3 Ways to Save Money in Your New Apartment in the New Year

Moving into a new apartment in 2020? Moving into a new apartment can be a thrilling experience. After all, it’s the first step to being on your own and you have a new community to explore!

Apartments are also a great way to save money. Monthly rent is typically cheaper than a home mortgage, plus you don’t have to spend money on maintenance, lawnmowers, and having to furnish an entire home.

Want to save even more money? Here are a few more ways to save money in your new apartment.

Minimal Furnishings

When the average person gets into their new apartment, they want to immediately go crazy and decorate every aspect of it. While this seems like a fun idea, it’s not very easy on your wallet.

Home decor can quickly become expensive if you aren’t careful. It doesn’t help that the more you that you buy, the harder it will be to take it with you when you’re ready to move out.

The best thing to do is start small and just buy a few essentials. As you stay in the apartment, you can continue to add a few more things here and there to spice up the rooms a little.

Buying used furniture on Facebook Marketplace is a great way to save some dough and furnish your apartment!

Invest in Multitaskers

Instead of buying an item that only does one thing, invest in items that can be used to do many things when they’re needed to. By killing two birds with one stone, you can free up apartment space and save up money.

For example, pick out a sofa that can also double as a bed, so you don’t have to buy them both. Or rather, get a coffee table that doubles as a storage bin. You could even opt for a blender that can make smoothies, juice, and other treats.

Ditch Cable

Over the past few years, cable TV has become very expensive. Instead of spending over $100 per month on cable, subscribe to online services such as Netflix or Hulu. For under $20 per month, you can have both and stream your favorite shows on your schedule.

Get the Apartment You Want

Still haven’t decided on a new apartment to live in yet? No worries; we can help you get there.

Poplar Ridge Apartments is dedicated to giving our residents the best in apartment living at an amazing price. Reach out to us if you’re ready to get started. We look forward to welcoming you to your new apartment home!

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Preparing Your Home for the Holidays? Here Are 5 Ideas for Apartment Holiday Decorating

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Preparing Your Home for the Holidays? Here Are 5 Ideas for Apartment Holiday Decorating

It is never too early to decorate for the holidays! Decorating for Christmas can make you happy, feel nostalgic, and have something to look forward to.

Are you ready to decorate your apartment for the holidays? There are many ways you can transform your apartment into a cozy and cute winter wonderland.

Keep reading for five ideas for apartment holiday decorating.

1. Get an Artificial Christmas Tree

Due to fire codes, many apartments don’t allow real Christmas trees. Don’t worry, there are tons of beautiful artificial trees in many sizes that will look great in your apartment. Most even come pre-lit so you don’t have to do all of the hard work of stringing the lights. Pick a smaller tree so it doesn’t take up too much space. Having a Christmas tree in your apartment is an important part of decorating for the holidays.

2. Use Lights Where You Can

When you think of Christmas you may think of all of the outside holiday decorations like blow-up figurines or tons of lights. When you live in an apartment you might not have a front yard to decorate but you can still use Christmas lights wherever you can.

If you have a balcony, then try to have Christmas lights around your balcony. This will look super cute and all of your neighbors will see how festive you are. You can also frame your entry door or the inside of your windows with pretty Christmas lights.

3. Decorate Your Fridge

Everyone knows there is limited space in apartments, so a great way to show your holiday spirit is by decorating your fridge. You can get cute holiday magnets or even go all out with tinsel and fairy lights. Just remember that you still need to be able to open your fridge once it is decorated.

4. Holiday Scents

One way to make your apartment feel like a Christmas wonderland is by having it smell like one. Most apartments prefer if you don’t have open flames, but you can still melt wax cubes or even get some delicious smelling essential oils.

Scents like spices, peppermint, apples, and pine are perfect for the holiday season. Smells play a huge factor in your mood so having your apartment smell like the holiday season will make a big impact.

5. Swap Up Everyday Decorations

Another great way to spice up your apartment for the holiday season is swapping out your everyday decorations with something festive. If you have pictures on your walls, then a great trick is to wrap them in gift wrap to look like presents are hanging from your walls. Or if you have some shelf decorations swap them out for something more festive during the holiday season and replace sofa pillows with festive pillows.

