Getting Ready to Move in Madison: Non-Campus Resident Tips

packing to moveYou 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.

Moving Company

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

A Great Apartment, A Gorgeous View, But What’s Missing? | Guest Blog Post – MMoCA

MPM is excited to have the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) be our guest blogger again 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.


An emerging leader, the go-to person, a problem-solver, the source for fresh ideas – this is how you are known at work, but what do your walls say about you? Step-up your domicile with fine art that is a reflection of you. Replace tired framed prints with artwork you can tell the story about because you talked with the artist about the inspiration and techniques behind it.

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Art Fair on the Square

Art Fair on the Square brings nearly 500 artists to the Capitol Square this weekend. An easy walk up the block, you can peruse the work of talented individuals chosen to be in one of the most competitive and highly regarded art fairs in the country. Think of the Farmer’s Market but twice as big, twice as long, and filled with art across price ranges that reflect many styles.

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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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Summer Grilling | Tips & Recipes

Summer is almost here and you know what that means, it’s grilling season. Whether you’re a veggie lover or a carnivore, grilling is the perfect way to give your food that extra flavor while still enjoying the fresh summer air! We’re sharing some of our favorite tips and some great recipes for the grill this summer.

Grilling Tips:

Choose your grill:

Where you live, what you are grilling and where you are grilling at are all factors to consider when choosing your grill. Depending on the apartment or home you live in, and what you are wanting to cook, some grills work better than others. You can choose from charcoal, electric, or gas grills. Keep in mind, in some apartment buildings, gas or charcoal grills are not allowed. See the city of Madison grill guidelines here.

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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.

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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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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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Home Office Solutions for Your Apartment

home office in your apartmentIt 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.
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