Prepping your Apartment for Winter Break

winter-breakWell, the snow has finally arrived in Madison, just in time for Winter break! Before you pack up and head out, make sure your apartment is prepared for your absence. We’ve provided a list to check off before you leave to ensure you have nothing to worry about while on break.

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Decorating your Apartment for the Holidays, Plus a Chance to WIN!

Just because you live in an apartment, or have a small space, doesn’t mean that you can’t make your space look great during the holidays. We’ve hit up Pinterest to give you the best holiday decorating ideas for your apartment or small space.
 
Let’s start with the tree…
 
Christmas Tree:
Do you like real trees or faux trees? If you love real Christmas trees, check with your landlord first to make sure they are allowed in your building. Faux Christmas trees are a great alternative and although they may be a bit pricey at first, you can use them year after year, so you get your money’s worth. They even make pine scented ornaments now that will make your apartment smell like you have a real tree. Make sure you pick the right size tree to fit in your space. If you have a small space and don’t have much room for a tree, try a tabletop tree, or a half tree as shown below. You can still decorate them just like any other tree, but they don’t take up as much space as a regular sized tree. Don’t have space at all for a tree? There are several alternatives to choose from instead of a tree. Take advantage of your wall space and use lights to create your own tree. Use chalk on a dark wall or create a tree shape with wood pieces or branches on the wall as shown below. We also love the idea of using your books to create a tree against your wall. You could do this on the floor, on a shelf or even on a table.



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Your Madison Thanksgiving Back-Up Plan

thanksgivingAre you hosting a get together, but don’t feel like cooking? What happens if you attempt a thanksgiving turkey for the first time and it doesn’t turn out well? What do you do if your travel plans are interrupted and you’re stuck spending thanksgiving alone? How do you accommodate more guests than planned when your friends all bring unexpected plus ones? Don’t worry, your Thanksgiving feast is safe!  There are many restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day for brunch or dinner, and many of them even deliver! With the help of Madison.com and Madisonstories.com, we’ve gathered a list of delivery/pick up as well as some dine-in options in and around the Madison area, so you can have your plan B ready to go in case the unexpected pops up.

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Is Renter’s Insurance Really Worth It?

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What is the point of having renter’s insurance anyway? Do I really need it? Aren’t I just throwing away money that I could use on other things, such as that new sofa chair I’ve been wanting for my living room? These are some of the questions you may be asking yourself when thinking about renter’s insurance. Whether you’re renting an apartment, condo, or home in Madison, renter’s insurance is a must. It is required for most rentals now a days, but even if it is not required, here is some basic information on renter’s insurance and why it’s worth having for your apartment.

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UW Madison Homecoming Week #UWHC

For the past several years MPM has been a sponsor for the UW Madison Homecoming.  This year, Homecoming week starts Saturday, November 5th and ends November 12th.  Get ready to show your Badger Pride with the many homecoming events coming up, and be on the lookout for the MPM Street Team, who will be at some of the events handing out free swag and other prizes!

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The Apartment Care Package

Even in this age of texts, emails, Snapchat and Messenger, almost everyone still loves getting actual mail. When you open the mailbox and there’s a letter or you see a package has been left for you, the excitement starts to build. It’s almost like Christmas! Whether you are a parent or a friend of an apartment dweller, and want to help kick-start a semester, or just help get them through finals week, here are a few ideas of packages to send to them. Continue reading

Parking in Downtown Madison

Parking_In_MadisonIf you live or work in downtown Madison, you know how hard it is to find a place to park or how expensive it can be for monthly parking. When you are in the heart of most metropolitan areas, this is typically the case, and while Madison isn’t the size of Milwaukee or Chicago, there are a still a lot of visitors and commuters that come to the Capitol area during the week, making parking difficult.  Whether you are commuting or living downtown, we’ve laid out the best options and information you need to know for parking in downtown Madison, especially during Wisconsin’s winter months. Continue reading

Choosing Your Next Apartment in Madison

madisonThere are many factors to consider when thinking about your next apartment or rental home.  Some of you may be gaining or losing a roommate with your next lease, or maybe your roommates are perfect, but you all just want a change of scenery. Either way, you want to be prepared.  Here are some efficient tips to help you as you search for your next apartment to call home. Continue reading