The Best Cat Breeds for Apartment Living

The Woodlands - Friday, August 09, 2019

Grey and white cat laying on the floor in an apartment

At The Woodlands we love your cat as much as you do! They’re a friendly face to come home to after a long day and can easily adapt to our busy lifestyles. Still, some cat breeds are better suited for apartment life than others. Let’s take a look to see what some of the best cat breeds for apartment living are.

What Makes a Good Cat Breed for Apartments

When you’re looking for your new furry roommate, there are several traits to consider and look for.

  • Adaptable, easygoing disposition
  • Soft-spoken
  • Doesn’t need be to highly active to be happy
  • Not overly territorial
  • Sociable
  • Is okay with being alone for up to eight hours at a time

You should also consider your own lifestyle when thinking about which cat breed is the best. If you have people over often make sure the cat you choose is okay, and even enjoys, new people. If you often go away on the weekend choose a cat that can go more than 8 hours being alone. While some cats are okay being left with enough food and water for the weekend, other’s need human interaction as well.

Best Cats for Apartments by Breeds

The following breeds are known to thrive in an apartment setting. While personalities and temperaments will vary, in general these breeds are good options.

  • British Shorthair – Known to adapt well to apartment life. Quiet and friendly and ideal for those looking for a cuddly pet.
  • Persian – Persians are a good fit for those who live in apartments but who are home often. They also provide grooming on a daily basis to prevent mats in their fur. Their placid demeanor and affectionate personality make it worth it though.
  • Russian Blue – The Russian Blue breed is affectionate but independent, making it well suited for working singles. They can be shy but are loyal to their owner and love to play!
  • Ragdoll – Ragdolls are laid-back and have a gentle temperament. They make a good lap cat and aren’t particularly demanding. They should be kept indoors only, which makes them ideal for apartments.

Adopting a Cat

If you choose to adopt from a shelter (a decision we fully support), try to pick a cat who is over the age of 3. By this time their personality will be fully formed and the shelter staff can help you find a cat that suits your lifestyle. Adopting an elderly cat is also a good option as they tend to be particularly calm. They would love a warm and welcoming home to live out their lives!

If you are away a lot, consider adopting two cats. They can keep each other company while you’re gone, and you’ll receive twice the amount of love and affection once you return.

Find the Cat that is Right for You

In the end, it’s not the breed as much as the personality that is the most important factor. Whether you’re working with a breeder or shelter staff, be honest about your lifestyle so they can help you find a cat that is right for you.

Need a new place for you and your cat to call home? Our pet friendly apartments will be perfect for you and your cat. Contact us today for current availability and to schedule a tour.

How to Fit Decluttering into Your Morning Routine

The Woodlands - Friday, July 26, 2019


After a long day, no one likes coming home to a messy apartment. However, not many want to spend time cleaning after work either. So, when is the best time to clean without taking away from those precious relaxation hours after work? The answer: during the morning! Keep reading for a few small ways to fit decluttering into your morning routine.

Clean Out the Fridge

Instead of scrolling through Instagram or Twitter while your coffee brews, spend the time cleaning out the fridge. Throw out any expired items or leftovers and wipe down the refrigerator door. Now you have a cup of coffee and a clean fridge!

Take the Trash Out

Wait! Before you head out for the day take an extra minute or two to take the trash out. This is a simple way to keep things tidy (and smell free) without any extra effort on your end. The trash will have to go at some point, you might as well do it in the morning.

Clean out Your Closet

You know that one top you stare at every morning but never actually wear? Get rid of it! Each morning when you’re deciding what to wear, do a quick scan to see if there is something you can get rid of. It will feel good to have a closet full of only items that you love.

Clean out the Bathroom

Are you guilty of keeping empty shampoo bottles and old razors in your shower? Make a commitment to recycling or throwing out any empty products on a weekly basis. Your bathroom will be clutter free and can breathe a sigh of relief.

Pick Up Your Living Room

If you like to sit on your couch to enjoy your morning coffee, pick up your living room first. Fold any blankets, recycle old magazines, and put the remotes back where they belong. Your whole apartment will appear neater and you’ll be able to full enjoy that cup of Joe.

