5 of the Most Perfect Gifts for Apartment Dwellers

The holidays are here again and that means it’s time to think of what gifts to give our friends and family. Now, some of these folks are likely to live in a small apartment or studio.

You may have heard the saying ‘it’s not the gift, but the thought that counts’ many times. And you want to be thoughtful about what to give the apartment dwellers in your life. Apartment space is prime real estate and you don’t want to give something that will clog up the area.

You’ll want to give something that can use space effectively and creatively. Here are 5 gift ideas that are perfect for people who prefer the cozy apartment life.

1. Go Green

Houseplants are excellent gifts. These green lifeforms are beautiful to look at and give the apartment a warm welcoming feeling. They also improve the mental and physical health of apartment dwellers by purifying the air around them.

Keeping plants alive can be a challenge though since space and natural sunlight are limited. No worries, there are plants that are low maintenance and require little water and sunlight.

Cacti come in different shapes and sizes and are robust enough to survive in the desert. Other examples are the snake plant, peace lily, and bamboo.

2. Are You Not Entertained?

Entertaining friends can be tough for people who live in a small space. Sure they may have money to buy a big screen TV but where will they put it? It is going to be difficult to host movie night or game night on a personal laptop.

Fortunately, we live in a tech age. There are pico or pocket projectors that are just slightly larger than a smartphone. Small, but incredibly powerful Bluetooth speakers can fill up an apartment space with sound effortlessly. Gaming consoles are also trending to be more compact and on-the-go as seen in the super popular Nintendo Switch(R).

3. Multi-Purpose Furniture for Apartment Dwellers

If you’re looking for awesome space-savers, multifunctional furniture is your best bet. Sure, some of these may be slightly bigger than regular furniture. However, having a few large pieces fits the geometry better than lots of small furniture clutter.

A good, classic example is the convertible couch/chair bed. Matryoshka furniture with pieces that can be stored in one another is also a great fit in any apartment.

4. Compact Appliances to Save Space

Who doesn’t love freshly brewed coffee? Espresso machines and other coffee makers are now more compact than before. Some coffee makers also function as coffee mugs so your friend can make and drink coffee from the same device.

5. Anything Stackable

Give that special person stackable mugs or wine glasses for the pantry. Stackable containers are a great way to organize things and free up even more space.

Do you live in an apartment or looking for one? What gifts would you like to receive this holiday season? Tell us in the comments!

You might also want to check our other articles. Feel free to browse our blog for more posts on apartment living, tips, and news.

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5 Fun Indoor Christmas Decorations for Your Apartment

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As Andy Williams once sang, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. People are happier, everything is festive, and the weather is getting cold.

That can only mean one thing: the holidays are here!

One of the most beloved holiday traditions is adorning your house with festive decorations. And while those living in an apartment may feel like they have to miss out on the fun, we’ve got some good news.

There’s no reason to miss out on all the cheer and merriment just because you don’t have a large space. Here are five easy indoor Christmas decorations for apartments that can create big fun in a little space.

1. Tiny Christmas Trees

When people think of Christmas trees, they may think of massive, 6-foot Douglas Firs twinkling with lights and a beautiful star on top. But there are plenty of ways to get all of the joy of a Christmas tree at a fraction of the size.

Your local department store should have plenty of perfectly-sized artificial options available. Artifical trees are perfect for apartments and may even come with pre-strung lights, allowing you to simply plug it in and enjoy the season.

2. Christmas Tree Scent

Now, we know what you’re thinking. What about the classic Christmas tree smell? After all, part of the joy of a Christmas tree is enjoying that fresh, piney scent. Not to worry, there are plenty of indoor Christmas decorations that can conjure up the feeling of Christmas without a real tree.

Consider grabbing a few Christmas tree-scented air fresheners to spruce up your apartment. There are even tons of candles that smell like a Christmas tree.

Remember, Christmas is what you make it. An apartment may not offer all of the space of a house, but that’s no reason to skip the decorations.

