Whether you need a little pick me up, a place to get some work done, or a hangout spot with your friends, coffee shops are the perfect spot and Boise has the best. These 5 coffee shops are located across the Boise area, and are all a must try! Bring your roommate along to all these places, try them out, and get some homework done!
Flying M Coffeehouse
Located in Old Boise, at 500 W Idaho St, the Flying M Coffeehouse offers house roasted coffee and handmade pastries. The most unique part about this up beat coffee location is that it also offers a shopping section within the shop. If you need a place to find funny, out of the ordinary gifts this is the best place to do it! The Flying M offers coffee and pastries, but also colorful socks, funny cards, jewelry, and so much more! Head down to this coffee shop to grab a snack, get some homework done, and pick up a wacky birthday gift for your roommate.
With two locations in Boise, Dawson Taylor can be found downtown on 8th street, or near the Boise State University campus on S. Lusk St. This coffee shop offers fresh roasted coffee in a minimalist environment. Freshly roasted coffee is what Dawson Taylor does best! With a roasting facility at their Lusk St. locations you can be sure that the coffee they serve is fresh and delicious. Grab your roommate and head to one of their locations to study or get some work done!
The District Coffee House is located at 219 N 10th St. This coffee shop offers your typical coffee options along with a brunch menu. The modern boho aesthetic makes the space a great spot to go when you need to take a break from your everyday hussle and just relax with a cup of coffee and maybe some food! A perfect spot for your and your roommates to go to for brunch with friends.
Located on W. Overland Road, this coffee shop offers a great space for meeting with friends or co-workers. The welcoming environment and multiple different setting areas makes this place perfect for brunch with friends, or getting a group project done. Alchemist offers specialty drinks based on the seasons, along with beer, wine and cocktails.
Hyde Perk is located right in Hyde Park. They have a great menu to choose from and would be a great place to meet up with your friends or roommates. This location is great because it is within walking distance of Camel's Back Park. If you and your roommates wanna go for a hike, get some coffee at Hyde Perk and then head to Camel's Back for a fun hike with an amazing view!
We hope you and your roommates have some new coffee spot locations to try out! From getting work done to brunch with friends these 5 locations are a must try! We hope you agree with us and try some amazing coffee!
Pets are great! But college is time consuming. Before you get a pet while you're in school, you should take a seat and think about what it's going to take and if you are actually ready for these responsibilities. Chillow has some things for you to consider before getting your four legged roommate!
Does your landlord allow pets?
The first thing to think about is, are you even allowed to have pets? Depending on where you are living you may not be allowed to own a pet unless it is a service or support animal. Before making the commitment check your lease to make sure you wont get fined or even kicked out for having the animal. If you are able to have a pet, there is most likely a fee involved so make sure you can afford that in your budget as well!
Do you have enough time?
Animals are a huge commitment! Before making this decision, you should make sure you have enough time to allocate to the animal you are wanting to get. Dogs will most likely require more time than a cat, so make sure you get an animal you have enough time to care for. This includes exercise, cleaning up after they take a potty, and feeding. You should also think about what you will do with this animal if you leave for vacation. Do you have roommates that will take care of it for you, will you need to hire someone, or can it come with you?
Is it fair to the pet?
Animals can be a great companion to have, especially with all the stress college can bring onto someone. But before you get this pet, make sure it will be a good fit for the animal, not just you. Does a dog really want to spend all day stuck in an apartment while you are at school, or do you have the time to walk it everyday? By understanding your schedule and the responsibility needed for a pet, you can pick an animal that will have a great life in your care.
What will happen in the summer?
When summer rolls around are you moving back to your childhood home? If so, you need to make sure this pet can come with you! This means your parents and their pets (if they have any) are okay with your new pet coming for the summer. If you're not going home for the summer, then maybe you will have more time without classes to care for your pet!
Can you afford it?
Not only is there the initial cost of getting a pet, but a lot more! You need to make sure you will be able to afford the pet, its food, toys, treats, vet bills, and payment to your landlord if applicable. If you are unsure that you can afford all these costs, maybe think about saving up before getting your furry friend.
You can't get a pet but you love animals?
If you have decided that getting a pet is just not the right thing for you at this time, but you still love animals, don't worry! A great option is to find local people with animals that you can walk, or pet sit for when they are gone. By doing this you are able to interact with animals without having to get your own, and you can even make some extra cash!
Hopefully we have helped you think a little bit more about if a pet is the right thing for you at this point in your life. If you do decide to get a pet, we hope you enjoy your new furry roommate!
What’s fun about a night on the town with your friends? Not having to think…..like at all. In order to do that though you’ve got to plan, preferably before you leave the house. So grab your friend, roommates, or whoever and sit down, buckle up, and learn exactly how to effectively prepare for a night on the town.
Start preparing the day before and then eat…a lot!
Yes, you heard that right! A good night out starts the day before and continues up until the morning after. The day before you go out, pay extra attention to your water intake. Drinking a lot of water in the moment isn’t going to help, you’ve got to prepare your body and ensure it's fully hydrated by the time you hit the town. In addition to being hydrated, your body needs fuel and will process alcohol or lack of sleep much better on a full and nutrient filled stomach. So eat your meals, all three and snack a little too because you’ll be thanking me the next day.
Plan for transportation BEFORE you start drinking.
Regardless of how responsible you feel that you are, you should not trust yourself to make important decisions when your thinking is impaired, especially when those decisions have to do with driving. It is always best to plan your transportation beforehand. Find a friend who prefers not to drink or will offer to abstain for the night at the very least. In addition to this, make sure you trust that your designated driver won’t drink behind the scenes. If you don’t have a designated driver or don’t have a friend that volunteers to be one, plan for an Uber or Lyft. Ensure you have the app downloaded and create an account prior to leaving the house. This ensures that when your night ends and you’re ready to head home it can be a quick and thoughtless process.
Watch out for your friends.
We don’t always make the best decisions for ourselves so it is up to us as friends to watch out for one another. Don’t go anywhere alone, and if you have to, tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Make sure you each have your phones on you at all times so you can be contacted if necessary. If your friend or friends seem to be too intoxicated, keep an eye on them and encourage them to stay away from any more drinks. Stick together and if you went together, leave together.
Okay okay, where are we going though?!?
I’ll pause my safety tips momentarily to give you a list of some of the best bars in Boise that are conveniently within one block of each other, perfect for the below freezing bar crawls in the winter ;)
Dirty Little Roddy’s
I will now resume my tip giving in order to teach you how to Uber or Lyft in the safest way possible.
End of the night and you’re using Uber/Lyft? Consider these tips.
If you decide to take an Uber or a Lyft at the end of your night there are a couple things you can do to ensure an extra bit of safety. When you’re notified that your driver has arrived, make sure that the license plate matches the one shown in the app as well as the make and model of the car. Once you’ve verified this, open the door and ask the driver who they are there to pick up, make sure they are able to call you by name before you enter the vehicle. If you’ve completed these steps you can feel pretty comfortable that you are in a safe situation but if you would like to be extra cautious you can share your ride with a friend and allow them to track you throughout the trip.
My last two cents, I promise…
Bring a jacket (a bar jacket that you won’t cry over if it gets stolen)
Whether you and your roommates need a day to relax, or your mom is coming to visit and you want to do something fun, a girls day is the perfect solution. What else would be better than getting coffee, your nails done, brunch, and then shopping? Here are some cool places and things to do in Boise ID, in order to have the best girls day with the people you love.
First of all, you need some caffeine to start your day off right! When trying to decide where to go to get your coffee, you could choose from your typical chain coffee shops like Dutch Bros, Black Rock, or Starbucks, or you could try a Boise favorite like Big City Coffee, Dawson Taylor, or The District. We recommend a Boise favorite, but talk with your friends, choose a location, and get some coffee!
It wouldn't be a girls day without pedicures! Getting your feet rubbed while spilling some drama makes for a fun time with your friends. Luckily, Boise has many nail salon options to choose from like Hanan's Nails, Ideal Nail and Spa, and many more. Try and pick a location with good reviews and in a location close to you! Wherever you choose to go, don’t forget to make an appointment to ensure your spot at the time you want. After your coffee and pedicure, it's time to get some food!
Picking the best brunch location in Boise can be hard because there are so many options, but you can never go wrong with choosing the restaurant Bacon. This location has a great brunch menu! Some of their signature items include their bacon shooters (which lets you try each type of signature bacon they offer) and their Bacon Bloody Mary. Bacon also has an espresso menu for coffee lovers! Another great feature Bacon offers is outside or inside seating. Not feeling these Bacons? Moons Cafe might be the place for you. This diner style location has a full espresso menu, full breakfast menu, and is known for their famous milkshakes. Either restaurant is a great choice and there are also so many other options. Be sure to look at online menus before making your decision!
After brunch it's time for shopping! The Boise Towne Square Mall is a great option, but if you are willing to travel a little further away, The Village at Meridian offers a great shopping experience! The Village has a variety of store options, restaurant locations, and places to get dessert. There is also a playground for kids and a large water fountain/light show! With a castle like design, just walking around the village is a unique experience in itself that everyone would love! If you go to the village you can shop and then finish the day with dinner at one of the restaurants located near the fountains!
Hopefully these ideas will give you the inspiration to plan a super fun girls day with all your roommates! Everyone has different preferences, so take what you know about your friends and make your own list for your friend groups perfect day out. Once you have your list, grab your roommates, mom, or friends, and have the best day ever!!
How to Throw a Fourth of July Party With Your Roommates
The Fourth of July is right around the corner! This means it's time for you and your roommates to start planning the awesome party you're going to throw this year. Not sure you know what it takes? Don’t worry, Chillow has you covered.
Red, White and Blue! Decorate your space with stars, stripes, or anything U.S.A. Don’t forget to make sure you have a festive outfit to wear on the 4th also! A great idea for decorations is setting up a festive backdrop for people to take pictures in front of. This way the space is decorated and people can use it for photos! Fourth themed tablecloths and napkins are another fun way to be festive at your party!
Is not the Fourth of July without a cookout! Burgers and hotdogs are a must! You and your roommates can provide these, and then just ask your guests to bring a side dish. This will put less pressure on you and result in a great cookout! Some ideas of items for your guests to bring include side salads, chips, or fruit. You could also plan on having a fire at your party (if it's safe in your area). This way you could roast hotdogs over the fire and make s'mores!
Festive cocktails (or mock-tails depending on your age) are a great idea for your Fourth of July party! Here are some great recipes to try:
CHERRY BOMB COCKTAIL
5-6 ice cubes
1 cup ginger ale
1/2 cup cherry vodka
4 Tablespoons of grenadine
Blue sanding sugar, to garnish
Maraschino cherries, to garnish
BOOZY BOMBPOP LEMONADE
1 Cup of Blueberry Stoli Vodka
4 Cup of Lemonade
4 Bombpop Popsicles
Having some fun games for you and your guests to play while you wait for fireworks is a great idea. Some games you could consider having are cornhole, spike-ball, volleyball, or badminton. Choose whatever games you think your guests will enjoy and maybe even make a bracket for a fun tournament!
Everyone's favorite part about the Fourth of July is the fireworks! If you can have your own show in a safe way that's great! If not, don't worry, there are plenty of places and people that have shows you will be able to see. Find a local show nearby at a fairground, or a nice spot where you can see the sky and go watch with your friends!
We hope you and your roommates have the best time celebrating the Fourth of July!
We can all most likely think of a time in our lives where a parent, sibling, friend, or roommate disrupted our studying. The tv was distracting, their music could be heard from every inch of the house, they wouldn’t stop talking to you. Whatever it was, we’ve all been there and we know how much it can impact our grades. So what do we do in these situations? Let me tell you.
If you don’t have a roommate yet
If you're currently looking for a roommate on Chillow, start by adding something to your profile. This can look like anything from “current student who needs a lot of quiet time for studying” or even “prefers someone who also views studying as a top priority in their day to day life.” If having a quiet atmosphere to study in is important to you then it is definitely something to advertise. By doing this you can ensure that the person you eventually live with is either of like mind or well aware of your study habits, which will hopefully eliminate the possibility of future problems.
If you’ve already found a roommate
If you already have a roommate(s) and you’re getting ready to move in with one another, sit down and discuss your homework and studying habits. Start by asking how they like to study. Ask whether they prefer to retreat to their room and study in peace or if it’s okay to be talking around them or watching tv as they work. It might be smart to agree that if one chooses to study in the kitchen or living room, any disruptions are okay but if they decide to study behind closed doors, it would be best to leave them alone.
If you have a roommate and this is a PROBLEM…. (yikes)
If you already have a roommate(s) and this is a major problem that's making you consider finding a new roommate, don’t give up hope just yet. Try a couple things before looking for a new roommate and if all else fails, use Chillow ;)
Try finding a new place to study. Coffee shops, parks, libraries are all great options for quiet and calm places where you can sit down, focus, and be insanely productive. Not only are these places all of those things but they also eliminate the distraction of being in your own home surrounded by more tantalizing alternatives to studying like watching tv, taking a nap, or talking with a roommate. Try this out and see if it works for you.
If you find that you are unable to study anywhere but your house, try removing yourself from the rest of the household whenever you need to focus on school. Even though you may want to sit in the living room or at the kitchen table, try only doing school work in your room. This way you have completely removed yourself from the social aspect of the house and have limited the distractions around you.
If neither of the above options work for you, try being honest and explaining to your roommate(s) that they distract you from your school and it has become a major problem. Any reasonable individual should respect this and work with you to find a common ground that allows for your school work to be completed with ease. If your roommate(s) is NOT a reasonable individual and talking to them goes horribly, horribly wrong…. see step four.
Go to the IOS app store and download Chillow today :)
Let's face it, dad is the hardest person to get a gift for whether it's Father's Day, his birthday, or Christmas. With that being said, Father’s Day coming up, so it's time to think of what you want to do, or what you want to get him! Here are some ideas to help you try and figure out what to get your ol’ man.
The first idea is to take your dad to his favorite restaurant, or get some ingredients to make his favorite meal at home! Either way you will be able to spend quality time with your dad while also incorporating some of his favorite food! Take it one step further and try making his favorite food with him. This way you will be able to spend even more time with him while working together to make the food you will both enjoy.
Another idea for your gift is to make a gift basket with items from hobbies that he enjoys. If your dad is a fisherman, try getting some fishing equipment you think he would use, and a cool fishing hat! If your dad is a pit-master, maybe some spices and a new set of utensils for the BBQ would work in a gift basket. So your dad enjoys golf instead? You could put together a super fun gift basket with golf balls, tees, a new towel, and maybe even a gift card to his favorite golf course. Other items that would work in most baskets are:
- a cooler
- his favorite candy
- his favorite drink
- books on topics he enjoys
- a speaker
- camping chairs
- gift cards
- new shoes
- a hat
- sports team apparel
- a coffee mug
If you are into crafting, and your dad is a sentimental guy, then he would definitely appreciate a thoughtful handmade gift. Putting together a scrapbook or collage could be the perfect gift for him. By collecting pictures from all points in your life, and putting them together in a book, your dad will have something to cherish forever. If you're running short on time, or maybe haven't made a scrapbook before, you could always put your favorite picture with you and your dad in a picture frame as a gift!
Giving the gift of an experience is also a great idea. Before Father's Day comes, see if there is a sports game happening nearby he would enjoy or even a concert to a band he likes. Or, take him out to a place like TopGolf or a bowling alley, where you guys could spend time and play together!
