The Best Plants to Create a Lively Apartment

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How to Grow Apartment Plants

Apartment plants can help clean your air, liven up dull spaces in your home, and lift your spirits. But, many people worry about keeping plants. Keeping another living thing alive is stressful. The truth is that by picking low-maintenance plants, you can add greenery to your apartment without feeling like you are tied to its fate.

There are plenty of hardy, easy-to-keep plants that are ideal in apartment settings. We’ve compiled a list of the five best plants for apartment living.

Peace Lily

The peace lily doesn’t share the delicate disposition of some of its other lily cousins. Their hardy constitution, low light needs, and low water needs make them incredibly easy to keep. They thrive under a natural or artificial light, only need to be watered once a week or so, and are generally nearly impossible to kill, which makes them ideal apartment plants.

Succulents

Succulents are a diverse plant type, with lots of fun shapes and types. The common factor, though? They are crazy easy to take care of and thrive indoors. They are so low maintenance that most seasoned gardeners will tell you that you almost have to ignore them a bit for them to survive.

Most succulents want a bright window, but you can find low-light alternatives as well. Their water needs are crazy low since they’ve evolved to store their own water for long periods of time.

Lavender

Lavender isn’t a plant you often think of when it comes to indoor houseplants, and it’s true that Lavender does best outdoors. That said, if you have a nice sunny window (preferably south-facing) and a small table to place near it, you can have a lovely pot of lavender to act as a natural air-freshener and pop of color.

Lavender doesn’t like a lot of water, making it ideal if you tend to forget you have plants living with you.

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo is an interesting little guy. It grows equally well in soil, in stones, or hydroponically. It needs indirect, low light, making it great for spaces without bright windows. As for water needs, the roots do need to be covered in water, especially if the plant is being grown in stones and water. Absorption is slow, though, so your bamboo will only need to be watered about once a week.

Lemon

Surprise! You can absolutely grow lemons indoors. Full lemon trees can be hard to cultivate indoors, because of their humidity and water needs, though it can be done.

Planting a few lemon seeds in a pot can give you lovely-smelling sprouts that are slow-growing and keep well in a small pot.

Indoor plants improve air quality and add color to a small space. They help cultivate a healthy, fresh, and inviting atmosphere in any apartment, and help bring the outdoors into your living spaces.

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What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet into an Apartment Lifestyle

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Thinking of adopting a pet? You’ve heard the news that there are roughly 6.5 million furry friends waiting to find their forever homes in American pet shelters and ho can resist those adorable puppy dog eyes or a sweet kitten’s purr? But, before you bring your companion home, there are some things to consider, especially if you’re living in an apartment.

 

Consider Your Apartment Lifestyle

First things first: what kind of a home can you provide? Is your apartment pet-friendly? If you’re renting a townhouse with stairs, it doesn’t make sense to bring home an older animal that can’t climb. Thinking about adopting a Great Dane but you live in a studio apartment? Think again. Living together with your new four-legged roommate needs to be comfortable for both of you. Give yourselves space.

OK It With Your Landlord

You might think it’s just you and Spike moving in together, but there’s a third party in this equation. Some apartments have restrictions on dog breeds or a number of pets allowed in one home. Pit Bulls, Chow Chows, and sometimes even German Shepherds are all commonly blacklisted breeds, mostly due to insurance concerns.

Pass the Smell Test

An apartment lifestyle usually means smaller living space. When you bring pets into that, be aware they bring odors into the house too. Dogs can have oily fur or fluff that traps every smell. With cats, it’s all about the litter box.

There are a few things you can do to combat these odor problems and none of it involves candles or sprays.

  • Grooming Is Key – If you’ve got a pup that stinks up the place, you need to keep on top of their grooming needs. Bathe your buddy once a week if need be. Don’t discount going to the groomers for a nice shave to keep their fur neat and tidy. For extra furry friends, brushing their fluff is a great bonding activity.
  • Keeping Kitty’s Litter Clean – Besides cleaning the litter box every day as you should, here are a few quick tips to integrate a kitty potty into your apartment lifestyle. If your cat likes to kick up a lot of litter, consider an enclosed box. For a nice touch, hide the cat’s litter under a side table. Add curtains to completely obscure it and give them some privacy.

