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5 Furniture Layout Tips for Arranging your Living Room

The Woodlands - Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Choosing the furniture layout for your living room in your apartment at The Woodlands can be a fun process, but it can also be difficult to decide what arrangement will work best for your needs. When looking at apartments, layout should always be on your apartment tour checklist. Are you planning on entertaining often? What is the focal point of the area? These and more are all questions that need to be answered when deciding how to arrange your furniture. To make it just a little easier, here are 5 great tips to get you started!

1. Face furniture towards a shared coffee table. Turning your sofa and chairs to face a coffee table at the center of the arrangement makes for an excellent entertaining environment! This positioning encourages conversation, while allowing food and drinks to be easily shared and accessed by everyone.

2. Try a diagonal arrangement. If you’re bored with the typical straight lines of living room furniture arrangements, try placing your sofa on a diagonal. Doing so can really open the flow of a room, and make it seem less boxy and more organic.

diagonal living room furniture arrangement

3. All chairs instead of sofas. A great way to save space in a smaller apartment is to skip the large sofa altogether and go with a few comfy chairs. Angle them towards a center focal point, such as a coffee table or television on the wall. You can add slipcovers over them for an easy style change, too!

4. Divide rooms with furniture. In an open concept space where two rooms are flow into one another, you can use your furniture to divide the room. For example, place your sofa with a long table behind it to separate your living room from your dining room. The long lines give the illusion of separation! Break free from that traditional against the wall set up. It allows for room separation while allowing a nice flow from room to room.

5. Pull it all together with an area rug. Do you have everything all set up, but something still seems off? Try pulling the entire room together with a large, eye catching area rug! Many think a rug is just that, but really, it’s the foundation of a great design. Placing all of the furniture onto one area, separated from the rest of the floor, helps everything feel much cozier. Just make sure you choose the right size!

living room furniture with area rug

We hope that some or all of these ideas will help you find the perfect layout for your living room. You don’t have to follow all of these to have the perfect living room furniture arrangement but adding one or two of these ideas can really help bring a look together. Try them out in your home today!

Once you have chosen your living room furniture you can keep on decorating with these weekend DIY projects!

Photos retrieved from BHG.

The Benefits of Renting from The Woodlands

The Woodlands - Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Woodlands Apartments

When you live at The Woodlands, you’ll instantly get that sense of home. While living in our community, residents enjoy the abundant amenities available to them – all of which are here to make life easier and more comfortable. This complex is perfect for the busy young professional, family, or retiree. We offer one, two- and three-bedroom layouts so you can pick the perfect place to call home.

Apartments 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! 

Amenities at The Woodlands:

Some of the best reasons for choosing to live at The Woodlands are the amenities offered by the property. Here are some of our favorite amenities:

  • Washer & Dryer in Every Unit
  • Large Walk-In Closets
  • Extra Storage and Garages Available
  • State-Of-The-Art Fitness Center
  • Beautiful Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Basketball & Tennis Courts

Quality Maintenance at The Woodlands:

The Woodlands is fortunate enough to have a full-time maintenance team on staff to take care of all the property and apartment needs. The experienced maintenance crew is available 24/7 and takes a lot of pride in where you call home. 

The maintenance crew is responsible for all normal wear and usage around the property and can help with clogged drains, leaking faucets, or inoperative heating or air conditioning. In the winter, maintenance will also clear the snow, so there is no need for a bulky snowblower!

To request service from our Maintenance Staff, you may use the below contact information or submit a request through your AppFolio Tenant Portal.

