storage:
  10. Invest in roll away surfaces: this is very helpful especially when it comes time to rearrange the apartment. Having roll away surfaces helps enables you to move things around efficiently and as frequently as you need to.