Kibble Quibbles

For those living the apartment lifestyle, it’s a given that space is at a premium. Get rid of those bulky feed bags and keep your pet’s food in sleek, streamlined containers. Coral all of the toys in one place, too. Keep clutter at a minimum, even with pets around.

Moving In With Your New Best Friend

Make your move into a beautiful apartment safe and fun for your new pal. At Poplar Ridge Apartments, we know that our fur babies mean everything and we welcome you and your small pet!

If you’ve got any tips about living the apartment lifestyle with your adopted pet, we want to hear it! Leave us a comment below and let’s chat.

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Maximizing Your Space for Apartment Living

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Are you downsizing to an apartment? Not sure how you’ll fit all of your belongings in a smaller space? Have no fear. Moving into an apartment doesn’t mean giving up all your treasures. Read on to learn how you can maximize your space for apartment living.

Find furniture that serves more than one purpose

Your new space isn’t going to allow you all the room you’re used to. And chances are, you won’t have the storage space necessary to store everything. Purchasing dual-purpose pieces will give you the extra storage you’ll need.

Some pieces that are functional and can be used as additional storage:

  • Ottomans – These are simple pieces that can also be functional. They can serve as extra seating or a coffee table. The best part about these pieces is they generally have storage built inside of them so you can store things like books or blankets.
  • Tables – Slender tables that fit nicely against a wall can function as a variety of things. You can use them as a desk as well as a dining table.
  • Futons – Futons are great because they are known for their dual-purpose abilities. You can use a futon as a couch by day, and a bed at night.

Add shelving to your space

Adding shelving works to make your space looking larger than it is. The eye automatically draws up, which makes your space seem less small. Shelves are also a great way to get all of your items off the floor and into storage. Floating shelves are ideal for odds and ends, books, and smaller decorative items. Adding storage boxes or baskets keeps your things hidden and are excellent decorative pieces.

Avoid using a bookshelf as these are rather bulky and enclose the openness of your space.

Store unused items below or up high

Out of sight, out of mind, right? When you’re apartment living, you have to utilize all spaces, even the ones you would never think to use. The space under your bed isn’t just a home for dust bunnies. Use slender storage containers to store seasonal clothing or shoes.

Have space above your kitchen cabinets or closet? Use these areas to store decorations or other items you don’t use regularly.

Keep lighting up top

One of the biggest space wasters is a floor lamp. Even table lamps can require way too much space. Since you’re in an apartment, you won’t be able to install your lighting yourself. But you can improvise.

Hanging lights are perfect for installing to reduce wasted floor space. Plus, they don’t require a lot of hardware that may damage your walls.

Apartment living can be fun and functional

When you’re migrating to apartment living, it can be hard to make your space your own. While you can’t remodel your living space, you can make your space seem larger with some quick fixes.

Downsizing doesn’t have to be a drag. You can make your space entirely your own!

If you’re downsizing in the Fort Wayne area, you should check out Poplar Ridge Apartments. Reach out to the staff to check apartment availability and rates.

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Summer Fun Resident Activities

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Poplar Ridge Apartments residents, mark your calendars and plan to join us for all of the fun activities we have planned for our residents and their guests. We have planned a Summer full of fun activities, food, and prizes including cash prizes up to $100 and a drawing for a TV.

May

May 25th: Spring Fling Pizza, Thursday,  5-7pm

June:

June 2nd, Donut Day, Friday, 6am until gone (in the office)

June 24th,Picnic & Game Day” Saturday
MSQ Picnic: Subs, Chips, Fruit, Dessert & Drinks
2pm Cornhole Tournament
(pre-register your team, 1 member of team must be a resident)
Cash prizes: $100.00 1st Place, $50.00 2nd Place
3pm Mystery Bingo

July:

July 23rd 11am, Brunch & Bingo, Sunday

July 17-22nd Ice Cream Treats all week at the office

July 20th Fort Wayne TinCaps Game vs. Clinton LumberKings
Join us for “Poplar Ridge Night” at Parkview Field
Tickets can be purchased for only $5.00 each from the Poplar Ridge office

August:

August 18th 7-9pm Trivia & Karaoke FUN NIGHT, Friday
Drawing for a TV giveaway (contest for Residents only, but guests invited to sing)

September:

September 13th 5-7pm, Fall Grab N’ Go Hot Dogs, Wednesday
Stop by and grab a fresh grilled Hot Dog and the fixin’s

For each event that you attend you can register your name for the TV prize drawing. The more you attend the more chances you have to win! Drawing will be at the August 18th ‘FUN NIGHT’.

