5 Things to Measure on An Apartment Tour

The Woodlands - Friday, February 08, 2019

Touring apartments can be a fun and exciting experience! What’s not so exciting is realizing on moving day that your couch won’t fit through the door. To avoid any moving down meltdowns, remember to measure these five things during any apartment tour.

Counter Height

Did you know counters can be different heights? It’s important to measure the counters if you’re looking to buy stools to provide some extra seating. Bar stools are 30”-32” high while counter height stools are lower at 24”-26”. A good thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to want 8’-12” of leg room between the stool seat and the counter.

Widths of Doors

You’re going to run into a real problem if you find out on moving day that your bed frame or couch doesn’t fit through the door. If you take the measurements and realize that’s the case, you’re either going to have to pass on the apartment or buy a new piece of furniture that will fit through the door.

Widths of Hallways and Staircases

We all remember Ross yelling “pivot!” at Rachel and Chandler as they struggled to get a couch up the stairs of his apartment building. Don’t let this be you! A quick measurement of the hallway and staircase could save you hours of grief.

The Size of The Bedroom

If you haven’t caught on by now, most of these measurements are to ensure that your furniture will fit in your new apartment. If you have a king size bed in addition to a few dressers and nightstands, measure the bedroom so you know it will all fit. It’s not the end of the world if a dresser or night stand won’t fit, but if the bed won’t then you may want to rethink renting that apartment. 

Height of the Shower Curtain Rod

While this isn’t an absolute must, it will save you an extra trip to the store! There is no standard height placement for shower curtain rods, only lengths of rods, so be sure to measure! You don’t want to end up with a shower curtain that is too long or too short.

Now that you’re prepared, grab your measuring tape and give us a call to schedule your tour

Design Ideas for Small Spaces

The Woodlands - Friday, January 18, 2019

Stumped on how to style your space? Whether you just moved in or simply want to refresh your existing space, knowing how to decorate smaller spaces can be difficult. There are some tips that everyone suggests, such as hanging mirrors and investing in multi-use pieces, but we’re here to suggest the not so obvious.

1. Clear the Clutter

A great place to start is to adopt a decluttering mantra and clear the clutter. We tend to bring clutter and unnecessary furniture from apartment to apartment and this can quickly make your space feel small. Devote a day to cleaning out your home and watch the space open up!

2. Play with Color

While apartment living doesn’t allow you to paint the walls, there are other ways to use color to brighten up a space. Set a color scheme for each room of your apartment and then go from there. Add pillows, blankets, fake flower and rugs to tie the room together and add visual interest. 

3. Buy the Right Size Furniture

It may be time to ditch the oversized sectional from your college days and invest in a smaller, but better-quality sofa. Cramming too much furniture that’s also too big will make a space look and feel small. It will also have you stumbling around the room as you trip over end tables and chairs!

Spend some time measuring your space and putting some thought in to the pieces you’d like to have in your home. The result will be beautiful and sophisticated. 

4. Use the Space Under Your Bed

The space under your bed can often be over looked. Use the space to store clothes and shoes you aren’t wearing at the moment. You can also store extra blankets, sheets, and pillows in organizing bins.

5. Install A Vertical Garden

The lack of yard is no problem when you install a beautiful vertical garden. The project can be completed with just some steel mesh, an empty wall and a few potted plants. The garden will add color to your space and bring the outside in!

Don’t have a green thumb? We’re sharing some tips on how to keep your plants healthy!

Now that you have some fun ideas on how to style your space, it’s time to design your Woodlands apartment exactly how you want it.

9 Ways to Organize Your Closet

The Woodlands - Friday, January 04, 2019

At The Woodlands, every resident is able to enjoy spacious, oversized closets in their bedroom. However, that is just the beginning. Closets can be customized to fit your every need and want! Keep reading for our best tips and tricks on how to organize your closet.
  1. Store your most used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high. No more constantly searching for that shirt you wear every week!
  2. Use tiered shelves to organize your shoes and keep them from cluttering your closet floor.
  3. Put up hooks to hang bulky jackets and scarves.
  4. Store out of season clothing under the bed to make more room in your closet.
  5. Color code the items in your closet so they’re easier to find. You can also organize your clothing by sweaters, t-shirts, long pants, dresses, etc.
  6. Use baskets to store scarves, hats, slippers and other accessories.
  7. Hang another bar in your closet to instantly double the amount of closet space.
  8. Use a hanging shoe organizer to store sweaters instead! Roll your sweaters before tucking inside to save space and avoid saggy shoulders.   
  9. Add a mirror to the back of the door to make your closet a one stop shop for getting ready in the morning.

Looking for more organizing tips? Check out how to organize you cabinets in 5 easy steps!

