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Adopting a Healthier Lifestyle on a Busy Schedule with RPM Living

Balancing health and a busy schedule can be challenging, but at RPM Living, we've crafted a guide to seamlessly integrate a healthier lifestyle into your daily routine. Explore our exclusive insights and discover wellness at its finest, paired with details on some of our properties designed to elevate your living experience.

Tips for Adopting a Healthier Lifestyle on a Busy Schedule

Prioritize Quick, Nutrient-Rich Meals

In the whirlwind of a hectic schedule, opt for nutrient-dense meals that are quick to prepare, ensuring you fuel your body with the essential nutrients it needs.

Incorporate Short, High-Intensity Workouts

Maximize your workout efficiency with short, high-intensity sessions. RPM Living properties feature fitness facilities that cater to your on-the-go lifestyle, ensuring you can squeeze in a quick workout conveniently.

Practice Mindfulness Amidst the Chaos

Incorporate moments of mindfulness into your day, whether it's a brief meditation session or mindful breathing. The serene environments of RPM Living properties provide ideal settings for quiet reflection.

Optimize Sleep Patterns

Prioritize quality sleep by creating a conducive sleep environment. RPM Living residences are designed with your well-being in mind, offering tranquil spaces to ensure restful nights.

Stay Hydrated Throughout the Day

Hydration is key to maintaining good health. Keep water readily available, and enjoy the convenience of hydration stations at RPM Living properties to meet your daily water intake goals.

 

Explore Wellness-Centric Living at RPM Living Properties

Bishop Mono

Discover a wellness haven where modern living meets health-conscious amenities, striking the perfect balance for those with vibrant lifestyles.

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Citizen House Blue Bluff

Immerse yourself in a community that seamlessly integrates style and well-being, providing thoughtfully designed spaces and fitness facilities.

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Rise 120

Elevate your lifestyle at Rise 120, where wellness-inspired features ensure health becomes an integral part of your daily rhythm.

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Rise 510

Embark on a journey at Rise 510, where fitness facilities and a community that inspires well-being redefine your approach to health.

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South Congress Square

Experience the essence of healthy living at South Congress Square, where well-being and convenience converge in the heart of the city.

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The Bowie

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of The Bowie, where a holistic approach to well-being is seamlessly integrated into urban living.

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The Emma Browning

Discover a wellness-centered community at The Emma Browning, where fitness facilities and green spaces harmonize to nurture your health.

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The Sondery

Experience modern living at The Sondery, where health and convenience intersect, offering a perfect blend for those leading dynamic lifestyles.

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Vida at Georgetown

Vida at Georgetown is a retreat for those seeking balance, with amenities that prioritize your physical and mental well-being.

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La Tierna Apartments

La Tierna Apartments beckon you to embrace a healthier lifestyle with thoughtfully designed spaces that prioritize your well-being.

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Highfield Preston

Highfield Preston offers a sanctuary for health enthusiasts, providing the perfect backdrop for your wellness journey in a sophisticated setting.

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Northwood Heights

Discover a tranquil haven at Northwood Heights, where health-conscious living meets contemporary design, creating a retreat within the city.

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Parmore Fossil Creek

Parmore Fossil Creek is a destination for those seeking a health-centric lifestyle, offering a range of amenities that cater to your well-being needs.

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The Rose on Sybil

The Rose on Sybil is not just a residence but a holistic living experience, where health and comfort intertwine seamlessly.

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Willow & Wise

Willow & Wise invites you to embrace a healthier lifestyle in a serene setting, where wellness and modern living coalesce effortlessly.

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With the perfect blend of lifestyle tips and wellness-centric RPM Living properties, you can seamlessly adopt a healthier lifestyle, even amidst your busy schedule. Explore these havens of well-being and make health a priority without compromising on the vibrancy of your dynamic lifestyle.