3. Christmas Lights

Aside from the tree, no indoor Christmas decorations are more iconic than lights. The twinkle and sparkle, the red and green, the memories of Christmas past. There’s so much joy associated with these fun, flashy lights. Brighten up your holiday season by grabbing a strand, and string them around any room you choose.

Best of all, there are even energy efficient Christmas lights that work on a timer and lower your electricity bill. That means more money to put toward Christmas gifts for loved ones.

4. A Tissue Paper Christmas Tree

Of course, a traditional Christmas tree is fun, but so is making your own. If you feel like getting creative and crafty, grab some colored tissue paper and create your own tree. You can stick it to the wall and liven up the room without taking up extra space! You can even include craft paper ornaments to add a nice flair to it.

5. “Frosted” Windows

Finally, let your neighbors in on the fun. You can create your own frosted windows in a few simple steps. Just dissolve some Epsom Salt and beer, grab a paintbrush and some rags, and get to work.

Indoor Christmas Decorations Are A Fun Way To Get Into The Holiday Spirit

These indoor Christmas decoration ideas for apartments are sure to help you and your loved ones celebrate the season. From your friends at Poplar Ridge, have a safe and wonderful holiday.

And if you’re looking for a fantastic place to live, we can help. Get in touch today to ask about our move-in specials and deals!

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Top 5 Apartment Cleaning Tips You Need to Know About

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Remember your first apartment? Are you living in it now? If nobody told you about apartment cleaning, consider this your lucky day.

New apartments are exciting, no matter your age. They’re also a responsibility–even after that fun, “new” feeling goes away. As a renter, it’s your responsibility to keep your space clean. (As a human being, it’s just hygienic.) There’s no getting around it–you live there.

No doubt you created a list before your move. It’s full of essentials like toilet paper, soap, and food. But chances are you’re forgetting a whole other type of essentials. And without realizing it, you might make apartment cleaning much hard than it needs to be.

What You Didn’t Know About Proper Apartment Cleaning

You may know some basics about how to clean. We’re going to expand on that with some apartment-cleaning specifics. Here are the top five things you need to know about apartment cleaning, straight from the experts.

Buy Apartment Friendly Supplies

Not all vacuums are created equal. You will need basic cleaning supplies for your apartment. But there are some variations and add-ons that will make your cleaning experience much easier. Here are some examples:

  • A canister vacuum cleaner. You don’t have to push a standup vacuum around your crowded space. Use an adjustable hose to reach all corners of the room.
  • Washable rags. You have a lot of surface space–more than you think. You can avoid using hundreds of wet wipes trying to clean them. Just keep some paper towels for backup.
  • Magic Eraser. This treasure vanquishes tile and bathroom grit. It’s cheap but indispensable.
  • Air Duster. You’ve got crevices in your apartment and all of your devices. A cheap air duster will save you the pain of trying to scrub in there.

Clean the High Traffic Areas Daily

How much time do you spend in the bathroom or kitchen sink? What goes into them every day? It may seem unnecessary. But clean the sinks every day and you’ll see why it’s important.

Ever cleaned out your remote controls or keyboards? If you’re like most people, you never think to do it. You’ll be surprised what’s in there. Use your air duster to clear out the gunk every day.

Countertops. Any surface you use on a daily basis should be wiped down every day. It takes five minutes. And you might be surprised what builds up over time.

Put Stuff in the Laundry, where it Belongs

There are some often-neglected items in your apartment that can be washed as often as your clothes. Anything made of cloth is eligible. For example:

  • Towels
  • Blankets, sheets, and comforters
  • Jackets
  • Shoes
  • Napkins and placemats
  • Oven mitts

Clean Those Areas You Never, Ever Think to Clean

Still have those rags? Pair them with your air duster and an all-purpose cleaner. These are the ones you really need to remember:

  • Ceiling fan blades
  • Tops of bookshelves and other furniture
  • Curtains and blinds
  • Knobs and switches
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Baseboards and windowsills

Divide and Conquer

Finally, put that roommate to work! If you live with someone else, divide up the responsibilities. There are a few ways you can break it down:

  • Each does the tasks he or she hates least
  • Split responsibilities and focus on your own
  • Set up a schedule–run apartment cleaning like clockwork
  • Argue about who did what last. (well, except for this one.)

