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How to Work Remotely From Your Apartment

The growing trend of working from home shows no sign of slowing down in the new year. LinkedIn just named “time” as the perk professionals will want most going into 2020 in their annual trend forecast. Experiments with a 4-day work week have already started at Microsoft and may soon grow in popularity. Set yourself up for success by making sure your apartment is optimized for working from home. Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Designate Your Workspace

Laptop on a Bed

Choose a place in your apartment that will be primarily used as your workspace. Keeping all your papers and materials in one dedicated area will help you feel organized and prevent distractions like the T.V. The same way your bed should be used mainly for bedtime to promote healthy sleep patterns, your work area should promote healthy work habits. Bonus tip: If you’re going to be video-conferencing make sure that your workspace has a background free of clutter.

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Reach Your 2020 Goals: New Year’s Resolutions!

The new year is almost here, which means it’s time to start planning how to make 2020 the best year yet. Don’t overwhelm yourself with huge undertakings that will stress more than inspire. The key to making a change is incorporating simple habits that will add up to a healthier and happier you.

1. Eat Healthier

A subscription meal service plan like Hello Fresh is an easy way to limit the impulse to order out. The package is sent right to your apartment building so there are no extra trips to be made. The Silver Spring area also has a variety of grocery stores like Giant, Whole Foods, and Snider’s Super Foods. If you don’t have the time to cook at home, then order from a healthy local place like Sweetgreen.

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6 Tips to Stay Warm and Save this Winter

Winter is coming which means snow, the holidays, and hot chocolate. But with all the fun things associated with the season, there’s the need to keep your apartment warm and cozy. Here are some tips for making sure your apartment stays energy-efficient and warm this winter:

 

1. Put Down A Rug

If your floors feel cold, putting a rug down is a simple solution. it will not only keep your feet from feeling cold but will also add another layer of insulation. This is great for colder rooms without carpets like the bathroom and kitchen.

2. Rearrange the Furniture

Your heating system should not be blocking the heat from getting into the room. It sounds obvious, but it’s surprising how many times people unknowingly block or put things too close to their vents. It will also be chillier near the perimeter of your room so think about moving furniture closer to the center.

3. Turn Down the Heat At Night-Time

Invest in a comforter or heavy blanket to keep you warm at night. Load your couch with snuggly blankets and pillows. Make your home into a cozy place you will love coming home to after being outside in the elements. The reinforcements will stop you from turning up the thermostat. Continue reading “6 Tips to Stay Warm and Save this Winter”

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Silver Spring

There’s a sleigh full of holiday events going on in the Silver Spring area! The White Oak communities are conveniently located to downtown Silver Spring and many other attractions in Montgomery County. We’ve rounded up a few seasonal local highlights coming up:

ICE! Featuring Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is back and it’s a great opportunity to take the whole family out for an experience they won’t soon forget. See your favorite scenes from Dr. Seuss’ classic on ice. There are shows now through December 30th.

The Silver Spring Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show returns on December 8th to Veterans Plaza. Check off everyone on your list from jewelry, arts and crafts, baked goods, skincare and much more. Walk around and enjoy the holiday cheer!

The National Menorah: Chanukah on the Ellipse is on Sunday, December 22nd at 4 pm. Enjoy hot latkes and donuts and a beautiful lighting ceremony. If you’re going by metro, get off at Federal Triangle, Farragut West, or the Farragut North stop. Continue reading “Celebrate the Holiday Season in Silver Spring”

5 Autumn-Inspired Decorating Tips for Your Apartment

It’s October, which means that it’s time to make your home boo-tiful with fall-inspired and holiday decor. Here are some tips on how to make simple changes to your apartment to make a seamless transition into the autumn season:

  1. Swap out a few home accessories. Nothing says fall like plaid and flannel. Give your sofa or bed a quick facelift by placing a few plaid or check marked colored throw pillows. Stick with neutral and darker colors to make it feel like fall. Simple changes like pumpkin-inspired coasters or a new tablecloth can turn your apartment into a charming and festive space.
  2. Visit the Farmer’s Market. Grab pumpkins from the Freshfarm Downtown Silver Spring Market, it operates every Saturday year-round. Pumpkins are the season’s obvious must-have but don’t be afraid to mix it up with multi-colored pumpkins or gourds. The farmer’s market has a large selection of winter squash that is great for roasting, eating, or decorating.
  3. Add some mood lighting. Lighting is essential to creating an ambiance so don’t overlook it when you start incorporating your seasonal decorations. A string of orange lights or orb lights will help you achieve a subtle Halloween look. Candles make any space feel cozy. There are Halloween themed ones or pick a candle with autumn scents like Cinnamon, Apple Pie, or Hazelnut. Consider using electric candles for added safety if you have pets or kids in your apartment.
  4. Stock up on sweet treats. You’ll need to load up on sweet treats if you’re expecting trick or treaters. Why not store them in colorful jars and bowls? If October had an official color it would be orange and candy corn in a clear jar is a fun way to add a splash of orange to your place. Plus your friends and family will enjoy grabbing a few treats on their way out as well.
  5. Get crafty. If you want to get creative, there are lots of easy do-it-yourself decorations you can create. One idea is making candy corn painted wine bottles. Take an empty wine bottle, strip the label off and then paint it in stripes of yellow, orange, and white. It makes the perfect holiday-inspired decoration.

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