Moving into Your First Apartment? Here Are 5 Apartment Decorating Ideas

You’ve signed your lease and are preparing yourself to move into your first apartment. Once the excitement settles you realize that you’ve only ever decorated your bedroom at your parent’s home or a college dorm. You don’t know what to do with an entire apartment.

We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to overthink it too much. All it takes is a little removable wallpaper, photos of your family, and appropriately sized furniture to make your space reflect who you are.

Still feeling a little bit of decoration anxiety? We can help you out with it. Keep reading for a few great apartment decorating ideas that will bring life to your new place.

1. Choose Appropriately Sized Furniture

When you’re furniture shopping if you spot a luxurious sectional, let it go and save it for when you’re able to move into a larger place. Apartments are small so even if you’re able to get it through the door, it will look out of place.

You should also find furniture that can multitask. For example, you can use an ottoman as a table and storage or a sofa with a pull out bed in case your family comes for a visit.

2. Storage

Speaking of storage, you’re going to need some in your apartment. You’re only going to have so many closets and cabinets. Choose a bed with built-in storage or one that has enough space underneath for you to hide storage containers under it.

Bookshelves are good for holding your reading material and showing off your nick-nacks. And, over the door shelving in closets and behind bedroom and bathroom doors are great ways to store extra items.

3. Resist the Freebies

If you’re on a budget it can be tempting to take any freebies you can get. The problem is that if you take too much of these, your apartment will no longer feel like yours.

If you must take a hand me down sofa, you can allow it to reflect your personal style by covering it in pillows and throws.

4. Removable Wallpaper

Many apartment leasing agents frown upon painting the walls. Still, that doesn’t mean that you have to live with boring white walls for the entire time you’re renting the apartment.

You can invest in removable wallpaper. It’s not too expensive and there are tons of options out there for you to choose from. It won’t be hard for you to find one that you like and if you want a change in a few years or are moving out, it’s easy to remove.

5. You Don’t Need Expensive Prints

Your apartment isn’t the place for you to show off 1000 dollar paintings and pieces. Instead, find a fun and creative way to display your family photos. Or purchase prints that match your style from department stores.

Apartment Decorating Ideas for Your First Place

Are you about to move into your first apartment? Just because you’re renting the place doesn’t mean that you can’t spruce it up with removable wallpaper or find furniture that you’ll like. Use these apartment decorating ideas to make your space feel like yours.

Are you still looking around for the perfect first apartment? Go here to download our lease application.

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The Top 5 Ways to Love Your Cozy Apartment


You’ve put a lot of thought into choosing the right apartment, and want a cozy and lovable atmosphere. Check out these five ways to create a cozy apartment that feels like home.

1. Invest in a Statement Piece You Love

Want to know how to make an apartment feel like home? Add a statement piece that you absolutely love! This could be a fabulous couch, a beautiful armoire, or a vintage chair. Whatever you choose, a statement piece that you adore will instantly make your apartment feel like home.

2. Create a Hygge Space

When it comes to creating a cozy and loveable atmosphere, creating a Hygge space is the way to go. If you’re not yet familiar with this Danish concept, it’s an attitude of finding joy in everyday things.

Your Hygge space will be a cozy area of your apartment where you feel at ease. It could be a corner of your bedroom, a chair in your living room, or a spare bedroom that you transform into a space of peace and tranquility.

3. Add Plants or Flowers

Plants and flowers are an easy way to make an apartment feel cozier. You can choose real plants or artificial and get the same beautiful outcome. Imagine a tall houseplant next to your balcony window or herbs on your kitchen window sill.

4. Declutter

Walking into your apartment to be greeted by stacks of magazines and piles of clothes can be more overwhelming that inviting. A great way to love your home is to declutter. Go through your rooms, declutter and donate to make your apartment more open.

Decluttering can feel like a daunting task. If tackling your entire apartment in one weekend scares you, set a timer each day and tackle one space at a time. Start with the crowded junk drawer and work your way up to the crowded closet. You’ll feel lighter in no time.

5. Add a Pop of Color

Want to love your home more? Add a pop of color! You may not be able to paint the walls, but you can still enjoy color in different ways. Add vibrant accent pillows and throws. You can even choose an accent chair in canary yellow.

Pops of color throughout your home can raise the energy and make you (and your guests) feel happier.