Apartment Holiday Decorating

When it comes to apartment holiday decorating you have tons of different options for your space. Don’t let living in an apartment make you feel like you can’t have tons of holiday spirit too!

If you’re looking for the perfect place to live in Fort Wayne, then make sure to check out our apartments.

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Preparing for Winter: How to Prep Your Apartment for Cooler Weather

The cold weather is here and it’s only going to get colder! That means it’s time to prepare your home for the winter months. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that your family stays warm when the temperature drops.

Check Your Windows

When prepping for cold temperatures, start with your windows. This is the primary location where cold air will seep into the apartment. Especially in older buildings that were constructed using lower-quality materials.

Check for a draft coming in around every window in your home. If you notice cold air getting in, use weather stripping to seal those areas. Keep in mind that weather stripping is inexpensive and takes only a few minutes to apply. It will also keep your apartment much warmer and reduce your energy bill during cold months.

Check Your Doors

Next, check your doors. This is another location where unwanted cold air can get in, making your apartment more difficult to keep warm. Again, use weather stripping to keep warm air in and cold air out.

You could also use door socks to place in front of doors to keep drafts out.

Test Your HVAC Unit

As winter arrives, it’s crucial to make sure that your HVAC system is operating efficiently. Residents of an apartment building might not have access to their heating/cooling system, so ask your building manager to have the system serviced before the weather turns cold.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

Believe it or not, reversing your ceiling fans during the winter is a great tip for keeping each room in your apartment warm. During the summer, you want the fans to push cool air down to cool rooms. But the opposite is true during the winter.

Reversing your fans will help circulate the warm air throughout your apartment while pulling the cooler air upwards.

Change Your Bedding and Curtains

Another great tip to help prep your apartment for winter is to add warmer bedding and curtains. Swapping your lighter blanket and sheets for a heavier comforter and flannel sheets will provide a cozy night’s sleep.

Heavier curtains such as blackout curtains will offer an extra layer of insulation for preventing cold air from entering rooms through your windows.

Sleeping with your bedroom door shut will help keep your bedroom warmer.

Prepping for Winter in Your Apartment

When cold weather comes around, nothing is more important than staying warm. That’s why prepping for winter is so crucial. Fortunately, the tips contained here can help make sure you stay warm even when Mother Nature makes it super chilly outside.

If you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment, visit us to tour our community.

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The Essential Items You Need for Your Apartment Inspection Checklist

Everyone and their uncle will give you all kinds of advice when you tell them you are looking for an apartment. Sure, everyone means well and they probably make some good points. It can just get a little overwhelming.

With everything else you need to worry about, it can get a little difficult to keep track of every detail. That’s why we think it’s essential to come up with an apartment inspection checklist. Check it out before looking at a potential apartment and overlooking a potentially crucial detail.

What To Look For When Apartment Hunting

Of course, there are so many things that will influence what apartment is right for you. You need to consider the location, price, style, number of bedrooms, and more.

You can take a tour, but do you really know what to look for in an apartment? There are several key things to keep in mind. You should probably even have a rental walkthrough checklist when they show you the place.

It is easy to get distracted when taking a tour. So, know what to look for when touring an apartment.

Making the Ultimate Apartment Inspection Checklist

Before you take your walkthrough, you should have a list of things you need for an apartment. Here, we are going to divide into categories.


These are basic measures you can take that apply to any part of the apartment. How you organize your apartment move-in checklist is up to you, but you can use this as a reference if you’re not sure what to look for when renting an apartment.

1. Lights

Turn on the lights fixtures on and off.

2. Outlets

Check that there are enough electrical outlets and that they work. A phone charger is useful to test them.

3. Doors and Windows

Make sure all the doors and windows open and close properly.

4. Floors

Check the floors for any major damage that a landlord might pin on you.


Safety first, right? Make sure these are taken care of for true peace of mind.

1. Locks

Check every lock to make sure it opens and closes properly.

2. Alarms

Make sure that any smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.