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How to Prepare For Getting Your First Apartment

getting your first apartmentWhat a dizzying thought that is to move into your first apartment! Ah, the freedom! Getting your first apartment is a huge milestone, so you have the right to be excited. However, it also means serious business. You’re stepping into an uncharted territory, so we’re here to help with these five tips.

1. Don’t overestimate your income

Before you say “I can afford that”, sit down and go through your budget. The rule of thumb is that your rent shouldn’t go over a third of your income. But it’s far from being the only expense you pay for living in the apartment: there are others that pile up quickly.

One of them is renter’s insurance. Getting coverage is necessary, and you’ll be happy you have it if something happens – fire, flood, burglary, and so on.

Other expenses include utilities (sometimes they’re not included in the rent), parking spot (if applicable), mini-reparations, and of course, food and necessities.

Put all these in your budget calculation to find out how much you can really afford for rent.

2. Getting your first apartment needs money

This may seem obvious, but many first-timers don’t realize just how much money they need in the bank for their application to be approved. You’ll need to have around twice the amount of the rent in your account: one month’s rent plus a security deposit (usually equals to one month’s rent).

It’s also wise to leave a few hundred more to solidify your application, or to pay your real estate agent, the actual moving, and a background credit check.

3. Read the contract before signing

We know there are many pages, but read them all. Signing the lease means that you agree to all terms, and going back on your words won’t be easy – and can be expensive. So read all the fine and big prints.

One of the things you need to check is the term or the duration of the contract. You won’t want to agree to a year term if you only plan to stay 8 months. Other clauses to check include utility expenses, quiet hours policy, included appliances, building maintenance, and so on. You have to be clear about everything before signing.

Don’t forget to ask for a copy a signed contract, so you have a proof of agreement.

4. Inspect every single detail

Toilets that clog or leaking taps will make your life nightmarish. When visiting apartments, check every little thing. Inspect the walls for holes, the floors for dents, light switches that need to be changed, in short: be critical. There’s no perfect apartment, but it’s important to notice things that need improvement or reparation.

You can either ask your leasing agents to fix them or at least make it known at the beginning, so you don’t get the blame for broken things before your arrival.

5. Don’t overspend on furniture

We understand you want your apartment to look nice. But it’s not an excuse to buy everything new or all at the same time. In the beginning, you can buy what’s necessary: a bed, a dining table, and a couch. Then, you can ask your families and friends for hand-me-down furniture or appliances.

Don’t be ashamed to want to save! Scouring flea markets or the internet for second-handed things are a great way, too. There’s no rush in making your apartment look great; you’ll do it over time. Don’t let the excitement of getting your first apartment cloud your judgment. Start with setting your budget and take everything step by step.

Do you have another tip to share? Leave a comment below!

If you’re ready to visit some apartments, contact us, and we’ll help you find your first.

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Benefits of Living in an Apartment After Downsizing

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Downsizing is never an easy thing to do, especially if you are retiring or moving into your next abode after the children have left the nest. Figuring out where and how to downsize requires some planning and effort that can be frustrating. If you’re not quite sure where your next permanent settlement will be or you want to experience a carefree lifestyle for a while, an apartment is a great option.

Living in an apartment will force you to properly downsize and sell unwanted things while providing you a number of benefits and conveniences that you probably haven’t had for a while.

If this sounds like an interesting prospect, then read on for some of the benefits of apartment living.

Cheaper Living

When you were growing up, you were probably told that buying a home is always a smarter option than renting. While this is true for many people, especially those who are building up their own equity, this isn’t always the case. If you don’t know where to invest your money in a new home or you want to explore your options, apartment living can be the better financial option.

Some rental prices are even less expensive than paying off the monthly mortgage. You have to shop around for the best price and maybe even consider relocating to another city or state to find the best options. It isn’t impossible to find something that will be easier on the wallet while you downsize and make your next step in life.

Conveniences

Compared to having a typical home with the yard and maintenance requirements, apartment living can be very convenient and beneficial on your lifestyle. Even though a smaller size may seem challenging at first, this kind of environment is great for helping you downsize the right way.