Lastly, you could have a Father's Day get together with people you both enjoy hanging out with. Maybe all your roommates are planning to hangout with their dads on Father's Day too, so why not all hangout together! You could incorporate any of the ideas from here and throw the best Father's Day get-together! Don't forget to invite the rest of your families so that everyone can celebrate and get to know each other better!
Finding a gift for dad on Father's Day can be tricky, but hopefully you will use some of these ideas, or maybe they sparked an idea of your own. Just remember that no matter what you choose to do for your dad on Father's Day, he will be happy because you put time and effort into something for him. Chillow hopes you and your dad have the best Father's Day ever!!
Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means. Warm weather, beach trips, and best of all- no school! Though school may not be in session, you’re probably still living with your roommates. Now that all the craziness of the year is over, you guys may find yourselves wondering, “What do we do?”. With no classes, no sorority events, no homework… You’re sure to have a lot of free time on your hands or start to feel a bit bored. That’s why we compiled a summer bucket list to complete with your roommates. Trust us- you’ll want to do them all.
Summer Bucket List 2022
Go to an amusement park or fair and ride the scariest ride there.
Pick fruit or berries at a local field/orchard, and bake something with them when you get home.
Go for a sunrise / sunset swim at the beach, lake, or river.
Have a cocktail night where each person creates their own signature cocktail- complete with a fun name and a cool presentation.
Stay up all night (because what’s a summer bucket list without it).
Tie-Dye your own clothes.
Take a day trip to somewhere in your state that you’ve never been.
Make your own ice cream! (So much fun, but harder than it seems).
Go on a bar crawl, if you’re legal… ;)
Make a DIY Slip n’ Slide. Trust me when I say this is probably the most fun thing on the list!
Start a disposable camera/polaroid photo wall at your house
Go camping with a big group of friends.
Have a water balloon fight.
Write letters to your future selves.
Have a painting day at the park.
Sign up for a fun run. (May as well try and get in shape over the summer). :)
Do something impulsive. I’m not saying get a tattoo… (But get a tattoo).
Go to a bonfire party/make your own bonfire.
Go skydiving! It’s actually *relatively* affordable.
Go on an adventure at night. Who knows what goes on when everyone else is sleeping?
Create your own drinking game.
Go on a road trip somewhere you all have never been before.
Buy fun pool floaties and spend a whole day relaxing in the pool.
Attend a fitness class. (Like I said, summer is a great time to get in shape).
Have a cooking night where you all work together to cook a meal! Sit down and all eat it together. This is especially fun if you make a super fancy dish :)
Make alcoholic popsicles. Buying them is cool and all, but making them is even better!
Go thrifting and pick out outfits for each other! Doesn’t have to be anything they’ll actually like… ;)
Have a pajama day. Stay in your PJ’s all day, have breakfast for dinner, watch movies…
Go sing karaoke at a bar, or have a karaoke night at home.
Go to a drive in movie.
Have a charcuterie board night where everyone creates a charcuterie board of their choice using anything they want! (Seriously, the possibilities are endless).
Make your own beer die/ pong table
Attend a local event that you’ve never been to
Go see some live music! It doesn’t matter if it’s a big concert or a local band, just get out there and dance!
Go skinny dipping (Duh.)
Obviously there are a lot of things on this list. However, challenge yourself to complete them all, (or at least most of them). We can promise that if you do, it will be a summer you and your roommates will never forget!
It is finally summer! Summer is the time to get outdoors, explore new things, and make memories that will last a lifetime. One of our favorite ways to make the most of the summer with your roommates is to go camping. You or one of your roommates might find the thought of going camping a little intimidating, especially if you’re not a seasoned pro: bugs, changes in weather, and even setting up a tent are all things that can make your camping experience difficult if you don’t prepare properly. That’s why we’ve put together this camping guide- so you can take on the great outdoors stress free!
There are a few things that you and your roommates absolutely cannot leave the house without if you are planning on going camping. A tent is the most obvious thing, as well as sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and warm clothes. In addition, it’s also a good idea to bring plenty of filled water bottles if you don’t have a water filtering water bottle, since you can never be sure if there will be a water fill up station or if the water will be clean. We also recommend packing food that is non-perishable, or at least that is relatively easy to prepare/store. We detailed these essentials and more below.
Tent- A tent that suits the amount of people you’re going with is a must. While you may think a 4 person tent means it can comfortably fit 4 people, it really means that 4 people can fit snugly inside. Think sleeping bag to sleeping bag, with little extra room. Think about sizing up your tent if possible, for a more comfortable experience.
Bedding/Clothing- The last thing that you want is to be too cold or too hot on your trip. Look at the weather ahead of time and plan accordingly, but also keep in mind that the weather could still change. If you are camping in the summer, there is no need to bring a sleeping bag, thick comforter, and blankets. While the temperature will still drop in the evening, you may not need to pack all of these items. We recommend bringing mostly weather appropriate clothing, but bringing a few extra items in case you are too hot or too cold.
Food/Water- While water is relatively self explanatory, food can be a bit more of a hassle. Unless you’re a fire starting expert (and that’s if open fires are even allowed at your campsite), actually cooking food can be a lot of work. You would need to get a grill and propane, and then lug it around to your campsite. Unless you have no problems getting a grill or starting a fire, we suggest packing food that can be easily stored in a cooler or just in the car. Things like fruit, cookies, crackers, trail mix, and cheese are all great options.
If I have learned anything from the times that I’ve gone camping, it’s that there are often a lot of smaller things that you don’t even think to bring that come in EXTREMELY handy. Things like bug spray, a first aid kit, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer are some of the more obvious “extras”. But there are still a bunch of other things that are easily overlooked that can make your experience 10x better if you remember them. We’ve listed them here for you down below.
Baby Wipes/ Wet wipes
Dishware and Utensils
Extra pairs of socks and underwear
Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, etc.
So, there you have it! An all in one place essentials list to make you and your roommates camping adventures the most fun that they can be. Remember these items and your trip is sure to be smooth and enjoyable. Now pack your bags, load your car, go out there and seize the great outdoors!
We’ve all been there: waking up after a nice and peaceful 8 hours of sleep, only to realize……. YOU’RE LATE FOR WORK. You jump out of bed to get ready as fast as you can, but find that you can’t brush your teeth because your roommate just started the shower. Sharing a bathroom can be difficult in day-to-day life. Maybe your roommate takes 3 hour long showers, or leaves the bathroom so messy. Whatever the issue might be, it can be hard to say something, but it gets to a certain point where you too would like to get some hot water for your shower. Speaking up and talking about it is the only solution. Here are a few tips we suggest when you don’t quite know how to share a bathroom with your roommate.
Time Slots Never Hurt
Scheduling when each of your roommates will shower can honestly make the world of a difference. If you have to go to work at 9 am, you probably want to be in the shower around 8 am, and if your roommate is an early riser, that shower time might get double booked. Talking with your roommate and setting up times for when you need to be in the shower/bathroom for whatever reason can make life so much easier. Being able to wake up and not stress about whether or not you will need to wait to shower makes waking up that much easier.
Picking Up After Yourself
Nothing looks better than some dried toothpaste on the sink, or maybe even a used Q-Tip left on the floor next to the trash can. Cleaning up after yourself in the common areas of the house is crucial if you want to live in a harmonious home. No one should have to clean up after someone else. If you create the mess you need to clean it up. It’s all about respecting one anothers space, and to show this respect, the least you can do is clean up your own mess. You shouldn’t be waiting for the disaster you left in the bathroom to just magically disappear. Making sure you clean up after yourself is essential, no one likes cleaning up a mess that they didn’t make.
The Bathroom Could Always Use A Nice Clean
Cleaning the bathroom can be a daunting task that may just seem like an uphill battle. Yes, it may not be the most fun, but the scrubbing has to be done if you want a clean space. Bathrooms can get dirty really quickly and it can be hard to stay on top of, but the clean toilet is worth time. The bathroom can never be too clean, and even setting aside some time every few days can make all the difference. Keeping up with the bathroom cleaning instead of putting it off will reduces the overall cleaning time you spend. You can clean three times a week, 10 minutes each of those times, or you can take 45 minutes once a week to clean. Not only does it keep the bathroom clean, but you also save time in doing so.
It can be hard moving in with someone and trying to learn how to share space with them can be a task. These shared spaces like bathrooms can often go overlooked, so talking through some concerns/thoughts you may be having can make everything easier. You shouldn’t feel nervous about speaking what is on your mind and you should feel relieved that something you wanted to change, is able to. Finding respectful roommates can be hard as well, but not with Chillow. Chillow makes finding a roommate or finding a place to live easy and makes your experience stress-free.
By living in a place such as Boise Idaho, you get a really good understanding of just about everything that you have access to. Boise being the beautiful place that it is can bring out the want for being outdoors. Even if you aren’t the most outdoors-loving person, getting outside and soaking up that vitamin D is always a good feeling. Hiking has always been one of those really nice activities that just about anyone can do, and it is 100% free. With spring right around the corner, here are a few hiking trails nearby that are worth the walk:
Table Rock Trail
With a city as beautiful as Boise, there is no wonder that trying to get the best view of it comes with a price: hiking. A 3.7-mile round trip trail in the heart of Boise leads you through the meadowed hills with scenic views surrounding you. The trail can be as easy or hard as you choose. With the skill level of intermediate, some choose to take it up a notch by running or biking. But don't worry, the bikers have their own side of the trail to use when walkers are present. The ending result is a breathtaking experience that looks over the city of trees. But be sure to bring a windbreaker, because the higher you go, the more wind comes your way!
Stack Rock Trail
If you are in the mood for some panoramic sights and a day-long event. This is the hike for you. It is 9.4 miles long and you increase elevation by 1424 ft. This trail goes through the greenery of the trees, the creeks by the mountains, and the gorgeous spots where you can stop for a pack of lunch. This is another intermediate-level hiking trail that doesn't require much experience, but it will require some endurance to make it to the granite monolith.
This is a much more difficult trail if you are looking to get a workout in. This requires some experience when it comes to climbing but you don't need to worry about scaling any boulders. The hike can get steep at some points, but the main thing to take note of is that you will need sunscreen on hand. Almost all points of this trail are uncovered and given it a 4.4-mile trail the sun can easily become the enemy. But don't let all of this turn you away from getting the thrill of seeing what the Lucky Peak reservoir has to offer from above.
These are just a few of the many different trials that Boise and the surrounding areas have to offer. Any of these can be fit in to match any event. If you want to spend a day with the girls, a trip to these trails could be the right fit. If you are looking for a new workout these will definitely be the way to go. So get out there and experience what this beautiful area has to offer, before it gets too chilly again!
It’s a bright and shiny Saturday morning, you’re drinking your morning coffee, and then you have the beautiful idea of throwing a party at your humble abode. You come up with a great theme, figure out some drinks you can have, make a playlist, think about some food you could make, but then you remember, you have roommates. Upon this realization, you might ask yourself some questions: How are they going to feel about me having people over? Do they even want a party at our house? After a lot of thought you ask your roommates, and low and behold they say “YES”. Even though your roommates were cool with you throwing a party now, that doesn’t mean that they’d be cool with a party while it is happening. Being respectful towards your roommates should always be a priority, and this should be emphasized if you are throwing a party. In order to keep that respect amongst you and your roommates, here are a few ideas we think can help:
The Music Doesn’t Have to be at Max
Music has always really been the key indicator of a party. When you think of parties, no one ever wants the music to be too quiet. While music is needed at a party, there does become a point when music becomes way too loud. If it can feel like an earthquake is happening in your room, then I think it can be safe to assume that the music could probably be lowered. Your roommate may not like shaking the walls of their room either. When it gets to a certain point, it’s not even just your roommates who could be upset, but if your neighbors are close enough, they might not enjoy this party all that much either. Some people don’t like the idea of listening to loud music after a long and stressful day. The music doesn’t have to be at full blast, and not everyone is going to want to hear it, your roommates included. Turning it down will not kill a party, in fact, it can make the party last longer.
Not Every Party Has To Go Till 2 am
If a party is fun enough, people will not exactly want to leave a party that they are having a great time at. While it can be hard to stop a large and fun party, there becomes a time in which it has to end. To be able to figure out a good time, talking to your roommates should be the first step. If one of them has something early in the morning, then it would be safe to assume that they don’t want to be staring up at the ceiling waiting for some sort of quiet. If a party starts at 9 pm, it doesn’t need to go on for 5 hours. Ending the party at a respectful time isn’t hard to accomplish, and asking people to leave shouldn’t be stressful. At the end of the day, it is your house, and wanting people to leave is not bad. Your guests should be able to respect the fact that party time is over and be able to leave with no problem. I guarantee if you end a party at midnight, both your roommates and neighbors will be very grateful.
People Who Didn’t Buy the Food Shouldn’t Eat It
After a fun successful party, you open the fridge the next morning to find all the food that seems to have gone missing. Not only are all your groceries unaccounted for, but your roommates’ groceries also seem to have met the same fate. It seems that when people come over to party, and begin to have a few drinks in them, they often times become hungry. Those same people then find themselves face-to-face with a fridge full of food, and a completely empty stomach. They are your guests, and being able to be responsible for them is expected of you. Keeping the fridge and pantry off limits should not have to be said, but some of your guests may need the reminder. Keeping an eye out on things is essential, and that includes the food. If something does end up eating something from the fridge, it is your reasonability to pay for what was eaten.
Throwing parties are almost always a good time, but it’s important to remember that you might not be the only person that lives there. Being respectful towards your roommates should be prioritized, so making sure everything runs smoothly should be emphasized. Having respect amongst roommates can be hard to find, but using Chillow can make it all the easier. Finding the right roommate who you will get along with doesn’t have to be a hard process, and with Chillow, we guarantee we can help you find the right fit. Try Chillow today!
Let's discuss being single; it can be a roller coaster of emotions…to say the least. It’s filled with highs and lows, extreme adventures and lonely nights and quite literally everything in between. There are days we feel empowered by our singleness: ready to take on the world and conquer anything that dares to come our way and then there are days when it feels like no one on planet Earth could ever date you and once again…everything in between. However, what can make being single even worse is being the single roommate in a household of boo-ed up, heart eyed, boy/girl crazy roommates.
When it feels like it’s you versus the world
When you’re single it can feel like the entire world is happily and wholeheartedly, in love. It feels as if every movie is a romcom, every holiday is focused on relationships, and every friend you have is taken. I am here to remind you, it’s not as it seems and you are in fact, not the last single person on planet Earth. Okay but just because you know you aren’t the last single human being doesn’t automatically make you feel better… So what do we do to combat these feelings? Well first let's examine what’s really bothering you- it most likely isn’t that you’re single, it’s that you feel lonely. With that in mind, why do you feel lonely? Are you lacking good connections with friends/family? Are you unsatisfied with your level of social engagement?
So what can we do to improve this you ask, well I am going to tell you…
Prioritize talking to your family, not just your friends. Sometimes we forget that our family exists in that sense, we feel lonely and automatically turn to a friend but realizing you have more people than you think that you’re able to turn to can really help in those moments of loneliness.
Talk to your roommates and explain what you’ve been feeling and what it’s like being the single one. Chances are they have no idea you feel this way AND would love to help change things. Express your need for girls/guys nights and how much you like their significant others but need to not third, fifth, or whatever wheel.
Date yourself. I know we hear this all the time but that’s because falling in love with yourself when you are not actively loving another is crucial. Take yourself to get food and sit in your car listening to your favorite music while you eat. Hike/go on walks and fall in love with stepping on crunchy leaves and listening to the birds and fall in love with every doggo you pass on your walk. Find new hobbies that you could see yourself loving and get comfortable being alone. Fall in love with the silence and peacefulness. Learn to say yes when you want, and more importantly no when you want because for now, you only have to think of yourself.
