Celebrating Halloween

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Happy Halloween! There are many ways to celebrate this year. Residents of Burnam Woods Apartments can enjoy Trick or Treating this evening from 5-7pm. When the kids are finished Trick or Treating, the adults can go across the street to the Halloween Party at Della Rose’s at The Avenue at White Marsh. Throughout the day today the residents of Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments can stop by the leasing office for a yummy treat. Today from 4-6pm is the 30th Annual Trick or Treating on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, where vendors will be giving out candy. For those who want a truly spooky Halloween experience tonight, you can visit Edgar Allan Poe’s grave in the catacombs under the 1851 Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore City. However you decide to celebrate, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Maintenance Monday – keeping your sink shiny

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PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO YOUR SINK

You already know Pledge has many household uses, but did you know that one of the best ones is keeping your sink clean? If you’ve got a stainless steel sink, wipe wood cleaner over it after you wash it out. If you do this at least once a month, the cleaner will keep your sink shiny by preventing water and food stains from taking hold.

– Who Knew? 10,0001 Easy Solutions to Everyday Problems 

How to Be a Good Apartment Neighbor

HOW TO BE A GOOD APARTMENT NEIGHBOR

Step 1:
Be friendly towards others. You don’t necessarily need to know them, especially if you live in a crowded high-rise building, but a simple hello or greeting goes a long way. In smaller complexes, it’s easier to know names, faces, and parking stalls. Creating friendly relationships also makes it easier to interact in the future if anyone has questions or concerns.

  • Get to know the property management and employees. Be sure to keep a contact list in case you need a maintenance fix or for emergency purposes.
  • Participate in your apartment’s discussion board or tenant portal. Letting other people know who you are is the first step towards a more rewarding relationship.

Step 2:
Be soft-spoken when entering and exiting. It may be normal to walk from the parking lot to your front door and vice versa, but you’ll need to consider how loud a person is. Avoid stomping on stairwells, especially when leaving before sunrise or coming back late at night. Try not to walk around apartment with wood floors in your shoes (put them on just prior to leaving your apartment and remove upon entering your apartment) not all tenants work a “9-5” job and may be trying to sleep during “regular” daylight hours. Keep the noise at whisper-level in hallways. Loud laughter and conversations while people are relaxing or sleeping are a nuisance. Close doors behind you with ease. Main building and apartment doors create a lot of noise. Don’t let them slam or shut by themselves.

Step 3:
Be considerate of the noise level inside the apartment. This is one of the most common complaints reported to managers. More noise etiquette is needed if you live above another person. Soft footwear makes less noise than heavy duty items such as boots or high heels. It’s not necessary to thump your feet around the kitchen in the middle of the night. If a neighbor requests for you to keep the noise level down, try to negotiate on a solution.

  • Try to vacuum or use exercise machines on the weekends or when you know people are at work. Noise and vibrations goes through floorboards and can be an annoyance.
  • Practice “quiet time” rules with children. Allow them to jump and run around during the day, but instruct them that they need to stop doing so when the sun goes down. Instead of having them create havoc indoors, spend quality time outside, such as in a small community playground. If you don’t have carpet, have plenty of rugs down on the floor to muffle the noise of children.
  • Turn the volume down on electronics, such as radios and televisions. For wall-to-wall neighbors, you may want to move them away from those specific walls. Set a specific time to stop playing video games at a loud volume.

Step 4:
Offer any positive assistance or convenience to your elderly neighbors. If you see them in the parking lot with groceries, ask them if they need help carrying them inside the building or hold any doors open. If you see their mail piling up or you don’t notice their lights on at night for some time, knock on their door and see if they’re doing okay.

Step 5:
Be very cautious when having guests over. Most contracts forbid guests or any person not under the lease to be left alone in the apartment. Reckless behavior or any disputes between the guest(s) and another tenant may become the leaseholder’s responsibility. However, some apartment properties don’t mind guest accommodation. In such cases, it is a good idea to give your neighbors a heads-up about any potential noise, etc.