This is one of the most crucial parts of the house. This where many people spend a lot of their time.

1. Oven and burners

Check to see they all turn on and are clean.

2. Refridgerator

Make sure the fridge and freezer and cold. Look for ice buildup on the walls.

3. Sink and Dishwasher

Check to make sure they work and drain water.


This where you get clean and do your best thinking.

1. Water pressure

There is nothing worse than taking a shower with weak water pressure. Don’t be afraid to turn the shower and bath on to test them.

2. Drainage

Make sure the sink and shower drain properly.

3. Toilet

Don’t be shy! Make sure you give the toilet a good flush.

4. Cracked Tiles

Bathroom tiles can crack easily. They are also rather expensive. Take a minute to inspect them to make sure they are all in good condition.

Find The Best Place For You

There is no question to apartment hunting can be stressful. It’s difficult and if you make a mistake, you could find yourself stuck in an apartment full of problems.

Arm yourself with an apartment inspection checklist so you don’t miss any details.

First, check out our blogs for everything you need to know about apartments and moving. Happy hunting!

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Paws for a Cause Grab ‘n Go

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Join us for our Paws for a Cause Grab ‘n go and dinner’s on us!

September 26, 2019
In front of Leasing Office

Stop by to pick up your “Doggie Bag” which includes a hoagie, chips, cookie, & a drink. Donate pet supplies to the Allen County SPCA to be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card.

Items needed by the ACSPCA:

  • kitty litter
  • cat & kitten food (wet or dry)
  • dog & puppy food (wet or dry)
  • box lids from copy paper cases
  • canned tuna, sardines, or mackerel
  • paper towel tubes
  • puppy pads
  • egg cartons (prefer paper
  • Martingdale collars (medium & large sizes)
  • Made in the USA rawhide chews & dog treats
  • disposable cat scratchers
  • peanut butter
  • lint rollers
  • dish detergent
  • tall trash bags or 39-gallon trash bags
  • paper towels
  • gift cards to Petco, PetSmart, Pet Supplies Plus
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How to Furnish an Apartment for Under $200

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Do you browse the pages of stunning home décor magazines? Create luxurious Pinterest boards for each room of the apartment? Does it feel like you’ll never have an apartment you love because you’re on a budget?

Stop right where you are. You can rent the apartment of your dreams and furnish it without winning the lottery. All it takes is research, rack-browsing, and an eye for deals.

Live the glamorous life you deserve in a chic apartment. If you’re ready to learn how to furnish an apartment on a budget, keep reading.

Embrace Pre-Loved Furniture

Sure, it would be nice to shop the West Elm floor for new arrivals. But, most major furniture stores are way out of your budget. Instead, check out your local secondhand furniture stores and Facebook Marketplace listings.

Leave all your preconceived notions at the door. Not every person who donates furniture has bed bugs. Most people donate or sell furniture because they’re out of space or are changing their style. Plus, everything can get cleaned or updated. Right now, Facebook Marketplace is full of mid-century modern hutches, coffee tables, and entertainment units. You’re bound to find some affordable gems.

Shop Major Sales

Anyone on a budget knows when the major annual sales are. These are the prime days to buy what you need for your apartment, cheaply.

For example, there’s Amazon Prime Days. If you have a Prime membership, you get a full 36-hours of sales on the platform. And, Amazon has a flourishing furniture and home goods section.

Then, there’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s best to compile a list of the furniture pieces you need before the sale weekend. You’re on a budget so stay focused on what you need.

Here’s a bonus tip: shop during off-seasons. For furniture and appliances, April is one of the best months as people are spring cleaning and getting rid of pieces. Fourth of July weekend is also popular for furniture sales.

Fall for Knocks Offs

Forget brand names and major labels. You can get nearly identical furniture pieces to the ones in showrooms. This is especially true when it comes to home décor goods.

Love the natural, boho-chic look? Don’t waste your money on Restoration or Anthropologie. You can find identical wicker storage baskets and serving trays from Ikea and Wayfair or on Amazon.

Love the idea of hanging a gallery wall above your sofa? Authentic art prints and framing can cost you a fortune. Instead, shop for art prints on Society6 or Etsy. Find secondhand frames at the consignment store and spray paint them all the same color.