Enjoy this time…
Lastly, enjoy this time, you have no idea how long it’ll last. It might be hard, it might be lonely, but one day you’re going to wake up and realize you should have enjoyed your single twenties because you will never get them back ;)
It is no secret that there are a wide variety of places to eat in Boise, Idaho. With restaurants and food trucks scattered throughout Boise, you can get just about anything you are craving, and everything you didn't know you were craving. But, if you are like some of us, eating out can be quite the expense, and maybe not something you can afford all the time. Luckily, with such a high number of places to choose from, finding a place that is cost efficient isn't as difficult as some would think. If you are tired of leftovers again, and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, here are a few suggestions that will not only fill your stomach with food, but happiness as well.
Soup, sandwiches, and salads have never been this good, and mind you, cheap. With everything on their menu being less than $20, you not only have the whole menu as an option, but your stomach will be filled. With a 4.5 rating on Google, you know that people have been enjoying there food, and honestly the price cannot be beat. Also, they strive for healthier options, so instead of eating a greasy burger and feeling gross later, you can have a nice healthy sandwich, and feel energized to take on the day. Located on 10th St. in downtown Boise, you can enjoy a day of a shopping and a bite to eat while you're at it.
Bagels, bagels, and more bagels! With 10+ different types of bagels you can top it anyway you want. Various cream cheese flavors, veggies, meats, and sugary treats. Blue Sky also provides coffee, assorted beverages and kombucha options. Getting a complete breakfast will cost you less than $10 total. A plain bael with cream cheese will cost less than $4, and a americano will bring up that grand total to less than $6. You can even buy a dozen bels for little bit more than $8, and with that you have about 2 weeks worth of breakfasts right there. If you're in the mood to stroll downtown for some breakfast, this is the place to go.
Los Betos has been around for a long time and continues to please its customers. The average price for a burrito is $8 and trust me when I say, they are BIG. One burrito can easily get you two meals. Also, they sell tacos, tamales, combo plates, fries, and so much more, all costing less than $10. Also, another added bonus to Los Betos in particular, are their hours. Some of their location will close sometime between 1-3am, or open 24-hours. So, if you are hungary at any time of the day, you can rely on Los Betos being there to bring you a lot of food, at a cheap price, at any time of the day. There are 3 different locations in the area ranging from Eagle Rd., State St., and Fairview. Anywhere you are in Boise, you can find a fast, great quality betos near you.
These are only 3 of many places in Boise that provide great services and amazing food. That is one of the great things about here, anywhere you go, you can find something unique and in your budget. While these three places we recommended may not be something you'd be interested in, there are so many places to choose from, at many different price points. You and your friends have plenty of places to try here in Boise, and we guarantee that you will find the right place for you, that will get you the best bang for your buck. If you have the chance, we highly encourage trying one of these place, but to also do your own research, because you absolutely will find a place that will become one of your frequents.
Valentine’s Day- some of us love it, some of us hate it. While Valentine’s Day is typically seen as the mushy, “spend a bunch of money on your partner” day- it doesn’t have to be like that (if you don’t want it to be). Maybe you’re trying to save money, or maybe you just hate the idea of an obligatory fancy dinner. Whatever your reasoning may be- here are some Valentine’s Day date ideas that aren’t cliche, but are still just as much fun and equally as special.
Breakfast For Dinner
I don’t know about you, but as a kid, breakfast for dinner felt like a luxury. It was always so much more fun to eat waffles and eggs and bacon at 7pm than at 9am. I might even dare to say that eating breakfast for dinner made all the food just taste that much better. Bring some of that childhood happiness back into your Valentine's Day and cook a fancy breakfast (for dinner) at your house. French toast with powdered sugar and fruit, a waffle bar with all kinds of different toppings, crepes, and mimosas (if you're of age)- the possibilities are endless! Set up a table just like you’re at a fancy restaurant with place mats, flowers, and candles- and you’ll be sure to have a Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget.
Make a Fort
Who doesn’t like forts? I may be in my twenties, but I still find so much joy in making a cute little fort to watch TV or read in. Level up your Valentine’s Day by making a fort to watch a movie and eat dinner in. All you’ll need is some blankets/sheets, pillows, and a few chairs or something else sturdy to prop the fort up. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even string some fairy lights around underneath for an added touch. Find a rom-com and order some food in, because we’re getting cozy with this idea. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than by being cuddled up in a fort with your significant other. A date idea that’s low stress, low maintenance, but lots of fun? Sign me up!
DIY Spa Night
Ok hear me out- there is NOTHING better than getting to relax and pamper yourself, whether it’s professionally or at home. While you could book a relaxing massage or facial at the spa for you and your boo, it would be 10x more fun (and cheap) to bring the spa to the comfort of your own home. Go to Target or another drugstore and buy clay face masks, cucumbers, lip masks, a yummy smelling lotion, and some sparkling wine (or juice). Chill the cucumbers in the fridge and put them on your eyes, roll the clay masks on, and listen to some relaxing music. When it’s time to take the cucumbers off, put on a show (now that you’ll be able to see again) and put on the lip mask. Feel free to get any other self care essentials for the night, and go to town on making you and your boo feel extra pampered. You’ll be sure to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and in a great mood after this date night.
Though we only listed 3 date night ideas here, there are plenty more that you could do. The sky’s the limit, and anything you do is sure to make a great memory. You could start a scrapbook of your relationship, go for a scenic walk in town, cook dinner together, or just relax in your pajamas and binge watch TV. No matter what you do this Valentine’s Day- all that matters is that you spend it with the person/ people you love most.
We all want to travel the world and experience new things. Between classes, work, and trying to save money, travelling in college can be limited. While making your dream 8 week backpacking trip through Europe come true in college probably isn’t realistic, there are some places right here in the United States to visit that are just as incredible. So, grab your roommates and get ready to pack your suitcase- by the end of this article you’ll be ready to hop on a plane to a new destination!
Located just 5 miles north of Moab, Utah, Arches National Park is truly a spectacle of nature. This National Park is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, in the most breathtaking shades of red and orange. While Arches National Park definitely gets its name for a reason, there are also many other attractions. From hiking to taking the scenic route, there are many different ways to enjoy the beauty that Arches National Park has to offer.
A bustling town in the Northern part of California, San Francisco is one of the most eclectic cities in the entire state. Whether you and your roommates are foodies, architecture buffs, ocean lovers, or just want to experience a unique city- San Francisco is the place to be. Take a walk at Fisherman's Wharf, and stop for lunch and shopping at Pier 39. From there you can watch the sea lions that love to sun themselves on the docks, and visit the Aquarium of the Bay. And it wouldn’t be a trip to San Francisco without a ride on a trolley, a trip to ChinaTown, or a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. Don’t forget to take some ~trendy~ pictures with you and your roommates at the Pink Ladies or the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps. With so many fun things to do and explore in SF, you will certainly find it hard to leave!
This one’s for the country music lovers! It’s no secret that Nashville is legendary in the country music scene, but there’s more to Nashville than beer and cowboy hats for you and your roommates to explore. Nashville is a foodie's dream- from typical Southern food to classic dishes with unique twists; it will be hard to not want to try it all. And while there is much more to do in Nashville than explore the country music scene- you and your roommates definitely should still check out some of the most notable places in America’s country music history. Once you visit the Grand Ole Opry or Country Music Hall of Fame, even those who aren't country music fans are sure to find themselves wanting a pair of cowboy boots.
Calling all party animals! Get your roommates together, pack your bags, and Viva Las Vegas! For the 21+ crowd, Las Vegas offers heaps of bars, nightclubs, and casinos to go dance (or gamble) the night away at- just don’t spend TOO much money. And while Vegas is surely famous for its nightlife, there are plenty of other things to do even if you’re not of drinking age. Catch a live show like Cirque du Soleil, visit the Adventuredome Theme Park, or even just stroll around on the strip. The possibilities are endless in Vegas- and you’ll find yourself wanting to come back again and again.
This one is for the beach bums and the sunshine lovers: Laguna Beach! Known for the crystal clear waters and laid back vibe, this town is paradise for any outdoor lovers. Grab a smoothie for breakfast at a local shop, then hit the beach to catch some waves and rays of sunshine. After a full day of soaking up sun at the beach, head back into town to peruse the shopping district. Laguna is also popular for the art galleries there, so when you and your roommates are ready to try something new, definitely make sure to check one of them out. Laguna Beach is also just about an hour away from both Los Angeles and San Diego, so you can always take a day trip to one of those beautiful cities also!
So what are you waiting for? Jump in the car or hop on a plane and get ready for an amazing experience at one of these beautiful places. We promise you won’t regret going, and you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Happy traveling!
Security deposits- both a blessing and a curse. Do you know someone who has unfairly lost their security deposit? Or have you been cheated of your security deposit because of something your roommate did? As young adults, we want to save every penny of a security deposit. Here are some ways to ensure that you see your money again!
Step 1: Move-in Inspection
It is very important that you and anyone you’re living with pay close attention to anything unusual, damaged, or stained in the house during the initial inspection. The landlord should also point out anything that doesn’t work properly or needs to be fixed in the home inspection. However, as tenets, it is also you and your roommates’ responsibility to make sure everyone is on the same page. Don’t be afraid to take pictures or make notes of anything in the house to reference in case of future confusion about when/how something happened.
Step 2: Leave time for repairs
Procrastinators: THIS IS FOR YOU! Give yourself enough time to repair any damages prior to the last week of living in your home or apartment. Simple repairs might take longer than expected to fix. And remember to always communicate with your landlord when incidents happen. If some paint comes off while moving your furniture in, unfortunately, it is your responsibility to make sure that paint gets back on the wall. It seems like an easy task that will be easy to “do later”, but you’ll be happy you did earlier rather than later. Don’t be afraid to ask your landlord to complete any tasks around the house that are within reason. It is better to have them do a task than you doing it incorrectly!
Step 3: Give proper notice of moving out
A landlord can keep deposits if a tenant doesn’t follow the guidelines of the lease. This can include home upkeep, utilities, and the moving out process. While life can get hectic and plans may change, a signed lease is something that needs to be followed in order to keep your deposit. As mentioned earlier, communication with the landlord is the most important part of keeping it.
That few hundred dollars you put down for your security deposit many months ago can really help you in the long run. Keeping that money can be difficult because mistakes happen, but fixing that mistake can save you all that money.
What are some things you have on your bucket list? Most people dream of traveling, trying new foods, hobbies or activities. From skiing in the Alps to scuba diving with sharks, there’s no shortage of things that people want to complete before they die. But how many of your bucket list activities occur at night? That day trip adventure you’ve been dreaming of? Try it in the dark! Pinterest reports that “the most memorable adventures will happen after sundown in 2022.” While some adventures may be better suited for the daylight hours, there’s plenty of things to do at night (near and far) that will make for some of the best memories of your life. So grab your roommates, friends, spouse, whoever- and buckle up. We’re making night moves.
Night Time Road Trip
A road trip at night is perhaps one of the easiest adventures to take after sundown, and is a surefire way to make memories of a lifetime. Think of somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, within a few hours of where you live. It can be anything- another city, a natural landmark, or just a drive you’ve always wanted to take. Grab your roommates and some snacks, and embark on your mission. No matter your destination, you’re sure to have quite the adventure getting there. Night time means less traffic (so you can reach your destination sooner), and less distractions (so you can chit chat and bond with your roommates even more). One of my favorite memories of taking a night time road trip with my friends was the amount of laughs that we shared, and the new discoveries we made along the way. We left at 11pm to drive to Oregon, for no reason other than we just wanted to drive across a state border. Along the way we sang throwback songs and pretended like we were on American Idol, and played road trip games that had us all laughing hysterically in our seats. At some point in our drive we decided we were all hungry, and our adventure led us to a little 24 hour diner that (surprisingly) had really good food. Our road trip took us just a few hours, but we got back from that trip feeling closer than we ever had before. It’s not all fun and games though- safety first. Make sure that everyone is well rested, you have the ability to get help in an emergency, and have food and water. We don’t want any car accidents or other unforeseen circumstances hindering the amazing memories that you can make.
The Beach At Night
Another fan favorite, visiting a beach at night is a completely different experience than visiting during the day. In the sun soaked atmosphere of a typical beach day, you’ll have vendors, families, food trucks, and loud music every way your turn. Of course this is a lot of fun (and who doesn’t want to get their tan on!??), but visiting the sandy shores at night brings something completely different. Whether you live right next to a beach, or are taking a vacation- make sure to stay up late one night and make an adventure out of exploring the beach after sundown. Start off by watching the sun set over the crystal waves, and then build a bonfire and roast marshmallows for s’mores. Once the fire fizzles out, take a moment to walk down to the tide and just sit there in the silence. No noise of other people, just you, your friends, and the waves crashing. If you’re brave enough, maybe you’ll decide to go for a little midnight swim. Just don’t get eaten by sharks! If you’re extremely lucky, you may be able to see the phenomenon of bioluminescence. Bioluminescence is absolutely breathtaking, but there is no way to know exactly when it will happen. I have visited the beach at night numerous times, and it is truly almost a surreal experience. With no sounds from the rest of the world, you are truly at one with nature. One of the best memories I have was playing beach volleyball at sundown with some of my best friends. Right as the sun began to set, we raced down the beach and into the water- jumping in fully clothed. We dove under the waves, in awe of the way that the ocean had transformed from a beautiful blue to the most stunning shades of pink and orange. Our fun was interrupted when the lifeguards called at us to get out of the water…. Instead of letting that spoil our night, we got out of the ocean and built a fire. We talked and laughed and learned even more about each other. It felt like minutes that we were there, but it was probably really more like hours. Now that you know all that you can do, and the amazing experiences you can have- what are you waiting for? Book a plane ticket, walk down the street, or drive your car to the beach after sunset- I promise you won’t regret it.
I truly believe that no matter where you go, the hours between sunset and sunrise bring some sort of magic. While it may seem contradictory, the absence of light allows you to see the places that you are visiting in a new and special light. From tiny 24 hour establishments that you usually would look right over, to a smaller range of activities available that you usually might not even think twice about doing during the day- you are sure to have a new and life changing experience whether you are on the beaches of Mexico at night, or in a tiny little scenic town in the country. My suggestion for roommates, friends, and family alike is to take at least one midnight trip in 2022, and just let the night take you where it wants to take you. I promise that you won’t regret it.
We live in a time when taking care of yourself is not only okay, but encouraged. If there is one trend I am here for, it is taking time to fall in love with yourself. While there is an abundance of ways in which you could do this, one is making sure your mind and body are in the best health possible. One of the many ways you can do this is by exercising. So here are my top four tips and tricks to having an active and healthy 2022.
Find a way to stay accountable
One of the most important things in terms of physical health is making sure you are held accountable for keeping up with your goals. It is so easy to convince yourself that you’re too tired, don’t have time, or that you deserve another day off. The best way to ensure you’re sticking to your workout schedule is by finding a way to stay accountable that works for you. Get a workout buddy (AKA your roommate), someone who goes with you, makes the workout more fun, convinces you to go when you don’t want to, or simply makes you less likely to cancel for fear of having to tell them. You could also get an apple watch or fitbit, these smartwatches allow you to set your own personal goals and motivate you in fun ways to reach them, having a constant reminder on your watch that you have fulfilled X amount of your goal so far.