If you want a little bit more freedom in your lifestyle, living in an apartment is a great choice. You aren’t tied down to the typical maintenance needs of a home like maintaining a yard.

Even if you aren’t going to be doing any traveling, you can still enjoy the benefits of a smaller space to maintain and a closer community to interact with. Living small means that you can spend your time doing other things that you enjoy.

Limited Leases

If you have no idea what your next move is, a short-term lease apartment can give you a buffer zone to live in for a while. This is a great place to think about and research all the important information before making a final decision.

Who knows? You might just have some fun while you’re at it.

Living In An Apartment

It can be difficult to see the benefits of apartment living at first. If it seems like it’s a step back or a short-term solution, give the idea a chance. Do some research and look around at your options. You just might be surprised by what you have to gain from living in an apartment, even for a short time. More convenience, benefits, and freedom are always great additions to anyone’s lifestyle.

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10 Best Fort Wayne Events in May

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Happy May! If you’re looking for something fun to do this month, you’ve come to the right place. We have a list of some of the great things to do in Fort Wayne in May.

Cinco de May Margarita Tent

May 5, 2017
Salud Tapas ‘n Tequila will be hosting Cinco de Mayo Margarita Tent. Enjoy tacos, beer, live music, and margaritas.

BikeFusion

May 5, 2017
Kick off cycling season at BikeFusion at Turnstone Athletic Center and fellow fitness enthusiasts while enjoying music, festival food, craft beer, a bicycle art show, and other family friendly activities.

Beer & Barre BQ

May 6, 2017
Enjoy Craft beers, BBQ including vegetarian options, live music, and performances by the Fort Wayne Ballet at the University of St. Francis.

SolFest

May 6-7
SolFest at Fox Island Park is a 2-day celebration of the sun with live music, kids activities, hayrides, food, kayak demonstrations, vendors, and more.

Fort Wayne Music Festival

May 10-14, 2017
Head over to Headwater’s Park for the Fort Wayne Musical Festival which features 4 days of music with a little something for everyone.

Mommie Dearest and Mimosas

May 14, 2017
Celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom at Mommie Dearest and Mimosas at the Cinema Center.

Tears for Fears

May 18, 2017
Tears for Fears, the English alternative rock band from the 80’s will be at the Embassy Theater on May 18th playing some of your favorite tracks such as Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Head Over Heals, Mad World, and more.

Downtown Farmer’s Market

The weather is finally warm enough to take the Farmer’s Market outside. Head out to the YLNI Barr Street Market for fresh produce and more from local farmer’s and crafters.

Pedal for Paws

May 20, 2017
Have fun while supporting H.O.P.E for animals at Pedal for Paws at Pedal City. Enjoy pedal car rides, beer, food, games, music, raffle items and more!

Free Outdoor Movie

May 27, 2017
Enjoy a free outdoor showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Sweets so Geek.

 

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20 Simple Ways to make every day Earth Day

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Earth Day is April 22. How will you give back to the planet you call home? With its origins as a grassroots movement, Earth Day created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, and several other environmental laws. The reality is that we should do our part to care for the planet 365 days a year. But Earth Day does serve as a reminder to make sure your priorities are in check.

Here are a few ways to celebrate this year:

  • Host a neighborhood park clean-up
  • Properly dispose of electronic waste at a collection center, like Goodwill
  • Properly dispose of any medications, instead of flushing them down the toilet
  • Recycle whenever possible
  • For short distances, walk or bike
  • Cut back on meat consumption which is the #1 cause of climate change
  • If you have to drive, cluster your trips to cut down on emissions
  • Purchase and use cloth bags for your groceries
  • Put your computer on sleep mode at night to conserve energy
  • Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth or washing your face and hands
  • Cut your shower short
  • Shop at thrift stores and garage sales
  • Buy used books
  • Use cloth diapers
  • Install LED bulbs
  • Volunteer for an environmentally-focused organization
  • Cut down on your laundry and dishwasher use
  • Buy recycled paper products
  • Buy local produce. It doesn’t have to travel as far as imported varieties, which cuts down on the environmental footprint
  • Ask the cashier to not print your receipt

You can be the change you wish to see in the world. Your friends and family might be surprised by your dedication and take note.

