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.

10 Tips to Get Your Apartment Ready for Spring

It’s that time of year again to clear out the cobwebs and let in the fresh air. Here are some tips to help get ready for spring in your apartment at White Oak Communities.

  1. Put away your winter bedding and replace with lighter covers. Animal shelters love donations of blankets and sheets.
  2. Vacuum and flip your mattress. If you have a pillowtop, rotate it 180 degrees. Bed
  3. While putting away winter clothing, donate items that are no longer needed. Purple Heart will come pick up your donations to make the process even easier.
  4. Organize your junk drawer by removing all items and determining if they’re still useful. Replace items into organizing trays to keep neat.
  5. Remove all items from your pantry, refrigerator, and cabinets and toss any expired food. Clean shelves and replace items grouping similar foods together.
  6. Vinegar is the best solution for cleaning a microwave. Learn how here.
  7. Organize seasonal items in see-through containers so they’re easily identifiable when needed.
  8. Bring in the outdoors with these plants perfect for apartment living. 
  9. Here are tips for cleaning windows and letting in all of the sunshine.
  10. Clear off decks and patios of any debris and sweep. Clean and organize furniture for a pleasant view when you come home.

As always, if you need assistance with anything, please let us know. It’s a great time of year to start fresh!