  • Rental Office Phone (business hours): (518) 783-7847
  • Maintenance Email:
  • Emergency Maintenance Phone (after hours): (518) 640-2616

Local Parks and Recreations Areas Surrounding The Woodlands:

Conveniently located in Latham, The Woodlands is close to some of the area’s best parks, baseball fields and hiking trails. For anyone looking for some great outdoor adventures, these places must be on your list of must go to locations. The central location makes it an easy drive to any of the following spots:

  • Latham Circle Soccer
  • The Crossings of Colonie
  • Albany County Hockey Facility
  • Mill Toad Acres Golf Course
  • All American Sports Recreation
  • Falls View Park
  • Peebles Island State Park

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

How to Maintain Your Privacy with Roommates

The Woodlands - Monday, May 04, 2020

privacy with roommates

Having roommates is a great way to save money in college, as you’re getting started in your career, or just because! However, try as you might, you may not have the ideal living situation when you choose to live with roommates. Common areas such as the living room, bathrooms, and kitchen can become dirtier more quickly. You may also find yourself doing more work than your roommates or struggling to maintain your privacy.

Even with roommates, you have the right to your privacy and peace and quiet. Follow these roommate tips for a happier living situation for everyone!

Roommate Tips to Maintain Your Privacy

Set Clear Boundaries

Most people can pick up on social cues and know when not to bother another person. However, others are not so quick to pick up on things. If your roommates are constantly disrupting your privacy, you may have to set explicit boundaries.

These boundaries may include rules for the bathroom, how comfortable you are with your roommates being around when a partner is over, and what it means when your bedroom door is open vs closed. Get to know their schedules as well so you can plan times when you know you’ll have the apartment to yourself.

Say No

If you’re living with close friends, it can be hard to say no. However, one of our most important roommate tips is learning to do so. Doing so will allow you to maintain your privacy and not feel exhausted from constantly hanging out with your roommates. It’s okay to say no to a movie night if you just want some time to yourself. Tell your roommate/friend no and offer to watch a movie another time when you’re feeling up to it. If they’re a good friend they’ll respect your decision and privacy.

Determine a Guest Policy

Everyone enjoys having friends over, but what if it becomes a frequent experience? Setting a policy for guests may feel you’re being a Debby Downer, but it’s an important element to living with roommates. Just asking to be notified when a roommate is planning on having guests over is enough to be prepared and feel like your privacy is being respected. If they want to have guests over late at night when you have to be up early the next day, feel free to say no. They should be able to go to another apartment or a restaurant instead.

What Can be Borrowed (and what can’t)?

The line between what’s yours and what’s theirs can get a bit blurry. Items in the kitchen and living room are typically free for everyone to use unless it’s food. Some people like to mark their food with colored duct tape to know who owns what or designate a cabinet for each roommate. For items like milk, eggs, and bread, you can choose to each buy your own or have a rotating system of who will buy those items.

Sometimes your roommate may want to borrow something in your room, though. Set guidelines for when they’re allowed in your room. Let them know if they need to ask first or if they’re not allowed in your room while you’re not home. Whatever your boundaries are, stand by them to maintain your privacy.

What are your roommate tips? Like us on Facebook and let us know!

Spring Apartment Cleaning Tips

The Woodlands - Tuesday, April 07, 2020

woman spraying countertop with a cleaning product

April is here and it is officially spring, which can only mean one thing: time to get cleaning! During the winter months, our homes can become cluttered and we may not clean as often as we should. This is okay! Winter is a time to get cozy, relax, and take things a little slower.

However now that winter is over it’s time for a fresh start. With these apartment cleaning tips, you’ll have an organized and spotless home in no time.

Spring Clean Your Apartment

Before you start your cleaning frenzy, check to make sure you have all the tools and supplies you’ll need to get the job done. We recommend the following:

  • A multi-surface spray
  • Microfiber cloths
  • A broom and dustpan
  • A vacuum
  • A mop
  • A duster
  • Glass spray
  • A few garbage bags
  • Vinegar

Once you have everything, you’re ready to spring clean your apartment!