As always, if you’re looking to live in one of our luxury apartments, you can always shop RPM Living communities across the US by checking out our Communities page.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Impossible-to-Shop-For

'Tis the season for giving, and finding the perfect gift for that one person who's seemingly impossible to shop for can be a holiday headache. But fear not - RPM has got you covered with a selection of unique and thoughtful gift ideas that are sure to bring a smile to even the most discerning individuals. Let's unwrap the mystery of holiday gifting for those hard-to-please loved ones.

Personalized Gourmet Gift Baskets

Nothing says "I care" like a thoughtfully curated gift basket filled with gourmet treats. Customize a selection of their favorite snacks, wines, or specialty foods to create a personalized gift that's sure to impress. Consider adding a selection of local delicacies to make it extra special.

Experiential Gifts

Rather than gifting physical items, consider an experience that your loved one will cherish. Tickets to a live show, a hot air balloon ride, or even a cooking class can create lasting memories. RPM can help you find experiences near your loved one's location.

Subscription Boxes

Subscription boxes have gained popularity for good reason. They offer a continuous surprise each month. Choose a subscription that aligns with your recipient's interests, whether it's gourmet coffee, books, or wellness products. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

Home Improvement and Decor

For those who love their living spaces, unique home decor items or tools for home improvement can be a hit. Think of personalized art, stylish furniture, or high-quality kitchen gadgets. RPM properties provide the perfect canvas for these thoughtful additions.

Wellness and Spa Packages

Give the gift of relaxation and self-care with a spa day or wellness package. Many of RPM's locations have world-class spa facilities nearby. Consider bundling a spa gift certificate with a stay at an RPM property for the ultimate pampering experience.

Charitable Donations

If your hard-to-shop-for person is passionate about a particular cause, consider making a charitable donation in their name. This not only shows you care about their values but also makes a positive impact on a cause they hold dear.

 

Finding the ideal gift for those "impossible-to-shop-for" folks doesn't have to be a daunting task. Whether it's a personalized gourmet gift, an experiential adventure, a subscription box, home decor, a spa package, or a charitable donation, there's a thoughtful gift waiting for every personality. 

Make this holiday season extra special with our unique holiday gift ideas that demonstrate your love and appreciation.

 

Looking to go a step further with your gifts this year? What better way to ring in the holidays than with the recommendation of a new RPM Living apartment?! Here’s a list of a few RPM apartments that we think would be the perfect place to say hello to 2024. 

 

The Bungalows on Bowlin

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The Bungalows on Camelback

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The Bungalows at Asante

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Novo Gateway

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The Lennox 

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Trailside Noda

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Granger Village 

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Clover Apartments

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Ridgeline at Canton

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Eastpark Apartments 

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Kimbrough Towers

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For more recommendations to help find your dream apartment at one of our RPM Living communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

Last-Minute Costume Ideas To Create At Your RPM Luxury Apartment

Spooky season is officially upon us, and the countdown to Halloween is in full swing! If you’ve maaayyyybbbeeeee procrastinated on your costume this year, don’t worry - you aren’t the only one! Luckily, we've got you covered with some last-minute Halloween costume ideas that will ensure you're the life of the party in and out of your RPM luxury apartment.

 

Ghostly Glamour

Turn a plain white bedsheet into a stunning ghostly gown. Accessorize with statement jewelry, dramatic makeup, and a tiara to become a glamorous ghost that will haunt the halls of your RPM Luxury Apartment in style.

DIY Superhero

Unleash your inner superhero by crafting a costume from household items. A bedsheet can transform into a cape, and cardboard boxes can become your superhero emblem. 

Classic Witch or Wizard

A witch or wizard costume is always a hit - you literally can’t go wrong with this one. Raid your closet for dark clothing, add a pointed hat (or craft one from black construction paper if necessary), and complete the look with a broomstick. Your RPM Luxury Apartment could even be your coven's perfect meeting place!

Movie Character Mashup

Combine elements from your favorite movie characters to create a unique costume. For example, mix Harry Potter's glasses with a Jedi robe – the possibilities are endless.

