How to Incorporate Your Printer into Your Home Décor

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Printers are an unfortunate necessity, especially if you do some work from home! They can be big, clunky, and take up more space than you’d like, especially if you have an all-in-one variety. Accept and embrace this home office essential with these tips on incorporating it into your home décor:

Customize – Try repurposing an old drawer! Simply paint the different pieces the way you’d like, add some hinges, and tuck your printer away! This is especially helpful if you don’t use your printer often, if it’s wireless, or if you have a simple printer instead of an all-in-one.

Use a Utility Cart – Roll your printer in and out of closets as needed (or store it in there, if you want) by using a utility cart on wheels.

Add a Shelf – Take advantage of the space under your desk by adding a shallow shelf to the back to store your printer on.

Color-Coordinate – If all else fails, try to work the printer into your design aesthetic! If you have a large, black all-in-one printer, for instance, place it on a shelf with other items of similar size and color. For instance, add black filing cabinets, black sliding storage drawers, or even a record player to a bookcase with your printer.

No matter what you do, have some fun with your interior design at Partridge Hill!

How to Incorporate the Color of 2017 Into Your Home

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Every year, Pantone selects a color the year as a symbolic measure of the global culture of the year. For the year 2017, Pantone has selected the shade “Greenery,” a fresh yellow-green shade that evokes the feeling of early spring, and represents the idea of minimalism.

Wondering how you can incorporate green into the color palette of your apartment without painting? There are many ways to get on board with the idea that Pantone is trying to get across with their selection. For example, since this shade represents minimalism and a reconnection with nature, you can even do something as small as incorporating simple air plants or succulents into your home.

If you want to go big, there are many ways to do this, as well. Add this color to your home with pillows, throws, artwork, bedding, candles and other accessories. Believe it or not, the shade “Greenery” pairs well with several different palettes. Whether you’re seeking a folksy feel, neutral, pastels, or even bold neons, there’s a way to incorporate 2017’s color. For more ideas, visit Pantone’s website.

No matter what you do, get creative, and make your home at Partridge Hill truly reflective of your own unique style!

3 Exercise Ball Moves You Can Do Right Now

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Wintertime means it’s cold, the weather is unpredictable, and sometimes it just doesn’t feel worthwhile to leave your home when you don’t absolutely need to. Luckily, there are effective workouts that can be done right in the comfort of your own apartment (or the fitness center at Partridge Hill)! Here are just some of the moves you can do with an exercise ball at home:

  1. Reverse Lunges: With the stability ball behind you, place the toe of your shoe on top of the ball, stand tall, and lunge with the ball rolling away from you until your leg is as straight as possible. Then, pull your body back up with your weight on your standing leg until you are back in starting position. Repeat 10-15 times, and switch legs.

  2. Ball Pass: Lie on your back with your arms and legs extended, holding the stability ball in your hands. Lifting your arms and feet simultaneously, transfer the ball to your feet, lower to within an inch of the mat, and come back up to exchange the ball back to your hands. Do 10-15 reps.

  3. Wall Squat: Stand with the exercise ball between the middle of your back and an empty wall space. With your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, and a few inches ahead of your torso, you should be leaning slightly on the ball. Clasp your hands in front of you, and slowly lower into a squat, moving the ball down with you until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Engage your core muscles and press against the ball as you return to the standing position. Repeat 10-15 times.

That’s it! Do a few rounds of these moves (or incorporate more) to increase your core strength right at home!

If you are looking for training from a professional learn more about some local fitness centers here or check these out:
C-Suite Fitness
The Center for Nia & Yoga

Best DIY Holiday Gifts

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It happens to the best of us – we procrastinated too long, and suddenly we have no perfect gift to bring our loved ones this year! Take some time over the next few days and craft up a last-minute DIY gift that will seem like you put months of thought into it. Here are some of our favorites:

DIY Cutting Boards: Who couldn’t use a nice cutting board? These etched cutting boards can be completely personalized to fit the style of the person you’re making it for. As a bonus, these can even double as an elegant serving platter for get-togethers.

Gold-Dipped Jewelry Tray: This is a great gift for virtually anyone! These trays can be personalized, and make a great catch-all for any small items you can think of!