Get Better Sleep this Winter in 3 Easy Ways

The Woodlands - Tuesday, December 18, 2018

With snowy days and nights for the foreseeable future, it means more cuddles under the blanket, curling up on the couch, baking cookies and binge-watching shows. That sounds like a perfect recipe for lulling you into a good night’s rest, right? However, the cold weather brings a list of challenges for many of us including restless nights, lethargy, and of course – plenty of tossing and turning throughout the night. It’s time to take control and get a full night of sleep this winter!
  1. Let There Be Light: As we know, the sun begins to set earlier during the winter which leaves us feeling tired earlier. Is feeling tired important for sleep? Of course, but going to bed too early can cause you to either wake too soon or be over-tired the next day. Incorporating higher-quality lightbulbs to your fixtures and swapping out a noise making alarm for one with a light that mimics the sunrise can encourage a healthier sleep pattern and creates a better way of waking in the morning.
  2. Exercise: We all know that exercising regularly is good for us and, ideally, the way we should live our lives. It’s fairly common for exercise routines to go by the wayside during the winter months because it’s easier to simply stay bundled up and watch TV. Keeping up with, or starting a new routine, can help to regulate your sleep pattern. In fact, people who are more active typically fall asleep easier than those who aren’t as active. With a state-of-the-art gym facility in our community, there’s almost no excuse for skipping a session! 
  3. Temperature Control: When the temperature drops, our immediate reaction is to put on flannel pajamas and take the heavier blankets out of the closet for bedtime. This initial reaction may actually cause more harm than good. While you’re sleeping, your body temperature begins to rise little by little. So if you have too many layers, especially heavy layers, it can cause you to become restless.
For more tips including DIY gift ideas and a list of 10 items you aren’t responsible for while renting, contact us today and schedule a tour of our community. We’re sure you’ll love everything we have to offer and want to call us home sooner rather than later! 

5 Activities to Enjoy in the Latham Area this Holiday Season

The Woodlands - Thursday, December 06, 2018

The Capital Region is no stranger to snowfall, but it can be difficult at times to beat the winter blues and defeat the case of cabin fever we all experience. To add to this, the holiday season keeps us busy running errands, picking up packages, and deciding which (if any) holiday parties to attend. We are lucky enough to live in an area with such a diverse culture and a long list of fun activities to try during the holiday season. Here’s our list of some fun activities to try this holiday season.

What to Do in Latham During the Holidays

  1. Artful Playgroup for Toddlers: Bundle up the little ones on December 5th and head to the Art Omi: Benson Center for a morning filled with playing, exploring, and art as your little ones learn more about themselves and our world.
  2. Ice Skating: Whether you’ve been ice skating most of your life, or you want to try something new, heading to the Clifton Park Ice Arena can be a fun way to enjoy the day while staying active. 
  3. Capital Holiday Lights: Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll or you prefer to stay warm in the comfort of your own vehicle, viewing the holiday light displays is an event for all ages and a great tradition to incorporate in your holiday season! 
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life: Experience the seasonal classic as it was meant to be, on the big screen, at The Palace Theatre. The movie starts at 7pm on December 21st making it a great way to start your weekend with friends and family! 
  5. Schedule a Tour: With the end of the year right around the corner, scheduling a tour of the The Woodlands community and finding your new home is a great way to celebrate the season. Our community offers a private patio or balcony for each unit, security intercom entrance, and multiple layout options – you’ll want to call us your home sooner rather than later.  Schedule your tour today!

4 Tips for Organizing Your Jewelry

The Woodlands - Friday, November 23, 2018

When it comes to apartment life and storing prized possessions, sometimes space can be of the essence which means you need to store your items in a creative manner. Rather than simply leaving your jewelry on your nightstand, dresser, or bathroom counter keep your jewelry organized so you never lose an earring back or pendant again! 

4 Ways to Store Your Jewelry

1. Tray: While most any type of tray will work, one with a divider could help with the organization of your jewelry if you intend to have pieces from earrings, bracelets, to rings on the tray. Vintage shadow boxes, antique serving trays, or even tiered dessert stands can serve as a unique way to store your jewelry.
2. Statue or Vase: Look at the objects found in your home from a different angle. Something like a ceramic elephant on your nightstand can serve another purpose by holding your necklaces and bracelets. Having your pieces displayed out in the open may also encourage you to wear the items more frequently, rather than the potential of them being out of sight, out of mind. 
3. Hooks: If you’d rather free up space on your dresser or nightstand, try installing hooks on your bedroom wall. Whether it’s a small hook like you’d use for a picture or one that isn’t permanent (and doesn’t require a hammer) hooks can be a fun way to hold your necklaces. This is especially handy if you have bigger statement pieces that could take up an entire drawer of a jewelry box.
4. Wooden Box: Invest in a wooden box that is both sturdy and unique, rather than a run-of-the-mill jewelry box you can find at any store. Head to an antique store or a flea market to find one with character and that will hold your most prized possessions. If you happen to find one that’s fairly sizable, like a jewelry armoire, it can be visually appealing and become the room’s statement piece.  