Decades Throwback

Choose a specific decade (e.g., '70s, '80s, '90s) and raid your closet or a thrift store for era-appropriate clothing. Your RPM Luxury Apartment can be transformed into a time machine for a true blast from the past.

Punny Costume

Get creative with wordplay by creating a  pun-inspired costume. For example, tape cereal boxes to your clothes and go as a "cereal killer." With this idea, your costume can be as creative - or basic - as you’d like.

Modern Pop Culture Icon

Pick a beloved pop culture icon and replicate their look with what you have on hand. Whether it's Marilyn Monroe's red lips or Steve Jobs' black turtleneck, your RPM luxury apartment can become the backdrop for your transformation.

Classic Vampire

Halloween just wouldn’t feel complete if someone wasn’t vamped out. This year, it can be you! Dress in dark, elegant clothing, add some fake fangs, and a touch of pale makeup. Bonus points for fake blood drips from your “prey”. 

 

Looking for a spookier setting for your Halloween plans, or even just getting ready prep? We’ve got some great recommendations for you. 

Avendale at the Colony

Join the vibrant community of Avendale at the Colony, where RPM luxury apartments blend modern comfort with suburban charm. Our spacious and stylish residences are the perfect backdrop for your Halloween celebrations. With ample space to dress up and entertain, Avendale is your ultimate Halloween party hub.

See more of Avendale at the Colony here.

Citizen House Pflugerville

At Citizen House Pflugerville, we redefine luxury apartment living. Our thoughtfully designed apartments offer the perfect canvas for last-minute Halloween costume transformations. Whether you're hosting a spooky soiree or heading out for festivities, you'll feel right at home here.

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Citizen House Blue Bluff

Discover Citizen House Blue Bluff, where comfort meets convenience in our RPM luxury apartments. Get ready for Halloween festivities in style with spacious closets and modern amenities, making costume changes a breeze. Your next-level Halloween look starts right here.

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Arco Pilare

Arco Pilare offers an upscale living experience in RPM luxury apartments. Get into the Halloween spirit with ease in our spacious and well-appointed residences. With plenty of room to prepare and a welcoming atmosphere, Arco Pilare sets the stage for a spooktacular celebration.

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Infinity on the Landing

Infinity on the Landing is where luxury meets lifestyle, and Halloween is no exception. Our contemporary RPM luxury apartments provide the perfect space to craft your last-minute costumes and enjoy the festivities. Let Infinity on the Landing be your Halloween headquarters.

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Parmore Fossil Creek

Welcome to Parmore Fossil Creek, where modern elegance meets convenience. Our RPM luxury apartments offer the ideal setting for Halloween costume preparations. With ample space and a warm atmosphere, Parmore Fossil Creek is your home for last-minute Halloween fun.

See more of Parmore Fossil Creek here.

 

Don't let the Halloween spirit pass you by just because you're short on time. These last-minute costume ideas are not only fun and creative, but also easy enough to put together in the comfort of your own home. Whether you choose to be glamorous, spooky, or downright punny, you'll be ready to step out and impress your neighbors and friends at your upcoming Halloween celebration.

So, embrace the fun, enjoy the festivities, and make this Halloween a spooky and stylish one at RPM luxury apartments.

 

As always, if you’re looking to live in one of our luxury apartments, you can always shop RPM Living communities across the US by checking out our Communities page.

 

Fall Party Theme Ideas for Hosting at Your RPM Living Apartment

As the crisp autumn breeze begins to rustle the leaves and the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air, it's the perfect time to host a memorable fall party in your RPM Living apartment. So get comfortable, and let’s dive into some fall party theme ideas that will make your RPM Living apartment the go-to destination for fun and festivities this autumn.