Wondering How to Furnish an Apartment on a Budget?

Decorating and furnishing your space doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re wondering how to furnish an apartment for under $200, use the tips above.

But first, you need an apartment before you can start decorating. If you’re looking for an apartment in the Fort Wayne area, check out our affordable apartments. Our apartments are small pet-friendly and single-story. All you need is furniture.

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New to Renting an Apartment? A Checklist to Help with the Process

Is it your first time renting an apartment? Don’t fret. While there’s plenty that you need to know about renting an apartment, it’s nothing you can’t handle.

Here’s a list of the most important things you should check in your new apartment if you’re new to renting. It’s good to know that your leasing office is obligated to ensure your apartment is up to standard before you move in.

1. Check for Damages or Health and Safety Hazards

Before moving into a new apartment, ensure that the apartment has no existing damages. Do a thorough inspection of the walls, windows, doors, and other fixtures. Bring a friend or family member to help you out and make sure that you don’t miss anything.

Ensure you also look for the safety measures in place. This could be smoke detectors, fire suppression systems, and safety exits. Look for anything likely to be a health hazard, such as the presence of mold, lead paints, or poor waste disposal mechanisms.

2. Check If the Plumbing, Heat, and Air Conditioning Systems Are Working

If you’re renting an apartment for the first time, these are some of the things you’re likely to miss out during a walkthrough. You don’t want to wake up the next morning and get frustrated by a shower whose water pressure is far from pleasant.

3. Review Your Apartment Lease Keenly

Go over your lease agreement section by section. Make sure you ask the leasing office what each phrase means if you have trouble understanding it. Learn what questions to ask before signing a lease agreement.

4. Find out all the Costs of Living in the Apartment

If you’re new to renting, there are costs associated with living in an apartment that you should be aware of. This includes a security deposit, apartment application fee, and first and last month’s rent (not always). A service charge may also be required for security and apartment maintenance purposes.

If you own a pet, you may be required to pay a pet fee. Make sure you know about all these expenses before signing the lease agreement.

5. Ensure the Apartment is Clean Before Moving In

Your apartment community should ensure that the apartment is sparkling clean before you move in. If any repairs have been done, all materials, such as paint and woodwork remains, should be cleared off.

Before you move in, it’s always wise to disinfect the apartment, especially in areas such as the bathroom and kitchen.

Are You New to Renting?

If you’re new to renting, follow the above apartment rental checklist to ensure your move is exceptional.

Read on to learn about apartments for rent in Fort Wayne!

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Dividing It Up: The Top Divider Ideas to Create Multiple Spaces in a Room

The surge of interest in tiny houses has caused a trendy movement toward more minimalist lifestyles.

Whether it’s van life or living in a small apartment, a lifestyle that calls for making the most of tight spaces can come with big headaches. It can feel a little claustrophobic to have your cooking space, eating space, living space, and sleeping space all be within arms reach of each other.

But don’t despair! There are creative and simple ways to break up your rooms and create a space that actually works for your life.

Keep reading to see some of our favorite room divider ideas.

Top Room Divider Ideas

Splitting up your space to make it work will take some creativity and little trial-and-error. But isn’t a living room with a separate sitting area, or a guest room that doubles as an office worth it? Here are our tried-and-true ways to work with a small space:


You can create a fake wall using a bookcase. In a small space, storage is everything, so this bookshelf-wall’s function is two-fold: one, it creates a barrier, and two, it provides extra shelving.

To keep the space from looking small with a large bookshelf, make sure the bookshelf reaches to the ceiling. This will draw the eye up and make the ceilings look taller.

You can also find a bookshelf that doesn’t have a back. In essence, it is a freestanding set of shelves that you can see through and access from both sides.

It creates the illusion of a wall without actually walling anything off.


For your sleeping space, consider hanging curtains. They’re easy to install. They can be pulled back to expose the sleeping area, or closed to provide privacy.

The best part—curtains don’t take up a lot of room.