Get Started

Getting started with your next apartment can be stressful. Contact Polar Ridge Apartments and we’ll support you in your next big move!

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5 Awesome Tips To Make Studio Apartments Feel More Spacious

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Renting a studio apartment used to be something you did when you couldn’t afford anything else. Now, however, we are consciously choosing smaller spaces and micro apartments because they represent the kind of lifestyle we want.

Studio apartments are easier to maintain and often allow renters to live in great locations in the heart of a city.

Just because your apartment is small doesn’t mean that it can’t be beautiful. Decorating a studio apartment is all about using space effectively and creatively. Read on for five ideas to get you started.

1. Embrace Unusual Decorations

Storage space is often at a premium in studio apartments. You don’t have room for large storage chests or lots of bookshelves, and there are few places to hide your clutter.

So embrace it. Arrange your books in a rainbow pattern based on their spine color. If you have t-shirts that you don’t wear but are holding onto for sentimental reasons, frame them and hang them on the walls. Display your jewelry in colorful dishes or unique boxes.

When you think of your stuff as more than just stuff, you can find ways to decorate and save space at the same time.

2. Let the Light In

Natural light makes small spaces feel bigger than they actually are, so consider sheer curtains instead of heavy blind for your windows. They will allow you light and privacy.

If you want to put up partitions to separate sections of your room, look for ones that still encourage light. Open shelving is a great option. You can clearly mark where one space ends and another starts, while still encouraging light to wash the whole room.

3. Keep Your Color Palate Simple

An explosion of different colors may seem appealing, but it actually has a way of making a room feel smaller. In a studio apartment, that’s the last thing you want.

If you are able to paint your apartment, consider more neutral colors like off-white and light gray, and accent that with pops of color from your furniture or decorations. That will make your space look as large as possible and make it feel roomier.

If you’re renting and can’t paint yourself, try to keep your furniture or decorative accents as neutral as possible for a similar effect.

4. Look for Furniture that Does Double Duty

Closet space will likely be limited in your studio apartment, and you probably won’t have room for a large chest of drawers either.

Furniture that does double duty as storage space is a great option for maximizing space in the rest of your apartment. For example, look for a bed frame with built-in drawers, or one that is high enough off the ground that you can slide storage bins underneath.

It may sound counterintuitive, but a few piece of large furniture will actually make your space look bigger than lots of small furniture scattered everywhere.

5. Assess Your Belongings

One of the best ways to keep a studio apartment from feeling cluttered is to simply have less stuff to put in it.

That may sound easier said than done, but if you do a careful evaluation of your belongings, you might be surprised by how much stuff you have that you never actually use.

Pick a schedule for taking inventory of your belongings, like every six months or at the beginning of a new season. Make a pile of clothes you haven’t worn, makeup you haven’t used, and shoes you haven’t touched. Consider what can be donated and what should be thrown away.

It can be hard to part with things we’ve bought, but you’ll be glad once you have — and your apartment will look even better.

Ready to Look for Studio Apartments?

There are lots of reasons to go with a studio apartment. Maybe you want less space to clean, are looking to downsize or want to live affordably in a great location.

Whatever your reason, we can help you find what you’re looking for. To start your search, please contact us today.

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First Time Apartment Essentials Every Renter Should Have

Sweet, sweet independence at last. Getting out of your parent’s basement? Saying “adios” to that old ball and chain — your mortgage?

Apartment life is calling and that’s an exciting thing. But getting prepared to make the move can be a daunting task. Do I have what I need to live on my own?

You will! But take the time to get organized. It will save you time and valuable dollars.