 

Rustic Harvest Feast

Transform your apartment into a cozy farmhouse with rustic decor, hay bales, and mason jar centerpieces. Host a potluck-style feast where guests bring their favorite fall dishes, from butternut squash soup to apple pie. Enhance the ambiance with string lights and autumnal tunes for an unforgettable harvest experience.

Oktoberfest Celebration

Embrace the spirit of Oktoberfest by turning your apartment into a Bavarian beer garden. Decorate with blue and white banners, set up a beer tasting station with local craft brews, and serve classic German dishes like bratwurst and pretzels. Don't forget the lederhosen and dirndls for added authenticity.

Halloween Costume Party

October wouldn't be complete without a Halloween bash. Encourage your guests to come in their spookiest, silliest, or most creative costumes. Decorate your apartment with eerie lighting, cobwebs, and jack-o'-lanterns. Host a costume contest and offer prizes for the best-dressed ghouls and ghosts.

Fall Movie Marathon

For a more relaxed gathering, set up a cozy movie night in your apartment. Create a comfy viewing area with blankets and pillows, and choose a lineup of classic fall-themed movies, such as "Hocus Pocus," "Harry Potter," or "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." Don't forget the popcorn and hot cider!

Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza

Gather your friends for a pumpkin carving party. Provide pumpkins, carving tools, and stencils for guests to create their masterpieces. You can even turn it into a friendly competition with prizes for the most creative designs. Display the finished pumpkins in your apartment as festive decor.

Fall Flavors Potluck

Celebrate the delicious flavors of fall by hosting a potluck featuring autumn-inspired dishes. From caramel apple dip to sweet potato casserole, there are endless options to savor. Encourage guests to share their recipes and cooking tips.

Harvest Wine Tasting

Turn your apartment into a sophisticated wine-tasting venue. Choose a selection of wines that pair well with fall foods and provide tasting notes. Add elegance with candlelight and rustic wine barrels for a vineyard feel.

 

No matter which RPM Living apartment community you call home, these fall party theme ideas will help you create unforgettable memories with friends and neighbors. Still searching for the perfect place to call home? Here are some of our fabulous RPM Living apartments that you won’t want to miss.

 

Granger Village

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Eastpark Apartments

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Ridgeline at Canton

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The Bungalows on Camelback

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The Bungalows at Asante

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The Bungalows on Bowlin

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The Lennox Apartments

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Novo Gateway

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Clover Apartments

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Kimbrough Towers

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Trailside NODA

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La Tierna Apartments

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From rustic harvest feasts to spooky Halloween extravaganzas, there's a theme to suit every taste, at every one of our RPM luxury communities. So, gear up for a season filled with warmth, laughter, and the joy of community in your cozy RPM Living apartment.

 

Don’t forget, if you want to shop our RPM Living communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

Mastering Appliance Cleaning for a Sparkling Home at RPM Living

In the world of luxury living, every detail matters, and that includes maintaining the pristine condition of your appliances. As an RPM resident, you're no stranger to the art of refined living. These tips will help ensure that your exquisite living space remains as breathtaking as the day you moved in.

Regular Maintenance

Consistency is key. Schedule regular cleaning sessions for your appliances to prevent dirt and grime buildup.

Gentle Cleaning Solutions

Use mild, non-abrasive cleaning solutions specific to its material to ensure your appliances' surfaces remain unharmed.

Appliance-Specific Cleaning

Each appliance has its cleaning requirements. Consult the manufacturer's guidelines for the best cleaning practices, and find a product that works best for your space, and your budget. Remember: not all cleaning products are REALLY for everything.

Interior Cleaning

For appliances like ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators, deep clean the interior periodically to prevent odors and maintain efficiency. It may not be fun in the moment, but you’ll thank yourself later.

Seamless Stainless Steel

If your appliances feature stainless steel, use specialized stainless steel cleaners to maintain their lustrous shine. Resorting to products that are not safe for stainless steel can cause streaks, smudges, and even rust. 

