Setting up a Garden on Your Apartment Balcony

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.


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Guest Blog Post | Do Ho Suh at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

We at MPM are excited to be collaborating with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for this week’s blog post. The MMoCA is located at 227 State Street. Exhibition hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 12-5 pm; Friday 12-8 pm; Saturday 10 am-8 pm; and Sunday 12-5 pm. Museum admission is free.

Do Ho Suh

Wander through an ephemeral, dreamlike art installation on view only through May 14.Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh has transformed the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s second floor galleries into a realm of transparency and light. Admission to the museum is free, so be sure to experience the life-sized art installation of fabric rooms and passageways that replicate the artist’s New York apartment and studio space. Continue reading

6 Ways to Save on Your Apartment Energy Bill this Spring

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.
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10 “Out of the Ordinary” Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Apartment

spring cleaningSpring 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.

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April Fool’s Day Pranks for Your Roommates: A Pinterest Roundup

April 1st is just around the corner, and you know what that means?  Time for some fun April Fool’s pranks.  We’ve rounded up some great April Fool’s pranks from Pinterest that you can use on your roommates.

Disclaimer:  Must attempt pranks at your own risk. MPM is not responsible for any repercussions from these pranks, including (but not limited to) angry roommates, retaliation, loss of friends, and/or broken items.

Photoshop Pranks:

Send them something similar to this in a text.  We would believe it.

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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.

Revel Madison

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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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Madison

cloverHappy St. Patrick’s Day Madison!  Students have just finished up midterms, the UW Badger Men’s Basketball team won vs. Virginia Tech last night, and it’s FRIDAY.  It can’t get much better than that, huh?  It’s time to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!  Although a lot of the bar hops and other St. Patty’s Day events happened last weekend, we’ve put together a list of places to go this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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Renting an Apartment “Sight Unseen”

sight unseenFinding 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”.

What does “Sight Unseen” actually mean?

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The Madness of March!

March MadnessIt’s March, so you know what that means?  It’s time for MARCH MADNESS! March Madness is typically the second week of March through the first week of April. This year, the tournament is scheduled to begin on March 14th, 2017. March Madness is the time of year when the NCAA Men’s and Women’s college basketball tournaments are held to determine the national champions of college basketball.

How Does the Tournament Work?

For those who do not know how the tournament works, here is a brief overview, according to Wikipedia.

They typically start with 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the NCAA, to determine the national championship.  16 teams make it past the first weekend’s games.  This is called the “Sweet Sixteen”. The second weekend narrows the field to the “Elite Eight” and then the “Final Four”. The final weekend focuses on the four semifinalists. The two semifinal victors move on to play in the national championship game.

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