Make it fun
We often times feel like our workouts have to look like a certain way. When it actually can look like anything you want it to. If a workout that’s fun for you is a walk in the park, a cycling class, a hot yoga studio or anything else that is okay too because fitness does not reside in one type of exercise. Fitness looks different for everyone and all that matters is that you’re getting up and being active. On the same note, if you have always worked out in a single way, try something new! You never know what you might end up loving, so ask your friends, your roommates, anyone you know about their favorite workout and see if it’s your next favorite hobby.
Workout to feel good, not to look good
Lastly, workout because it makes you feel good, not in order to make you look good. While physical benefits are a product of an active lifestyle, oftentimes if that is what you set out to achieve you will give up when you don’t receive immediate results. While we don’t see results very quickly, we feel them instantly. Workout in order to have more energy, sleep better at night, have better digestion, and so much more. The list of benefits goes much farther than your physical form and that is one of the most important things to remember.
There are no good excuses
Aside from the obvious in which I am not going to address, there truly are no good excuses for why you can’t get your body moving. Go to the gym, find a roommate who doubles as a workout partner, do two fifteen minute exercises if you can’t find thirty minutes together, and for goodness sake, it’s 2022 and we’ve lived through a pandemic so I know you know how to work out at home. Get out there, get your body moving, and feel great during 2022!!!
Ah, ‘tis the season of stuffy noses, colds and the flu.
Is there anything better than getting into bed after a long day of work or school? Imagine coming home, curling up in bed ready for some well-deserved sleep. Finally, your head hits the pillow, and through the wall, you hear your roommate coughing throughout the night. It is pretty safe to assume that your roommate is feeling a little under the weather. Great! Now you get to listen to your roommate suffer through a cold while also doing your best to avoid getting sick yourself. Here are ways to steer clear of catching anything, especially when your roommates are down for the count.
When your roommate is sick, it is always in your best interest to maintain your distance. Keeping away from sick roommates can be the difference between the whole house staying healthy or getting sick. The best way to set boundaries with your roommates is before anything happens. So, when you and your roommates are healthy, we advise that you sit down together and figure out what to do when one of you is sick.
In order to do that, you and your roommate(s) should sit down and figure out how you all should act when someone is ill. No one wants to get sick, and refraining from getting anybody else sick should always be a top priority. When you set these boundaries, you could suggest that your roommates stay in their room while they are sick, or if you have two bathrooms, make sure they only use one bathroom. Some very simple thoughts can go a long way, and if you really don’t want to get sick, having a small talk to determine what is best for the house is essential.
A Little Extra Cleaning Never Hurt Anyone
Germs don’t just magically disappear, and if your roommate is coughing up a lung, germs are going to be everywhere. Trying to avoid those germs is a hard task to accomplish, so bringing out the sanitizing wipes can certainly increase your chances of not catching anything. You’d be surprised with the number of germs you touch every day, so wiping down the faucet, doorknobs and the fridge door can go far for your health. We don’t put much thought into what we touch on a daily basis, so sanitizing the surfaces and getting on top of the germs is the difference between getting sick and being perfectly healthy.
Take precautionary Steps
Getting ahead of the game, and taking the right steps to avoid getting sick is key when you are in public areas such as school or the grocery store. Washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face is the number one piece of advice. If you’re hearing some coughing comes from your roommate, some Vitamin C can make all the difference. Having a cup or two of some lemon ginger tea can help fight off the sore throat that is knocking on your door. It can even be as simple as just drinking more water and staying hydrated. Basically, just prepare your body to fight any cold or flu. Being able to have a jump on illness will be insanely helpful in keeping yourself healthy.
It seems as though catching a cold or getting the flu is inevitable- especially when you live with roommates. Getting sick is never fun, and getting other people sick is no fun either. Talking with your roommate, doing some extra cleaning, and taking those necessary steps to prevent sickness are essential in keeping healthy. Being able to communicate between roommates makes life all the easier, so finding the right roommate who is understanding of the situation is important. With Chillow, you can find the right roommate with whom you can talk through situations like a sickness.
Who doesn’t love walking into a room and seeing it filled with beautiful, luscious, green plants? Probably not many people. Houseplants give vibrancy and life, and can transform a room from a cold and barren space, to one that is inviting, warm, and filled with joy. While many people long to have plants in their house, they can definitely be difficult to take care of if you don’t know how to do it properly. In this article we’re going to give your tips, tricks, and suggestions on how to make all of your houseplant dreams come true.
What types of plants should I buy?
One of the most common questions that people have about houseplants is “What type of plants are good indoors?” Depending on where you are wanting to place your houseplants, and how much care and effort you are able to put into them, there are a few different types.
One of the most low maintenance plants that you can purchase is a Marble Queen Pothos. This plant can thrive with little light, and can withstand not being watered consistently. I myself would probably choose this type of plant, as I definitely struggle to remember to water them on a daily basis. Another great option for people who live in spaces that don’t get the best lighting is a Bamboo plant. Not to mention, bamboo is supposed to bring prosperity, luck, and good energy. Who wouldn’t want a plant like that in their home?
Another question many college students (or anyone who lives in a small space) have, is what types of plants don’t take up too much space. One such plant is the Snake plant, which is known for growing upwards instead of out. Snake plants also have the added benefit of purifying the air, making it a great choice for those who live in compact spaces or in close quarters with others. Another great option is a Paddle Cactus. Paddle Cacti grow slowly, and aren’t very big to begin with. While they may be small, they are beautiful plants. The “paddles” are covered in little white tufts that look like cute polka dots- giving any room its placed in a little extra “pop”.
How do I care for houseplants?
While different types of plants may require different care routines, there are certain things that are universal to keeping houseplants healthy and thriving.
Water your plants as needed. Different types of houseplants may need more or less watering, so instead of going off a specific “calendar schedule” it is best to water them as you see fit. If they begin to look wilted, if the soil is super dry, or if the leaves begin to look crunchy- it’s probably time to give your plants some H2O.
Prune your houseplants. Pruning helps to rejuvenate them, and allow for new life to start growing. Cutting back dead or dying leaves is also beneficial to your plant. Not only does pruning help keep your plant healthy, it also makes them more visually appealing- and allows them to not grow too much and crowd out your space.
Repot overgrown plants. If plant roots grow too much and the plant has outgrown its pot, it’s time to put your plant in a new home. Make sure to use fresh potting soil when transplanting, and put the plant into a slightly larger container than before. If your plants have multiple stems, it also may be a good idea to separate them, and replant the other stems to create new plants.
Now that you have a better understanding of what types of plants are good for indoor spaces, and how to take care of them, what’s stopping you from going out and beginning your own little plant garden? Not only do plants brighten up your home, but they can also help reduce stress levels, boost the air quality of your space, and make you happier. So don’t delay! Run to your nearest greenhouse or plant store, and get your Green Thumb on!
New Year, New Me. The infamous phrase that most people seem to live by come January 1st. There are no shortages of lifestyle changes that people vow to make in the New Year- from exercising more, eating healthier or saving money. But what about New Year's resolutions with your roommates? Anyone who lives with roommates has things to change in order to make living together easier. In this article we’re going to list the goals that you and your roommates can set to make your space the best it can be and make living together better than ever.
Make a Chore Chart
The first resolution for you and your roommates is to make a chore chart. Not only does this help keep track of whose day it is to take out the garbage, but it also helps make sure that all housekeeping tasks get completed. A lot of disagreements and arguments with roommates come from not having a set chore schedule. When you don’t make a set schedule of who does what, the other roommate(s) tend to just assume that someone else will do it, and they don’t need to worry about it. Last year, I was living with three other people. One day, the dishes began to pile up. I saw it but thought, “eh, someone else will do it.” Spoiler: No one else did it. By the time I came back home from a long day at work, I saw that the dishes still hadn’t been washed. One of my roommates got extremely annoyed with all of us, and it turned into a huge argument between the four of us about chores and responsibilities. A chore chart resolved our conflict, and was the best decision we could have made. Chore charts provide so many benefits to the house beyond just keeping it clean, not to mention making a chore chart is super simple! All you need to do is grab a whiteboard and a dry erase marker, and divide up chores by day. For example: on Monday, Josh does dishes; on Wednesday, Steven does. Say goodbye to the days of dirty dishes sitting in the sink for three days, or the shower only getting cleaned once every few months. Chore charts help to balance out all the tasks, and allow roommates to keep each other accountable for keeping the house clean. In 2022 we will not stand for messy homes!
The next resolution you and your roommates should make is to communicate with each other properly. Tons of roommate unrest and tension is caused by not communicating what you are thinking or feeling thoroughly. If you’re upset that your roommate keeps eating your food but you never say anything- tensions will only rise and you will begin to build up more and more anger at them. Instead of hoping that whatever issues you may have will resolve themselves on their own- make a goal to approach dilemmas with respect. Not only should you work at approaching issues in a calm manner, you should always strive to have difficult conversations in person. Over text, you cannot tell if another person is angry or not, and to avoid any more potential conflict or confusion it is best to sit down and talk face to face at a time that works for both of you. If you and your roommate can have a calm, mature conversation about issues at hand without it resulting in an argument, you are well on the way to living in perfect harmony.
Make time to do things together
Whether your roommates are complete strangers or your best friends, it is always important to make time to do fun activities and bond together. Many people assume that just sitting in the living room and chatting for 10 minutes is enough “bonding”, but that isn't always the case. Spending quality time doing fun activities, making dinner, and having long conversations are just a few other things that can make your roommate relationship much stronger and fulfilling- and allows you to learn more about each other and other relationship skills you need for living with another person. Cooking or doing a DIY project together allows for teamwork, problem solving, and communication. Doing fun activities like painting or karaoke can help you learn more about your roommate and what they like/don’t like- such as their favorite colors, their creativity, or their personality. And having long conversations speaks for itself: from a meaningful conversation you can learn more about who they truly are, and struggles they might be facing- and learn how to help them through it.
In the end, roommate relationships will always have their ups and downs. At some point, someone will forget to take out the trash, borrow someone's clothes without asking, or leave the living room a mess. But by creating New Year’s Resolutions with your roommates, you can more than likely reduce these instances and conflicts immensely. \
As the final few seconds of the year begin to wind down, the traditional New Year’s resolutions begin to pile up in your head. Whether it may be something like going to the gym more, eating better food, trying not to drive your car as much, etc. The “New year new me” saying really gives life to the idea that you and your roommates can make changes as you enter a new year. Sticking to resolutions with your roommates can be a great way to make some improvements across the house. Here are a few things we suggest the whole house resolve to do:
Schedule Cleaning Days and Times
Sometimes, communication between roommates lacks, and when it comes to cleaning, communication is key. In order to combat any confusion and miscommunication, just sitting down and hammering out times and days for cleaning can make a world of a difference. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous at all either, take 30 minutes out of the month and plan who will clean what each week and alternate as the weeks go by. Being able to create a plan and stick to it is the hard part, the actual cleaning part, if done regularly, should take very little time each week. Having a clean home to come home to is a great feeling, and being able to start out the year with a clean slate makes all the difference.
Utilities Do Not Always Have to be On
As the new year starts, it never hurts to keep an eye out on trying to cut costs and save money for everyone. A great way to do this is limiting your energy consumption! Lights do not have to be on when no one is using them, the shower doesn’t need 15 minutes to heat up, and the oven doesn’t need to be kept on if your food is already done. These examples are usually associated with habits, and trying to break a habit can be very difficult, however, saving money can be a good incentive to break that habit. You would be amazed how much utility bills go down when you turn the lights off more often, and cut down on running the water. Not only will you and your roommates be happy, but so will your wallet.
Family Dinner, Minus the Family, Add the Roommates
When people go off to college, they often really enjoy a new sense of freedom that they don’t really get living at home. But with that freedom come some big things you miss from back home. Everyone getting together, making some food, sitting down to eat it with one another can easily be recreated with the people you live with. Have family dinners with your roommates- agree to make a meal to share with everyone. This makes cooking more enjoyable and less work. For some extra time with your roommates, go grocery shopping for ingredients together!
No matter what resolutions you and your roommates make for 2022, make sure you all have a very happy New Year!
Meeting anyone for the first time can be nerve-wracking, especially when they might be your next roommate. Everyone has different lifestyles and living expectations that you might find difficult to navigate through. Here is a simple outline of questions to ask when you chat with someone you meet on Chillow.
What type of relationship are you seeking to have with your roommates?
This is a very important question because you need to determine whether others are looking for the same type of relationship you are. If you’re looking for an up at 3 am baking brownies, telling each other everything, taking long drives, and having endless laughs type of friendship, you might want to express that. If that is what you want and you end up with someone who has no interest in being friends with their housemate(s), you might regret not talking about it beforehand. While you may end up liking your roommate regardless, you will most likely find yourself disappointed if you don’t have the type of relationship you were hoping for.
What do you like to do in your free time and on weekends?
This is a big one and can make a big difference in how much you enjoy living with your roommates. The first thing to ask is what they like to do in their free time. You don’t want to be stuck living with someone who likes to spend everyday at home when you want a friend who will run and get coffee, go out to dinner, and is always down for an adventure. You also wanna find out what they like to do on weekends because if you want wild nights on the town and to be up half the night, you probably won’t want a homebody who’s in bed by ten on the weekends.
Are you okay with visitors and overnight guests?
It’s very important to discuss whether your roommate will be fine with coming home to a house of people or whether they prefer that only people living in the house frequent it. It is also important that your roommate is comfortable with you having an overnight guest and unless you wanna be sneaking someone in like you’re seventeen and living at home again, you might wanna just ask…
What time do you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning?
While this one might not be a dealbreaker, it can still be important to talk about your preferences in terms of what time you go to bed and get up in the morning. Maybe being on opposite schedules is no big deal but that’s for you to determine. However it can be hard when your roommate wants the house quiet at ten and you’re a night owl who is up until one am most nights of the week. Whether you want a party house or a household that has enough zen for a lifetime, that’s for you to determine and for you to find the perfect roommate to fit the bill.
While I am sure there are hundreds of other questions you could potentially ask a possible roommate, these are some I suggest getting to early on in the process. Good luck out there ;)
We can all agree that Boise is a beautiful and breathtaking city at any time of year. However, Boise during the holidays is full of a whole new type of charm that finds a way to make you feel like a kid on Christmas morning. From the tree on top of the U.S. Bank building to the gorgeous snow covered foothills, Boise is truly breathtaking this time of year. Do you and your roommates want to get in a festive spirit for the holidays? I’ll tell you how.
Downtown Carriage Rides
What kid has not wished for a ride in a horse drawn carriage? The correct answer is none. Now is your chance to make that wish come true! Washington Trust Bank provides horse drawn carriage rides for the general public of all ages every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of December. The route circles from 9th street and Bannock to Capitol and back around. It’s beautiful, magical, and wait for it…. wait for it…. FREE (a college student's favorite word). All you have to do is bundle up, bring your roommates and a nice hot cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy the spectacle that is downtown Boise at the holidays.
Winter Garden Aglow
This December Winter Garden Aglow is celebrating its 25th year with yet another magnificent display of Christmas lights, decorations, and cheer. If you don’t know, Winter Garden Aglow is a 500,000 Christmas light display artfully hung along the breathtaking landscape at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Tickets can be reserved online and are booked in one hour windows. Features of this event include free (there’s that word again, wink wink) hot chocolate and cookies, burn barrels, holiday music, and much more. Masks are highly recommended this year but not required. Dress warm, take your time, and enjoy a nice walk through the artful display.
