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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. 

 If you’re looking for more recommendations on cleaning tips, check out some of our past blogs for more inspiration.

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

How to Create the Perfect Home Office

The perfect home office means something different to everyone, but we have a few recommendations that will improve any home office, no matter your style.

Find natural light

No matter if you’re someone who spends 8+ hours a day in your home office, or simply uses it on occasion, the right lighting is a necessity for creating the perfect home office. Natural light allows your body to know what time it is and keep your regular pattern on track. Additionally, natural lighting causes far less strain on your eyes, which will allow you to work more efficiently without getting headaches or damaging your vision - especially if you’re looking at screens all day. 

Invest in ergonomic furniture

While it may not seem like something you need, believe us - your future body will thank you a million times over for choosing ergonomic furniture for your home office. Allowing your spine, hips, and neck some support while sitting for long periods of time will drastically improve any pain you could be experiencing, your posture, and the longevity of your spine. Not to mention, they’re way more comfortable to sit in than some cute, cheap chair you found at a garage sale (no shade, just the truth).

Add personal touches

Photos, decorations, plants - anything that brings you happiness and motivation throughout your day is a great way to boost your productivity. Creating a space you feel comfortable in is one of the best ways to find yourself enjoying your work more, and getting more done throughout the day. 

Choose colors that bring you joy

The colors we surround ourselves with have a direct impact on our mood, productivity, and motivation. Lighter, airier, natural colors are some of the best ways to subtly incorporate mood and productivity boosters into your home office. Easily incorporate your favorite mood-boosting colors in your decor and furniture, and don’t be afraid to change those colors with the seasons. 

Find ways to stay organized

We cannot stress this enough - clutter is the antithesis of productivity. Clutter produces anxiety and stress in many people simply because there is too much going. It causes distraction and makes it difficult to focus and/or relax. Keep your desk, drawers, floors, etc. in your home office organized to increase productivity. 

Pro tip: always organize your desk at the end of the day, so you have a fresh start the next morning! Believe us when we say this works wonders. 

If you’d like a few more tips and recommendations to perfect your home office, check out some of our other blogs!

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

Get The Most Out Of Your Apartment

Knowing how to get the best experience out of your apartment may seem easy, but many people look back on their time living in their apartment homes and think, “Why didn’t I do more?” We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Personalize your space

No matter the current design trends or what you see online, your apartment is YOURS, and yours alone, and your decorative style should reflect that. Choose furniture, decorations, and other items for your space that are a direct reflection of your personality, not just what you saw someone do on HGTV. Lucky for you, we have an entire blog dedicated to doing just this! Check out How to Personalize Your Space.

Use those community amenities

There’s a reason that your apartment’s community amenities caught your eye during your apartment search, so take advantage of them. Whether it’s regular visits to the gym, pool, tanning salon, or coffee bar, or even spending time in your resident clubhouse to watch the big game or your favorite TV show on a Wednesday night, your apartment’s community amenities are there for YOU to use.

Use your space wisely

No matter if you’re kicking it solo in a studio, or sharing a 3-bedroom apartment with friends or family, knowing how to use the space you have is something that can take a little practice! Identify the areas of your apartment that you will spend the most time in, and begin there. For example: don’t dedicate time, money, and energy into decorating your home office if it’s only going to be used a few times a year. On the flip side, don’t skimp on your home office if you plan on using it frequently. 

Psst - we’ve got a blog about that, too! Read Apartment Must-Haves For Creating a Home Office for more inspiration!

Spend time at home 

So many of us are spending significantly more time at home due to the increase in remote work. When you work from home, it can be challenging to want to spend more time in your home. We recommend separating your work space from your personal space to really get the most out of your apartment and enjoy your down-time to the fullest.

Whether you’re in the mood for some alone time or want to entertain friends or family, plan to cook a nice dinner, have a baking night, movie night, any night that suits your fancy. As long as it gives you the opportunity to appreciate and love your space, you’re doing it right. 

Not in the mood for entertaining? Your apartment is there for you to de-stress and recharge. Check out our 5 Self-Care Tips To Reduce Your Stress right at home.  