Create Your Perfect Cozy Apartment

You can easily create your perfect cozy apartment that you’ll be totally in love with. This can be done in a weekend or an afternoon. Creating the perfect atmosphere will create a home that you’re proud to show off.

Are you looking for an apartment in the Fort Wayne area? Contact us today to schedule a tour of our studio and one -, and two-bedroom apartments.

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Valentine’s Day Decorations for Your Apartment in 2020: A Few Ideas

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, which means- it’s time to decorate your apartment! If you don’t have a ton of money to splurge on Valentine’s day decorations, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways you can decorate your place without breaking the bank. 

Check out this guide to learn the top Valentine’s day decoration ideas for your apartment. 

Create Valentine’s Day Jars 

Decorating old mason jars is the perfect way to get in the spirit for Valentine’s day. 

All you need to do is grab some old mason jars and some red, pink, and white paint. Then, paint the jars to your liking and fill them with either Valentine’s candy or flowers. 

Buy Some Flowers 

Flowers are the perfect way to spice up your apartment for Valentine’s day.

Here are some of the best Valentine’s flowers:

  • Roses
  • Lillies
  • Daisies
  • Sunflowers
  • Mini pink orchids
  • Tulips

You can either put these flowers in your mason jars or you can buy special Valentine’s day vases. 

DIY Kiss Balloons 

Got some red or pink lipstick? If so, you’re ready to make some DIY Valentine’s balloons. 

All you need to do is blow up some white balloons, put on some lipstick, and then start smooching all of the balloons!

If you want to kick these balloons up a notch, you can grab some sharpies and write Valentine’s day sayings on each balloon. 

Candy Heart Garland 

Candy hearts are an essential part of every Valentine’s day. So, why not make a candy heart garland?

All you need to do is grab some different colored construction paper and cut them into heart shapes. Then, you can write little messages on each one like “be mine”, “kiss me”, or “cutie”. 

Then punch holes in the top of the hearts and string them through a piece of red or white string. 

DIY Floral Heart Wreath

This one is a twist on the classic Christmas wreath. 

To make these DIY floral hearts, you’ll need to gather 5 to 6 bunches of artificial flowers, a grapevine wreath, a hot glue gun, and wire cutters. 

Then, use a wire cutter to cut the flowers from their stem and tuck them into the garland wreath. If you want the flowers to stay in there permanently, you can dab them with a glue gun before tucking them in. 

Work your way around the wreath, being careful not to leave any gaps. Then, hang your wreath up when you’re done on the inside or outside of your door!

Valentine’s Day Decorations: Are You Ready to decorate? 

Now that you know about these Valentine’s day decorations, it’s time to start decorating your apartment! Pretty soon, you’ll be in the holiday spirit and all ready to go for Valentine’s day. 

If you liked this post, be sure to check back in with our blog for more tips and tricks on how to decorate your apartment. 

Also, be sure to check out this post to learn how to declutter your apartment in the new year. 

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7 Amazing New Year’s Resolutions For Your Apartment In 2020

When making resolutions for 2020, do not only focus on your self. Look to improve your surroundings as well!

Start with your apartment. Make your living space feel like home with apartment new year’s resolutions!

7 Awesome Apartment New Year’s Resolutions

New year, new you? Whether you’re looking for a new apartment or want to improve the one you already live in, keep reading these 7 new year’s apartment resolutions!

1. Add Color Without Painting

Some apartment communities frown on painting the walls bold colors. This does not mean that you need to enter into a colorless new year!

In the bedrooms, choose colorful bedding or decorative pillows that stand out. Match them with a bright tapestry!

In the living room, you can hang statement art or even go bold with couch choice!  If that feels like a little too much for you, lay down a colorful area rug and place matching throw pillows onto a neutral couch.

2. Save Money on Food

Statistics suggest that the average US household spends $3,000 annually on dining out. Take advantage of your apartment’s appliances to save yourself money on food.

You can make it almost as easy as eating out! Take one day a week to meal prep! Make healthy meals and portion them into freezable Tupperware. This will make eating on the go easier, healthier, and much less expensive!

If you don’t already have one, invest in a slow cooker. This makes cooking a great meal easy and your supper will be ready for you when you get home at the end of the day.

3. Eliminate Clutter

Invest in a bookshelf or furniture with shelves or compartments to hold items you can’t find a place for.