2021 Winter Window Walk
From Friday, November 26th through December 22nd, Downtown Boise presents a winter window walk. If you and your roommates are looking for a leisurely activity that heightens the holiday spirit, this is an incredible option. Grab a warm cup of coffee and make your way through the streets of downtown and enjoy the holiday decor in the windows of your favorite businesses. As you walk through the city, make sure to remember your favorite display to vote for! There are a multitude of businesses participating including: Flying M Coffeehouse, Guru Donuts, Paddles Up Poke, The Stil, and much more. While you’re out, take a stroll through Freak Alley to get some cute roomie pictures!
Travel a Little
If you’re willing to wander a little farther than the city limits of Boise you can find a larger array of Christmas activities for you and your roommates to experience in the greater Treasure Valley. In Meridian you can find The Village, a beautiful outdoor mall full of decorations and lights as well as an outdoor ice skating rink. In Caldwell you’ve got the option of a free (hehe last time, I swear) outdoor light display much like the Winter Garden Aglow. In addition, the same area houses an outdoor ice skating rink that is, sadly, not free.
Travel a Little Further…
Lastly, if you and your roommates are willing to wander a little farther than a little farther, you can make your way up to McCall and experience their winter carnival that takes place after Christmas between January 28th and February 6th. The McCall winter carnival began in the 1960’s and has grown into an Idaho classic event that attracts an average of 60,000 people a year to the small town of McCall, Idaho. There’s a large facet of events that occur throughout the week that include things like live music, parades, fireworks over Payette Lake, snow sculpting championships, and so much more. It truly is a magical way to enjoy the holidays with your roomates.
What to do Before you Leave your Home for Extended Periods of Time
Whether the snow is falling and you’re headed home for Thanksgiving or Christmas with the family, or you’re off to a spring break adventure with your friends and roommates, it can be stressful leaving your apartment or house for extended periods of time. Here are a few tips to secure your place before you leave and ensure you can enjoy your vacation without worry!
Unplug, Turn Off, Turn Down
One of our biggest tips for leaving your home is to unplug not only your straightener but the toaster, coffee pot, your chargers, your everything. Not only do you need to unplug appliances but don’t forget to turn off your lights as well. These small tasks will save a lot of electricity while you and your roommates are out of the house. In addition to this, turn your thermostat up or down depending on the time of year. Turning it completely off may not be the best option based upon the weather at the time- you don’t want to come home to frozen pipes! At the least, turning it down will save you a lot on your heating and cooling bill.
Go Through your Food
I don’t know what gets you all happy and excited but coming home to a fridge full of outdated and moldy food, doesn't do it for us. Right before your trip with the roommates, you should all focus on eating the food that won’t last until you return. Right before you leave, go through your cupboards, pantry, and refrigerator in order to throw out any food that will go bad and get smelly and moldy while you’re gone. This is a quick and easy step to ensure a happy arrival home to a clean fridge!
Secure Someone to Water your Plants and Feed your Fish!
If you have plants, fish, or pets of any sort, make sure you arrange for someone to come take care of them. There is not much that is more stressful than trying to secure someone to house sit right before you leave. If this is something you need, contact a friend or family member that you trust to look over your home and make sure you remember to provide them with a key. Leave them detailed instructions detailing how to take care of your plants, fish, or pets. Even if you don’t have anything inside your home that needs attention, you may consider asking someone to pick up you and your roommates packages or mail so that it isn’t stolen or piled up on your porch.
This one may seem like a “duh” type of moment but it goes without saying that people do often forget to simply lock up their home. Before you leave, make sure you and your roommates check your doors and even your windows, ensuring they are closed, secure, and locked tight. Consider leaving your outside lights on a timer to leave the illusion that someone is home, or giving a friend a key just in case someone were to need it.
You shouldn’t be stressed on vacation. Don’t let your home be something you’re worried about.
Ah, the holiday season is upon us- and our hearts are feeling extra full.. but our wallets may not be feeling the same way. Purchasing gifts for your family, friends, roommates and coworkers can add financial stress to your busy life. Especially when you also have to purchase food, trips home, and all the decorations that go into making your home a cozy winter wonderland. Nothing screams Christmas like a warm home with beautiful Christmas lights lining the windows, and a Christmas tree stocked full of ornaments that you and your roommates hung together on the delicate branches. Decorating the home with your roommates makes the holiday season special. Here are a few tips for decorating your house this December, on a budget.
Reuse what you already have
You and your roommates don’t have to buy every Christmas decoration- some can be refurbished or repurposed from other items you already own. Start by finding items around the house that you or your roommates can turn into beautiful holiday decor. Even things like an old wagon, red canisters and bowls, blankets and pillows will work beautifully! Add a delicate green or red bow to old mason jars, vases, etc to quickly turn them into a whole new decoration piece. Have a blanket or pillow that already has a pop of Christmas color? Throw that on the couch. The possibilities are truly endless with a little imagination.
Second Hand Store, First Hand Fun
Shiny holiday displays can be so tempting to purchase for your home, but often come along with a high price tag. Believe it or not, you and your roommates don’t have to pay the big bucks to get into the holiday cheer. You and your roommates probably like to recycle and reuse items when able to reduce your waste. Second hand shopping is a great way to do this! Something you may find at your local holiday store for 50 dollars could be as little as 5 at a thrift store or second hand shop. These are always worth checking out if you are looking for lights, decorations, and ugly sweaters. Remember, you and your roommates can always add your own touches to pieces from second hand stores with some good DIY!
D.I.Y Instead of B.U.Y
Do you remember those paper snowflakes we used to make in elementary school? Turns out, our teachers were onto something. Time to get your roommates together for a fun, winter decoration making night! Unique paper decorations can work great for this time of year and only cost you and your roommates around $2! Snowflakes aren’t the only thing you can make out of paper, either! You and your roommates can make ornaments, wreaths, stars, and holiday signs. You and your roommates don’t have to stick with plain white paper- feel free to try bold paper colors, throw some glitter in there and watch your room transform. ‘Tis the season of creativity!
If making something out of paper isn't your thing, we suggest you and your roommates use ribbon instead. You can still make wreaths, ornaments, and even snowflakes out of ribbon! Don’t forget to add some pretty bows around your home or apartment as well! Check out this link for more inspiration on how to DIY decorate for the holidays with your roommates. Whatever crafts you choose to do, I promise you and your roommates will love it just as much as your wallets do!
Dress up your front door
Your front door is the entrance to your magical winter wonderland so it goes without saying that it needs to look the part. Not only is it the first thing you and your roommates see as you enter your home, it is also on display for the neighborhood or apartment complex. A Christmas wreath is an easy way to add a pop of holiday spirit to your front door and inexpensive ones are all over if you take the time to look. Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, even Trader Joes! Dressing up your front door with leftover ribbon is a perfect alternative to a wreath and it’s guaranteed to leave your door merry and bright for all to see without breaking the budget.
Focus on the tree
If there was a part of the decorating process that you were going to spend the most time and money on, make it be on the green and fury thing we call a tree. While lights and decor are beautiful, the tree will always steal the show and be the focus of everyone's attention. It is often at the center of your room and you want it to be eye popping and breathtaking. That being said, getting a tree doesn’t have to be expensive. You and your roommates can split the cost of a six foot tree for as little as forty dollars. If you want something smaller it will only be cheaper and there is always the option of getting a small tree and replanting it after the season. Or, get a group of roommates and friends and a permit from the Forest Service & cut down your very own tree from the wilderness!
DON’T laugh at the dollar store
The quickest and cheapest way to decorate your home for Christmas with your roommates is and always will be the trusty ole dollar store. Stockings, lights, wall decor, wreaths, tree ornaments, you name it the dollar store has it and the best part… It's only a dollar! Everything you could possibly need to turn your home into the North Pole can be found between those four walls. These decorations will last many years if you treat them with care after this year’s holiday season. What can be better than spending a dollar on a decoration that can be reused?
Lastly, remember it isn’t the decorations that matter
Remember that what makes a house a home isn’t what is on the walls, the furniture you sit on, or even the size of the tree you and your roommates get. Christmas is a time to be thankful, be kind, and to focus on being present with your roommates, friends and family, not presents from friends and family. And it is most definitely not about decorations. What matters is the friendships that are formed and the memories that are made within those four walls of your home. Everything else is simply a bonus.
Oh, The holiday season- it’s the most wonderful time of the year! People gather with family, friends and roommates near and far to celebrate holiday traditions. From hot chocolate to candy canes, first snow to Christmas lights- there are so many things that make this time of year extra enjoyable. Holiday celebrations are always best when they are spent with people you’re close to. While you may already have plans with your family lined up for the big holidays, you can have fun with your roommates and friends in the days leading up to the holiday you celebrate! Kick the festivities up a notch this year, and try these fun ideas with your roommates this holiday season!
Host an ugly sweater party
Grab your roommates and friends for a night of creativity and laughter as you have a competition to see who can create the ugliest Christmas sweater. Ask everyone to bring their oldest sweater, and let the fun begin! Take a trip with your roommates to purchase decoration items like hot glue, pom poms, ribbon, pipe cleaners, felt, fabric markers, and scissors. Then, let your imagination flow. From Santa or snowman inspired getups, to awful Christmas pickup lines- the sky’s the limit! To make the evening extra fun, have everyone bring their favorite Christmas snack or drink and indulge in delicious food while DIY-ing your sweaters! Once everybody is finished, walk down a makeshift catwalk to your favorite Christmas song, and model your creations for each other! Hosting parties is a fun way to spend time with your roommates and friends (it makes the next morning’s cleanup more fun, too!!)
Have a Christmas themed bake off
One of the best parts about the holidays is all the delicious food that you get to eat. While everybody loves a good Holiday ham or a fancy charcuterie board, the desserts always steal the show. So why not try your hand at creating a new Christmas themed recipe with your roommates? Divide yourself up into teams and get to work creating a bakery masterpiece. Go to the store and get Christmas themed cookie cutters, festive sprinkles, edible glitter, and frosting. Use your creativity to not only create a new recipe, but also decorate your dessert in the spirit of the holiday season. Some ideas of food to make include cupcakes, rice crispy treats, brownies, whatever you’re craving! When you’re done, enjoy your creations- if they’re edible- as you have a Christmas movie marathon with your roommates. If your goodies are extra delicious, consider taking some to your neighbors to spread some Christmas cheer!
Drive To the Lights!
Christmas light viewing is a classic holiday activity. Bundle up in your cutest (and warmest) winter outfit, and stop by Dutch Bros to grab some hot chocolate before going to look at all the different neighborhood light shows. The Scentsy building in Meridian has a beautiful outdoor light setup that you can walk through for free! Another popular event is the Winter Garden Aglow event at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. With millions of lights hung up all around, Winter Garden Aglow is a breathtaking event that everyone should see. If you’re looking for something you can enjoy from the comfort and warmth of your car, many houses in Boise have spectacular light shows of their own. If you visit Boise Christmas Lights, you will be able to find houses near you with light shows connected to music!
And there you have it! Three fun ideas that you and your roommates can do to add a little extra cheer to this holiday season. No matter what you and your roommates do, don’t forget to tell them you’re grateful for them. It is the season of love, after all. :)
The Chillow app is officially launched! We’re thrilled to make our visions come to life on our new platform. Celebrate with us and read all the details of how Chillow can serve you in the future. What are you waiting for?! Get ready to swipe those fingers, head to the App Store & download today!
Say goodbye to scrolling on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace only to see strange listings that end up being a scam. These platforms will leave you feeling tired and frustrated with the fact you can’t just easily look for roommates. Don’t fret, Chillow has you covered with our easy swiping tool. As you go through other users on the platform you can view their profile. Through this feature you’re able to see people’s lifestyles, pet preferences and reviews from their previous roommates seeing if they were actually reliable. If you like what you see, swipe right! If you want to keep searching for the perfect roommate, swipe left!
Posting a Craigslist ad searching for a roommate is so 2010. Matching with verified and reliable roommates on Chillow IS the future. We’re here to help you find roommates with a quick swipe. See someone with similar interests as you? Swipe right! If both parties feel the same, our platform will match you two. Once the match screen pops up on your iPhone, you have the option to keep swiping on other profiles or you can reach out to your potential new roomie!
Now that you have a few matches and potential future roommates, it’s time to reach out to them. Chillow has made it easy with our messaging tool! Chatting gives you the option to get to know the other person better and see if they match what their profile says. If you need a few ideas on how to break the ice, check out our previous blog giving you all the tips and tricks on how!
Now for our favorite feature...REVIEWING! We’re sure if you're reading this blog you’ve had at least one bad roommate experience. Chillow is here to save you from any future horror stories. These past experiences are why we chose to include roommate reviews on our app. Providing this feature will allow users to have a glimpse into what moving in with this person would look like. It’s easy for a stranger to falsely pose online as someone they’re not. Our review feature will quickly allow you to see if they’re legit. Are you wanting to build a more credible profile for others to see? Send your past roomies a request to review you on the app!
Find a Place
If you’ve already found your roomie for the school year but are struggling with where you’re going to live, Chillow has your back with our Find a Place feature! We’re getting to the root of the issue by connecting landlords and tenants directly. When on the app simply swipe to the Home icon to find available spaces for rent in the area. When you see one you love, message the lister! From there you two can connect on all the details and most importantly when you and your roomie can move in!
Now that you got a glimpse at our amazing new platform features, head to the App Store and search “Chillow” to experience them firsthand. The Chillow Team can’t wait to have you all experience a better way to find roommates and housing in the area! -The Chillow Team
As the first half of 2021 comes to a close, Idaho has begun recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic along with the rest of the world. Boise is beginning to feel like the global pandemic was a thing of the past. With life moving on, many Boise residents have been observing the housing struggles in the area. We will cover the pitfalls and possibilities of the housing market in the Treasure Valley so you can find a great place to live with your new awesome roommate(s) you found on Chillow!
Show me the money!
Have you been wondering what is going on with finding a good place to live in Boise? 2021 marks the first time in history that housing prices in the Treasure Valley have a median of $500,000 (via We Know Boise Real Estate). Aside from the increase in house prices over recent years, rent has increased as well. Across this time Boise has moved into one of the top cities to move to in the United States. With Boise's housing market hot people are left feeling stranded and panicked to find a home that fits their budget and needs. Rent in Boise has increased by $265 on average since 2018, now the average rent for a single family home is nearing the $1800 mark. It’s expensive finding a place to leave, let us at Chillow help you find the people you will live with!
Vacancy in the Treasure Valley
Does it feel like every single space in town is full? It almost is! The vacancy rates in Boise have decreased across the last three years, down to a measly 1.2% in 2021. As vacancy has decreased, rent has risen to an average of $1743 for a single family home. Chillow is here to help you find your new place with your new roommate! Part of these forces are attributed to what some call the “Boise Tax”. This concept is that Boise residents are willing to suffer lower wages in reference to housing and other cost of living fees. The reason many of us are willing to make this sacrifice is due to the great quality of life in the Treasure Valley. Can you blame us? The Treasure Valley rocks!
Are you handy?
So now that we have the low-down on the market, what now? What can the average millennial or Zoomer in Boise do? Chillow knows that finding homes to purchase in the Treasure Valley will certainly be a challenge. Many homes that are available under $500,000 will be fixer uppers. If you have the resources, time and your tool box, this can be a really rewarding option. Many people do this to also experience a sense of accomplishment once they complete the renovations on their new home. They did have their hand in creating a beautiful home after all! There is also the possibility of making a profit on a fixer-upper, if you sell after your fixing up is done. For those of us not so handy with tools, rentals are going to be where we reside.