You can choose from something sheer (think: romantic and whimsical) or something that blocks light (think: functional and utilitarian). They can also add an interesting pop of color or texture to the room.

Splitting your sleeping space from the rest of the bedroom allows you to create a sitting room or work area in your bedroom without feeling like you should crawl back into bed.

Pendant Lights

Lighting goes a long way toward dividing a room. Cohesive lighting for the kitchen area marks it as a separate space from the different lighting used in the living room.

Pendant lights are a great option. You probably don’t have floor space to waste on floor lamps in your Fort Wayne apartment, so hanging all of your lights can create separate areas of ambiance without wasting precious square footage.

Free Standing Bar Counter

This is essentially a long bench that is elevated to counter or bar height. You can buy, or make, one that has storage underneath. You can also use the under-counter space to stash stools.

This bar counter can be a functional eating area or work area that divides the room. One side of the counter is the kitchen. The other side of the counter is the living room.


A little greenery goes far in a small space. Consider house plants. I promise you can find ones that are hard to kill.

Tall plants that can thrive in low light, like a snake plant, can be used to create an organic barrier between spaces. Set them up on multi-tiered shelves to block the view of your kids playroom from the main living room.

Divide it Up!

Use some, or all, of these room divider ideas to make your apartment, or other tiny home, work for your lifestyle.

You don’t have to discard organization in order to live minimally. You can have your small space and love it too.

Looking for more ways to declutter your life when moving into an apartment? Check out this article on things you can probably skip when packing to move.

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Tikes in Tow: How to Choose a Kid-Friendly Apartment

Are you moving to south Fort Wayne? Looking for a nice apartment where you don’t have to compromise your budget for safety or the other way around? There are plenty of apartments you could check out – but not all of them are right for couples or parents with kids. We’d like to think ours is.

Want some help deciding if you agree? Check out these features to look for in kid-friendly apartments.

1. Look for a Community

The more apartments or units the apartment community has, the more potential friends your kids can make. Not everyone in the community will have kids, but a bigger neighborhood means that they’ll have more playmates to choose from.

Ideally, the community will have open places to play, like grassy areas in between the apartments. These spots allow kids to not worry about car traffic and run and play, as kids love to do.

Another benefit of having a large community is that you, the adult, can meet more friends, too! Your child may find a fast friend and you and their parents can switch off or even split babysitting costs.

2. Proximity to Schools

If your child is school age, you want to make sure the Fort Wayne apartment you’re looking at is near a good school. Fort Wayne schools are good in general, so that’s not an issue. Our community is specifically zoned for the following schools.

Lindley Elementary

Lindley is a unique school in that they not only have a kindergarten but a pre-kindergarten program. Most parents have to pay private centers for pre-kindergarten education, so that’s a plus.

Portage Middle School

For grades six through eight, children in this zone can attend Portage middle school. It’s a medium-sized school, at around 400 students, but it has a great teacher to student ratio, at about 14 to one.

It’s a short seven-minute drive from the apartments or a 15-minute bike ride.

Wayne High School

Finally, older students can attend Wayne High School, which teaches the traditional 9-12 grades. It’s close by as well, but not quite as close as the middle school.

If you don’t want to drive the 15ish minutes, there are public school bus systems your child can take advantage of.

If you’d rather your student take the city bus (it usually comes later than the school buses) we’re right on that line as well.

3. Look for Nearby Parks and Nature Areas

Our apartments are close to the beautiful Towpath trail, which you can take a leisurely stroll to on foot or by bike. The path is rich in natural beauty and miles of designated walking/biking trails. In fact, you can go up to 8.5 miles round trip, if you add in the optional part of the trail.

It’ll take you all the way to Rockhill Park, where there’s a playground, basketball court, and picnic area.

And, we’re close to Foster Park and Pawster Park so you kids and your dog can have a chance to run and play.

Kid-Friendly Apartments: Space to Grow and Play

Along with being close to schools, friends, and natural areas, you want your child to have room inside the apartment to grow. Our built-in bookshelves and outside storage will give you room to store all their gear – and your own.

Sound good to you? Come by for a tour of our kid-friendly apartments or download an application today!

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