The Living Room

  • Move your furniture out of its usual spot and sweep or vacuum. You’ll be amazed at all of the crumbs and dust that have gathered under your couch
  • Similarly, if you have a rug shake it out and sweep or vacuum up all of the crumbs
  • Dust your furniture and TV

The Kitchen

  • Go through your fridge and freezer and toss any expired food
  • Remove the remaining food and clean all of the shelves and drawers
  • Scrub your sink with a lemon cut in half and dipped in baking soda. It’s a great, natural way to remove built-up stains and odors. This is one of our favorite apartment cleaning tips!
  • Do a deep clean of your oven using the self-clean setting. Remember to open the windows when you do this!
  • Wipe down your cabinets with your all-purpose cleaner
  • Clean your microwave
  • Remove all of the food from your pantry and vacuum the shelves

Your Bedroom

  • Flip your mattress – this is something you should do every season to help you sleep better and extend the life of the mattress
  • If you use flannel sheets, now is the time to switch to lighter bedding
  • Clean out under the bed
  • Dust your furniture

Your Closet

  • Go through your clothing and remove anything you no longer want or wear. Put the clothing in two piles – ‘donate’ and ‘throw away’
  • Put away your winter clothing in plastic bins and store them away until you need them again

The Bathroom

  • Go through your medications, vitamins, and skincare products and throw out any that are expired
  • Scrub your shower
  • Run your shower curtain and liner through the wash

Throughout Your Apartment

By now you’re probably pretty tired, but we have a few more apartment cleaning tips that will leave your home spotless.

Molding, vents, blinds, and light fixtures all accumulate dust, but we don’t pay much attention to them. Now is the time to give these items a good cleaning with a microfiber cloth and some multi-purpose spray.

While you spring clean your apartment, don’t forget about the windows! To get streak-free windows, mix one-part distilled vinegar to 10 parts warm water in a spray bottle. Wipe the window with a microfiber cloth to remove any dust before spraying the solution. Use a second cloth to dry your window as thoroughly as possible.

Lastly, don’t forget to check your smoke detector batteries and replace them if necessary.

A clean apartment is the best apartment! If you have more apartment cleaning tips, feel free to share them over on our Facebook page.

20 Things You Don’t Need to Own as a Renter

The Woodlands - Friday, March 06, 2020

living room with grey couch and pillows

It’s true that living in an apartment may not afford you as much storage space as a house would. However, when you live in an apartment you don’t need to own nearly as many things. Tools to complete home repairs or do yard work aren’t necessary when you have a maintenance staff available to address any issues. If you do need a tool from time to time you can likely rent it from your local hardware store.

If you’re moving from a house to an apartment you may be able to downsize by donating items you’ll no longer need. Here are 20 things you should consider getting rid of before moving to The Woodlands.

For Your Yard

Our 6-acre community is beautifully maintained by our wonderful maintenance team! Go for a walk, enjoy the pool, or relax on your balcony and enjoy the landscape without ever having to maintain it. During the winter, our team also works diligently to plow the snow, clear walkways, and treat for ice.

Thanks to our maintenance staff you’ll no longer need the following:

  • Lawnmower
  • Leaf blower
  • Edge trimmer
  • Gardening tools
  • Ladder
  • Chainsaw
  • Rake
  • Snowblower
  • Pressure washer

Heavy Maintenance and Painting Supplies

As a member of our community you’re not responsible for any major repairs. If a problem arises, simply contact the leasing office, or submit a work order via the online portal. A member or our maintenance staff will bring along the following so you don’t need to own them:

  • Wrenches
  • Drain snakes
  • Paintbrushes
  • Caulking guns
  • Hand saw


Our apartments come equipped with all of the large appliances you need. If you’re moving from a house to our community, you won’t be needing to bring along items such as your fridge or oven. This makes moving that much easier!

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Air conditioning units

When you live at The Woodlands you have more time to enjoy the things you love! Enjoy a maintenance free home in a beautiful, 6-acre community. Explore our apartments or give us a call today to schedule a tour. We can’t wait to show you around!

How to Evict A Roommate from Your Lease

The Woodlands - Friday, February 07, 2020

rental contract

Roommates can be great! They pay a portion of the rent, help with apartment maintenance, and can be fun to live with. However, this isn’t always the case. Occasionally a roommate doesn’t work out for one reason or another. Whether they’re not paying rent or regularly disrespect your property, chances are you no longer want to live with them.

While you’ve both signed a lease agreement, there are several options if you want to remove a roommate from your lease.

How to Evict a Roommate

What Does Your Lease Say?

