How to Work Productively from Home

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, April 17, 2019


When searching for jobs, one perk that many people look for is the ability to work from home. Having some degree of flexibility and not having a commute are two of the reasons people love working from home. However, as nice as it may be, working from home can be less productive than going into an office every day.

For a more productive work day, follow these tips!

Plan Your Day

Working from home means you have to be the one to hold yourself accountable on a day-to-day basis. Write out a schedule or a to-do list so you can cross things off and ensure you’re getting work done. Listing out everything you need to get done during the day will give you a good idea of how long to spend on each task as well.

Limit Distractions

Working from home means you’re surrounded by endless distractions. From Netflix and Facebook to dirty dishes and laundry, there are plenty of other things to do while at home. If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, turn it into an office! Having a designated space to work each day will put you in “work mode” and set you up to accomplish your to-do list.

If you can’t spare a bedroom, there are still actions you can take to limit distractions. Download an extension to your web browser that blocks social media and other distracting websites. Save any cleaning or chores for any breaks you take during the day or for after work hours. Listening to music or a podcast will break the silence in your apartment but won’t distract you from your work.

Take Breaks

Breaks are important, even when you work from home. Set a timer for ten minutes and take that time to wash dishes, switch over the laundry, or just watch a video online. Once the ten minutes is up, your brain will be refreshed, and you’ll be ready to go back to work.

Are you looking for an apartment that will be the perfect place to work from home? Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about Partridge Hill!

5 Ways to Welcome New Neighbors

Partridge Hill - Thursday, April 04, 2019


Even if you never intend to be best friends with your new neighbor, it’s always a good idea to introduce yourself and make them feel welcome. You never know when you’ll need a helping hand or someone to water your plants when you go on vacation.

Start the relationship with your new neighbors off on the right foot by welcoming them in one of the following ways.

Apartment Introduction

While an apartment tour is informative while looking for a new home, having a current resident show you around once you’re moved in is even better! You can tell your new neighbors about any insider tips and tricks, like when the best time to do laundry is, and introduce them to other residents. This also provides your neighbors an opportunity to ask any remaining questions they may have.

Write a Handwritten Note

In a time of short text messages and phone calls, a handwritten note goes a long way. Introduce yourself, let them know what apartment you’re in, and offer to answer any questions they have. They’ll be happy to know they have someone to go to if they need any help.

Give the Gift of Greenery

A plant is a low-cost gift that will breathe some new life into your neighbor’s apartment. Do some research on low maintenance plants in case your neighbor doesn’t have a green thumb. Send along a note with care instructions for the plant so the recipient isn’t left wondering how often to water it.

Neighborhood Cheat Sheet

Put together a list of helpful information you can give to your neighbor along with the handwritten note or house plant. Include the best places to get delivery from, where the good coffee shops are located, and reminders like when garbage and recycle pickup days are. The small effort on your end will make the transition into a new home and area easier on your neighbor.

Neighborhood Introduction

Discovering all the best places to go in a neighborhood can take months or even years. Invite your new neighbor to a restaurant in town and tell them about the best places to go. They’ll appreciate learning about the best parks, coffee shops and bars from someone who knows the area well.

Know someone who would love to move in to Partridge Hill? Have them schedule a tour today!

Five Allergy Relief Tips

Partridge Hill - Monday, March 18, 2019


Allergies can occur year-round, however they’re particularly bad for many once the snow begins to melt and the temperature warms up. While avoiding exposure to outside allergens is nearly impossible, there are things that can be done inside your home to provide some much-needed allergy relief!

Change Your Air Filters

Residents of Partridge Hill are responsible for changing their own air filters. We recommend changing them twice a year for maximum efficiency and to have the cleanest air possible. 

Dust Often!

No one likes to dust, especially when you have allergies. However, not dusting will leave your apartment a mess and increases the amount of allergens in the air. Dust once a week and then follow it up by vacuuming. You’ll have a cleaner apartment and be sneezing less!

Shower in the Evening

Switch up your routine and shower in the evening. Pollen sticks to clothing and hair so it’s best to shower and change clothes once you’re home for the night. Otherwise the pollen will be on your sheets, furniture and floor, essentially bringing the outside in.