Quick Tips for Common Appliances

Refrigerator

Remove expired items regularly (ideally when you’re taking out the trash), wipe down shelves, and vacuum the condenser coils to prevent buildup from dust, hair, and other grime.

Oven

Use self-cleaning cycles when applicable, and clean spills promptly to prevent baked-on messes. Nobody likes turning the oven on and getting a burning whiff of last night’s oil drips on the bottom rack.

Microwave

Wipe the interior after each use and clean the exterior to maintain a spotless appearance. Prevent spills, splashes, and other messes by always covering your food with a microwave safe container, or even a paper towel to make things easier on yourself.

Dishwasher

Clean the filter regularly and wipe down the door seals to prevent mold growth. If you ever notice an odor coming from your dishwasher, run an empty cycle with vinegar and baking soda to give your drain a deep clean. 

Preserving Luxury, One Appliance at a Time

By adopting these cleaning practices in your RPM luxury apartment, you're ensuring that your appliances continue to reflect the elegance and sophistication that your residence embodies:

  • Your appliances will complement the luxurious ambiance of your property, creating a harmonious living environment.
  • Regular cleaning prolongs the lifespan of your appliances, saving you maintenance costs in the long run.
  • A sparkling kitchen filled with well-maintained appliances enhances the overall aesthetics of your RPM luxury living residence.

Experience Extravagance

Let's explore some of the remarkable properties where you can master the art of appliance cleaning:

Auxo at Memorial

Website: Auxo at Memorial

Discover Houston luxury living at its finest with state-of-the-art appliances that deserve meticulous care.

The Westover at West Branch

Website: The Westover at West Branch

Experience a harmonious blend of style and functionality, maintaining the allure of your appliances effortlessly.

San Paloma

Website: San Paloma

Embrace the modern elegance of San Paloma's appliances, ensuring they remain as dazzling as the luxurious setting.

The Keegan at Mission Glen

Website: The Keegan at Mission Glen

Preserve the beauty of your appliances at Keegan at Mission Glen, where sophistication and convenience converge.

Circle at Point Park

Website: Circle at Point Park

Elevate your appliance cleaning routine in a setting that resonates with contemporary luxury.

Remy on the Trails

Website: Remy on the Trails

Revel in the convenience of Remy on the Trails' appliances while mastering the art of maintaining their brilliance.

 

As an RPM resident, your attention to detail extends beyond the aesthetics of your property to the appliances that make your life easier and more luxurious. By mastering the art of appliance cleaning, you're upholding the essence of refined living in every corner of your home. 

Embrace the elegance, sophistication, and pristine beauty of your RPM luxury apartment through meticulous appliance care.

 

For more recommendations to help find your dream apartment at one of our RPM Living communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

The Keys to Hosting the Perfect Dinner Party

There's an art to creating memorable moments with friends and loved ones, and hosting a dinner party is a wonderful way to do just that. If you're a resident of RPM living, you're already familiar with the exceptional lifestyle they offer.

Unveiling Luxury: RPM Living 

Before we dive into the tips for a successful dinner party, let's take a moment to appreciate the exceptional properties that RPM living boasts. These residences are more than just places to live; they are havens of comfort, style, and sophistication

Here are some of the available stunning properties where you can create memorable dinner party experiences for friends and family to remember for years to come.

Eastpark Apartments 

Nestled in the Midwest, Eastpark Apartments offer a modern backdrop for your soirée, blending elegance and convenience seamlessly.

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Ridgeline at Canton 

Elevate your gathering at Ridgeline at Canton, where refined living meets comfort, providing the perfect space for a memorable dinner party.

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The Bungalows on Camelback 

In the West, the Bungalows on Camelback offer a unique setting that combines modern luxury with the charm of the desert landscape.

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The Bungalows at Asante 

Embrace the elegance of the West Coast at the Bungalows at Asante, where sophistication and relaxation harmonize.

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The Bungalows on Bowlin 

Host an unforgettable gathering at the Bungalows on Bowlin, where modern design and comfort intertwine.