We hope you find these jewelry storage tips to be helpful! For more tips including 5 effortless entertaining tips and to make The Woodlands your new home, contact us today! We’ll share our favorite tips and tricks with you while giving you a tour of our community.

9 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Start This Year

The Woodlands - Friday, November 09, 2018

When it comes to many holidays, including Thanksgiving, it’s typically the same course of events each year. Wake up early, possibly travel, cook, eat, nap, and then indulge in more food. This Thanksgiving, try something new and start a new tradition. They don’t have to be boring or time consuming like people may think; these ideas are fun, easy, and family-friendly!

9 New Thanksgiving Traditions to Start 

1. Recipe Swap: This will be easy and fun, especially if you’re hosting as a potluck. If you are, ask your guests to bring the recipe for the dish they shared. If it isn’t a potluck, ask them to bring any of their favorite recipes. This will give your guests something to talk about aside from the weather and the game on T.V. 

2. Hold a Raffle: Ask each guest to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a food pantry; each item gives them an entry into the raffle. Have fun with the prizes, first choice at the turkey or dessert, rights to the wishbone, goofy sunglasses or toys from a dollar store – the sky’s the limits, use your imagination!  

3. Those Who Cook Don’t Clean: If you cooked, kick your feet up after the feast is over; those who didn’t cook will do the cleaning! This can be viewed as more of a principal than a tradition, call it what you will, it is something that should be adopted in each household. 

4. Guess the Thanks: Each year people tend to go around the table and share what they are thankful for that year. Instead, have your guests write down on a piece of paper what they are thankful for and put it in a jar. When it’s time to eat, you will each read a submission and take turns guessing the anonymous submission. 

5. Ditch the Football: Okay, maybe not entirely, but keep in mind not everyone wants to watch football for six hours. Instead, add in some classic T.V. sitcoms – especially any that have Thanksgiving episodes. 

6. Pre-Dessert Walk: Something so simple, we almost didn’t think of it. Rather than crashing on the couch or the recliner, get everyone up and moving. Go for a walk in the park or down a peaceful road before having dessert. 

7. Bring a Game: Chances are, if your family plays a game – they play it every time they’re together. There’s nothing wrong with playing the same game, but, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new. Introduce your friends and family to a game they haven’t played before, you never know, it could become a new favorite.

8. Hand-Me-Down Exchange: Holidays are a perfect time to clean out the closet, especially if there are kids in your home. Encourage your guests to bring any items they are no longer wearing, winter coats, boots, shirts, you name it! Chances are one of your friends or a loved one could use the item, or knows someone who is in need! 

9. Book Swap: Don’t think of this as a book club, simply a swap. Guests can bring a book (or two, or three) and pass them along to one another so that others can enjoy their favorites. This will help give your guests something to talk about and perhaps introduce them to an author they wouldn’t normally read. It will also help kids become comfortable if they aren’t as rowdy as some of the other young ones.

We hope you enjoy these new traditions as much as we do! If you have started a new tradition with friends or family, we’d love to hear about it. Let us know on our Facebook (@woodlandsoflatham). For more tips, including 4 ways to save space, and to schedule a tour, contact us today!

Decluttering? Here are 5 Things You shouldn’t Do

The Woodlands - Thursday, October 18, 2018
We always hear about what we should do while decluttering our homes. Unless you are able to hire a professional to do it for you, it’s important to know what not to do while decluttering. To help keep you on track, we’ve compiled a list of 5 things you shouldn’t do while decluttering your home. 

The 5 Don’ts of Decluttering

Tackling More Than You Can Handle: You need to be mindful of the size of your project, if you take on more than you can handle at one time you will become burnt out. For example, it might not be feasible for you to organize your entire space in a single day. Instead, take it room by room over the course of a few days or weekends. 

Leaving Tasks Unfinished: No matter how daunting the task is, if you start something you should finish it in the same sitting. While decluttering, you will have a few piles – keep, toss, recycle/donate. The important step is once you have everything separated is to put them where they belong. If you’re donating items, take them to their destination. The worst thing you can do is box them up and hide them behind your couch. 

Buying First; Organizing Second: While it’s tempting, it’s smarter to purchase storage bins or containers once you have your piles created. Purchasing containers ahead of time runs the risk of having too many or not enough. In either case, you’ve created a second trip to the store. 

