Sharing a bedroom with another person can be difficult, but sometimes it has to be done. If you’ve lived in a dorm, chances are that you have already had to share a room with someone, so you know that it can be stressful. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be! We’ve put together some tips to survive sharing a bedroom with your roommate without going crazy.
Set roommate guidelines from the beginning:
Whether you’re best friends with the person you’re sharing your bedroom with or just meeting them for the first time, guidelines are important. Get together and set some ground rules. A few things to talk about are cleanliness, food, schedules, and guests.
August has arrived, and you can never be too prepared for the craziness and chaos of August turnover. One of our recent blog posts was about Getting Ready to Move in Madison for Non-Campus Area Residents, so this week we wanted to share our tips for Campus area residents and share what to expect while moving in and out during the crazy August in Madison. Be prepared and know what to expect!
Prep for Moving
-Be sure to update your landlord with your forwarding address. Don’t wait until the last minute. With the stress of moving, it could slip your mind. Let your landlord know your new address as soon as you secure your next place.
-Change your mailing address- you can do that through USPS here.
-Update any magazine or newspaper subscriptions with your new address.
You may have read our post last year about ‘Getting Ready to Move‘, but we felt it necessary to share it again (with a few updates) because you can never be too prepared to move out of your apartment. Moving season for non-campus area apartments is here, so be prepared and avoid stress by following these helpful tips and advice.
If you plan on using a moving company to move, start looking early and find the best fit for you. It’s busy moving season, so be sure to book them well in advance. If you plan to move without a moving company, make sure you are prepared with vehicles that will fit your furniture and extra help if needed. Continue reading →
We are excited to welcome Jane Antonovich as our guest blogger this week. Jane is a Feng Shui Designer and Organizational Expert who has worked with MPM in the past at our Galaxie building. She designed the leasing office and the Galaxie model studio and did such a great job. Learn more about Jane at the end of the post.
If you’re holding on to furniture or decor from college or your twenties, It’s time to take a Deep Breath and envision yourself 5 years, even 10 years from now…
What kind of home will you be in? House? Apartment? Condo? Cabin? Bungalow? How will your home feel? Beautiful? Peaceful? Shelter from the fast, zippy world outside?
Will any of the items in this list still be part of your design?
Consider how it would feel to let go of any or all of these as you dream into your future:
Have you been slacking when it comes to looking for a place to live this fall, and realize you now only have about 2.5 months to find a place? Well, don’t worry, MPM’s got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a place for yourself, or for you and 4 other roommates, we’ve put together a list of some last minute housing options just for you.
High Rises – all utilities, cable and internet included!
You’ve probably heard that you should wait until after Mother’s Day to plant any type of plant, and that’s usually the case, especially this year in Wisconsin. We have had a few nights where frost has been imminent. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning your garden. We’ve rounded up the best tips from Pinterest that will help with setting up the perfect garden on your balcony.
Make a plan
Think about what types of plants you want in your garden and make a plan. Choose plants/herbs that you know you will eat or use. Know when to grow what- see the vegetable/herb grower’s cheat sheet below.
We all dread seeing that gas and electric bill come in the mail each month. Now that spring is here and the warmer weather is arriving, we can start turning off those heating sources and start saving a little bit of money. In addition to turning your heat off, here are 5 ways YOU can save on energy in your apartment this spring.
1. Unplug/ turn off
Be sure to turn off all lights when you leave a room. This not only helps with the electricity, but it will help keep the room cooler for any lights that give off any heat. Same goes for fans; be sure to turn off all fans when you leave a room. No need to use a fan when you are not in the room. Unplug appliances while not in use, like your coffee maker, computers and TV’s. Even though you’re not using them, having them plugged in still uses some energy.
Spring has sprung! Time for warmer weather, sunshine, and April showers that bring May flowers. It’s also time for some spring cleaning! We all dread it, but once it’s done, it feels so good! You’ve probably already read our previous posts about spring cleaning (if not- check them out here and here), but we are here to share with you some out of the ordinary spring cleaning ideas for your apartment.
Clean Your Rugs
Whether it’s a large area rug or a small entry way rug, they may look okay, however they may be hiding lots of dust and dirt. Start by taking them outside and shaking them out. Hang them over your balcony and use a broom to “smack” the dirt out. Once that’s done, sprinkle some baking soda or carpet deodorizer on them, let them sit and vacuum over them. Another way to clean them is to rent a carpet cleaner and run it over the rugs.
Finding a new apartment can sometimes be challenging. What’s more challenging is if you are unable to view a unit before signing a lease for it. Whether you are unable to get off work during the available showing hours, you live out of state, or you are moving from another country, we have a few tips for you when it comes to signing for an apartment “sight unseen”.
It can be difficult to work from home when you live in a smaller space, or have to share a space with roommates. Although it may seem impossible, it definitely is possible. Below are some ideas, tips and tricks to turn your small or shared space in your apartment into a comfortable home office area.
Finding the Perfect Space for Your Home Office Area
Think about where your ideal work space would be in your apartment. A place where you can work comfortably and efficiently. Do you need a quiet space? Do you want to be away from any noises that others are making in the home while you work? Or are you okay with a little noise and can work through anything? These are just a few of the things to consider when choosing where your home office space will be. The second thing to think about is space.
If you are wanting something quiet and away from any other action in the house, think about using a spare bedroom, unused closet, or part of your bedroom. Think of somewhere that you will not be distracted. If you are okay working in an area that has lots of traffic or noise when anyone is home, then try to find an area in your living room or hallway that would fit your office space. Continue reading →