Make Your Bed

An unmade bed has the appearance of clutter. Make your bed right when you wake up to give your bedroom a neater look. It also feels so much nicer to slip in to a made bed at the end of the day.

Looking for more cleaning and organizing tips? Check out how to organize your closet and six things you’re cleaning too often.

Moving Hacks for the Big Day

The Woodlands - Friday, July 12, 2019


Ask anyone if they enjoy the process of moving and they will tell you “no.” It’s time consuming, hectic, expensive, and strenuous. There are about 20 other adjectives we could use to describe moving, but we’ll stop there. Fortunately, there are several genius hacks to make the process a little bit easier.

Color Code Your Boxes

We love a good color-coding system. Adding a bright piece of colored tape to each box will help you quickly figure out which room each box belongs in. When you get to your new place, place a piece of tape on the corresponding doors. Any family or friends who are helping you move will be grateful for the handy system. Without having to ask where each box goes the process will go a lot quicker.

Pack Your Suitcase

This one is so obvious and yet so easy to forget. Pack any suitcases or luggage with just about anything that will fit inside. We recommend shoes or books. Bonus points if your luggage has wheels – heavier items will be much easier to move this way.

Put Hanging Clothes in Garbage Bags

Don’t waste your time taking all of your clothes off of the hangers. You’re just going to hang them back up in your new place so what’s the point? Instead, put a garbage bag over the clothes and then lay the clothes on top of a flat surface inside the moving truck, such as a table or couch. When you get to your new apartment just hang the clothes up and take the garbage bag off. Voila! You’re halfway to being unpacked.

Protect Breakables with Soft Household Items

Forget the packing peanuts and bubble wrap, use towels and blankets instead! This will save you space when packing in addition to being a more environmentally friendly solution. If you run out of towels and blankets you can place a pillow at the bottom of a box for some padding.

Bag Up All Items That Can Spill

Imagine opening a box after a long day of moving and seeing that a bottle of olive oil has spilled everywhere. We’d understand if you just threw the whole box away, contents and all. Prevent this from happening by putting any item that can spill in a Ziploc bag. This includes cooking oils, hair care, skin care, perfumes, and lotions.

Tape Cables to the Electronics They Belong To

Avoid the frustration of finding the right cable for the TV by taping it to the TV before moving. Neatly wrap up any headphones, phone and tablet chargers or other small wires and place in a bag. You’ll be grateful you won’t have to spend an evening untangling wires.

Keep A Box of Valuables and Important Documents Near By

God forbid the moving truck gets lost you will not want anything valuable in there! Pack up all of your expensive jewelry, valuables, and important documents into one box and keep it close by. Your trunk is probably the safest place. Don’t take the box out of your trunk until everything else has been moved into your apartment. This way you can keep track of it at all times. 

Large private entries and accommodating property managers makes moving to The Woodlands easy! Contact us today to learn more about the community and schedule a tour.

Stop Making These Freezer Organization Mistakes

The Woodlands - Friday, June 21, 2019


Your freezer is a magical place where pints of ice cream and frozen leftovers coexist. While it may seem like you can just put things in the freezer however you’d like (which…you can), you will be better off if you know how to avoid these common organizing mistakes.

You Let Your Freezer Get Too Warm

We’ve all stood in front of our freezer with the door open, trying to decide what we want to eat. This can quickly cause the temperature to rise, allowing food to thaw out and go bad. Take a mental note of what’s in your freezer and decide what pint of ice cream you want before opening the door.

It’s also important to set the temperate of your freezer as cold as it can go. If you can’t find the dial, look inside the fridge!

There is Too Much, or Too Little in Your Freezer

If the only thing in your freezer is a bag of peas that has been in there for 3 month, it’s time to head to the frozen food aisle. If your freezer is empty it has to work harder to keep the food inside frozen. You don’t want it jam packed either, though. If there is too much the air won’t circulate properly, which can overtax the condenser and make it harder to keep your food frozen.

How does that one fairy tale go, you want your freezer filled just right?