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Tax Day Deals and Freebies

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Poplar Ridge Apartments wants to remind you that today is the last day to file your taxes. And, a few companies in Fort Wayne are offering special discounts to customers to help relieve some of the stress (and possible financial burden) of tax day. Be sure to call ahead to make sure your location is offering the tax day deal or freebie

Bob Evans – save 30% off your meal with this coupon.

Noodles & Company is offering $4 off any $10 purchase placed through order.noodles.com using the code TAXDAY17 at checkout.

McDonald’s (in select regions) is offering customers a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder for just 1cent when you purchase one of those sandwiches at the regular price on April 18.

Arby’s – Get a free curly fries at select locations

Planet Fitness – Get a free HydroMassage at Planet Fitness with a coupon available starting on April 15 on their website.

Sonic – Cheeseburgers are half off at Sonic on Tax Day

Firehouse Subs is offering a free medium sub from April 18 to 20 with the purchase of another medium or large sub, chips and drink.

Chili’s – Participating Chili’s will have $6 blueberry and pineapple margaritas on Tax Day.

Staples – Get up to 2 pounds of documents shredded for free through April 22.

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Things to do in Fort Wayne in April

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April’s here and it’s to shake off the cabin fever and get out and enjoy some of the great events going on around Fort Wayne this month.

Opening Night at Tincaps Baseball

After a long winter, Fort Wayne Tincaps baseball is back for a highly anticipated Opening Night on April 8th! A night with the Fort Wayne Tincaps will bring you more than just exciting baseball action! You’ll also experience lots of between-innings fun, great food, and not to mention, the beautiful, award-winning Parkview Field. Tickets start at just $5!

Easter Bone Hunt

Grab your favorite pooch and head out to the 9th annual Easter Bone Hunt on Sunday, April 9th at Franke Park to enjoy a fun with your dog. There will dog-friendly games, crafts & even tattoos. Prize baskets will be given away to the lucky pups who find prize eggs! All dogs admitted for a $15 donation & proceeds will go toward FWACC’s Adoption & Volunteer programs. Bring some extra dough and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny!

Spring Haute Gathering Market

April 9 at The Shiloh, come visit the Spring installment of the Haute Gathering Market. You’ll find lots of unique vintage decorations, upcycled antiques, jewelry, barn finds, boutique chic clothing and more!

Fort Wayne Indoor Farmer’s Market

You know the saying – April showers bring May flowers! So, just in case, Fort Wayne has an amazing, weekly farmer’s market, rain or shine! Come on out to get the freshest local produce, most delicious baked goods, and more! The Indoor Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday from 9-1 in the Lincoln Financial Event Center.

Hike the Trails of Fox Island

Spend a couple of hours hiking the trails of Fox Island with Naturalist Jeff Ormiston and the wildlife of the park.

Stargazing at Riverfront Fort Wayne

The third Wednesday of every month, come on out to the Historic Wells Street Bridge for a night walk along the Fort Wayne Riverbanks. On this walk, you’ll also have a chance to see some rare star formations and learn about what’s going on in the universe from some friends from Science Central. This is a great, FREE opportunity for some fun for the whole family!

Record Store Day

Live music from 16 area bands, food trucks, goodie bags, and free coffee and cookies await you at Wooden Nickel’s 10th annual Record Store Day on April 22nd at their North Anthony location.

Little Shop of Horrors

What do you get when you cross a quirky flower shop assistant and a cannibalistic plant? Little Shop of Horrors! For over 30 years, Little Shop of Horrors has been a delight for theater lovers across the country. April 21-29, IPFW is excited to host Little Shop of Horrors live and on stage! Come be a part of the magic and sing along with Seymour, Audrey, and the rest of the gang!

Vera Bradley Annual Sale

April 19-23, come visit the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale for some amazing deals! Vera Bradley is taking over the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for the weekend, offering you up to 60% off retail pricing of Vera Bradley handbags, luggage, totes, and more! Register online at Vera Bradley’s website.

Michiana Wine Festival

Wine lovers rejoice! On April 29, Headwaters Park will be transformed into the Michiana Wine Festival, one of the best wine tasting headquarters in the tri-state area. Enjoy samples from over 150 wines from countless wineries across Indiana and Michigan.

As you can see, there will be more than enough great, entertaining things to do in Fort Wayne this month!

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