The first place you should always look is your lease. Read it over and learn what your options are if you want to break your lease. Your agreement may also detail the process of proposing your roommate should be evicted.

Some reasons for eviction include:

  • Damaging the property
  • Neglecting to pay rent
  • Being charged with a serious crime
  • Showing signs of danger to others
  • Bringing an animal into the apartment that isn’t allowed

Your lease may detail more reasons for eviction as well.

Legally Evicting a Roommate

You cannot legally evict your roommate yourself. Instead, you should speak with your property manager and discuss the situation. If your roommate is violating the lease agreement, they may be subject to eviction by the property manager. You may also provide the details of the situation in writing and send them to the property manager. This way they will be able to review the written request without the pressure of an immediate response.

If eviction is not possible, you still have options. The first option is to try and work things out with your roommate. If the issue centers around noise levels, someone’s personal property, or having guests over at inopportune times, you may be able smooth things over. This option is especially advisable if there are only a few months left in your lease.

The second option is to break your lease and move to another apartment. This option can be expensive and complicated and should be your last resort. A documented eviction or a broken lease agreement on your rental record could possibly affect your chances of being approved at another apartment.

If you don’t want to break the lease you can try suggesting your roommate moves out. They may be more than willing to move out, freeing you from the situation for good.

Lastly, if your roommate breaks their lease and moves out you can sublet their room. Not every apartment allows subletting so to make sure you review your lease and talking with the property manager. If subletting isn’t allowed you can still discuss your options for getting a new roommate with the property manager.

If you’re experiencing a roommate issue, the property managers at The Woodlands are available to talk! We’ll discuss your options for removing a roommate from the lease ad help smooth things over. Our rental office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00PM or by appointment. 

Your Definitive Apartment Inspection Checklist

The Woodlands - Friday, January 10, 2020

landlord giving an apartment tour

While apartment inspections typically take place the day you move in and the day you move out, they don’t have to! Typically used as a tool by landlords and property managers, inspections can also be used by you!

It’s important to perform a personal apartment inspection of every place you tour to determine if it’s right for you. It’s easy to get caught up in first impressions and fancy amenities and forget about the important things. You should also request to see the actual unit you will be renting before signing the lease – it may not be in the same condition as the model unit.

It’s not necessary to take a couple of hours to check everything, but you should spend some time looking for any major flaws. Some things will be obvious, like the condition of the floors or doors that don’t close properly, but other things will be less noticeable. On your next tour make sure to check for the following:

Your Apartment Inspection Checklist

  • Any sign of pests—rodents, roaches, ants, etc.
  • Check for safe and functional electrical outlets.
  • Check for a safe and functional circuit breaker box—you’ll want to know where this is located, especially when your blow-dryer trips the breaker and goes out mid-blowout.
  • Check for functioning smoke detectors.
  • Check for a fire extinguisher 
  • Turn all light fixtures on and off, as well as ceiling fans. Check that they’re properly installed and not hanging by a thread
  • Test the thermostat. You don’t want to move in without AC during the summer or heat during the winter—make sure the room feels the same temperature that the thermostat is set to.
  • Check that the stove and oven both turn on properly.
  • Open the refrigerator, freezer, and a kitchen cabinet or two to make sure everything opens and closes without fault.
  • Check for leaky faucets (or pipes under the sink). There’s nothing worse than storing your clean towels under the bathroom sink after move-in, just to find them covered in residue from leaky pipes the next day.
  • Flush the toilet to make sure it actually flushes and isn’t wasting water by continuously running.
  • Run some water in the shower/tub to see: if the shower head leaks, what the water pressure is like, if the tub is stopped up, and if the tub properly holds water when the stopper is on.
  • See that all locks are up to code—both interior and exterior.

Take Note of Any Issues

During the inspection write down any concerns you have. Don’t be afraid to address them with the landlord or property manager. If you choose to rent that apartment, they’ll want you to be happy from day one and will likely fix the issues before you move in. Then all that will be left will be to unpack and enjoy your new home!