Marquee Light: Believe it or not, homemade lighting is actually achievable! What better way than to make a cute symbol out of it? This DIY is for an ampersand marquee light, but you can take the inspiration and create any design you’d like!

Any of these gifts are great for apartment-dwellers. No matter which you choose, be sure to make one to keep in your home at Partridge Hill!

How to Protect Your Apartment Wi-Fi

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Most everyone has Wi-Fi in their homes nowadays. You’re likely to find Wi-Fi access nearly anywhere you go, and network names are available for devices looking to connect. This can become especially problematic in highly-populated spaces, such as apartment complexes. These tips can help you keep your Wi-Fi network safe:

Wi-Fi Password

  • Be careful who you give your password to. Only allow those you trust – such as close friends and relatives – your password. Once someone has it, they can connect to it anytime they’re nearby.
  • Don’t make your password easy for others to guess. Those looking for free Wi-Fi might take a stab at guessing your password, so it’s best to keep something complicated, such as a long string of random numbers and letters.

Be Alert

  • Be sure to pay close attention to how your Wi-Fi performs. If it suddenly slows down drastically for a period of time, or you start noticing a pattern of it, this may be cause for concern.

Check Your Wi-Fi

  • If you suspect someone may be using your Wi-Fi, turn off and unplug each device you use to connect. This includes phones, computers, tablets, game consoles, and streaming devices. Once your devices are disconnected, the indicator lights on your router shouldn’t be blinking. If they are, it may mean that someone outside your home is connected to your Wi-Fi.
  • Another way to check who’s logged into your Wi-Fi is by logging into your network administrative console with your IP address. Once here, you will be able to see which devices are or have connected to your Wi-Fi. You may be able to block users you do not want accessing your Wi-Fi using this method.

If all else fails, contact your internet service provider for advice if you think someone else is using your Wi-Fi. Stay safe, and enjoy living at Partridge Hill Apartments!

Yes, Even YOU Can Become a Morning Person!

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

You’ve seen the articles before – the morning habits of successful people, how mornings are the most productive time of day, the list goes on and on! Maybe it even seems like no matter what you do, you just cannot get out of bed before 9 AM. Try incorporating these tricks into your life, and see what good it can do toward making you more of a morning person!

  • Be Proactive – “I’ll do that in the morning” you might say, as you hit play on the next episode of your favorite Netflix series. Whether you realize it or not, your brain is storing that little piece of information about what you have to accomplish in the morning, causing you to worry about it, even if it’s only subconsciously. When this happens, you’re not getting quality sleep, and you’ll likely wake up in a panic, rushing around to do that thing you should have done last night. Take a few minutes at night to make your nighttime routine a little easier, whether that means picking out your outfit, making your lunch for tomorrow, or doing the dishes. Whatever can’t be done at night, make a list of and leave it by your bed so you know you won’t forget it in the morning.

  • Tidy Up – Put on your favorite music and take a few minutes in the evening to clean up your space. Wash the dishes in the sink, make your bed, and put your laundry away. When you go to sleep at night knowing that your home is tidied up, you’re likely to sleep a little easier.

  • Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule (and Routine!) – One of the best ways to become accustomed to being a morning person is to get your body in a natural pattern of knowing when it should be awake and asleep. Even on the weekends, don’t alter your sleep schedule too much, as tempting as it may be to sleep in. Notice things that might keep you up at night, such as that late night snack, scrolling through your Instagram feed in bed, or even the late afternoon cup of coffee. Cut out the things that are keeping you awake unnecessarily, and achieve better sleep.

With these tips, we wish you sweet dreams and productive morning at Partridge Hill!

3 Ways Essential Oils Can Clean Your Home

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Essential oils are something we may hear a lot about from time to time, but do you know how to use them? Many essential oils have several benefits, and can even be used to effectively clean your home. Useful oils for cleaning include:

  1. Lavender Oil – Lavender is often known as a calming scent that can create a warm and inviting environment. It also has antibacterial properties that can be put to use! Instead of disinfecting surfaces in your home with sprays that may have a harsh and/or unpleasant scents, let lavender oil pull double-duty for you by mixing it with water and spritzing it on surfaces that you wish to disinfect.

