7 Tips for Laundry Day

Laundry day can be quite the chore. Luckily most floorplans at our White Oak Communities have washer and dryer in each apartment to ease the pain and save some time. Here are 7 tips to avoid washing the day away and help save the planet while you’re at it.

  1. Our apartments feature full-size washer and dryers. Although these are cleaning machines they need to be cleaned for maximum productivity. Here is a how to on naturally cleaning your washer. Please contact the service department to report any issues or concerns with your washer dryer. 
  2. Keep sorting simple by using two hampers in your closet – one for lights and one for darks.
  3. Learn how to treat stubborn stains so you’re not constantly re-washing your clothes.
  4. Also, learn what the symbols on the tags represent so you’re caring for your clothes properly.
  5. Only wash full, large loads to minimize water usage. Keep the dryer lint trap clear to ensure its working most efficiently.
  6. Watch organizing expert Marie Kondo fold clothes to maximize storage space.
  7. Consider if you’re doing laundry too often with this article suggesting the appropriate amount of times to wash clothing. 

Having a washer and dryer in the home is one of the most requested features by renters when looking for an apartment. We are pleased that we can fulfill this wish at our Montgomery Paint Branch, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, Montgomery White Oak, or Vista at White Oak apartment communities to add to the comfort of our residents.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Balcony Gardening for Apartment Living

Living in a rental apartment doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the joys of growing your own vegetables this summer. Several floorplans at The White Oak Apartment communities offer balconies or patios – perfect for container gardening.

Plants that grow exceptionally well include tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and radishes. Any type of pot will do depending on your decorating style. Clay, ceramic, or plastic all work, but be sure that it has proper drainage at the bottom. There should be drain holes on the side of the containers about one half of an inch from the bottom. 

Synthetic soils can help your garden grow. Materials such as wood chips, peat moss, and sawdust are best suited for container plants. Add some gravel to the bottom of the pot before adding the soil to ensure proper drainage as you want to be sure not to run water on to the patio or balcony below, per lease agreements.

Consistent watering is key for a bountiful harvest. Plants should be watered every day, either from you or rain. Pick vegetables when they’re the ripest. They will be even more delicious because you grew them yourself! 

Our White Oak Apartments in Silver Spring offer several apartments with patios and balconies perfect for creating your own vegetable container gardens and relaxing while watching them grow. Keep in mind that digging in common lawn areas at the communities needs prior written landlord approval. The Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartments, Montgomery White Oak, and Montgomery Paint Branch are ready for you and your green thumb!

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Surviving Allergy Season

Spring is on its way so that means it’s time for pollen and allergies. April can be one of the worst months for the Mid-Atlantic. We’re getting ready for the warm weather here at the White Oak Communities so here are some tips to help ease the sneezes.

Keep car and apartment windows closed. Avoid using fans which can agitate pollen into the air.

Check the pollen and allergy forecast daily hereFlower

When home for the day, or returning from outdoors, take a shower to help cleanse the pollen in your hair and on your skin, and to keep it from your inside your home.

Take off your shoes and change your clothes when coming home to avoid tracking pollen into the house.

Keep your apartment tidy. Here are some tips for staying pollen-free in the home.

Avoid being outside on windy days, or when pesticides or fertilizers are applied. A scarf or mask covering your mouth can help tremendously. For information on the landscaping schedule contact your community manager.

Pollen counts are at the highest mid-mornings and early afternoons so plan your days accordingly.

Wear sunglasses to help keep pollen from your eyes.

We love being pet-friendly here at White Oak. However, be mindful of letting your dog sleep in your bed as he could carry pollen in his fur. Sleeping Dog

With careful planning, you can enjoy the warming weather and blooming landscapes at our communities.

The Perks of Living with Pets

Each of our White Oak Communities allows pets for a paw-esome lifestyle. Vista at White Oak, Montgomery White Oak, and Montgomery at Paint Branch all allow cats and small dogs. Yorkshire Apartments welcomes your feline friend. Cat picture

Recent news reported that dogs owners live longer as the companionship leads to a healthier lifestyle. Pets have been known to help with depression and anxiety as well. Puppy

 

A big yard isn’t needed to keep a dog happy. There are many exercises and activities to help your dog stay entertained while living in an apartment. Our White Oak Communities offer walking paths and open fields which are perfect for your pups to get out and play.

For a more social experience, Yelp offers a list of the Top 10 Dog Parks in Silver SpringDog Playing

 

To stay connected with your fur-babies during the day, the Furbo Camera works via a phone app and will dispense a treat to your very good boy or girl. You may also set up home surveillance equipment to see what he is up to throughout the day. Some systems have sound, so you can tell him to “get off the couch” if need be.

Like to bake? Homemade treats are a healthy, fun way to show your love. They make great gifts, too, for the other canines and felines in your life. Making homemade toys is also a crafty way to spend the colder winter months.

Pet Friendly ApartmentsDon’t have a pet? The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center has many looking for a home. Check them out to adopt your new best friend and help make your apartment feel like a home. 

Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend (and All Year-Round)

Earth Day

Earth DayEarth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 each year since 1970. The concept was first proposed by United States Senator Gaylor Nelson, who after witnessing the massive oil spill in California the year before, wanted to combine the energy and enthusiasm of the student anti-war movement with an emerging public consciousness regarding air and water pollution. That first event, held in cities across the United States, saw 20 million Americans take to the streets, with 200 million people in 141 countries around the world celebrating it just 20 years later. This year, over 190 countries are expected to participate and there are several ways in which you can join in right here in Silver Spring, MD and the surrounding communities. Continue reading “Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend (and All Year-Round)”