At The Woodlands, we’re happy to give you a tour of our community and answer any questions you may have. We’re committed to providing a safe and relaxing environment for all of our residents and we can’t wait to show you that.

How to Make the Most of Your Apartments Entryway

The Woodlands - Friday, December 06, 2019

The entry way of your apartment is the first spot guests see when they come over. It’s also the first spot you see when you come home! For these reasons, it’s important to designate your entryway as its own space and make it stand out from the rest of your home. Wall hooks, benches, and artwork can all work wonders to transform the space and help you organize your home. Learn how to go from a blank wall to a stunning entryway with the following tips.

Apartment Entryway Ideas

Use Wall Hooks

If you’re tight on space, or just have a lot of coats, wall hooks are the ideal solution. They take up very little space but provide the perfect spot for yourself or guests to leave their jackets and hats.

Add Seating

Any sort of seating is better than none. Find a bench with storage underneath and you’ll have a great place to keep shoes, scarves, hats and more. An accent chair will provide a nice pop of color and is an ideal spot for putting on shoes or plopping down a purse after a long day.

Define the Space with a Table

An entry table with a mirror or painting hanging above is a sure-fire way to signify “this is an entryway!”. Add a bowl or a dish on top of the table and you’ll have a great place to leave your keys. You’ll never lose them again! Bonus points if the table has drawers so you can designate a junk drawer and give the illusion that your apartment is clean.

Hang a Floating Shelf

If a table isn’t your style, try a floating shelf. They come in all different sizes, colors, and shapes so you find one that feels the most “you”. Hang a couple vertically and create a statement piece. Decorate the shelves with knickknacks, picture frames, and baskets to fill the space and display items that are important to you.

Find a Mail Sorter

One of the biggest struggles we all face is what to do with the mail. Hang a mail sorter and this way you at least have an intentional place to put it. Opening and sorting through the mail is a different story…

Include a Plant

Plants are proven to make us happier, so putting one in your entryway will brighten your mood whenever you come home. If you’re limited on space, try hanging one from the ceiling or mounting a planter to the wall. It will breathe new life into the space while adding color and texture. Just don’t forget to water it!

Find Your New Home

In addition to a large entryway with enough room for benches, tables and plants, our apartments feature balconies, large master bedrooms, and a kitchen with a breakfast nook. Choose from 1, 2, or 3-bedrooms and find the apartment of your dreams!

5 Tips for Eco Friendly Living

The Woodlands - Friday, November 08, 2019

reusable tote, utensils, and straw for eco-friendly living

At The Woodlands we’re committed to living an eco-friendly lifestyle. The average person generates about 4.6 pounds of trash per day, which includes plastic packaging, food waste, Ziplock bags, and so much more. When you begin to pay attention to how much waste your generating, the result can be shocking.

With a few simple changes, eco-friendly living can become your new normal. With these tips you can feel good about your lifestyle while helping to build a sustainable Earth!

Eco Friendly Living

Use Reusable Grocery and Produce Bags

This is one of the easiest changes to make and it has a big impact! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year. The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in just four trips to the grocery store.

Reusable grocery bags can be purchased online, from farmers markets, and in many boutiques throughout the area. You won’t have to worry about your bag breaking from the weight of groceries either as fabric totes are much stronger than plastic.

Reusable produce bags can also be found online and are just the thing to put apples, green beans, and peppers in. They’re washable and come in various sizes and materials. Say goodbye to those flimsy bags you find in the produce section!

Worried about forgetting your reusable bags? Keep some in the trunk of your car so you always them with you. Eventually it will become habit to use them.

Reusable Straws

Reusable metal straws have increased in popularity recently. Many are forgoing the straw in their drink at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or local coffee shop in favor of this more environmentally friendly option. They’re small enough to keep in your handbag and often come in a little case so they won’t get your other belongings dirty.

Blackout Curtains

Not only are blackout curtains great for blocking out the sun, they have the ability to reduce your energy bill. During the winter, blackout curtains will help keep the heat in the room while in the summer, they have the ability to reflect heat out of the room. With blackout curtains you could reduce your energy bill up to 25%!