Use Allergy Relief Bedding

Once you shower, slip into a bed that has allergy relief bedding on it. The special bedding keeps dust mites that are in the pillow, comforter and mattress from getting into the air. The bedding also prevents dead skin cells from getting to the dust mites, essentially starving them of their food.

Take Your Shoes Off 

If you don’t take your shoes off in your home already, it’s time to start doing so. Pollen will stick to your shoes and spread throughout your apartment if you keep them on. Place a shelf or shoe rack by the front door so you have a designated spot to leave shoes when you come home. It will also act as a hint to guests that you would like them to remove their shoes.

Follow these five tips and you’ll have a much easier transition from winter to spring! For more tips including how to become more energy efficient, and a complete list of our amenities, contact us today and schedule a tour! 

How to Have An Apartment That Cleans Itself

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, March 05, 2019


For many of us, the weekends are our time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. The weekend is also when we run errands and clean our homes. If all the cleaning is left for Saturday or Sunday it can be time consuming, taking away from time we could be using for other, more fun things.

One way of cutting down on weekend cleaning is to create a cleaning schedule. Cleaning a little bit each day frees up time on the weekend and will have your apartment looking cleaner overall. Depending on how organized/clean you are in general, this schedule may have to be tweaked for your own preferences.

Monday

Vacuum floors
Mop floors

Tuesday

Clean bathrooms

Wednesday

Dust surfaces
Clean glass doors and windows

Thursday

Clean kitchen appliances
Clear out fridge of old food
Vacuum

Friday

Tidy up bedrooms

Saturday

Wash sheets
Wash towels

There are also a few rules you should keep in mind to make the schedule work best!

Don’t be Too Rigorous

Keep each task to under 15 minutes. You don’t have to get every surface spotless as you’ll be cleaning it again next week. As long as it’s cleaner than before you’re good!

Keep Cleaning Supplies in One Place

If your cleaning supplies are all in one place it won’t take long to gather them together. Better yet, keep them in a caddy that you can easily bring from one room to another. A good cleaning kit should have some rags or paper towels, a glass cleaner, a multi surface cleaner and wood polish. Keep supplies that are only used in one room (like toilet bowl cleaner or stainless-steel cleaner) in that room; i.e. toilet cleaner is kept in the bathroom.

Be Strategic

Vacuum and mop the floors all in one day so you’re not hauling the vacuum out multiple times a week. The same goes for cleaning bathrooms and dusting. It’s easiest to dust the whole apartment at once than breaking it up into multiple days.

At Partridge Hill we offer dishwashers, large closets and additional storage to keep your home clean and tidy. Paired with a great cleaning schedule you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying life at Partridge Hill! Schedule your tour today.

Five Simple Ways to Decorate Your Bedroom

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, February 19, 2019


After a long, busy day, you should come home to a bedroom that is relaxing and encourages you to slow down for the night. A well-designed room will feel inviting and make you want to spend time in it. Some simple and well-thought decorations and upgrades will make your bedroom the relaxation space you deserve.

Reupholster A Chair or Stool

You know “the chair” you have in the corner of your bedroom? The one that gets so covered in clothing that you can’t see it anymore? Make it a statement piece by reupholstering it with a fun print! This may also encourage you to start using your spacious closet more as well. 

Paint A Piece of Furniture

An old, worn out dresser or end table can make a bedroom feel stuffy. Breathe new life into your bedroom by painting a piece of furniture. Maybe you make the piece match the rest of your bedroom furniture or you paint it a bold color to make it stand out. The choice is yours!

Purchase Bedside Lamps

The overhead light in your bedroom does not encourage relaxation. Purchase some bedside lamps that provide enough light to read but won’t keep you awake. They also have the added bonus of creating visual interest in the room.

Hang Some Art

Blank walls can seem daunting and often lead us to just ignore them. Spend some time searching in antique and thrift shops for a piece of art you love. Once you hang it in your bedroom the space will feel brand new!