The rental market in Boise and the surrounding area is very competitive. Finding an apartment or townhome that suits you and your roommate’s needs may be difficult. One way to cast a wider net for the search is to include houses, condos and other sublets that may have just enough rooms up for you and your roommates. Once you have your list compiled of ideal living spaces, make sure to carefully apply to apartments and other properties owned by property management companies as applying to too many can lower you and your co-signer’s credit!
Now you have the lowdown on how to find a living space in Ada county with your new roomies. Take some time and evaluate which option is best for you, then hop on Chillow and talk with your new potential roommates. Once you’ve found your next best roommate, brainstorm how you can get into your dream place! Teamwork is always best. Stay tuned for more local tips, locations, and activities to check out! -The Chillow Team
Moving into a new place is nerve-racking in itself, and adding a new roommate into the mix can make it even more so! That first interaction can seem a little awkward... but not to stress, we’ve all been there. To prepare you on how you can ease the anxiety and get to know the other person, the Chillow Team thought we would share our tips and tricks on how to break the ice with your new roomie!
Break that ice
You may be thinking in the back of your mind "What the heck are we going to talk about?" which can lead to some awkward silences. This is where the game of “20 Questions” comes to play! Yes-- you heard us right, the game you played in high school when you started talking to your crush. Asking your roommate general questions is essential to getting to know them. It can also help you find out what type of person your roommate is and what their passions are. Here are a few questions to start: -Where are you from? -What is your favorite thing to do? -Do you have any siblings? -Are you a morning person or a night owl? -What is your favorite food? -What has been your favorite adventure? -Did you have any pets growing up? -Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Play “Two Truths & A Lie”
The one exception to lying: this game! This one is guaranteed to be a good time! It doubles as a fun activity and a way to get closer to your roommate. The game is pretty self-explanatory: say two things you want to share about yourself and one lie that might throw your roomie off! This game is a classic for a reason. It is used by companies, friends, and groups all around to get to know a person & to share something you want other people to know. This is your opportunity to show off your crazy past, tell a secret and have some laughs!
Find a common hobby
...and plan to do it together! After playing both 20 Questions and Two Truths & A Lie you should have a solid idea of what your roommate is into. Pick something you mutually enjoy and ask if they want to do it together! This is a great bonding experience and can be the start of many memories together as your roommates. The added bonus is you are both doing something you love!
Run don't walk to Trader Joes
You all should’ve seen this one was coming! You’ll be needing food in your new place and who isn’t obsessed with Trader Joe’s?! Take this opportunity to invite your new roommate to tag along! While you’re shopping through the aisles you can investigate what foods are their favorite and ones they despise. This is also a great time to plan a meal to cook together!
Now it's time to get cooking
Who doesn’t love a home-cooked meal? The Chillow Team certainly does! Have a night where you both don’t have anything going on? Suggest cooking a meal together. Who knows if your new roomie has a special dish they love making! Cooking together is a fun activity that includes teamwork, easy-flowing conversation, and something which can make your new place really feel like home.
Go out on the town
When in Rome...well maybe not exactly but you get where we are going with this! It’s exciting to see your new surroundings and find those cool new spots to hang out at. Doing it with your roommate is great because you guys can find your favorite place to go together in the future. While exploring you guys will be able to share laughs and create memories while roaming around the city!
Create a roomie bucket list
Want those unforgettable memories? Making a buck list together will do the trick! This is a great way to make future plans with your roommate and could be the start of a great friendship! You can ask them about all those fun things they’ve always wanted to try, places they’ve wanted to visit, any adventure they’ve wanted to go on, etc. Another fun thing to do is write each bucket list item on a piece of paper and put them in a jar. Next time your roommate and you can’t figure out what to do, pick one out and go from there!
Find a TV series to watch together
Grab a blanket and your popcorn, because watching a new series with your roommate is a fun activity while chilling at home! Take this time to look through Netflix and find something that interests both of you. If you find a series this can instantly become a routine to watch that show together. Heck, you can even plan one night of the week to cuddle up with your popcorn and indulge! This can create a tradition to do together when you’re both at home! The Chillow Team’s personal favorites include The Bachelor, Emily in Paris, You, or Outerbanks!
As roommate-finding experts, we know how scary it can be to move into a new place with someone else. Breaking through that initial awkward stage can be tough but the best thing to remember is we all have to start somewhere. Begin by asking questions about your roomie, create a fun activity to do together, and make an effort to get to know them. We hope after reading this you have an idea of fun activities and games to get those conversations started and memories created! We cannot wait to hear all about them. Best of luck!
Here at Chillow, we know the horror of a drill it can be when you finally get home. You go into the kitchen and see the dishwasher is clean, waiting to be unloaded and the dishes put back into their designated home. For a split second, you think about possibly unloading it, then turn lazy and wait for your roommate to do it instead. We could go on about all the things we should be doing when living with roommates. Have your roommates ever left dirty dishes in the sink? When you lived with someone else and you were doing most of the cleaning? Has your roommate ever borrowed something without asking? Do they even respect your space? If any of the above scenarios sound a little too familiar you may want to stick around, because we’re here to start the awkward conversation about the dos and don’ts of living with others! A little roommate etiquette 101 if you will.
We could all use a little refresher on proper etiquette so without further ado, here are some things to remember when living with someone else!
Find a roommate with similar values & lifestyle
This was first on our list for a reason. When you live with someone whose values are the same, chances are they have a similar outlook on respecting the mutual living space. If you didn’t talk about your lifestyles and values before becoming roommates don’t worry, it isn’t too late! Make sure to sit down and find out what they value to better understand how they will act when living with another person.
Establishing some basic rules with your roommates
You would be surprised at how many people forget this step, but the Chillow Team is here to tell you just how important it is! Next time you’re together grab a piece of paper and write down some agreed rules to hold each other accountable. Talk about what you expect from each other, who pays for what, what is important to you etc.
Respect your roommate’s space
Living with someone means you have a fair amount of shared space. Make sure you keep your home clean and welcoming for your roommates and guests. A good rule of thumb is to leave your home in the same -or even better- way when you first moved in.
Check-in with your roommate before inviting guests
The tenants of the home should be in agreement with who is coming over. If they say no, stay true to your roommate agreement or stick to your room. As we said, it’s called a shared space for a reason.
Don’t be a food robber, eat your own!
Do we even need to explain our thoughts on this? If it is your food, go for it. If you know it’s not yours, keep your paws off. If you absolutely can’t live without eating it, be sure to ask your roommate first. The worst thing they can do is say no! Out of common courtesy keep in mind the “ask or don’t touch” rule.
Talk about quiet time & watch your volume
What...Your roommate said turn down your music at 12 am? I know it’s a shock to some but others may need to get their 8 hours of sleep in. If this is the case, the Chillow Team recommends putting your headphones in. Respect your roommate’s quiet time, and they will hopefully do the same. Who knows when you’ll be cramming an essay due in one hour and need silence to focus?
Ask before borrowing
We all know the feeling of anger when you are trying to find something and it disappears out of nowhere. The next time you grab a roommate’s shirt be sure to get permission beforehand! And of course, out of respect, put it back where it belongs when you’re done.
Clean up after yourself
No one likes a messy house. I mean The Chillow Team certainly doesn’t! Keeping your things organized and tidy is something you should always remember. We had to leave you guys with this last tip and trick of our roommate etiquette 101. Cleaning up after yourself will keep a happy household and establish a good routine between you and your roommate.
We certainly don’t know all the answers but the most important thing Chillow knows is to be honest, respectful, and dependable when it comes to living with someone else. If you’re too scared to talk about this with your roommates, Chillow has you covered. Send this blog to them as a hint to begin that happy living environment. We are confident after reading this you can become a master at practicing roommate etiquette too!
Do you think where you live is considered safe? Each year there are about 2.5 million burglaries, 66% of which are home break-ins. Think your neighborhood is safe enough to not have a security system? Homes without one are 300% more likely to be broken into, according toSafe At Last 2021 burglary statistics.
Why is home security so important? Think about it. Everyone needs a safe place they can call home. Somewhere they can keep their belongings, have a place to relax and trust those inside it. Having a stranger coming in and treating your privacy like it’s a public space is enough to make someone extremely uncomfortable. One incident of someone breaking into your safe space can really take a toll on a person. Make your home security a top priority. Not sure where to start? Keep reading, we’ve got some ideas on how to start.
Safety measures you can do before and while living in the space
Taking note of the area you live in, the neighborhood you’re a part of and how your home is built is a good starting point of how you can figure out what security measures should be taken. Do you have roommates? Make sure you each have a key to unlock the front door. Have a garage door? Be sure only the people living there know the code. Worried about a previous tenant still having a key or knowing the garage code? Contact your landlord to change locks and codes immediately so you all can feel safe.
Make a checklist before leaving or going to sleep
Depending on the style of your home, there’s multiple things you can double check to make sure are working properly and will prevent someone from coming into. The best part about this? It’s free to do. Make sure your windows are closed and locked, or you have something put in place allowing anyone from outside your home to open it. Checking to make sure your doors are locked and blinds are closed seem simple, yet some people forget about this simple and obvious one. An extra security measure you could do is putting and turning on a light at your front door. This way if a person knocks on your door in the middle of the night, you’re able to take a look to see who it is.
Extra security measures that won’t break your bank
According to a2019 home security safety report, 59% of people ages 18-34 don’t have a security measure in their home and 33% of people claim they don’t have one because they cannot afford it. Most people would rather save money for just as effective safety measures. Especially if you’re only renting from this home, you’re not going to want to install an entire security system. Luckily there are cheaper options! Worried your door isn’t secure? Amazon sells a home security door smart lock for $12. Don’t have a peephole and want to see who’s at your door before opening it? You can purchase a doorbell camera for around $100! You can even pair it to you and your roommate’s phones to take a look at.
Almost 75% of people who have a security system feel safer in their home. Hopefully you’ll never have to worry about someone breaking into your safe space but just in case, be sure to pay close attention to security measures you can be taking to make sure this never happens to you and your roommate. We hope this blog helps you think about your home and how you can make it a better place to live in!
Advice We Wish We Received Before Getting Roommates
Now what kind of people would we be if we didn't speak up about pressing topics?? Here at Chillow, we want to give you the best advice possible based on our past experiences and what we've learned from them thus far. It's up to your if you decide to take it with a grain of salt or treat it as valuable information for your future endeavors.
Whether you're about to be living with roommates for the first time or have already experienced living with other people but are wondering what keeps going wrong, we've got advice on some things you should know and understand before moving in with someone else.
Something bothering you? Speak up
We’re all adults here. If something is making you uncomfortable and you fail to address it to the other person, unnecessary tension can arise and the other person may have no clue at all. Once you bottle up your feelings and fail to express them, it becomes a snowball effect. Start on a positive note of being open with your roommate and continue it throughout your time living together.
You're roommates, not necessarily best friends
Sometimes with friendship comes bottling up certain emotions to spare the other person’s feelings. While you can still do this with a roommate, there’s not as much pressure. There is a good chance once your lease is over you’ll never see this person again. If you feel the relationship isn’t positive, give it space and don’t feel the need to treat it like a friendship.
Good friends don't always make good roommates
If only we had gotten this advice sooner.. Rooming with a good friend can sound great since you already know them and have a strong bond. But the truth is living with that person can be a completely different story. You may begin to notice their habits and not agree with them. Spending all your time together and living in close quarters may bring out their true colors. Our advice? Pay attention to who your friend is and if they would be a good roommate before making a spur of the moment decision.
Exchange emergency information just in case
There’s a very slim chance they’ll be texting and becoming best friends with your mother. But would that be the worst thing in the world? Definitely better than them not knowing who to call if you haven’t come home in the past couple of days. We suggest exchanging your parent’s and best friend’s contact info so you don’t have to scramble if a potential situation arises.
Compromise, then compromise some more
Teamwork makes the dream work. There is unfortunately no such thing as the perfect living situation with a roommate. Talk through what your expectations are first, then depending on what the other person says, create a solution that pleases both parties. If you’re unable to do so, take a break and revisit the conversation.
Talk about the unacceptables
Some things cannot be compromised. For example, it’s okay to tell your roommate you won’t allow smoking in the apartment. The same goes for them asking you not to randomly come home with a pet because they are severely allergic. It’s okay to know your limits and not allow some things to happen!
Let them know if you're having people over
...Because it’s the courteous (and adult) thing to do. It’d be unfortunate if you had a test to study for all weekend and your roommate decides to throw a party. The same goes for letting them know if your parents will be making a visit so they can tidy up the place. It’s important to let each other know who will be coming to the apartment. Which brings us to our next piece of advice.
Let them know if your significant other will be living there too
...Instead of them showing up one day and never leaving. Yeah, you’d be surprised how common this one is. This can be a VERY uncomfortable situation to be in so please just don’t spring this up on someone, especially without talking about it beforehand. You guys have made an agreement and signed a lease with your names on them, not the boyfriend’s. Especially if they are not offering to pay a portion of the rent, utilities or groceries, they should find somewhere else to call home base.
Take note of your habits
There are 7 billion people in the world (and counting). We can almost guarantee the way you were raised isn’t the same as how your roommate was. You each will have different habits that may seem normal to you but foreign to the other. Just be aware of what you’re doing in your living space each day. Need an example? Not cleaning up the dishes as soon as you’re done with a meal, leaving the toilet seat up, taking three or more days to do laundry… you get the idea. The more courteous you are, the more courteous your roommate will be.
Getting roommates doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With the advice from this blog and Chillow’s app to guide you through finding reliable and verified people in your area, luck is on your side! Our mission is to make living with roommates a good experience. We hope you think of this information as valuable advice and use it for your future decision-making when it comes to living with someone else. Until next time!
You may be thinking the person who uploaded the house or apartment is just doesn’t know how to work a computer. We’re here to assure you that’s completely false. Do not invest your time into looking at a home when the person couldn’t put basic information up. If they were really wanting to lease the place, they would have written a description.
2. Zero or hardly any photos listed
Similar to what we’ve said above, do not waste your time. It may be in the perfect location for your work commute but the actual place may or may not be a hazardous waste site. Especially if the listing has been up for over a week, there shouldn’t be any excuse for why there aren’t photos listed. Take our advice, the place is probably a dump and not worth living in.
3. Photos are stretched
One of the most frustrating things is thinking you’ve found a great place to live and when you go to see it in-person, the apartment is half the size of what the photos made it out to be! It only takes experiencing this once to be able to tell which online photos are real and which are stretched. Don’t let the photos fool you.
4. Windows are closed in photos
On one hand the outside yard may need some work and on the other hand, you could have a VERY close neighbor whose window looks right into yours. This is something worth asking about. It’s possible the person who took the photos may have gotten lazy so make sure you know the truth of what view you’d be looking at.
5. Rent seems too good to be true
Extremely cheap rent could mean there are major problems with the property. Your monthly utility bills could be sky-high, everything will need to be replaced as soon as you move in, or in the fine print the landlord has mentioned you not getting your safety deposit back.
6. You're unable to look at the listing in-person until signing the lease
No, just no. If someone says you’re unable to look at the place until the papers are signed, run for the hills. The hills to a new place. They are obviously trying to hide something (and potentially MAJOR issues with the apartment) and don’t want you being aware until you’re trapped in the lease.
7. All the houses in the neighborhood are for sale
This could potentially mean all the places are new, but if you do a little digging you’ll be able to find out for sure. This could mean crime rates are rising in the area and it’s not a safe place to live anymore, or something in the community is being built or changed out. If you’re able to, ask around and see if you can figure it out.