Following some expert advice will help you gather those first apartment essentials effortlessly.

Let the Budget Be Your Guide

Your monthly rent is most likely the largest expense you will have. It should not exceed 30% of your monthly earnings.

Set yourself up for success by creating a detailed plan of costs. New apartment renters should familiarize themselves with the new expenses they’ll be facing. A household budgeting worksheet will help you do this.

First Things…First Apartment Essentials

We all have dreams of living in a new apartment straight out of Architectural Digest. But our budgets don’t always support the dream. When making a shopping list focus on these items first:

Bathroom

  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet brush
  • Shower curtain (make sure you don’t have a glass shower door;)
  • Towels

Start with what’s most important and add more luxurious items as your budget allows.

Kitchen

  • Dishes
  • Silverware
  • Glasses (a nice tumbler is even great for wine)
  • mugs
  • A basic set of cookware
  • A good, sharp knife
  • Plastic containers for leftovers (you might be eating in for a while)
  • Dish Towels

There are lots of beautiful shiny gadgets that catch our eye. A good rule would be: only buy something if you see yourself using it weekly. That means no pasta machine for now.

Bedroom

  • Bedside table (or literally anything to put a glass of water on)
  • A mattress (don’t fret if you can’t quite afford a bed frame, think minimal chic)
  • Sheets and bedding

Keeping things simple here will help to create a peaceful space and protect your budget.

The general cost of furniture makes it a bit scary to buy. Follow these furniture buying tips for advice on how to avoid the wrong purchase.

The Look of Luxury

Now that we’ve covered the first apartment essentials we can start on the fun stuff. Extra touches here and there will help to make your new apartment feel like a luxury home.

  • Try picking a fresh coat of paint that makes the place your own.
  • Indulge in linens with higher thread counts.
  • A great rug goes a long way.
  • Don’t forget to show the walls some love. A show-stopping piece of art can make an apartment feel glamorous.

Make Yourself a Home

Purchasing first apartment essentials can be a pricey process. But with a bit of effort, it can be a very enjoyable process too.

Contact Poplar Ridge Apartments when you are ready to join the club. We’re here to support you in your next big move!

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How to Find the Perfect Fort Wayne Apartment

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Oftentimes, finding the perfect apartment can seem like a seriously daunting task. You may find yourself asking things like, “Does the right apartment for me even exist? Will I find one that suits me, without having to make too many sacrifices?”

However, there’s no need to worry. Just follow our tips below and you’ll find your perfect Fort Wayne apartment in no time!

Location is Everything

Everyone has heard the phrase “Location, location, location.”

One of the most important considerations when searching for a new apartment to rent is its location – as this is something that will affect your quality of life on a day-to-day basis.

Ask yourself, is the apartment located within a commutable distance to your place of employment? According to Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, for every 10 minutes spent commuting, 10 perfect fewer social connections are made.

The perfect apartment you found which also happens to be a 2-hour commute from your place of work? It probably isn’t going to be worth it if it means sacrificing time you could be spending with your loved ones or pets, no matter how many boxes it ticks.

Look for something that is within a commutable distance, not too far removed from necessities like grocery stores, shopping, activities, and entertainment.

Is there parking available on-site, or is it street only? Is it accessible by public transportation, if you don’t have a car or drive? These are important things to keep in mind too.

What Amenities Are Essential?

Other important things to bear in mind are each apartment’s unique set of features and amenities. Make a list of those that are absolute musts, and be sure that each apartment you find has at least those, if not more!

As an example, some sought-after amenities are:

  • Dishwashers
  • On-site laundry
  • Ample storage space
  • Pet-friendly
  • Parking

If you decide on an apartment that is missing some of the features and amenities that are important to you, you run the risk of being unhappy in the long term. The perfect apartment for you should meet your needs – at the very least.

Budget, Budget, Budget!

