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. 

When you’re ready to tour our apartments, let us know!    

Activities in the Capital Region this Season

The Woodlands - Monday, September 10, 2018

When we think of fall activities, carving pumpkins and picking apples are the first things that seem to pop into our brains. What about the rest of the events going on around the Capital Region? Take a look at the list below and change up your usual fall activities! 

Outdoor Fall Activities

2018 Irish 2000 Festival: Happening on September 15th at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds is the 22nd annual Irish 2000 Festival with a lineup of Celtic music from modern to traditional. In recent years, the festival has happened on multiple days, this year it’s happening on one – so don’t miss out!

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a narrated cruise by a Hudson River Historian on September 15th and 16th about Albany and the Hudson River. 

Adirondack Balloon Festival One of the Capital Region’s greatest events is happening from September 20th through the 23rd in Glens Falls and Queensbury, NY. Watch more than 80 hot air balloons take to the sky and enjoy the food, vendors, and family-friendly activities!

Indoor Fall Activities

Lunch Bite Gallery Tour: Wednesday, September 19th the New York State Museum is hosting the Lunch Bite Gallery Tour: “Albany to Buffalo Images of Changing Fortune Along the Erie Canal”. During the exhibit guests will learn how artists depicted the changing landscape as a result of the canal’s prosperity and decline. 

The Price Is Right: Looking for your chance to “come on down” to play games and have a chance to win prizes? October 6th at the Palace Theatre is the chance you’ve been looking for!

Check out Albany.com for more events happening in the Capital Region this fall and try something new.  While you’re out enjoying everything the area has to offer, take a tour of our apartments! We have amenities our renters love and multiple layouts to choose from including two and three bedroom apartments!

A Decluttering Mantra to Live By

The Woodlands - Monday, August 20, 2018

Whether you live in an apartment or a home, clutter is bound to happen, especially if you live in the same place for a long duration and acquire more items. What you don’t want happening is acquiring so much that it begins to clutter your space and gives you an overwhelming sensation. To avoid this, we suggest adopting a decluttering mantra: best, favorite, necessary. Keep reading to learn how to incorporate it into your life.

Decluttering Mantra

These three little words encourage us to only keep the best, your favorite, and what’s necessary. The goal to keep in mind is to create space and to only hold on to the items that serve a purpose and fulfill our lives. While this mantra can be put to the test in multiple spaces in your home; here are a few ways we suggest.

Kitchen: The kitchen is an easy space to use the best, favorite, necessary mantra. For one reason or another we tend to accumulate duplicates of tools and gadgets – spatula, zester, measuring cups, the list goes on and on! Keep only the items you find completely necessary – two spatulas instead of five, for example. Then, assuming they’re in good condition put the rest in a box for donation. 

Baskets, Boxes, Bins: Many of us fall victim to holding on to empty gift baskets assuming we’ll use them again but we rarely do. The same can be said for empty storage bins. Put the “best and favorite” words to work! You don’t need to save every basket, box, or bin that has crossed your path. Save only the ones that are in the best condition or look the nicest. Assuming you hold on to a few storage bins, try condensing the baskets and boxes to fit neatly within a bin or two!

Kid Items: It might feel impossible, but you can part ways with old papers from days gone by, clothing that no longer fits, or toys that are past their prime. Much like the kitchen items, if the toys or clothing are in decent condition, they can be donated! No kids at home? Go through your personal items. We’re all guilty of holding on to a magazine or two insisting we’ll read it again. 

If you’ve tried this mantra and still find yourself tripping over clutter, but the items have found themselves in your “necessary” category then it might be time for a bigger apartment to call your home! With multiple floor plans and sizes to choose from, The Woodlands will have something for you. Contact us to schedule your tour today!

What other areas of your home can you see yourself putting this mantra to work in?   

8 Must-Haves for Every Bachelor Pad

The Woodlands - Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Whether this is your first apartment, or you’ve rented before, it could be hard to determine which furnishings are essential and what the focal points should be. We’ve put together a list of the top 8 things every bachelor/bachelorette pad should have!

1. An Entry with Purpose: The entry for your apartment serves more of a purpose than we realize. Many of us only see it as an entry way or an exit, but it’s a place where we tend to drop our keys for the night or kick off our shoes. Adding a coat rack, bench to store our shoes under, and something to hold our keys gives the entryway the purpose it deserves.
2. Bedroom Furniture: This sounds like a no-brainer but for many of us, especially right after college, we don’t have quality pieces we’d like to take with us as we move further into adulthood. What does this entail? A proper bedframe, maybe one with a headboard and footboard, a nightstand or two, and of course a quality dresser.
3. Matching Bedding: Matching sheets, pillowcases, and coordinating blanket, quilt, or comforter will help give your bedroom the finished look it deserves. 
4. Kitchenware: Mixing and matching isn’t always a bad thing, but it’s best to put thought into your place settings. Your kitchenware doesn’t have to be expensive, but it is something you will have for a long time, so purchasing quality pieces is always a bonus!
5. Artwork: Empty walls can be kind of boring; hanging a piece of art gives personality to your space and can say a lot of your personal style. So give it some thought and make your space feel like a home for yourself as well as your guests!
6. A Bathroom Oasis: Much like your bedroom, your bathroom deserves your attention. Matching, quality, towels – hand towels, washcloths, and bath towels are a great start! Then incorporate colors or patterns with a shower curtain and floor mat. It’s also a great idea to include a nice dish for your hand soap, and an attractive tray or caddy for to keep your grooming products tidy.
7. Window Treatments: The residents of The Woodlands have the luxury of enjoying lots of natural light with our windows, and what really helps bring the room together are window treatments. This works especially well if you coordinate the treatments with an accent rug, arm chair, or couch. 
8. Plants: Incorporating plants into your space adds, well, life to your home. Flowers, succulents, herbs, all create their own level of eye appeal that so many of us desire for our homes. 

Now that you have a list of the essentials, fill your home at The Woodlands with other accessories and furnishings that fit your personality! 

The Benefits of Renting from The Woodlands

The Woodlands - Wednesday, July 18, 2018

There are many apartment communities that don’t give their residents the feeling of “home”; this is not the case for The Woodlands. While living in our community, residents enjoy the abundant amenities available to them – all of which make life much easier and more comfortable. Life at The Woodlands is perfect for starter homes and empty nesters alike! 

Life at The Woodlands

The Woodlands offers floor plans ranging from one, two, and three bedroom layouts each with their own private entrance. Our apartments also have private balconies or patios so residents can enjoy peace and quiet while overlooking our manicured grounds. Each apartment is equipped with its own washer and dryer allowing residents the freedom to do their laundry at their leisure. This is certainly better than spending the day at the laundromat! 

Residents have exclusive use of state-of-the-art equipment in the Fitness Center which saves them time, as well as money, since they will no longer need a monthly gym membership. With convenient hours, there’s no need to feel rushed to come home right away and get a good workout in. 

We also pride ourselves with the ability to provide our residents with an experienced maintenance crew as well as a friendly management team. Maintenance staff at The Woodlands is available 24/7 and strives to make your experience with our community as enjoyable as possible. 

To learn more about The Woodlands, and to schedule a tour, contact us today. When you’re part of our community, you’ll love where you live! 

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