You’re Not Labeling Your Food

“I’ll definitely remember what this is,” says anyone who has ever put leftovers in the freezer. Fast forward a month and you’re opening containers and Ziplock bags trying to figure out what the red stuff is (spoiler alert, it’s pasta sauce). Do yourself a favor and label your containers using masking tape and a pen. It’s also a good idea to put the date that the food was frozen so you know how old it is.

You’re Not Keeping Nuts, Seed and Flour in the Freezer

Up until now you’ve probably believed that nuts, seeds, and flours are all pantry items. These items contain oil, meaning they can go rancid if they sit around at room temperature. If you store them in the freezer they’ll last much longer!

You’re Keeping Your Ice Cream in the Freezer Door

No one wants melted ice cream. The freezer door is the warmest part, which means it’s a bad place to keep your ice cream. Move the pints to the back of the freezer and store your nuts and seeds in the door instead.

For more tips and insight on apartment living, contact us today!

Move-In Day Necessities

The Woodlands - Friday, June 07, 2019


We feel you, packing up everything you own and moving is a pain. There’s a lot to organize, it’s time consuming, and potentially costly if you need to a hire a team of movers. As hectic as things may be, there are a few things you’re going to want to have on hand almost as soon as you walk through the door of your new place.

Keep the following items in a bag in passenger seat of your car or in an easily accessible box. You’ll thank yourself later!

Checks or Cash

Either you haven’t paid the first month’s rent yet or you want to order pizza for everyone who has helped you move. Either way, there is something you haven’t paid for yet. Don’t think you have it all covered, either. Something is bound to come up that you will have to pay for.

Paperwork

Paperwork is one of the easiest things to misplace. That being said, don’t misplace the paperwork for your apartment. Keep it in a brightly colored folder so you can keep an eye on it and it doesn’t get damaged. Keeping your paperwork handy will eliminate one more thing that can increase your stress.

Toilet Paper and Soap

These two are very easy to forget and very necessary. You’re going to have to use the bathroom at some point before you’re able to head to the store. Grab a roll of toilet paper and that half empty bottle of soap in your bathroom before you move and bring them with you.

A Water Bottle

No one wants to tackle a full day of loading and unpacking boxes without anything to drink. Fill up a water bottle before leaving your old place and then keep it close by throughout the day. It’s going to be a while before you unpack and remember where your cups and glasses are.

Snacks!

Snacks are very important for moving day. You’re going to get hungry, and unpacking, signing papers, and dealing with the people who came to help is a lot to handle on an empty stomach. You can always go out for lunch or order delivery, but having snacks on hand is a lot more convenient. We recommend granola bars, fruit, and packages of nuts.

Ready to make the move but still need a place? Contact us today to schedule a tour!

Organize Your Pantry in Four Steps

The Woodlands - Friday, May 24, 2019


When you open your pantry, does food fall out? Or maybe you’re moving half-empty boxes and bags around until you find what you’re looking for. Good pantry organization allows room for the food you want and need and also allows for you to grab items immediately.

Read ahead to learn how to organize your pantry and stop digging for what you need!

Throw Away Old Food

The first step to an organized pantry is to remove all of the food. Go through and look at the expiration dates. Anything that’s expired (canned and processed foods do expire) should be thrown away. Anything that isn’t expired but that you won’t eat you should put in a box to donate.

Designate Your Space

Make a mental note of how you’d like your pantry to look. You can go one step further if you’d like and actually draw it out. Think about your eating and cooking habits and what will work best for you. Keep the items you use most often easily accessible so you don’t have to dig for the items you need.

Some ideas:

  • One shelf for baking and canned goods and one shelf for snacks and more daily items
  • One side for healthy food and one side for splurges (great for if you’re trying to make healthier choices)
  • Split the shelves up by breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Front of pantry for daily use, back of pantry for occasional needs

Invest in Storage Bins and Extra Shelves

Once you know how you’d like to organize your pantry, go out and purchase some containers and shelving. Consider a spice rack, baskets, canisters for dry food, little shelves to maximize space, and over the door hangers for more storage. Jars or baskets with chalk boards or white boards are useful if you like to label your items.