8. Odors in the house
And no, we don’t mean food. If they have a strict no pet policy but the place smells like a litter box, tell them and let them know you’re confused. If there are odors you’ve never smelled before, they could be extremely harmful. Mold could be growing in the home and you have no idea. There could be plumbing problems waiting for you to fix once moved in. Make sure you speak up about this if you smell anything off!
9. The landlord doesn't live in the same city, state or country
A landlord should live in the same area as the place you’re leasing. If you’re confused as to why, check out our previous blog, Maintaining A Good Relationship With Your Landlord. If you run into issues during your stay, they are in charge of providing assistance. If you’re living in Boise, Idaho and they’re in Miami, it’s going to be near impossible for them to help you if a serious problem occurs. Make sure you do your research!
10. The landlord doesn't provide a damage checklist when moving in
Long story short, the landlord is going to try and charge you for things you didn’t do. When moving into a new home, it’s important to take note of everything that is damaged, doesn’t work, etc. If your landlord doesn’t provide you with a checklist, take notes AND photos while moving in. Make sure they’re submitted to them and saved on your end so when your lease is up, you can still receive your safety deposit back.
And there you have it! Be sure you really look into the place you’re wanting to live in before you move in so you don’t have unnecessary stress in your new home. Good luck in your search, we wish you nothing but the best! Stay tuned for a blog in the near future talking about the most important things to look for when finding a home! -The Chillow Team
Maintaining A Good Relationship With Your Landlord
You've finally found your roommate off the Chillow app and are about to put a deposit down on an apartment-- YAY! You receive the landlord's information but you're not sure how to introduce yourselves. Maybe you've never experienced having a landlord before. Are there guidelines the two of you should be following?
It's important to foster a relationship with your landlord and maintain it throughout the duration of your lease. Never done this before? Unsure where to start? Keep reading, we're here to help!
Before moving in
All tenants should introduce themselves before moving in. Get coffee or take a tour of the place you're looking at with them! With COVID-19 still an ongoing issue, an email to your landlord should also suffice. While introductions are being made, be sure to be transparent. Let them know how long you plan on living on the property, who your roommates will be, if any pets will be living there, etc. The last thing you want is your landlord finding out you weren't completely honest with them when they come by for a maintenance check.
During your lease
Here's the thing: landlords are not your babysitter nor are they there to spy and get you in trouble. Now that's out of the way, here's what you should be doing during your time living in this apartment. Resolving maintenance issues quickly before they get out of hand is important to remember! You don't want to worry about paying a large amount of money for something which could've been avoided if you had called your landlord sooner. Check ups are a good thing! If you notice problems, make a list and bring it to their attention. Be sure to make reminders for dates you should be paying rents and utilities. If you're not the only person living on the property, remember you are responsible for yourself, not your roommate. If you've been paying your half on time with no issues but you roomie isn't doing the same, make sure you landlord is notified of the situation! You shouldn't be penalized for someone else's doing.
When moving out
Once your lease is up or you decide to move out (things happen, it is 2021 after all), be sure to communicate your plan! Whether it's just you moving out or all parties involved, here's how you should follow. Most importantly, clean up after yourself. Don't leave the place a mess for your landlord or the next tenants to deal with. It will also save you a ton of money in cleaning fees. Speaking of fees, don't forget to make sure you've paid all rent, utilities and other fees. A clean home at the end of your time there equals a VERY happy landlord, and hopefully means you'll get your entire safety deposit back! And remember to give back your keys before taking off on your next adventure.
There you have it! We hope this helps distinguish how to create and maintain a relationship between you and your landlord! As always, communication is your key to success. Until next time!
Everyone eventually moves out of their parent's home but does anyone really know the easy way to make the transfer? You just turned eighteen. You're going to college and moving into a dorm. You've finally saved up enough money to become financially independent. No matter the situation, you're ready to move out. First off, congratulations! This is a huge milestone for anyone. Being on your own for the first time can be terrifying and stressful, yet exciting because it will help you grow into the person you're meant to be. Just in case the nerves are hitting a little extra for your big move, we've created a cheat sheet to assist you. Call it a survival guide if you'd like.
Have a game plan
The best way to be prepared (and not have to eventually move back in with your parents) is to do your research. If you're moving to a new city, familiarize yourself with the area and find out if there's a difference in living costs. If you're able to afford a 1 bedroom apartment in the area, amazing. If you're still needing to find a roommate, use a reliable source *cough cough* where you're able to look at the person's track record. Once you find a verified roommate, create a roommate agreement. What expectations do you have? Are you wanting to live in this space with this person short term or long? No one wants to prepare for the worst but you'll also need a plan if you start to struggle. The best solution is to confide in your roommate or parents. Be honest if you're not in a good place. If you need someone to lean on, use your new roomie. If you're missing home a little extra, text your parents about coming home for dinner. They're still your parents and there's no doubt they miss you too!
Create a budget
Trust us, you'll want to do this and the sooner the better. It's not fun eating ramen for a week straight because you miscalculated how much money was in your checking account over the weekend. The simplest way to do this is to create an excel spreadsheet and calculate your earnings and expenses for each month. Things you'll want to include are rent, utilities, groceries, gas, spending money, etc. Remember to have some form of an emergency fund. No one envisioned being in a pandemic (or for this long) but we're here living it. Take it as a lesson to save when you can. One of the most important and liberating lessons of adulthood is to become financially independent. Stick to your monthly budget so you don't have to worry about not being able to afford next month's rent.
The perfect home takes time
If everyone could have an apartment the way Pinterest shows, all would be right in the world. Remember good things take time! Inspiration boards are amazing to hold onto the photo until you can afford those items. In the meantime, stick to the essentials: a mattress, bed frame, kitchen table and chairs, couch, etc. Once you and your roommate are able to afford decorations, there are tons of places to find what you're looking for at discounted prices. Go to your local thrift store to see what they're carrying! Wanting to find something virtually instead? Facebook Marketplace has so many gems waiting for you! Getting crafty and doing it yourself is always an option too.
Leaving home can be bittersweet. Saying goodbye to home cooked meals, your mom occasionally doing your laundry or even just being around familiar faces. These feelings are completely normal and valid. The important thing is you were able to make the decision in confidence because you're at a point in life where you can make it on your own! Saying goodbye to living with your parents doesn't mean saying goodbye to them forever. This newfound freedom is well worth the process and we cannot wait to see where you take off! Thanks for reading and the best of luck to you.
Tired of packing a bag each night before heading over to your partner's home, then accidentally forgetting your phone charger or worse--leaving it there? You've talked about the possibility of moving in together here and there so maybe it's time to take action. More couples are living together before marriage now than ever. People want to know who they'll be living with and would rather not have it be a surprise later on. They want to see how cohabitation would work an dhow they'll interact with one another. Whether you're moving in together tomorrow or a couple months down the road, we have advice for you to be prepared for this big decision in any relationship.
Have realistic expectations
Before signing the lease, have conversations to get an idea of what you're walking into. There's a pretty great chance the way you were brought up and the lifestyle you have is not the same as your significant other's. You may be wondering why your girlfriend is walking around the apartment with her shoes on because you were taught to leave them at the front door when you were little. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink may not seem like a big deal but to your significant other it's their biggest pet peeve. Let's put it this way: your flaws are on full display now that you're sharing a living space and while you may not notice them, they're standing out to your partner. Compromise (and patience) will play a huge role when dating and even more when living with your romantic partner. At the end of the day they're still your roommate and you should treat them as such. Delegate chores and both do your part in maintaining a home. If you need help and don't know where to start, refer to our previous blogs for assistance!
Remember to take time for yourself
Before signing the lease, have conversations to get an idea of what you're walking into. There's a pretty great chance the way you were brought up and the lifestyle you have is not the same as your significant other's. You may be wondering why your girlfriend is walking around the apartment with her shoes on because you were taught to leave them at the front door when you were little. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink may not seem like a big deal but to your significant other it's their biggest pet peeve. Let's put it this way: your flaws are on full display now that you're sharing a living space and while you may not notice them, they're standing out to your partner. Compromise (and patience) will play a huge role when dating and even more when living with your romantic partner. At the end of the day they're still your roommate and you should treat them as such. Delegate chores and both do your part in maintaining a home. If you need help and don't know where to start, refer to our previous blogs for assistance!
With new space comes new love
In times where you may be second-guessing yourself, remember why you made this decision in the first place. It could have been to save money since you were already spending the night at their place and this was the logical choice. It could be because you were wanting to take the next step in your relationship and see if this could work in the long haul. Heck, it could have been because you were desperate to move out of your parent's house. Whatever it was, remember it in challenging moments. Once you're able to do this you'll see the decision and relationship in a new light. Moving forward in any relationship will present challenges and rewards. You may have to tidy up your home more than usual or have to get rid of some clothes because you're now sharing a closet. But now you have someone to cook dinner with, have movie marathons with and snuggle up to at the end of the day. You'll get to know things about each other every day which you wouldn't have known unless you decided to take the leap.
Unfortunately not all relationships will last in the long haul. Be sure to have an exit strategy plan in case. Although a harsh reality, it's better to have the conversation than trying to scramble to find a new home or how to come up with the money to break a lease. Don't let this scare you. Moving in together is a HUGE step in any relationship; celebrate accordingly! Cheers to the both of you and the best of luck. Until next time!
Let's face it: your parents can't clean up after your mess forever. Keeping a home clean can be hard and especially now with working from home, living with roommates and having a pet or two. Maintaining a clean home is less about time spent and more about creating small habits and routines along the way. If you're among those struggling to keep your home tidy, keep scrolling through our blog because we've got some tips for you.
Simply ask yourself: do I REALLY need this? Think of the motto "less is more" for some additional inspiration. The more things you have, the more piles of stuff in your home. An easy tip to create less clutter is when purchasing something new, you also get rid of an item you already have. You can sell it, donate it or throw it in the trash. Another tip to save space (and money) is getting all-purpose cleaning supplies. This way you'll have less junk in your cabinets and a little less stress.
Make a schedule
Try sticking with a routine like cleaning the fridge once a month, cleaning your bathroom or washing your sheets every other week. When you start creating these habits over time you'll find you're not making excuses for why your house is in a constant state of mess. It could be as simple as dedicating one hour each day to cleaning instead of waiting until the last minute when you've run out of clean underwear and can't find the remote to the TV.
Live with roommates? Delegate tasks
We're all in this together! Cleaning your home should be done collectively. The good news is you don't have to do EVERY task. If you can't stand to take the trash out, offer to mow the lawn instead. If there's a task neither of you want to do, well you'll have a buddy to talk to while completing it. Don't forget to blast your favorite playlist and jam while cleaning to make the time pass by!
Clean as you go
Instead of leaving your dirty dishes in the sink and having that "I'll do it later" mentality, clean up your messes in the kitchen as you're cooking your meals. It's guaranteed to make a difference in the hygiene of your home and you won't have to worry about piles of dirt or laundry to clean up later. You also won't need to be speed cleaning right before your friends come over for game night.
Trust us, once you start a regimen it'll be much easier to keep a clean home. If you're having trouble balancing everything at once, try one habit at a time. Start by leaving your shoes at the door so you keep that excess dirt (or mud on a rainy day) away from your clean floors. Once you've got that down, start opening the windows in the mornings and evenings to circulate the air in your home. The overall goal is to create a space you enjoy coming home to. Thanks for reading, until next time!
Working From Home: How to Stay Motivated & Focused
Homes have become the new office space for a large some of people due to COVID-19. Some people are thriving from this by scheduling their own hours, balancing work with play and even saving money from transportation or eating out on their lunch break. Other are struggling from this change in their professional lives and are trying their best to stay motivated. If you are a part of the group struggling don't worry, we're here to help. Here's some ways to stay focused and keep killing it in your career!
Stick to a routine
Creating habits and a specific routine will aid in accomplishing what needs to get done. Having trouble waking up in the morning? Create a routine in the early hours like getting a quick workout in before you have to sit in front of your computer for the day. Getting dressed up as if going into the office is a great idea of sticking to a routine by reminding you of the old one. Set up an office space in your home (preferably NOT in your bed) dedicated to hard work and quiet time. Turn your phone on "do not disturb" and you'll see how much easier it is to focus.
Breaks are a good thing
If you're not feeling it, don't do it. You want to give your work 110% so if you're only giving it about 40%, walk away and come back later. Go run that errand you've been procrastinating for the past two weeks instead! Can't leave your home due to the pandemic? Blast the speakers with your favorite tunes and take a much needed dance break.
Communicate, then communicate some more
With most people not talking face-to-face on a daily basis, it's important to over communicate. Participate in those office Zoom meetings (even if you really don't want to) because it's good practice and your coworkers will appreciate it. If you're feeling stuck or confused, reach out to the people you work with and ask for assistance where needed. There's a good chance the emotions you've been feeling and the struggles you've been experiencing are very similar to your peers.
Take advantage of your situation
Choose to see the good in this change. If you used to drive 30 minutes to get to the office each morning, there's an extra 30 minutes you have to do something else (and money saved on filling your tank.) You can now sit in the comfort of your home wearing sweatpants instead of business casual clothing and yes, maybe today you decide not to wash your hair. You have more free time to spend with your roommate and your furry friend is excited for all those walks you'll now be taking them on during your lunch break.
We hope this helps those who have been struggling with this change in their professional lives. No matter the obstacles thrown in your way, you can always overcome them! And remember; it's OKAY to have an unsuccessful day of working from home. Life happens. Just be prepared to try again tomorrow.
Think Idaho is just full of potato farms? Think again! A once hidden secret and tucked away gem is now out in the open for all to see; Boise, Idaho is the place to be! Ranked multiple years in a row for the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" and the Treasure Valley placing in the "Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in America," Idaho as a whole has had a huge shift in population. If you were to drive on the freeway, head downtown or dare getting on Eagle Road, what was once strictly 1A license plates are now flooded with different area codes and states from people coming to the City of Trees.
For those who haven't had the opportunity to visit this wonderful city, we've highlighted some key parts as to what makes this place our Idahome.
Mountains in your backyard! Well, sort of..
Boise is considered high desert and therefore able to have hot, dry summers and chilly, snowy winters-- giving you the best of both worlds! The Boise Foothills contain 190 miles of trails to hike or bike through. Camel's Back is a great spot to play in the park and enjoy a happy hour with your roommate on 13th Street right after. Interested in skiing or snowboarding this winter? Bogus Basin is just a short car ride away. During the summer, Lucky Peak is a hot commodity for people to go boating or camping at, and don't forget about floating the Boise River during those hot summer months! If you're looking for a panoramic view of the city, take a hike (or drive) up to Table Rock. The view is guaranteed to take your breath away.
Boise State University is known for its fans, especially when it comes to football. There's a reason it's the infamous blue turf. Petitions have been made when there's talk about potentially changing the field's color. Now don't get us wrong, we love our University of Idaho Vandals, our College of Western Idaho Otters and the Idaho State University Bengals. But there's something about the Boise community that brings that next-level energy to sporting events.
All are welcome
Boise has always had a variety of people and cultures. Did you know the largest concentration of Basque Americans (approximately 15,000 people) live here?! Located downtown, the Basque Center is a popular spot and definitely something you need to check off your list. With more people than ever moving here, Boise has become a melting pot and with more residents the more cultures, perspectives, religions and opportunities become present.
The world is your oyster? Correction: Boise is your oyster!
With a smaller population than most other major cities, there's endless opportunity here. Although the cost of living in Boise is rising, it's cheaper than most would think. Add in a roommate and your rent is even cheaper! Some of the biggest, most well-known companies are moving to the area (does the name Amazon ring a bell?) while other companies are headquartered here; like Albertsons, Simplot, Cradlepoint (and even our very own Chillow)!
