New Year, New You: Working Out in Your Apartment

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As we discussed in last week’s blog, the most popular New Year’s resolutions involve living a healthier life. This includes nutrition, as well as exercise. We talked about our 7 Tips for Healthy Eating in the New Year in last week’s blog, so now we are here to talk about fitness and exercise, specifically in your apartment or small space!

I don’t know about you, but going to a gym in January can be difficult. Everyone is thinking about their new year’s resolution, so the gyms are packed with people trying to fulfill their goals. Now, you may be thinking you don’t have anywhere else to go and just won’t work out. Well, you can’t get out of it that easily. Just because you live in an apartment or small space doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise. We’ve put together a list, as well as some videos of some of the best exercises for your apartment or small space.

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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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Moving Back With Parents From Your Apartment

moving-homeMillennials moving back home with their parents isn’t exactly a new phenomenon.  The number of adults who move back in with their folks has increased since 2008; in 2015, one in four adults aged 18-34 moved back home. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 6.3 million adults age 18 to 24 lived at home in 1960. This number more than doubled to almost 15 million young adults moving in with their parents in 2008. People aren’t just moving home for economic reasons, by the way. Recent studies show that millennials feel a stronger bond with their parents than previous generations, and they actually want to spend time with their immediate families. If you’re considering moving back in with dear old Mom and Dad, here are a few things to consider before packing your bags: 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

Stay Cool in the Summer and Save Money

The simplest way to save money for the rest of summer and warm early fall is to cut down on your air conditioning usage.  The downside of turning off your AC is that it will definitely get hot! We have compiled a list of ideas to help you stay cool.  The three biggest things to think about are air flow, heat sources, and your personal body temperature. Continue reading

Practical and Unique Hacks for Apartment Living

A little bit of organization can make apartment life a LOT simpler. It may sound like a lot of work, but life can be easily improved by using just a few creative solutions for overcoming the inconveniences of living in a small space. Continue reading

Home Cooked Meals

Welcome back to reality! We know exactly how you are feeling about being back to your routine, classes, homework, studying, the ups and downs of relationships, and stress. If you are like us, you are already missing that quality home cooking you had over the holidays. The ramen noodles, mac & cheese, subs, and pizza making up your current food pyramid are starting to taste bland. And let’s be honest, you are either way too lazy to create an extensive 5 course meal or you just plain don’t have the time. We totally hear you on that!

In the world of immediate gratification, it seems hard to cook. From experience, we can tell you it is well worth it to ditch the processed and prepackaged food for homemade meals. The health benefits are great, your pocketbook won’t feel quite as light, and your taste buds will be much happier with home cooking.

So how would we recommend implementation of cooking into your life? Just make a plan and stick to it! If you have one night a week to dedicate to meal prep, that is all it takes. We have friends who utilize one day on the weekend to cook all their meals for the week. It will take a little discipline and motivation to commit to cooking, but you can do it! The easiest way to have home cooked meals is via crock pot and advanced prep. When you decide to cook for yourself there are a few things you can do to make the process quick and pain free!

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Determine what you can spend on groceries, and create a list of what you need. (When shopping, buying similar things week in and week out helps you to keep your budget at a steady rate.

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Second, make time to prepare in advance.

If you don’t want to cook all your meals in one day, you can still chop fruits and veggies or measure out ingredients in advance so the process is much faster on the day you actually make the meal. There is one last thing we have learned from experience; sometimes you just won’t feel like cooking. Every once and awhile it’s definitely okay to break your new habit of playing top chef. Prepare for these days by keeping some staple items and easy meal options in your pantry. It’s never a bad idea to have plenty of healthy snacks around either 🙂

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Third, make meal time a fun adventure with friends or roommates.

Try new things and be creative! Heck, it might not be a bad idea to score some brownie points with your mom by asking her for that one recipe she makes so well. Feel free to share pictures of your delicious home cooked meals on our Facebook page Here. Maybe our like and share will be just the boost you need to keep up the good habit!

For more ideas check out our Easy Meals Board on Pinterest Here.

Bon Appetite!

“Remodeling” Your Apartment and Life

Have you ever felt like things were just the “same ol’ same ol’”? You feel like you wear the same stuff, eat the same stuff, and see the same things all the time.

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It’s a new year, so why not change things up a bit. How about you start with your apartment?

Reorganize.

Move the furniture a little. Put your bookshelf items in a different order, and create some Zen.

Add something new to the mix. Replace a staple item that you see every day, and you will be amazed how different things feel.

Use a cover up. Visit a fabric store, and find something that fits your ideal décor. Use fabric to cover part of a wall, a piece of furniture or a table.

Hide things. Use decorative bins and baskets to get your clutter out of eye sight.

Try New.

Take a different route. Whether this is in your apartment or on your way to class, finding a new way to get to the next thing on your list will make it feel less monotonous.

Try a new brand or different flavor. Maybe this means upgrading to the two ply toilet paper or using a new air freshener scent. Both of those things might seem silly, but they could be just what the doctor ordered to make your world feel completely new.

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