So, you’ve decided where you’d like your perfect Fort Wayne apartment to be located. Maybe there’s a specific school district you’d like to stay within. Or, maybe you’ve decided it’s important to live somewhere that is close to downtown Fort Wayne.

The next thing to ask yourself is this: What will work well for your budget?

Ensure that you have the adequate amount of funds within your budget to cover not only rent but additional costs such as utilities, cable, any building fees, and even transportation. Sure, finding the perfect Fort Wayne apartment is great, but if you can’t afford it, what good does that do?

Go See Your New Fort Wayne Apartment!

Physically going to view/walk-through an apartment is the single most important step in the apartment hunting process. Prior to signing any legally binding paperwork, you need to see the apartment for yourself.

Does it live up to the photos and description online? Is everything functioning properly? The only way to know for sure whether you will be satisfied or not is to see it for yourself.

Check the Terms

Finally, fully comb through, read, and understand the terms and conditions of the lease before you sign it. Doing so ensures you’ll know exactly where you stand – before you commit to anything. You’ll have a clear picture of what is expected of you as a tenant, and what you can expect of your landlord.

Still Looking?

If you’re still searching for your perfect Fort Wayne apartment, we would love to help you find it. Contact us to arrange a tour, and come see what we have available!

Your perfect apartment is waiting.

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Hidden Gems: 5 Secret Things to Do in Fort Wayne

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If you’re just passing through or you just moved into a new home or apartment community in this splendid city, welcome.

It is true that it isn’t hard to find fun things to do in Fort Wayne. Ask any local or grab a pamphlet at the Visitor’s Center and you’ll be introduced to a number of historic and engaging sites to visit. But, if you don’t want just the regular touristy experience, you’ll want to dive deep to discover the hidden gems.

You’ll find just that with these 5 secret things to do in Fort Wayne.

Ready to explore something new? Let’s get going!

1. Foodie Experiences

Sample the surprisingly diverse and undoubtedly delicious assortment of Asian cuisine that Fort Wayne has to offer. You can try something different for every meal with these authentic dining experiences.

Try Seoul Garden for some delicious Korean food with some Chinese options as well. The Bulgogi (BBQ seasoned beef) is a go-to that won’t disappoint.

Mahnin Asia is another small and modest family-owned restaurant that offers authentic Burmese and Thai cuisine.

If you want to kick up the flavor a notch, then visit Baan Thai. This restaurant offers Thai spice that will supercharge your taste buds!

And veggie lovers are in for a treat at the all-vegan restaurant Loving Cafe. Think meatless meals are just salads? Sink your teeth into the BBQ Buns sandwich, Sesame Sweet & Sour, or heavenly chocolate or carrot cake!

If you’re a sushi lover, you’ll not want to miss the chance to visit Sakura. Enjoy your food in a traditional Japanese atmosphere with the restaurant’s elegant wood-paneled design.

2. Play Sports

Here, ice sports are a staple that you can’t miss. Skating, ice hockey, and curling can all be found at SportONE Parkview Icehouse. Public skating is available at 1 p.m. every day of the week.

For something a little different, try the Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Take sports to the next level with trampoline-powered sky-slam and ultimate dodgeball. Or, just enjoy some free jumping or diving head-first into a massive pool of foam.

3. Arts and Entertainment

Among the things to do in Fort Wayne, the Embassy Theatre is definitely a gem. Its grand concert hall offers a wide range of music, theatre, and comedy shows to entertain year-round. However, it’s not exactly hidden.

For an equally awesome but more intimate experience, look for the ivy-covered Arena Dinner Theatre or head over to the Fort Wayne Comedy Club to have a laugh with the exceptional comedic talent.

4. Escape Rooms

If you want to add some excitement to your Fort Wayne experience, then test your wit in one of the city’s puzzle-filled escape rooms. Fort Wayne currently has six different escape room locations to choose from.

They are:

  • Fort Wayne Escape Room
  • Escape Fort Wayne
  • Room To Escape
  • The Chamber Escape Room
  • All-Star Escape Room
  • and Hysterium Escapes

Try to conquer each one if you think you’re up to the challenge!