Commit to the System

Now that you’ve invested time into organizing your pantry, it’s time to commit! Keeping the pantry organized only requires a few extra seconds of your time. When you return things to the pantry, be mindful of putting them back where they belong. Having those storage baskets and shelves with labels will help you!

Looking for more organizing tips? Check out 9 Ways to Organize Your Closet and 3 Tips to Help With Your Spring Cleaning.

How to Improve Concentration at Home

The Woodlands - Friday, May 10, 2019


Even if you don’t work from home, there are undoubtedly times when you need to sit down and get some work done. It could be your taxes, planning a vacation, applying to jobs, or researching a new vehicle to buy. If you find it hard to concentrate on these things while you’re at home, it could be your décor or room setup that’s working against you.

Read ahead to learn how to improve your concentration at home.

Adjust Your Lighting

Lighting can make or break your ability to focus. A lack of lighting can affect your concentration, inhibiting your ability to get your work done. Add lighting that resembles natural lighting, as it’s the most soothing to the eyes. If you can, add dimmers to the lights so you have flexibility as well.

Sit So You’re Facing the Door

When you sit with your back to the door, your brain enters protection mode. It’s on alert for anyone who may enter the room and surprise you, causing your stress levels to rise. Reposition your desk or workspace so you’re facing the door. You’ll have peace of mind that no one will be able to sneak up on you.

Decorate with Brighter Tones

Calming colors like mellow greens and soft blues are great for the bedroom or living room; they’re not good for an office. Softer shades will cause your brain to switch into relaxation mode which is not conducive to being productive. Instead, decorate with brighter colors through pillows, blankets, picture frames and rugs.

Don’t Look at Your Bed

Your bed is for sleeping and relaxing at the end of the day. When you have a view of your bed, you’re more likely to want to take a nap than complete your work. Either move to a different room or reposition your desk so you can’t see you bed.

Don’t Face the Window

Just like facing the bed, facing the window won’t do you any favors. Things are constantly happening outside, even if it’s just a car driving by or someone walking their dog. These constant distractions will ultimately hurt your concentration. Complete the items on your to-do list before heading outside or enjoying the view.

Don’t Use Lavender

Whether you burn a lavender scented candle or use lavender essential oils, the scent is hurting your ability to focus. Save lavender for bed time and use rosemary instead to encourage concentration and focus. The aroma of lavender has also been proven to impair memory; not good if you’re studying!

Put the Electronics Away

Electronics don’t just mess with your sleep, they interrupt your concentration as well. The constant sounds and notifications coming from your devices will pull you away from your work. Electronic devices all emit Electric & Magnetic Fields that affect energy levels and ability to focus. Tuck them away out of sight and take intentional break to check your phone every hour.

The Woodlands is located in a quiet and peaceful community in Latham, NY. In addition to our spacious apartments, we also have a community clubhouse available to residents to gather and work. Contact us today to schedule a tour!

Six Things You’re Cleaning Too Often

The Woodlands - Thursday, April 18, 2019


What if we told you you were cleaning too much? Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? While some items in your home should be washed daily, weekly, or monthly, other items are better left alone. Apply a less-is-more approach to the following six items and spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your apartment!

Cast Iron Pans

Step away from the soap! Washing your expensive cast iron pans with soap and water after each use will strip away the seasonings that build up and ultimately ruin the pan. With no protective coating, your cast iron will rust and have to be disposed of. 

Instead of soap and water, add half an inch of water to the bottom of your pan and let it come to a boil. Once the water has evaporated, scrape out the food remains with a plastic scraper and wipe dry with a paper towel.

Dishes

Stop wasting time rinsing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. A dishwasher is there to clean your dirty dishes, not your pre-rinsed ones. Scrape any food into the garbage and then place your dishes right in the dishwasher, no preliminary rinse required!

Jeans

If you’re tossing your jeans into the wash after every use, you’re doing more harm than good. Jeans are made of durable denim and are designed to withstand long periods of time without washing. The material will actually break down and lose shape if cleaned too often! Put your jeans back in the drawer the next time you wear them instead of in the laundry basket.