The More Pillows the Better

Nothing is more inviting than a cozy bed. To make you bed as cozy as possible, add several throw pillows in complimentary shapes and patterns. You can save some money by using the pillow insert from an old pillow and just buying new cases.


We love seeing how residents make their space their own and hope you find some inspiration in our tips!


5 Things to Measure on An Apartment Tour

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, February 05, 2019


Touring apartments can be a fun and exciting experience! What’s not so exciting is realizing on moving day that your couch won’t fit through the door. To avoid any moving down meltdowns, remember to measure these five things during any apartment tour.

Counter Height

Did you know counters can be different heights? It’s important to measure the counters if you’re looking to buy stools to provide some extra seating. Bar stools are 30”-32” high while counter height stools are lower at 24”-26”. A good thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to want 8’-12” of leg room between the stool seat and the counter.

Widths of Doors

You’re going to run into a real problem if you find out on moving day that your bed frame or couch doesn’t fit through the door. If you take the measurements and realize that’s the case, you’re either going to have to pass on the apartment or buy a new piece of furniture that will fit through the door.

Widths of Hallways and Staircases

We all remember Ross yelling “pivot!” at Rachel and Chandler as they struggled to get a couch up the stairs of his apartment building. Don’t let this be you! A quick measurement of the hallway and staircase could save you hours of grief.

 

The Size of The Bedroom

If you haven’t caught on by now, most of these measurements are to ensure that your furniture will fit in your new apartment. If you have a king size bed in addition to a few dressers and nightstands, measure the bedroom so you know it will all fit. It’s not the end of the world if a dresser or night stand won’t fit, but if the bed won’t then you may want to rethink renting that apartment. 

Height of the Shower Curtain Rod

While this isn’t an absolute must, it will save you an extra trip to the store! There is no standard height placement for shower curtain rods, only lengths of rods, so be sure to measure! You don’t want to end up with a shower curtain that is too long or too short.


Now that you’re prepared, grab your measuring tape and give us a call to schedule your tour


9 Ways to Organize Your Closet

Partridge Hill - Tuesday, January 15, 2019


At Partridge Hill, every resident is able to enjoy spacious, oversized closets in their bedroom. However, that is just the beginning. Closets can be customized to fit your every need and want! Keep reading for our best tips and tricks on how to organize your closet.
  1. Store your most used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high. No more constantly searching for that shirt you wear every week!
  2. Use tiered shelves to organize your shoes and keep them from cluttering your closet floor.
  3. Put up hooks to hang bulky jackets and scarves.
  4. Store out of season clothing under the bed to make more room in your closet.
  5. Color code the items in your closet so they’re easier to find. You can also organize your clothing by sweaters, t-shirts, long pants, dresses, etc.
  6. Use baskets to store scarves, hats, slippers and other accessories.
  7. Hang another bar in your closet to instantly double the amount of closet space.
  8. Use a hanging shoe organizer to store sweaters instead! Roll your sweaters before tucking inside to save space and avoid saggy shoulders.   
  9. Add a mirror to the back of the door to make your closet a one stop shop for getting ready in the morning.

Looking for more organizing tips? Check out how to organize your cabinets in 5 easy steps!


Where to Change Your Address When You Move

Partridge Hill - Thursday, January 03, 2019


There’s a lot to think about when you move! From packing and scheduling moving trucks to managing utilities and Internet, the list may seem endless. One thing that is important to do whenever you move to a new home is to change your address. 

This step alone can feel like it has its own endless list, as there are many places you may have to update with you new address. We’ve listed them all down below, so you don’t forget one!

1. The Post Office

The most obvious one and the first one you should complete! Any mail that gets delivered to your old address will be automatically forwarded to your new one for 12 months.

2. Gas and Electric
 
This should be done the moment you know your new address and the day you’re moving. Other wise you risk being without heat and electricity!

3. Phone, Cable and Internet

These days, it can be hard to imagine living without Internet, even for a few hours! Don’t let it be days by forgetting to inform your cable and Internet provider that you’re moving. You’ll also need to alert your cell phone provider so they know where to send your bill.

4. Tax Agencies

Log on to the IRS website as well as your state’s government website to notify them of your new address. 