Perfect your living area

Even if you wouldn’t say the living room is where you spend the bulk of your time in your apartment, it is one of the rooms you will see the most day in and day out, regardless of your living habits. Perfecting your living area will ensure that the first sight you see when you walk in after a long day is something you enjoy, not a space that stresses you out.

If you’re needing some inspiration on decorating your living room, don’t worry: we’ve got some ideas. Take a look at Interior Design Ideas For Apartment Living Rooms to get a few ideas for your own apartment!

For more inspiration on how to make the most out of your apartment, check out some of our past blogs for tips!

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

Tips for Maximizing Closet Space In Your Luxury Austin Apartment

Tired of feeling like your closet can’t function the way you need? We’ve created some helpful tips and recommendations to help maximize your closet space, both in your closet and around your bedroom in your luxury Austin apartment. 

 

Closet dividers

Closet dividers allow you to utilize any and all empty space in your closet and repurpose it into valuable space for your clothes, shoes, accessories, and other belongings. Shoe racks, accessory hangers, and similar dividers are all great ways to multiply your space, without having to leave your closet!

 

Hooks

Whether you have a large enough closet to add hooks to your walls, or you simply add a few on your closet door, hooks are a great space saver. Clothes, bags, necklaces, and more can all be easily contained in a small area, and free up your rack or shelf space at the same time. Plus, you can put your favorite items on display, gaining much easier access for those days you’re running a little behind (don’t worry, we all do it!).

 

Clothes rack

A clothes rack, whether it is able to fit in your closet, or if it is able to be kept in a corner or on a wall in your bedroom, is a great way to free up small closet space. If you have larger clothes like coats, jackets, sweaters, etc., a clothing rack is a great way to keep those clothes hanging on display, while freeing up space in your small closet at the same time. Plus, another added benefit of utilizing a clothes rack is that they can be seasonal, so show off (and easily access) your coats during the winter and switch them out for breezier outfits during the summer. 

 

Modular shelving

Shelving is one of the best ways to free up space and eliminate clutter. Modular shelving to store clothes, shoes, and other accessories out of your closet is a fantastic way to maximize your apartment closet space. On a wall outside of your closet door or on a bathroom wall are great areas to capitalize on modular shelving. Shoes and bags can be easily accessed, as well as put on display, so have fun when you decide which of your favorite items to showcase!

 

Seasonal clothes

There’s no reason to keep a parka in your closet in the middle of July, just like there’s little use for tank tops in January. Free up closet space by only keeping out your clothes for the current season, and move out of season clothes to a storage closet or storage tub. This way, you’re not having to look through bundles of sweaters to find your favorite sundress for a day at the beach or pool!

 

That’s all for now on our tips and tricks to maximize your small closet space! Which one are you going to try out first? Don’t forget, if you want to shop our luxury apartments in Austin and other RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

5 Self-Care Tips To Reduce Your Stress

You may have heard the term “self-care isn’t selfish” from any number of platforms, events, or postings, and we want to emphasize that. Here’s a list of 5 ways you can incorporate self-care into your daily routine and work to eliminate unnecessary stress.

 

Meditation

Whether you decide to make meditation a part of your daily routine, or use it as a resource when you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s a great way to regain your headspace and composure. Meditation aids in relaxing you by encouraging mindfulness through focus and breathing exercises. If you’re new to meditation and are looking for a place to start, we recommend apps like Calm and Headspace.

 

Spend time outside

Our bodies naturally crave sunlight and clean air, so taking a few minutes to step outside can be a great way to calm yourself in those moments of stress. Focusing on your breathing and your 5 senses when outdoors is a great technique to ground yourself and release tension to get you back in the right headspace to continue your daily activities. 

 

Get organized

Lack of organization, whether it be your home, office, or even your agenda, can cause unnecessary added stress to your day to day life. Take time to ensure your space, as well as your mind, is organized and well maintained. As they say, a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind. By regaining that control, your mind will realize a new level of comfort and confidence as you continue on in your daily activities.

 

Snuggle your pet

There’s a reason animal therapy has grown so popular in recent years, and it’s because it really does work. Engaging the part of your brain that produces dopamine and serotonin when petting, playing with, or even being in the same room as an animal, can cause a significant decrease in your stress levels. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to focus on spending time with your dog, cat, or any other animal in your life that brings you joy.