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Clover Apartments 

In Atlanta, Clover Apartments provide a backdrop of Southern charm and modern luxury for your dinner party.

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The Lennox 

Experience the allure of Florida living at The Lennox, where sophistication meets coastal vibes, ideal for a memorable soirée.

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Granger Village 

Immerse yourself in North Carolina's beauty at Granger Village, where contemporary living sets the stage for an exquisite dinner party.

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Crafting the Perfect Dinner Party

Now that you're surrounded by the luxury and comfort of our RPM Living properties, here's how you can host an unforgettable dinner party:

Elegant Invitations

Set the tone with stylish invitations that match the ambiance of your RPM apartment, and the overall theme of your soiree!

Menu Magic

Plan a menu that delights your guests' taste buds and accommodates dietary preferences. This helps add a personalized touch that your guests will be sure to notice.

Tablescaping Brilliance

Create a stunning table arrangement with elegant tableware and decor that complements the aesthetic of your space. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Entertainment

Curate a playlist that enhances the atmosphere and consider entertainment options that align with the vibe you’re looking for in your evening. Slow and relaxing, upbeat and party-ready - the choice is yours.

Comfortable Spaces

Leverage the spacious and stylish interiors of your RPM space to provide both comfort and luxury to your guests. Let your furniture and open layouts work for you!

Memorable Farewell

Send your guests off with thoughtful party favors that mirror the charm of your RPM living residence, so they’re sure to leave with a memory they’ll not soon forget.

 

As a resident of RPM, your dinner parties can transcend ordinary gatherings. With the lavish settings and modern amenities of your RPM apartment, you have the canvas to create magical moments. No matter where your property is located, our apartments offer the perfect backdrop for hosting the ultimate dinner party. 

Embrace luxury, sophistication, and unforgettable memories with RPM living.

 

As always, if you’re looking to live in one of our luxury apartments, you can always shop RPM Living communities across the US by checking out our Communities page.

Our Top Tips For Learning To Live With Roommates

Living with roommates can be a rewarding experience, offering the chance to share costs, create lasting friendships, and make memories together. However, it also comes with its unique set of challenges. At RPM Living, we understand the importance of fostering a harmonious living environment for all our residents. 

In this blog, we'll share valuable tips for living with roommates to ensure a peaceful and enjoyable coexistence in your RPM Living apartment. Let's dive in!

 

Communication is Key

Open and honest communication is the cornerstone of a successful roommate relationship. Establish a regular time to discuss any concerns, responsibilities, or plans related to the living space. This ensures that everyone's needs and preferences are heard, leading to better understanding and cooperation.

 

Set Clear Boundaries

Defining boundaries from the beginning can prevent misunderstandings later on. Discuss personal space, shared chores, and quiet hours. Respect each other's privacy and agree on rules for guests and parties to maintain a comfortable living environment.

 

Divide Chores Fairly

Living with roommates means sharing household responsibilities. Create a chore schedule to evenly distribute tasks like cleaning, taking out the trash, and grocery shopping. Rotating responsibilities ensures that everyone contributes equally to the upkeep of the apartment.

 

Respect Each Other's Sleep Schedules

Sleep schedules can differ among roommates, especially if you have varying work or study routines. Be mindful of noise levels during late hours and early mornings. Invest in noise-canceling headphones if necessary to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.

 

Keep Shared Spaces Tidy

Clutter in common areas can lead to frustration and disagreements. Encourage everyone to clean up after themselves and maintain shared spaces like the kitchen and living room in an orderly manner. Regularly declutter these areas to create a welcoming atmosphere for all.

 

Be Mindful of Each Other's Belongings

Respect each other's belongings and ask permission before using them. Borrowing items without consent can lead to tension and discomfort. Treat each other's possessions with care, just as you would want your belongings to be treated.