Your Carpet

The more carpet cleaner, the better, right? Not really… Saturating a spill with carpet cleaner will break the fibers in the carpet down and lead to damage. For a more natural carpet cleaning solution, mix apple cider vinegar with water and keep in a spray bottle.

Wood Furniture

Wood specific cleaners will make your furniture dirtier over time if used too often. When used more than once a month, oil can build up which attracts dust and dirt. Use a microfiber cloth in between more thorough cleaning sessions to remove any dust or dirt from your furniture.

Your Hands

Yes, you’re washing your hands too much! Keep washing your hands after using the bathroom (please!) and before eating or preparing food. Otherwise, keep hand washing to a minimum. Washing too often or using hand sanitizer every half hour will strip healthy, immune-building bacteria from your hands and make you more susceptible to catching a cold or virus.


Looking for more cleaning tips and tricks? Learn 9 ways to organize your closet or how to properly declutter your home!

How to Work Productively from Home

The Woodlands - Wednesday, April 03, 2019


When searching for jobs, one perk that many people look for is the ability to work from home. Having some degree of flexibility and not having a commute are two of the reasons people love working from home. However, as nice as it may be, working from home can be less productive than going into an office every day. 

For a more productive work day, follow these tips!

Plan Your Day

Working from home means you have to be the one to hold yourself accountable on a day-to-day basis. Write out a schedule or a to-do list so you can cross things off and ensure you’re getting work done. Listing out everything you need to get done during the day will give you a good idea of how long to spend on each task as well.

Limit Distractions

Working from home means you’re surrounded by endless distractions. From Netflix and Facebook to dirty dishes and laundry, there are plenty of other things to do while at home. If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, turn it into an office! Having a designated space to work each day will put you in “work mode” and set you up to accomplish your to-do list.

If you can’t spare a bedroom, there are still actions you can take to limit distractions. Download an extension to your web browser that blocks social media and other distracting websites. Save any cleaning or chores for any breaks you take during the day or for after work hours. Listening to music or a podcast will break the silence in your apartment but won’t distract you from your work.

Take Breaks

Breaks are important, even when you work from home. Set a timer for ten minutes and take that time to wash dishes, switch over the laundry, or just watch a video online. Once the ten minutes is up, your brain will be refreshed, and you’ll be ready to go back to work.

Are you looking for an apartment that will be the perfect place to work from home? Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about The Woodlands!

10 Essential Items for An Apartment Emergency Kit

The Woodlands - Friday, March 22, 2019


As much we like to think or hope that emergency situations will never happen to us, they do. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and blizzards can all cause prolonged power outages, creating an emergency you will want to be prepared for. 

Putting together an emergency kit is a great way to ensure you’ll always be prepared. Find a cardboard box or go to the store and purchase a plastic bin big enough. It’s important to keep the emergency supplies in a place that you can get to in the dark. If the power goes out and you don’t have a flashlight, you’re going to want to know exactly where to find one!

You should keep the supplies in the kit at all times as well. If your TV remote runs out of batteries, don’t take batteries from the emergency supply. If you do, make sure you replace them as soon as possible! The following ten supplies are what you should have in a basic emergency kit. You should have enough of each supply to last you and your family three days.

  • Bottled water – one gallon per person per day
  • Non-perishable food – canned goods, energy bars, cereal, peanut butter and trail mix are good options. Keep a manual can opener with the canned goods
  • First aid kit – band aids, Advil, rubbing alcohol and gauze are the bare minimum
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Candles
  • A lighter or matches
  • Power bank – your phone will only have power for so long. Keep a charged power bank on hand so you can still use your phone to call family and check for updates.
  • Hand Crank Radio – A hand crank radio is good to have for weather and news updates. You can find ones with built in flash lights and USB ports as well.
  • Utility knife – You never know when a small pair of scissors, a mini saw or a knife will be useful.

With these ten items on hand, you’ll feel prepared to take on any emergency. Residents of The Woodlands also have the added benefit of having our maintenance staff on call in case of an emergency. 

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