 

Be sure you’re getting enough sleep

Even though we can’t always stop what we’re doing to get some rest, working to incorporate an adequate sleep schedule into your daily routine will work wonders for your stress management. Knowing the healthiest amount of sleep for your age group, and finding ways to implement and maintain it throughout your daily routine will keep your mind and body fresh enough to handle any challenge that comes your way.

 

That’s it for our self-care tips to reduce stress. As always, if you’re looking to live in a community that makes it easy to practice self-care, you can always shop RPM communities across the US by checking out our Communities page.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio, TX

Our pets are family, so why wouldn’t we want them to tag along whenever they can? Luckily, San Antonio is home to some of the best dog-friendly restaurants and patios. Here are a few of our top picks that are close to our communities of luxury apartments in San Antonio.

 

Hops & Hounds

Beer, burgers, and pups - does it get any better than that? At Hops and Hounds, you can bring your pooch with you to the bar, enjoy outdoor seating, and let them off leash at their dog park. They have a wide selection of beer, burgers, and other comfort food options. Hops and Hounds is located at 13838 Jones Maltsberger Rd, and is open 7 days a week, so it’s an easy choice for those living in North San Antonio luxury apartments. 

 

The Friendly Spot Ice House

Not far from some of our Downtown San Antonio apartments luxury apartments, you’ll find that kids AND pups are welcome at The Friendly Spot Ice House at 943 S Alamo St. American and Mexican food alike are served here, paired with over 250 brews, margaritas, and cocktails. Open 12pm-12am 7 days a week, so bring the whole family to this dog-friendly location for a delicious variety of food and drinks! 

 

The Cove

Looking to support a San Antonio business that’s sustainable, organic, and buys local? The Cove is just that - celebrating Texas by supporting local ranchers, farmers, and craftspeople. Located just north of our apartments near Downtown San Antonio, The Cove has something for everyone from vegan nachos to burgers to Texas brews. Visit 606 W Cypress St, and bring your pup to hang out on the patio while listening to live music most nights of the week. 

 

The Hoppy Monk

Dogs are always welcome at the Hoppy Monk’s outdoor seating area, as long as they’re leashed! Be sure to check out their wide selection of beers on tap and get a bite of their delicious pub-inspired food. Open 7 days a week, this upbeat local bar is located on N. Loop 1604 E near our North San Antonio luxury apartments.

 

Tycoon Flats

Home to the best burgers in San Antonio, Tycoon Flats offers 30 specialty burgers! Not only does Tycoon Flats offer a beautiful shaded beer garden, but this long-time favorite San Antonio restaurant is located in the original 1920’s Historic Magnolia Petroleum Service Station, at 2926 N St Mary's St, preserving a little history while serving up the best burgers in town. 

 

The Hangar

Bring your pup to the patio at The Hangar, and enjoy any one of their many choices of wings, burgers, and other pub style food. Come in any day of the week to check out their happy hour, or visit the bar and grab one of their many drink specials. Located at 8203 Broadway, just down the street from our apartments in Alamo Heights.

 

That wraps up our favorite dog-friendly restaurants near our San Antonio luxury apartment communities! The hardest decision is going to be where to go first. For more recommendations on San Antonio life, and for finding your ideal home at one of our RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

Tips for Moving to Your Apartment In Dallas, TX

Moving to a new city is exciting, but it can also cause some anxiety if you are not familiar with the area. Here are some tips if you are planning to move to one of our apartments in Dallas, TX

 

Traffic

There’s no denying that Dallas is a large and very densely populated city, and the traffic is a great reflection of that fact. When relocating to Dallas, many people underestimate the difference in traffic patterns from their previous city - don’t let that be you! 

 

If you choose to drive, as most Texans do, always account for a little extra driving time. Dallas roads have been constructed to carry a high-volume of cars, so traffic-jams are frequent. Plan accordingly by checking your map apps before heading out to see how long it will take you to get to your destination. If you prefer to use public transportation instead, take advantage of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), which provides rail and bus services. 