Go Digital

These days, almost every company gives the option to go paperless. The next time you’re at your doctor’s office, ask if they have an online portal to pay bills and receive updates. You can also do the same with credit cards and bank statements.

You can also eliminate your paper usage by asking companies to not send you catalogs or coupons in the mail. This is a slightly more time-consuming task but one that is well worth the effort. Many companies offer digital versions of catalogs and send coupons by email so there is no reason to receive physical versions.

Use Natural Cleaning Products

As you run out of your current cleaning products, make the switch to natural ones or make your own! When you use chemical in your toilets, sinks, dishwashers, or other appliances, the chemicals are eventually rinsed down the drain. The water then heads to the waste water treatment facilities where the majority of contaminants are removed before the water makes its way back to rivers and lakes. However, not all the contaminants from these chemical products are removed, and over time, they can build up to have a substantial and negative effect on the wildlife. Some compounds actually accelerate plant growth, which can lead to dense vegetation that interferes with animal life and eventually decays in equally massive quantities.

Mass-produced cleaning products also have an impact on greenhouse gases, fuel consumption, and requires disposable packaging. Making your own or reading the labels to buy environmentally friendly alternatives is simple and beneficial.

Going green doesn’t have to be difficult and has countless environmental benefits. Making small changes over time will help the whole family transition to a happier, ecofriendly way of living!

Save Time in the Morning with a Better Routine

The Woodlands - Friday, October 11, 2019

Woman eating breakfast in bed as part of her morning routine

Getting up in the morning is hard. The moment we open our eyes we’re met with distractions that prevent us from starting the day on the right foot. While some habits are healthy rituals (looking at you, 6 am yoga class), other’s do more harm than good.

Here are eight things to kick from your morning routine to start the day off right.

Morning Routine Mistakes

Checking Social Media

Many of use the alarm on our phones to wake us up in the morning. After shutting the alarm off it can be so easy to open Instagram or Facebook to check up on your friends and favorite celebrities. The next thing you know 15 minutes have gone by and you’re running late. Mindlessly scrolling through your feeds is also bad for your mental health and can make you feel down about yourself before you even leave your bed.

Forgetting About Breakfast

Not eating breakfast can distract you from your work, cause your energy to be low, and make you irritable. Find a breakfast routine that works for you and stick to it. If you don’t have time to eat at home, make overnight oats to bring to the office, or keep English Muffins in the freezer in the office kitchen. Knowing the plan for breakfast will help you better anticipate your schedule for the rest of the day.

Not Doing Things the Night Before

Pack your lunch, plan your outfit, and pack your work bag the night before. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress and time in the morning and help you mornings go more smoothly.

Hitting Snooze

Hitting snooze is actually bad for your health! It leaves you feeling groggy and only results in fragmented sleep. Try going to bed earlier the night before setting the alarm 5 minutes later if you’re a frequent snooze button user.

Waking Up at Different Times

A consistent sleep schedule will actually make waking up in the morning easier. You’ll also ensure you’re getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night! While tricky to get used to at first, it will eventually become second nature.

Checking Your Email

Why would you want to be thinking about that nasty email from a client before you even got out of bed? Keep work at work and out of your morning routine by not checking your email. Experts say that by checking your emails first thing in the morning, you might be setting a stressful tone for the rest of the day. No one likes stress so ditch the habit and deal with you clients once you’re at work.

Drinking Coffee ASAP

Sorry, but that cup of coffee isn’t doing you any good. Research shows that consuming coffee before 10 am can mess with your cortisol levels, leaving you feeling groggier and more stressed than you would’ve felt if you had just waited. Patience is a virtue, my friend.

Making Your Bed Immediately

Yes, you read that right. Leaving your bed unmade to air for a while will help kill off dust mites that thrive in moist environments. Switch things up and make your bed right before leaving your apartment.

Make Your Mornings Easier

Mornings are a little easier when you live at The Woodlands! Enjoy light and airy apartments with spacious floor plans, walk in closets, a gourmet kitchen, and more. Read about the rest of our amenities or contact us today to schedule a tour.

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