  2. Orange Oil – Whether you accidentally sat in it, or someone left a piece stuck somewhere they thought was hidden, remnants of chewed gum is always a frustrating problem. Orange oil can loosen up sticky situations such as these, allowing for removal of the gum from your surface.

  3. Lemon Oil – Grease can leave plenty of unwanted residue in your kitchen, from your stovetop to the oily feeling often left on dishes. Mix lemon oil with vinegar and water for a quick and safe cleaning spray that will have you de-greased in no time!

Incorporate these tips into your home at Partridge Hill Apartments for a fresh and clean space that you’ll always be glad to come back to!

Three Questions to Ask While Apartment Hunting

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

It’s no secret that looking for a new apartment is incredibly stressful for many people. Fortunately, knowing what questions to ask your potential Property Manager can make the apartment hunting process easier, and maybe even enjoyable!

Some of the most important things to ask include:

  1. What are the move-in fees?

    Find out exactly what will be required upon move-in. Some apartments require a security deposit, first month’s rent, and last month’s rent. Many apartments also require tenants to have a renter’s insurance policy before moving in. Be sure you have factored in all of these costs when making your decision.

  2. What Are the Lease Terms?

    Leases are typically for one-year. However, some apartments may offer longer or shorter leases, depending on different circumstances. Find out how long your lease will be for, as well as apartment policies on subleasing, before signing.

  3. Is the Rent Price Expected to Increase?

    If you’re looking to live somewhere long-term, it is important to know if your Property Manager expects to increase rent prices in the coming years. Some of the reasons for a rent increase include growth in popularity of the neighborhood, and upgrades on the apartment.

Ready to try these questions out while apartment hunting? Visit Partridge Hill today!

Four Ways to Make Halloween Safer For Your Trick-or-Treaters

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Trick-or-treating is certainly an event that children look forward to every year, but it can also cause plenty of worry for parents! There are many simple tips parents can use to keep children safe this Halloween, including:

  1. Being Mindful of Costumes

    Costumes have the potential to be hazardous. Be sure that the outfit is comfortable, flame-resistant, and does not pose tripping hazards that may come from long costumes and/or high heels. It is also a good idea to use face paint instead of masks.

  2. Plan a Route Ahead of Time

    Include your child to plan a fun route and get them excited for Halloween! Keep in mind your familiarity with the route, as well as how far your child will be able to walk before getting uncomfortable and tired.

  3. Stay Visible

    Ideally, you would want your child to wear a light-colored costume that is easily visible to drivers. If your child is wearing a dark costume, you can add reflective tape in a decorative manner to make them better visible. You should also advise them to carry a flashlight with them at all times to keep their path well-lit!

  4. Check Over Your Candy

    It is always better to be safe than sorry! Be sure to check your child’s candy before letting them eat it. Throw away anything homemade (unless you trust the person who made it), wrappers with tears or holes in it, and especially candy that is not wrapped at all!

At Partridge Hill, we value safety above all else. We hope that these tips will ensure that the whole family has a safe and happy Halloween!

How to Downsize

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Partridge Hill features spacious apartments with oversized closets, but sometimes when you’re moving into a new place, you find that you have the perfect excuse to downsize! Make the most out of your new apartment with these downsizing tips:

  • Plan Early – Moving is stressful enough, and when you’re faced with boxes upon boxes to unpack, it can easily become overwhelming! Begin your plans to downsize early, so you don’t bring unnecessary items with you to your new home!
  • Determine Your Needs – Especially if you’re downsizing from a house, it might be time to consider what furniture you really need. Will your oversized couch make the best use of your living room space? Are you keeping things that you aren’t particularly fond of just because you feel bad about getting rid of it? It may be time to determine whether or not items such as these are worth keeping around.
  • Multi-Purpose Everything You Can – Choose statement furniture that will instantly add personality to your apartment, and add in storage everywhere you can! Most furniture can include hidden storage within or underneath, such as nightstands, coffee tables, ottomans, and even bed frames! This will free up other areas of your home that you may be using for storage purposes.
  • Incorporate these tips into your moving plan, and have your most organized home yet! If all else fails and there are some things you can’t part with, yet don’t have room for, ask about our additional storage units when you visit Partridge Hill!

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