 

Celebrate Each Other's Successes

Living with roommates means being part of each other's lives. Celebrate each other's achievements and milestones, whether it's a promotion, a successful exam, or a personal accomplishment. Supporting each other fosters a positive and uplifting living environment.

 

Living with roommates can be a fantastic experience when approached with consideration, open communication, and mutual respect. By implementing these tips for harmonious coexistence, you can create a supportive and enjoyable living environment in your RPM Living apartment

Embrace the opportunity to build lasting connections and make the most of your shared living experience!

 

Interested in checking out some of our available RPM Living properties? Here are a few we think you’ll love:

 

For more recommendations to help find your dream apartment at one of our RPM Living communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

Tips On Saving Money While Renting

Choosing to rent is a big decision that many are faced with, and we’re thrilled you chose an RPM Living apartment community! Now that you’ve decided to rent your home, even if only temporarily, it’s a good idea to look ahead and start thinking about how to save money while you’re in a rental. Here are some of our tips!

Pay rent with a cash-back credit card

You’ve probably heard people say that credit cards are “scary” and you should avoid using them unless absolutely necessary, but this isn’t true for those who know how to use them responsibly. By paying your rent with a credit card that offers cash back on all purchases, you can truly make some of your money back on your rent payments each month, all while spending the same amount of money you’d be spending anyways.

Find a roommate

This one may seem a little on the nose, but there’s a reason why many renters choose to go in 50/50 with roommates! You’ll still be able to live in a space you love in a perfect location for your lifestyle, but at only a fraction of the cost. However, it’s important to choose your roommates wisely. Just because someone is your friend - or even family - doesn’t mean they’ll be a good fit to live with. There’s no point in choosing a roommate to split costs with if they aren’t going to stick around long enough to really make a difference.

Know how much space you need

It can seem tempting to choose an apartment that comes with extra space for storage, living, entertaining, etc., but if you’re keen on saving your money, choose a space that adequately suits your needs. In order to get more, you oftentimes have to pay more, so why pay for more than you really need? Trust us, you’re going to thank yourself in the long run.

Eliminate your debt

From credit card debt to student loans, it’s no secret that getting out of debt is one of the most common challenges that people are facing these days, especially with rising costs of living. Getting out of that hole is a great way to start seeing your savings grow each month, rather than sit in the same place month in and month out. Consider working with a free financial advisor to create a plan, both short and long term, to get your debt into a good place - or eliminated altogether.

Watch your utilities

It’s easy to get caught up in cranking your heat in the winter and your A/C in the summer, but how much extra are your utilities really costing you each month? While we would never suggest a tactic that would cause you to be uncomfortable in your own time, keeping an eye on your energy, water, heating and cooling usage each month could be what helps add some extra funds into your savings.

There are so many benefits to renting your home, don’t sell yourself short over fear of not being able to grow your savings in the meantime. Let us know if these tips have helped you, or if you have any additional tips that have proven effective in your time as a renter!

For more recommendations on resident life, and for finding your ideal home at one of our RPM Living communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

Increasing Productivity When Working From Home

Dedicate a working space

Working from your bed might seem like a dream come true when it comes to being able to work from home, but to tell you the truth, it’s only going to keep you from your highest level of productivity. We wish it wasn’t true, either! Instead, create a dedicated working space that will keep your mind free of distractions, whether it’s a home office, a simple desk in the corner of the room, or even the dining room table or bar, depending on your space options. As long as it’s an area that you know won’t be tempting you to take a snooze, get caught in a Netflix binge, or get distracted by any other vices, you’re on the right track.

Implement quiet hours into your daily schedule

If this is your first time hearing the term “quiet hours'' while working, you’re in for a true treat when it comes to maximizing productivity - especially when working from home. Quiet hours are exactly what they sound like; scheduled time throughout your workday with no distractions and no interruptions. This means: turn off the TV, silence your phone (or even put it in a separate room), don’t schedule meetings, and turn your Microsoft Teams/Slack/Google/whatever-your-company-uses-to-communicate status to ‘away.’ This separation, even if it’s only for an hour or two out of your workday helps to eliminate all distractions and put your mind in a place of focus that it otherwise couldn’t reach, even if you don’t realize you’re being distracted in the moment.