Also, opt for tall dressers rather than wide ones that take-up more of the room. In kids’ rooms, utilize corners to hang mesh nets for stuffed animals and toys.

4. Go Green

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Three words that will save you money and will help the environment at the same time. Before you by any item, ask yourself if you really need it or if you can make do without it.

Have an item that you rarely use? Find a new way to use it. If you still don’t need it, recycle it or sell it for some extra cash.

Also, you can typically catch a bus route within walking distance of an apartment. Do this or walk to close destinations to reduce your carbon footprint and save on gas money.

House plants improve the environment and brighten up the living space. If you want more than one or two, consider a wall planter, LED window sill planter, and hanging plants for space-saving ideas!

5. Mount Your Televisions

Large entertainment centers look nice and hold a lot, but they take up a ton of space. Mount your television(s) to the wall(s) for one of your new year’s apartment changes.

Game councils and other devices may complicate this decision. But, you can find small entertainment centers that mount to the wall beneath the television.

Of course, always talk to your leasing office before hanging anything on the walls!

6. DIY

Apartments are often more affordable than homes, so, you may think affording a revamp is out of the question. But, you can find DYI decorating that will make your place look lux!

Distress your furniture. This in look can cost high into the hundreds when store-bought. But, in a day or two, you can turn an old piece into your own masterpiece!

Find steals at garage sales, like old frames that you can add your own art into. You can also throw white battery-operated Christmas lights into jars to set on shelves or get creative with crafts!

7. Adopt a Pet

Do you feel lonely in your new place? A fur friend will always add more love to your living space. Adopting a pet benefits their life and yours. Just be mindful of roaming space compared to their size and needs and speak with your leasing office about any size or breed restrictions before adopting your new best friend.

Happy New YEAR!

Roar into the ’20s with an improved way of living! Use these apartment new year’s resolutions to make this year better than the last.

We want you to enjoy your new apartment o the fullest! Download your application today!

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Declutter and Donate For The New Year: 5 Of The Best Places To Donate Your Things In 2020

Less is more these days. With the popularity of the KonMari method, people are more conscious than ever of their belongings.

Do you need everything you have? Are you using it all? Do your belonging make you happy, or do they make you feel trapped?

Do you want to kick off the year with a fresh start? Are you ready to donate your things in 2020? Keep reading to find out where to donate your items when decluttering so you can spend more time enjoying what you have.

How Do You Choose What to Donate?

So, you’re ready to declutter to make more space for what you love; but where do you start?

Depending on the phase of life you’re in, you may have a LOT of stuff. But, no matter how big or small your apartment is, you’re probably holding on to things you don’t even realize you have.

Here are some tips to get you started with decluttering:

  1. When was the last time you used it? If you haven’t used it for six months, you probably won’t miss it.
  2. Is the item sentimental or expensive? Weigh the pros and cons of keeping these items. Memories are just as valuable as the products themselves, so consider life without them to enjoy the space instead.
  3. Is the item unique and useful? You may have multiples of a useful thing in different areas of your home. If you do, pick the one in the best condition and donate the rest. If it’s unique but not useful, get rid of it.
  4. Do you like it? Don’t fall prey to the gifting trap! Many people hold on to items they don’t want just because it was a gift when getting rid of it would hold more value.
  5. Create a clutter collection space. Anything that sits in that space for more than a few days or weeks should be donated. If you consider it clutter, you don’t need it!

Where Should You Donate Your Things in 2020?

Once you’ve decided what you’re ready to part with, the next thing to figure out is where you should donate your belongings.

Here are the five best charities to donate to in 2020:

  1. Operation Paperback that sends gently-used books to American troops that stationed overseas. They also give kids’ books to the families of soldiers, so all books in good condition are welcome!
  2. Dress for Success is an excellent option for ladies’ professional clothing.
  3. Habitat for Humanity ReStore collects home goods, appliances, décor, and building materials.
  4. Salvation Army is ideal for any larger you’re ready to donate. You can even schedule a time for them to pick up items. It doesn’t get better than that!
  5. Goodwill makes it easy with staffed donation centers and donation bins across the US.

Why Should You Choose Decluttering and Donating?

While it may seem hard, there are many benefits to simplifying your space.

Do your best to focus on essential items and enjoy the peace that decluttering and donating can bring.

Embrace the magic of simplifying and surround yourself only with items that make you happy.

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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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