5. Home or Renters’ Insurance

Your home or renters’ insurance agency will need to know where to transfer your policy to. Get this taken care of early so you know you’re covered in case anything happens!

6. Your Bank, Loan Provider and Credit Card Company

Unfortunately, your credit card bills and loans will always find you. Give your bank, loan provider and credit card company a call to notify them of the change.

7. Subscription Services

It’d be a shame to have an exciting package be sent to your old address! Log on to your online account and change your address so you know you’ll get your next shipment.

Did we miss anything? Let us know! Thinking of moving soon? Contact us today and we’ll help you find your dream home at Partridge Hill. 

3 Steps to Better Sleep This Winter

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, December 19, 2018


With snowy days and nights for the foreseeable future, it means more cuddles under the blanket, curling up on the couch, baking cookies and binge-watching shows. That sounds like a perfect recipe for lulling you into a good night’s rest, right? However, the cold weather brings a list of challenges for many of us including restless nights, lethargy, and of course – plenty of tossing and turning throughout the night. It’s time to take control and get a full night of sleep this winter!
  1. Temperature Control: When the temperature drops, our immediate reaction is to put on flannel pajamas and take the heavier blankets out of the closet for bedtime. This initial reaction may actually cause more harm than good. While you’re sleeping, your body temperature begins to rise little by little. So if you have too many layers, especially too many heavy layers, it can cause you to become restless.
  2. Exercise: We all know that exercising regularly is good for us and, ideally, the way we should live our lives. It’s fairly common for exercise routines to go by the wayside during the winter months because it’s easier to simply stay bundled up and watch TV. Keeping up with, or starting a new routine, can help to regulate your sleep pattern. In fact, people who are more active typically fall asleep easier than those who aren’t as active. With a state-of-the-art gym facility in our community, there’s almost no excuse for skipping a session! 
  3. Let There Be Light: As we know, the sun begins to set earlier during the winter which leaves us feeling tired earlier. Is feeling tired important for sleep? Of course, but going to bed too early can cause you to either wake too soon or be over-tired the next day. Incorporating higher-quality light bulbs to your fixtures and swapping out a noise making alarm for one with a light that mimics the sunrise can encourage a healthier sleep pattern and creates a better way of waking in the morning. 
For more tips including how to make your home cozier and a list of 10 items you aren’t responsible for while renting, contact us today and schedule a tour of our community. We’re sure you’ll love everything we have to offer and want to call us home sooner rather than later! 

Stay Busy This Holiday Season with These 5 Activities

Partridge Hill - Wednesday, December 05, 2018


Our area is no stranger to snowfall, but it can be difficult at times to beat the winter blues and defeat the case of cabin fever we all experience. To add to this, the holiday season keeps us busy running errands, picking up packages, and deciding which (if any) holiday parties to attend. We are lucky enough to live in an area with such a diverse culture and a long list of fun activities to try during the holiday season. Here’s our list of some fun activities to try this holiday season.

5 Fun Activities in the Capital Region During the Holidays

  1. Artful Playgroup for Toddlers: Bundle up the little ones on December 5th and head to the Art Omi: Benson Center for a morning filled with playing, exploring, and art as your little ones learn more about themselves and our world.
  2. Ice Skating: Whether you’ve been ice skating most of your life, or you want to try something new, heading to the Clifton Park Ice Arena can be a fun way to enjoy the day while staying active. 
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life: Experience the seasonal classic as it was meant to be, on the big screen, at The Palace Theatre. The movie starts at 7pm on December 21st making it a great way to start your weekend with friends and family! 
  4. Capital Holiday Lights: Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll or you prefer to stay warm in the comfort of your own vehicle, viewing the holiday light displays is an event for all ages and a great tradition to incorporate in your holiday season! 
  5. Schedule a Tour: With the end of the year right around the corner, scheduling a tour of the Partridge Hill community and finding your new home is a great way to celebrate the season. Our community offers a private patio or balcony for each unit, security intercom entrance, and multiple layout options – you’ll want to call us your home sooner rather than later. Schedule your tour today!

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