What really makes Boise stand out compares to other cities across the United States? Simply put, the close-knit community. When people are asked why they chose to move here, they usually talk about how friendly the people are and how there's so much room for opportunity and growth in the area. We hope this helped those who've never had the opportunity to visit to get a glimpse as to why we call Boise, Idaho, home.
Have you noticed people preparing for the holidays a lot earlier this year? Well in short, the year 2020 plays a large role in that. With what this year has brought, can you really blame us?! We're needing the extra holiday cheer and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! For some, they're close to their family and friends and are able to celebrate the holiday together while others are celebrating their first Thanksgiving in their new home. Whatever your plans may be; we've got you covered on how to have an amazing day this Thursday!
Don't be that person who forgets to thaw the turkey, let alone buy one from the store the day of. There are plenty of recipes you can search on Pinterest to help prepare for all the groceries you'll need to get. Whether you're with friends, family, significant others or roommates, you can each plan on preparing a dish or two to help lighten the load (and create a little less stress for everyone.) Last but not least don't forget the most important dish; pumpkin pie!!
Spending time with family and friends
For those traveling or interacting with family and friends from different places, be sure to use caution due to COVID-19. With each state implementing different variations of guidelines, be sure to do your research beforehand! Use your best judgment and if you or a loved one is feeling under the weather, it may be best to sit this Thanksgiving out. Remember Christmas and New Years are just around the corner, it'd be a shame to have to miss out on the remaining holidays this year!
Black Friday shopping deals
If you're not in a food coma or taking a nap after eating that wonderful feast, check out Black Friday shopping deals. A lot of businesses are posting about their deals on their social media and some are even starting their deals early! Thanks to technology, you don't even have to leave your couch to shop. You can choose convenience and shop off stores such as Amazon or shop locally and support smaller businesses. If the deals are insane you can get all your holiday shopping out of the way (and even get your roommate that new PS5 they've been wanting!)
Take time to reflect on what you're thankful for
No matter how difficult this year may have been, there's always something to be thankful for. Whether it be a new job offer, your parents helping you out with rent, a new romantic partner or your roommate you were fortunate enough to find through the Chillow app, spend some time to reflect on what you've been fortunate enough to be given or experience in 2020! What are you thankful for this year? This year the Chillow team is thankful for all your love and support! We hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, cheers!
How to Prevent or Solve an Argument With Your Roommate
It's Monday and that clock FINALLY hits 5 pm; time to go home! You head to the grocery store and grab that last ingredient you need to make Gigi Hadid's famous vodka pasta you saw on TikTok the other day. You get home and assemble the items you'll be needing when you notice a few things; first, the dishes you need to use are still in the sink from your roommate's dinner three nights ago. You're missing your penne, aka the main ingredient for the meal, and your roommate drank all of your vodka over the weekend. Your roommate isn't home yet and you're starving. Chinese takeout for dinner it is.
Before you send out an angry, slightly pissed off text to your roommate or eat their food as retaliation, take a breathe and minute to think. Maybe they mistakingly thought the pasta was theirs. They drank your vodka but also could have planned on replacing it with a new bottle on their way home.
The unfortunate truth? Not everything will go smoothly when living with someone; whether they're a stranger, close friend, romantic partner or even family. When confronted with a difficult situation, we've come up with a few solutions to de-escalate scenarios that could turn into arguments or even long-term issues with your roomie.
Avoid communicating over the phone
Even though you two first communicated on the Chillow app to get to know one another, communicating when pertaining to an argument demands in-person communication and attention. We've all done it. We get the urge to communicate and it has to be now so we grab our phones and type out a text without proofreading before hitting send. Once we cool off we look back and realize it could have been reworded or even better, talked about in person. Miscommunication is more common than not when it comes to having conversations over text. We could go on about specific scenarios or reasons why but instead just take our word when we say this: DON'T confront someone over the phone.
When you moved in together, did you talk about whether you'd be using your kitchenware and food communally? Did you set ground rules for having dishes cleaned after being used? Some people prefer sharing groceries and splitting costs while others like using their own things. You can always refer to our previous blog hereif you need help coming up with questions to figure out who your roommate is and how they act before making assumptions about their behavior. Whatever the situation may be, it's important to confront the issue once it arises instead of waiting around in hopes it'll resolve itself.
Instead of accusing, resort to asking questions. "Did you happen to eat my food?" is a better conversation-starter than "Why the hell did you drink my alcohol?!" and will more than likely not resort to an argument. When you ask questions, you can get a better understanding of the person's thought process of why they did something. It's important to de-escalate situations if and when possible, especially if this is the first time something like this has happened.
Work together instead of against one another
It is 2020 after all. We've all dealt with our own hardships this year, and some more than others. Be understanding and compassionate even when it's difficult. Some people are having financial problems and may be concerned about their living arrangements or amount of money they are able to spend on food. Before coming to conclusions about situations, remember to listen carefully to the other person because if the roles were reversed, you'd want them to do the same. At one point this person stood out to you on the Chillow app and you were both interested in living together, remember?! You can get through this!
Remember no living situation will be perfect, each person will do things differently than the other and that is normal! Take time for yourself but also try spending quality time with your roommate. It's an easy way to get to know each other better and can benefit in the long run. An who knows, you may end up more alike than you think. You won't know if you don't try! We hope this helped you think of ways to solve or even avoid an argument that may arise with your roomie in the future. Best of luck and cheers!
10 Questions You Need to Ask Before Becoming Roommates
So you've found the perfect candidate on the Chillow app to potentially be your roommate. Now what? I mean, you could make plans to move right in with one another with no hesitation or questions asked. This might be the best person and option you'll come across. It seems like it was meant to be, right? You meet virtually or in person, plan where to live, sign the papers and you're officially roommates. YAY!
Now fast forward three months... Your home is a mess, there's some rando passed out on the couch, dishes in the sink are piling up and that so-called perfect roommate you found? Well they forgot to fill the Brita back up and put it in the fridge. Sound familiar?
While this could make for a great first novel idea or contribution to your next stand-up attempt at Open Mic Night, you'd rather not have to deal with this, ESPECIALLY when it all could have been avoided. How? We've come up with 10 questions you should be asking your potential new roommate, preferable before the lease is signed.
1. What is your daily routine?
This is a great opportunity for the both of you to find out how often you'll be at home on a daily basis, if you'll be an early worm or a night owl, if they work full-time, or even at all. LOL
2. What do you enjoy doing on the weekends?
Asking what people like to do in their free time can help identify if the both of you have similar interests. You'll easily be able to identify if they'll be at home, socializing with friends at their place, or out of town. This can also lead to asking questions about whether or not they drink or smoke, if so how often, etc.
3. What are your cleaning habits and hygiene like?
We've all dealt with someone who never learned how to do laundry, who leaves their dishes in the sink for days and who forgets to put the toilet seat down. Heck, it may even be you. Either way, it's important to understand each other's hygiene and cleaning habits to establish if you'll get along when it comes to the cleanliness expectations of your home.
4. Do you like to cook at home or go out to eat?
Understanding someone's eating and dining habits can be important for several reasons. This could help you better understand if you'll need to be getting certain kitchen and cleaning supplies, and understanding this combined with their daily schedule can help the both of you determine if you'll be in the kitchen at the same time. If you both eat out you can split the UberEats delivery fee, and if you like to cook at home if can be together and you can even split the cost on certain groceries.
5. How often do you have people over?
This is a helpful question to establish ground rules about guests. Some people love to host and others like their down time alone at home. If you're more of a social person and your potential new roommate would rather not have people over all the time, that's okay. You can discuss a healthy balance by compromising and working in both of your favors.
6. How are your relationships with previous roommates?
Not everyone gets along and negative roommate experiences are common *cough cough why we created this platform.* But it's very important to ask this question. Why? Understanding people's current relationships with previous roommates can determine how your relationship would work. If they're telling you they hate every one of their past friends they've lived with, there's a common factor that needs to be recognized. If they are still close with each other, they were able to have a positive and respectful relationship. Make sure you check them on the Chillow app for their roommate review score as well!
7. Are you in a relationship?
This question is important for a multitude of reasons. If someone doesn't tell you if they're in a romantic relationship and they happen to be in one, you may be agreeing to a third roommate without even knowing it.
8. What is your ideal relationship with a roommate?
Here's the thing: it's okay not to become besties with your roommate. You don't need to be attached at the hip and be together 24/7. What there needs to be is understanding and creating common ground. Some people want to have a roommate solely because they can't afford a place on their own, other's are new to the area and want to meet new people, and some want to develop a close relationship to the person they're living with. Telling someone what you're looking for and getting their answer will simplify the process and create an overall understanding of what outcome is desired.
9. What are your pet peeves?
Everyone has them. Leaving wads of hair in the shower (gross, we know), borrowing other people's things without asking or people who double dip into the guacamole. Some people's habits can be other's worst nightmare. Don't skip this question, and make sure you check what their past roommates had to say about their habits (or lack thereof) on the Chillow app!
10. Do you have any pets or are you interested in getting any?
This is a two-part question for a reason. Asking if someone has any pets is one thing, but asking if they are or would think about getting one in the near future is a whole other ball park. Imagine being allergic to cats which you never disclosed to your roommate because they said they didn't have any furry friends then you come home one day to a baby kitten named Mr. Paws on your bed.
And there you have it; the 10 questions you need answered before deciding to move in with someone. Obviously ask as many questions until you're comfortable in making a decision whether or not this person may be a good fit for you. We hope this helps you establish whether that "perfect match" will actually work out in the long run. Good luck!
It's everywhere; the news, Twitter, all your friends are talking about during your Zoom happy hour, oh and your mom just called to make sure you're registered to vote.
The United State's 2020 Presidential election has gained more traction and popularity than any previous election. The outcome of this election is deemed in the media to be the most important election in the United States's history and will determine how the next couple of decades will proceed.
So how can you make the most of Election Day 2020? We've got you covered.
Get informed on the candidates
The United States's two-party system has become extremely polarized, with both sides criticizing the other over almost everything and anything. It's easy to get confused in all the drama. On the Republican side President Donald Trump, known for his motto "Make America Great Again" is running for a second term with Vice President Mike Pence, who you may have recently seen in a meme with a fly on his head.
President Trump recently chose Amy Coney Barrett, who has been sparking controversy in the news over her religious beliefs and conservative values, to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's place in the Supreme Court. On the Democrat side running for President is Joe Biden, previous Vice President under Barack Obama and is running with U.S. Senator of California Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential pick, also recently seen as a meme for her facial expressions in the Vice Presidential debate.
Both Trump and Biden have history in the White House and deem themselves qualified for the position of President of the United States. Either candidate has the possibility of winning the majority vote. Don't forget you can vote on more than the presidential nomination! Be sure to get informed of your local elections and the nominees of each party as well.
Form your own opinion based on the facts
There are countless news and media sources to choose from. Some have a reputation to be more biased towards one party than the other, so make sure you do your research and use your best judgment. Not sure how to check if something is factual? Snopes is a great fact-checking tool! Remember to respect those opinions around you, even if they differ from your own. Whether that be your family members, friends or roommate. We've been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to vote and speak freely through the First Amendment, use that opportunity to use your voice but do not diminish someone else's.
Vote on November 3rd or earlier
The polling stations are going to be crowded on November 3rd. If you don't want to deal with long lines and waiting times, consider going in early! To find a polling station near you, click here. Go with a family member or encourage your roommate to come with!
Post on social media
Posting on social media is a powerful tool used to inform others around you and encourage them to vote as well! Take a selfie with your "I voted" sticker or post a link to a website helping your peers find the closest polling station. Check the trending hashtags associated with Election Day and contribute to the conversation!
Practice health and safety measures dealing with COVID-19
With COVID-19 still a threat in the U.S.m health and safety measures have been taken into consideration for the election. Mail-in ballots have been distributed and people are encouraged to go vote early instead of waiting until November 3rd. Remember to maintain six feet's distance from one another, wash your hands before and after voting and don't forget to wear your mask!
No matter which party you identify with, who you're voting for or whether you make it public, your opinion matters and is valid. Remember that, and happy Election Day to all!
It's not easy looking for a roommate, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even when we ask our family and friends if they know anyone looking for a roommate, we can be met with dead ends.
How are you supposed to get a new roommate when there are limits put on socializing in person?
That's why we've created an app allowing you to still have the same comfort of speaking with a potential roommate without the awkwardness of your aunt trying to introduce you over Facebook.
Welcome to Chillow. But first, we want to share a few tips on finding a roommate during COVID-19 and how to make the process less complicated.
Utilize online resources for finding a new roommate.
Living in a world based on instant gratification, it's no surprise you're probably looking for a digital resource that will do the work for you and let you know that you've found the perfect match. There's nothing wrong with that; we'd do the same. That's why we've created Chillow- an app to where we do the dirty work to help you and leave the stress behind.
Online resources should be your number-one-go-to when looking for new roomies. Since we cannot socialize at our max level due to COVID, the internet is the safest way to go. Of course, you will eventually need to meet your potential new roomie in person to get their full vibe, but a virtual "first date" will help you weed out who's the best and who's not.
Have a video chat or two before meeting your potential roommate in person.
Speaking of a virtual "first date," use chats like Skype or Zoom to your advantage. Don't forget, your video chat presence and appearance will set the stage for that initial first impression. If you're looking for someone who is tidy, make sure you pick up your stuff and keep your background clean.
If they see a messy background on video, they might get the wrong idea and turn the other way. While on a video call, use this time to chat casually and get a feel for each other's personality. It's also best to prepare a set of questions beforehand so you're prepared to talk about business- living styles, lifestyle habits, leisure activities, etc.
When meeting a potential new roomie, practice COVID safety and make note of their habits.
You've found your potential new roommate online, had a video chat to break the ice, and now it's time for the real deal; an in-person meet-up. What can't be displayed over video chat will definitely be revealed in person. If possible, this would be great chance to view the place you two will be living in and go more in-depth about living styles and expectations
Remember, always practice COVID safety while meeting up with your roomie candidate. Wear a mask, try to maintain a few feet's distance between each other and wash your hands before and after the meeting. This is someone whom you have (probably) never met before, so you will be in fresh contact; new contact calls for EXTRA caution- just in case.
We promise these three tips will make your roommate-finding experience much more straightforward. Don't let COVID stop you from finding the best new roomie- and hopefully, a new bestie. Happy searching!
We believe finding a roommate should come with simplicity and security, having you feel confident and at ease when making an important decision. We’re delighted to introduce you to the mobile application finally allowing roommates the ability to review, rank and endorse each other based on past living experiences. The app allows renters across the globe the opportunity to finally “roommate with confidence.” With Chillow you can easily manage your roommate search through a single platform without the stress of coming across unreliable, strange or even creepy sources.
No one said finding a roommate was easy, which is why we're here to do all the dirty work and navigate you through the process! By using the app you'll be able to customize age range, interests, location preferences, and more! Once filtering is set, potential roommate candidates will pop up. You then have the opportunity to check their profile for former roommate reviews and endorsements, and from there you'll have a choice: swipe left if not interested or swipe right and see if it's a match! Once you match with a potential roommate, you'll be able to message each other and connect via our in-app virtual safe technological advancements!
Our mission here at Chillow is simple: to serve YOU. We understand moving into a new home is a big step, and making a decision on who you're going to live with is just as important. By using Chillow, you'll finally be able to see what it is like to live with a potential roommate before signing the lease. Amazing, right?!
The Chillow app launches January 2021 and will be available in San Francisco, CA and Boise, ID.