Not Organizing To Fit Your Needs: Sure, we’d all love a closet or drawers that resemble catalogues, but it isn’t always realistic. You have to organize based on what works for you and fits your needs. For example, if you love wearing sweaters on a regular basis and you are kind of short, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to store them on the highest shelf in your closet - unless you don’t mind getting a step stool out all the time. 

Thinking The Job Is Done: You’ve organized and reduced your clutter, good job. Now comes the real job, keeping it organized. All too often we fall victim to finishing the project and then falling back into our old habits. 

Residents of The Woodlands are fortunate when it comes to closet size; our apartments have large walk-in closets! This makes organize and creating a system that works for their individual needs a breeze. If closet size is a struggle for you, stop fighting it and find a new place to call your home. Schedule a tour with us today and get a look at everything our spacious apartments have to offer! 

Keeping Your Bedroom Pillows Clean

The Woodlands - Monday, October 01, 2018

There’s something many of us are guilty of, forgetting to clean a household item or two. At the top of the list are the pillows we sleep on every night. Unclean pillows harbor dirt and dust – among other things we don’t want to think about – all of which can wreak havoc on your health. 

Washing Your Pillows

Having clean pillows to lay on each night is especially important for those who suffer from allergies. If you find that you’re frequently waking up sneezing, have a sore throat, or a headache your pillow might be the culprit. While it’s important, and helpful, to clean your pillow cases on a regular and frequent schedule, it is suggested to wash your pillows every three months. 

Before taking on this chore, be sure to check the label on your pillows. Many of them will have special care instructions. If it doesn’t, many synthetic pillows or down pillows can be machine washed and dried using low heat. It is also recommended to use a fragrance-free soap that won’t leave a residue. To give your pillows extra fluff while drying, add dryer balls or a tennis ball inside a sock before starting the drying cycle. 

Be careful not to over stuff your washer and dryer, doing so can cause the machines to become off balance and not give your pillows the level of clean they need. Cleaning them two at a time is optimal. 
Luckily for our residents,a washer and dryer are provided in every unit! This allows residents the freedom to wash their pillows as needed without having to spend their day at a laundromat. If this isn’t an option for you where you live, it’s time to find a new place to call home! Schedule your tour of our apartments today!

5 Tips for Renting Your First Apartment

The Woodlands - Monday, September 24, 2018

When it comes to renting your first apartment, there’s a lot that you will need to keep in mind from layout options, budgets, to amenities that might be included with your apartment. We’ve compiled a list of necessary items for every first time renter to keep in mind as they decide on their new home and how to avoid unnecessary headaches. 

5 Tips for First Time Renters

1. Logistics: Throughout your adult life you are likely to accumulate pieces of furniture, each of which will need to be taken into consideration when you move. Not only thinking about their size and situating them in the apartment, but, can you get them into the apartment? Will your antique dining room table make it around a corner, or will it simply not fit? Take measurements of your furniture, especially if you don’t intend to part with any. Then when you visit different spaces be sure to bring your measurements and measure the entryways of the building and apartment.
2. Expenses: This is particularly important to keep in mind, but many think it’s a no-brainer. Throughout your search you will hear the cost of the monthly rent, but you will need to know if anything additional such as cable or internet is included. If it isn’t, make a mental note to check your other monthly expenses such as student loans or car payments to ensure you are still within your limit. 
3. Visit During Different Times of the Day: You may feel like this step is excessive, but the area’s sounds, traffic, and activity could change throughout the day. Taking a tour during the day while most people are at work may not give you an accurate sense of the area or the traffic noise. The Woodlands is situated in the heart of Latham in proximity to the NYS Thruway and the Adirondack Northway. Which makes commuting a breeze, but residents don’t have to listen to all of the noise.  
4. Signing a Lease Sight Unseen: There are unique circumstances when this is ok, like moving to a new area for example.  If you live relatively in the area of the apartment you are interested in, you are strongly encouraged to visit and take a tour prior to signing a lease. Pictures can speak a thousand words, but, nothing replaces the actual experience of the visit and making sure you truly love the size, layout, and amenities of the apartment. 
5. Review the Lease: While some landlords will be quick to put a lease in front of you and expect a signature during that moment. Don’t feel pressured to sign it right then, the management team at The Woodlands encourages you to read through the lease thoroughly and ask any questions to ensure a complete understanding of the entire lease. 

The most important tip to keep in mind; don’t feel pressured to make an immediate decision. It’s ok to take time to think things through before signing a lease, even if that means taking a night or two and sleeping on it. Our team of professionals will take the time with you that is needed to answer your questions and help you come to the decision that is best for you and your lifestyle needs. 

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