Keep a schedule

So many are tempted by the flexibility of working from home due to the ability to, oftentimes, work on your own time, in your own chosen environment. While this is certainly a perk of the WFH lifestyle, it can cause a decline in personal productivity if you don’t have a set schedule in place to keep yourself on track. This is a level of self-discipline that can be tricky for those who aren’t used to working with this much freedom (gone are the days of micromanaging office managers!), but with the proper implementation, can increase your productivity in ways you never thought possible, and sometimes, in even less time than before.

Declutter your space

We already discussed having a designated working space in your home, but having a separate area in itself isn’t going to be enough to improve your productivity if that area is full of distractions and clutter. There’s a reason that minimalism is rising in popularity each day, and when it comes to working from home, it’s even better. While it’s important to personalize your space to make yourself comfortable, covering your desk or table with unnecessary items, leaving behind trash and dishes, and not having dedicated areas for important work documents and other items are going to keep you from being your most productive self.

Incorporate breaks to prevent burnout

PSA: increasing your productivity does NOT mean overworking yourself and getting burnt out!

In fact, it should mean the exact opposite. Working an 8, 9, or 10+ hour day with no breaks is one of the least effective ways to remain productive, and one of the best ways to get burnt out on your job, which is exactly what this list is trying to prevent! Even if it’s only 5-10 minutes, it’s important to allow yourself to take time throughout your day to take a step back from the screen or the papers, refresh your mind, and come back recharged. This allows you to increase not only your productivity but your creativity as well, to ensure the work you’re producing is truly your best.

 

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Fall Apartment Cleaning Checklist

Seasonal cleaning doesn’t have to be the stressor many think it is! We hope these tips will keep your regimen in check this fall season.

Turn Mattresses

It’s a good idea to turn your mattress front to back a few times a year. While you’ve got the sheets off and are in the process of moving your mattress around anyways, another tip for the cleanest and most comfortable mattresses is to sprinkle baking soda across your mattress. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and vacuum it up when you’re done. This helps remove any lingering odors from your mattress, and will increase its life substantially.

Baseboards + Fans

Use a damp rag or towel to wipe down your baseboards and ceiling fans, as they are the 2 top dust collectors in your home that are not usually considered a part of a regular cleaning rotation. Even if you don’t think they look dusty or dirty, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a difference when you’re done. It’s the little things that really help to spruce up your apartment. 

Wash Holiday or Seasonal Dishes

Whether you’re hosting during the holidays or are just swapping out your typical dishes for some seasonal fun, be sure and give them a good wash. Though it can be tempting to believe your dishes are still clean from when you washed and packed them away last season, don’t let a lack of dust or grime deceive you - wash those dishes, and thank us later.

Wash Bedding

This is especially true if you are expecting any holiday guests, but even if you’re planning on spending the holidays solo, the changing of seasons is a great opportunity to freshen up all of your bedding, and pillows - yes, the actual pillows, not just the pillowcases this time. This goes for any couch or decorative pillows around your apartment as well.

Clean Storage Containers

As tempting as it can be to throw your storage containers back into storage after a long day of putting up holiday or seasonal decorations, don’t do it! Rinse out and wipe down your containers to keep them fresh, and avoid any buildups of dust, dirt, or other grime. Bonus: it helps keep bugs away longer. No one likes opening up containers that have been sitting for a year and finding dead spiders and other bugs in the bottom of your precious decor.

Plant Love

As we move into the colder months, be sure to keep your plants in check. Avoid keeping plants next to drafty windows that could result in a cold shock, and be sure and give them a little extra fertilizer to make up for the lack of sunshine. You might even consider purchasing a grow light to help keep your plants warm, and supplement that missing Vitamin D. 

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