The Lifelong Debate | When to Put Your Holiday Lights Up

Christmas holiday lights
The holidays are just around the corner and if you’re like some people, you’re already listening to Christmas music and you may already have or want to put your Christmas lights up. So, when is the “right” time to put your lights up? It’s a lifelong debate that may never have a right answer, but we can at least talk about the ” acceptable time” to put your holiday lights up and take them down.

The “acceptable” time to put your holiday lights up

Although it may be frowned upon to put your lights up before Halloween or Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving seems to be the “acceptable” time to put your lights up. Give the other holidays their day! If you live in the colder climates, you may want to put your lights up during the warmer weather, which can sometimes be before Halloween. We think this is perfectly acceptable to put them up earlier than Thanksgiving, but wait until after the other holidays have passed to turn them on.

The “acceptable” time to take your holiday lights down

For some, the day after Christmas means it’s time to take down your decorations, for others, they wait until after new years. It is acceptable to take them down anytime between just after Christmas and Three Kings Day, which is Saturday, January 6th. Three Kings Day marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas, so for some, anytime right after the end of the 12 days is the perfect time to take them down. Leaving them up until Valentine’s Day is definitely too long!

Either way, be conscious of your neighbors and the potential grinches nearby. Use your best judgement when putting up your holiday lights!

Now, we want to hear from you! When do you think it’s acceptable to put holiday lights up and when to tear them down? Let us know in the comments below!

Check out our post last year with ideas for decorating your apartments for the holidays:
Decorating your Apartment for the Holidays!

DIY Halloween Home Décor + CONTEST

Halloween is just a few days away! We put together a roundup of 10 of our favorite Pinterest DIY Halloween Home Décor ideas for you all, plus we’re giving away $20 to Silver Mine Subs when you send us your DIY Halloween Home Décor. See below for more details.

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5 Ways to Get Around the “No Painting Rule” in Your Apartment

With more and more apartments now implementing a “no painting rule”, there’s no need to worry! You can still make your apartment look just as good without painting. We’re sharing 5 options to spruce up your walls that are temporary, easily removable, and don’t involve painting! As always, check with your landlord first.

1. Temporary Wallpaper

Use all over a room or for an accent wall.

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10 Things You Can Let go of by the Time You’re 30 | Guest Blogger – Jane Antonovich

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.


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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:

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Guest Blog: Revel Madison – DIY Craft Project

Today is the first day of Spring and now is the perfect time to start some DIY projects to spruce up your apartment and kick your organization and spring cleaning into gear.  We are so excited to be collaborating with a new local partner, Revel.  Since they are experts at DIY crafts, we have asked them to do a guest blog for MPM this week.

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We at Revel are thrilled to guest blog for Madison Property Management today! If you haven’t heard of Revel, we are a modern craft bar located just off the Capitol Square. It’s the perfect place to get together with friends to drink and DIY! We have a constantly changing list of workshops and drop-in Craft Bar projects, including everything from bar cart styling and beer glass etching to watercolor brush lettering and gold leaf painting.

One of the most popular projects on our Craft Bar menu is this customizable acrylic tray – perfect for entertaining or as a statement decor piece.revel madison

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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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Apartment Plants…That You Won’t Kill!

Something that many apartment dwellers don’t incorporate into the décor for their new homes are plants! Some people intentionally leave them out for fear that they won’t be able to keep plants alive. Others just don’t even consider the benefits of having an apartment plant. Plants can do wonders for small spaces! They add a bit of beauty to your space, and they even help with your indoor air quality.

Here are 5 of the most neglect-proof plants that will survive your apartment…as long as you give them just a little bit of water, sunlight and, occasionally, some extra love!

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These are great little plants that not only serve as a source of greenery in your home but also as living artwork! The delicate art of trimming a bonsai tree can be witnessed with Mr. Miyagi in “Karate Kid”, when he’s not forcing Daniel to scrub the deck and wash the cars. Trimming the bonsai can also help as a form of meditation. They aren’t too finicky…just water them a bit each time the soil is nearly dry.

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Having a “Grown-Up” Apartment

apartment-organizationNow that you’ve grown up, your apartment needs to suit you. You do not live in a dorm room anymore and you aren’t sharing rooms with several other friends.  There’s no need for a mini-fridge in your room or common area, no need for a white board on the wall to detail tasks and no need for lofts (unless you are utilizing space in a smaller apartment). It’s time to have a “grown-up” apartment. Continue reading

Calling Madison Home: Creating a Space that’s Uniquely You This Winter

Winter means spending a lot of time indoors. If you haven’t already spruced up the place and really made it feel like home, now is the time! From setting up your furniture in a way that makes studying easier to adding décor that shows off your flare, there are many ways to create a space that’s uniquely you.  One good is to strike a balance balance between creating a space that’s aesthetically pleasing while making sure your apartment is truly functional for your lifestyle.

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Pillows and Blankets

Get a little comfy cozy by incorporating pillows and blankets into your living space. How can someone enjoy time at home in the living room without a warm blanket and pillow to comfort any long movie?! Get something that reminds you of growing up or a galactic cat style “just because.” You get our point; get something that you know is yours and makes the place just seem like it is your own.

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Coffee Table

Kick up your feet and relax. Make the common area in your apartment a place where you and your roommates gather by adding a coffee table or end tables. It’s a great idea to make sure there’s some sort of table space near every couch and chair.  Throw a cool coffee table book out for guests or a unique decoration as a conversation piece.

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Lighting

Natural sunlight is limited this time of year. Find a unique lamp and place it on your end table. Or, you can string up some lights along a favorite area in your home. Nicely lit spaces feel warmer and more inviting, especially in the winter.

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Art and Photos

If your mom sent you a picture of the “fam,” don’t be afraid to set it out. Or, take family pictures with the roommates in ugly sweaters or badger gear, and order a large canvass print to put on the wall. If you’re having a hard time agreeing with your roommates, take a day trip art shopping. State Street has some great finds when it comes to wall décor. Craft stores in Madison also have a great selection on wall art to choose from.

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Decorating for the Holidays

If you will be around for the Holidays, get some decorations up! A mini-tree, candles, lights or old school window clings will work; any decoration is guaranteed to make your home feel festive and cheerful.  

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Calling Madison Home

What have you added to your apartment to really make it feel like home this season? E-mail your festive apartment decoration pictures to promos@Madisonproperty.com and be entered to win one of 6 prizes. Look for more details in our next blog. Thanks for Calling Madison Home #Badgers! #OnWisconsin