5. The Chocolate Factory

For a sweet treat, visit one of the DeBrand Fine Chocolatier’s four locations. You can visit the Auburn Road location to get a tour of the facility and see the chocolatiers in action. You even get to sample their range of delectable chocolates!

Enjoy All the Things To do in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is full of hot spots of history, culture, nature, and more. From the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo to the Museum of Art, there is something for all ages and interests in this magnificent Indiana city.

Whether you’re staying in a hotel or have your own place, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Try all of these hidden gems and you might encounter even more unique locations to add to your own list along the way.

Leave a comment below to let us know what activities interest you and if there are any great spots we missed!

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Fall Festivals Around Fort Wayne

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Labor Day has come and gone marking the unofficial last day of Summer. While we may shed a tear for warm temps, beach days, and flip flops, we’re looking forward to sweater weather, campfires, and all of the great fall festivals around Fort Wayne!

Grabill Days

Celebrate Grabill Days September 7-9 with food, crafts, music, and more! Grabill is just a short drive north of Fort Wayne.

West Central Artsfest

Enjoy two days of music and art from local bands and artists at the West Central Artsfest September 9 & 10.

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Everyone’s favorite period authentic Fall festival is back on September 16th & 17th. The Johnny Appleseed Festival celebrates the life and times of John Chapman through food, crafts, roaming entertainment, military reenactments, antiques, and more!

Bluffton Street Fair

Just a short drive south of Fort Wayne you’ll find a small town with a BIG fair! September 19-23, enjoy blocks and blocks of carnival rides, games, fair food, and entertainment for the whole family at the Bluffton Street Fair!

Saloman Farm Fall Harvest Fest

The Saloman Farm Fall Harvest Fest, September 22 & 23, is a two-day celebration of the history and culture of the American Farm. Enjoy live animals, hands-on activities, wagon rides, live animals, food, and more.

DeKalb County Free Fall Fair

Head to Auburn for a week of fun, carnival rides, fair food, and more at the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair September 25-30.

 

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7 Tips for Living in an Apartment Community

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The number of people renting apartments is on the rise and is an attractive option for those that lack the credit or money to buy a house or for those who don’t want to be tied down to a mortgage and repair costs.

If you are a new apartment resident or are considering moving into one, here are seven tips to make apartment community living easier for you!

1.) Get To Know The Residents Around You

One of the many benefits of living in an apartment is the added security. Burglars look for easy targets where they can get in and out. Having an apartment means you have a lot of people around you, which discourages many criminals.

Saying “hi” to your neighbors and introducing yourself will help protect your property. Once you are on good terms with them, they will know who shouldn’t be hanging around your apartment when you aren’t home.

Look for resident gatherings that will help you get to know your neighbors! These events are a great way to make friends and get involved in the community.

2.) Have Apartment Friendly Pets

If you have a large dog, there are some things that you should consider. Dogs like to run around and play, which can create a lot of noise for your neighbors.

Look for an apartment community that has a park-like atmosphere for your dog to release some energy. Playing outside will keep the barking down, which the other tenants will appreciate. Don’t forget to pick up your dog’s droppings as well.

Your dog should also be okay around other people. This will reduce stress for your pet and your neighbors.

Ask yourself if your pet is apartment friendly. Answering this question before you move in will make you and your neighbor’s lives easier.

3.) Make Sure You Read Your Lease

You can save yourself a lot of time and stress by reading the lease before you sign it. Make sure you ask questions to clear up any confusion.

Some apartments allow satellite dishes while others don’t. There are also rules involving late fees, noise after a certain time, and payment methods that you should know.

4.) Don’t Be the Noisy Neighbor

No one wants to have their sleep interrupted by loud music or television. Even if you work a 9-5 job, those around you might be working third shifts and trying to sleep when you get off. Keep your music and television at a respectable level. Don’t have loud phone conversations outside of other people’s apartments. Tell people picking you up to refrain from blowing their car horn to announce their arrival. Your neighbors will thank you.