  • If holding a party, let those neighbors likely to be inconvenienced know about the occasion. If you think the neighbors will enjoy themselves too, consider inviting them.
  • Avoid having big parties or loud get-togethers on weeknights.
  • Turn down party music by 10:00pm.

– http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Good-Apartment-Neighbor 

Maintenance Monday – refrigeration

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Quick Lesson in Refrigeration

You can make your refrigerator more energy efficient by understanding how it works. Refrigerators use energy to reduce the humidity inside, which helps cool foods. Therefore, any time you leave an open container of liquid inside, you’re wasting energy. Make sure all your pitchers have lids, and make sure dressings and moist leftovers are well-covered. You should also always let hot foods cool before placing them in the refrigerator, so it doesn’t have to use extra energy to bring them down to room temperature. Of course, be careful with cooked meats, eggs, and poultry – they shouldn’t stay out for more than an hour.

– Who Knew? 10,0001 Easy Solutions to Everyday Problems 

Go Pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!
–  National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

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According to the National Cancer Institute:

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Over 220,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
  • When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-­year survival rate is 98%.
  • Over 30% of women are diagnosed after breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.

Early detection of Breast Cancer is crucial. Make sure to perform monthly breast exams to detect changes or abnormalities such as a lump, nipple tenderness or discharge, or any change in appearance or texture of the breast or nipple. It is equally important to get a yearly breast exam from your doctor as well as a mammogram. And it should go without saying that a healthy lifestyle will help prevent breast cancer: eat fruits and vegetables, stay active, avoid tobacco and alcohol, and maintain a healthy weight. For more information on early detection of breast cancer, click here.

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People all over the world show their support, promote awareness, and raise money for Breast Cancer in October. There are walks, people wear pink ribbons, buildings are lit in pink, and NFL players wear pink throughout the month. October has been dubbed Pinktober.

Maintenance Monday – Dumpster Do’s and Don’ts

When the garbage truck comes to empty our dumpsters, they only remove the trash that is actually INSIDE the container. Please make sure that your garbage gets into the dumpster and that the lids are closed when you are finished. Items that cannot fit in the dumpster such as furniture, TV’s, etc are not permitted. We do not have bulk trash pickup; residents must remove these items on their own.

– Allyssa Brown, Leasing Manager at Old Orchard Apartments

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Apartment Living – furniture space savers

If you’re an apartment dweller with additional storage space provided by your complex, consider yourself lucky! Chances are though, even with an extra closet or two, you’re still jamming pretty tight. You’ve got to shop smart if you’re going to make additional storage space work without making your abode look like a Container Store.

So before you beg your landlord for yet another closet or drop by your parent’s house to hide more boxes in their basement, consider these 5 Small Space Savers:

Stratton Bed

Put it to Bed. Your bed is likely one of the biggest pieces in your place so choose wisely! This Pottery Barn Stratton Storage Bed with Baskets is not only gorgeous but oh-so smart too. Don’t have a walk-in closet? No problem, the drawers in this puppy will save the day.

Junk in Your Trunk. Antique trunks serve two great purposes. One, they’re incredibly fashionable in the interior design world right now because of their vintage vibe. Two, they store a LOT. Stuff your junk, your extra blankets, your keepsakes, whatever in your trunk and then use it as a table. Boom bam, hidden treasures. Try Etsy for stylish and affordable trunks.

Double Duty. If you have any table in your apartment that doesn’t offer storage, consider swapping it for one that does: From coffee, buffet, side tables or benches. This West Elm Nailhead Upholstered Storage Bench can provide extra seating at the dining table, in the living room or in the bedroom all while housing more of your beloved stuff.

Billy Bookshelves

Wall to WallIkea is a savior when it comes to storage solutions. No matter your taste, there is a full wall storage system available. Seek and you shall find. Turn your books, knick-knacks and office junk into art—and in an organized fashion that only the Swedes could have invented.

Sleepover Options. Small spaces need small furniture, and most sleeper beds are chunkier than a sumo wrestler. But sleeper sofas are oh-so-helpful when you want options for guests and guess what? Today there are options that maximize everything: Seating, sleeping & space! Try the Coaster corner sofa that also folds down into a bed.

– Courtney Lochner, guest blogger at Apartments.com