Post-Move-In Tips for Your New Apartment

apartmentsNow that the craziness is over and you’ve had a few days to get settled into your new apartment, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. While the stress of your actual move may be over, there are still a few things that you should take care of after moving to a new place in order to prevent headaches later. Check out these tips that we recommend to new residents:

Read the Lease

Even though you should have already read the lease at the time of the lease signing, it’s not fresh in your mind. Read it, and then read it again. You may have just initialed where you were told to, but you should have received a copy of your lease with your move-in packet or emailed to you. If you did not receive one, ask your landlord or property representative for a copy. Make sure you understand everything you are responsible for, like making sure your rent is turned into the office before the first of the month, not just postmarking it by then. Continue reading

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

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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No Time for Cleaning?

Your apartment is a mess. You’re sick of it. If you have to look at that pile of clothes for one more minute, you might throw it out the window…but studying for your upcoming exam seems way more important, so you just don’t have time to clean.

You know you would feel better if you got it over with. It’s amazing how living in a clean environment can take some stress out of your life and even help you work more productively within your space. It’s easier to clean up now than to hope you will magically have more time later on.

Don’t let the prospect of tidying up overwhelm you; cleaning doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process. Even dedicating just 5 or 10 minutes of your day to cleaning one room of your home will make a world of difference!

We hope these quick cleaning tips will help even the busiest individuals get down to it:

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  1. Preparation

    1. Have a cleaning bucket ready to go with all of your cleaning supplies.
      1. Rubber Gloves
      2. Window Cleaner
      3. Paper Towels
      4. Rags
      5. Multi-Purpose Cleaner
      6. Sponges
      7. Dustpan and Brush
      8. Scrubbing Brush
      9. Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Brush
      10. Swiffer
    2. Set a timer. If you are really in a time crunch this will help you work harder without worrying about what time it is.
    3. Put some beats on! Playing music while you clean will make the time fly, and the task will be more fun. We suggest listening to something upbeat and fast paced like this playlist: http://8tracks.com/pistolproof/sorry-about-the-mess

 

  1. Quick Cleaning tips

    1. Clear the clutter (Hint: Decorative baskets and bins are a great way to hide items that you can’t find a home for anywhere else.)
    2. Wash the dishes.
    3. Wipe down all surfaces, the shine will make the room feel much cleaner.
    4. Vacuum or sweep; it won’t take as long as you think and will make future mopping much easier.
    5. Make your bed.
    6. Fluff the pillows.
    7. Spray some Febreze and crack a few windows to make your place smell fresh and clean.
  1. Keeping it Clean

    1. Straighten up regularly. Now that you have experienced how quickly you can clean up, it won’t be so painful to do it more frequently. It will be a lot less work too.
    2. Organization systems help. Use your bins, boxes, and baskets; and clutter will be less likely to pop up.
    3. Consciously put things away when you’re done using them, and clean up messes as they happen. If you are quick to react, you will be on your way to faster relaxation.

Spring Cleaning!

It’s officially spring, and we couldn’t be happier! While it’s only been hitting the 40’s, we’re breaking out our T-shirts and shorts and soaking up the sun! Now that the weather is warming up, it’s about time for a thorough cleaning to sweep away those winter blues. Not only does a good spring cleaning make your home look good, it feels good to get rid of the dust bunnies and air out that lingering winter musk. We’ve put together a few general spring cleaning tips and included a checklist to help you brighten up your home!

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