 

Restaurant and bar scene

If you’re wondering if Dallas can keep up with your love for food and entertainment, spoiler alert, it can. Restaurant life is HUGE in Dallas, and there is something for everyone! We encourage you to venture out of your comfort zone when trying to find your new favorite eateries in the city. In Dallas, there is no shortage of food festivals either, so take advantage of what your new city has to offer!

 

Dallas is also well-known for bars & nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a bar and grill, cocktail bar, speakeasy, nightclub, or anything in between - the sky's the limit when it comes to Dallas nightlife.

 

Arts and culture

Dallas’ arts and culture scene is known to rival even the likes of New York City with its impressive display of the arts. Museums and music halls, galleries and concert venues - Dallas certainly does not lack in arts and culture displays! The Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, The Echo Hall and Music Lounge, and Reveler’s Hall are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a list of artistic venues worth visiting in Dallas!

 

Weather and climate

If you’re moving to Dallas, especially if it’s from somewhere typically unfamiliar with hot temps, be sure to educate yourself quickly! The summertime heat in Dallas is no joke. You and your pets will want to stay hydrated and try to avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the afternoon. Enjoy some exercise with your pup early in the morning or once the sun starts to go down. Pups get hot too, so make sure their feet are protected when walking on paved paths and concrete. Even though it’s hot in Dallas, the heat brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy pool days or an air-conditioned stroll through a museum.

 

Acquire a love for Tex-Mex

If you are new to Texas, get ready to love Tex-Mex. In Dallas, we love our twist on traditional Mexican cuisine, and it is everywhere! If you’re learning to love Tex-Mex, find a staple dish to get acquainted with Tex-Mex. If you’re not entirely sure where to start, we’d recommend the enchiladas con carne. Play around with customizing your Tex-Mex favorites, and run with it. We promise you won’t be disappointed. 

 

Visit the State Fair of Texas

Whether you’re a lover of State Fair food and culture, or you’ve never been, the State Fair of Texas is an experience that EVERY Dallas resident should have. Deep-fried bacon cheeseburgers and fried flan cakes are just the beginning of the delicacies that the State Fair of Texas has to offer! Don’t forget to say “howdy” to Big Tex while you're there and grab a Fletcher’s corny dog for the road. 

 

Good luck on your move to your apartment in Dallas! For more recommendations on Dallas life, and for finding your ideal home at one of our RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.

How To Personalize Your Space in Your Luxury Apartment in North Dallas

Knowing how to make your space your own is one of the best ways to truly love your space in your luxury apartment in North Dallas. Even if it feels perfect, take a look at how you can improve the personalization of your space to reach maximum comfort and serenity in your home.

Know your colors

Before you can find the right supplies for your space, you need to know what colors you want to see more (and less!) of in your home. If you’re not sure, Pinterest can be your new best friend! Once you decide what color schemes you want to follow in your home, then you can move on to the fun stuff! Like…

 

Curtains

If you are looking to add in some more color to your space, curtains can be a saving grace. Bright, bold curtains could be exactly what your space is missing to add in that pop of color you seek! If more color is not what you are looking for, try finding a neutral color in your space (white, beige, grey) and capitalize on it! Make sure to know how much light you want to let in before deciding on your material type!

 

Pillows

Accent pillows, as fun as they are, can be tricky! You want to incorporate enough color and design to brighten or bring together your space! Though, you don’t want to be “the pillow lady” with so many pillows that you can’t sit down. Be sure to know where to draw the line! Similar to curtains, accent pillows can add in that pop of color you feel you are missing. Alternatively, they can be a way to tone down your space if you feel it has too much going on. 

 

Smart storage

Whether you're someone who likes everything on display, or you like to keep things minimal, this is for you! Knowing how to keep things stored in your space is the key to personalizing it to perfection! Remember: shelving, storage tables, bins, and ottomans are ideal when it comes to keeping your space functional, while preventing clutter. 

 

Area rugs

Finding the perfect rug for your space is like having a perfect hair day, but every day! Again, this is one of those times that Pinterest can be your best friend! Decide what size, shape, and color of rug will fit perfectly in your space, and give it that “you” touch!

 

That’s all for now on our tips and tricks to personalize your space! Which one are you going to try out first? Don’t forget, if you want to shop our luxury apartments in Austin and other RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.