5.) Parking in an Apartment Community

If you are in a community with limited parking, find out if there are places for your friends to park when they come over. The people that pay rent to live in a community often take precedence over visitors. If parking is assigned, never park in someone else’s spot, even if it’s just for a minute. Tell your friends to respect other people’s spots as well.

6.) Smoking Etiquette

If you smoke, be aware of your neighbors. Many apartments don’t allow smoking inside. If this is the case in your community, make sure that you aren’t smoking in front of anyone else’s apartment.

Also, don’t put ash on the ground. Ashes are unsightly and can be sucked into your neighbor’s apartments by the wind when they open their door. If children live in the community, make sure you don’t smoke around them.

7.) Be Clean

Messy homes attract rodents and insects. Maintaining your space will help keep pests away. If you spill something in a hallway or common area, clean it up immediately.

Believe it or not, there is a problem in many apartments of people spitting in outside hallways. You wouldn’t want to walk through someone else’s spit, so you shouldn’t expect others to do the same.

To Summarize, be Considerate!

To be a good neighbor, treat others the way you want them to treat you. This mindset along with personal responsibility goes a long way towards building a positive apartment community that everyone can enjoy.

Here at Poplar Ridge apartments, we want everyone to enjoy apartment living. If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us!

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5 Benefits of Having Your Own Space

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Having your own space is amazing. You can do whatever you want. Like walking around naked or inviting friends over whenever you want.

When you’re looking for your own place, you have the option to buy or to rent. While there are many benefits to owning your own home, renting has become increasingly more popular and is an attractive option for those who don’t want to be tied down to a mortgage.

In fact, there are so many benefits to renting your own space that we had to share them with you. So pull up a chair and take a seat.

1. It’s Always “Me Time” in Your Own Space

Life is usually really busy for more adults. There are so many responsibilities, chores, and long to-do lists. It can quickly become overwhelming.

Which is why having a space to call your own is so important. Everyone needs time to be alone and reflect. It’s good for your body, mind, and spirit.

Use your space to get centered, relax, and rejuvenate. You’ll find you’re happier, healthier, and more productive. Here are some fun “me time” ideas:

It’s even okay to do absolutely nothing in your own space. The best part? No one will know, so no one can judge.

2. You Can Choose Your Own Decor

One amazing thing about having space to call your own is that you can choose how it looks! Think of all the colors, patterns, and materials you can choose to create a space you love. You’ll also get to choose everything from the furniture to the paint colors.

However, if you’re not the Martha Stewart type, there are still things you can do to create a space you love living in. It just takes a little bit of imagination and some help.

3. You Can Make Your Own Choices

One of the most empowering things you can do for yourself is to learn how to make healthy choices. The more easily you make decisions, the happier you’ll be. You’ll also find that things become easier.

Which is why having your own space is so wonderful! You have to make choices because it’s your own space. So it’s a wonderful space in which you get to learn how to make better choices in your life.

Figure out your priorities and then set healthy boundaries to help you realize your goals more quickly. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes, that’s how we all learn.

4. You’ll Be A Happier, Healthier Person

Having your own space is a true gift of independence. While it’s wonderful to have a strong support system, knowing you can rely on yourself when things get tough is empowering.

Life sometimes throws curve balls at you. Having space you can call your own shows you that you can handle anything that comes along. Knowing you can handle yourself and make good decisions leads to better health and happiness overall.

5. You Learn Great Lifeskills

Nothing teaches you skills more quickly than the school of hard knocks. When you’re living in your own space, you have to learn how to do a great many skills. Those skills can help you in every aspect of your life, too.

Here are some skills living on your own can teach you:

  • How to clean properly
  • How to cook
  • How to pay bills
  • How to handle finances

Excited to find some space you can call your own? We have some great apartments in Fort Wayne available to suit all your needs. Find your new space today

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