7 Tips For Making Moving Apartments Easy

Moving into a new apartment is a thrilling experience. You have a blank canvas to make your own, new neighbors to meet, and a local community to explore! However, the actual tasks of packing, moving, and unpacking can be daunting. If you’re able to move yourself into your new apartment, here are some tips to make the process a little easier:

1. Declutter First

Why pack and move what you don’t really need? Moving is the perfect time to part ways with clutter such as old clothes, mismatched dishware, or furniture that has seen better days. Go through your current belongings to determine what you’ll be keeping, donating, and trashing. It’ll make organizing your new apartment a breeze.

2. Plan The Process

Winging it isn’t for everyone. It certainly shouldn’t be the mindset used when moving. Be sure to let the community know your date and schedule the elevator, if applicable. Plan out a loose schedule for how you want moving day to go. Whether you’re moving during the week or on the weekend, take into consideration holidays, traffic, the parking situation at your new place, and weather. Having a clear idea of when and how you’ll be getting from point A to B will relieve some stress.

3. Small Boxes Are Better Than Bigger

One might think the bigger the box, the better. That’s not the case. No one wants to spend time meticulously packing a giant box just to realize it’s too heavy to lift. The smaller the box, the lighter it will be, and the less strain you’ll place on yourself when moving.

4. Create A Labeling System

Help future you by clearly labeling which room each box is intended to be placed in within your new apartment. By labeling all four sides of the box, you’ll be sure to know which one each is regardless of how it’s placed in your car or rental vehicle.  

5. Use What You Have Instead of Bubble Wrap

If you can’t squeeze in a trip to the store to purchase bubble wrap to protect your fragile belongings, try using things you already have. Using plush items such as towels and sweatshirts to wrap up mugs, plates, and more, gets the job done. The towels and clothes are coming with you anyway, might as well put them to good use!

6. Think Ahead, Pack A Bag

There is nothing more frustrating than not having things you need quickly at hand the first night in your new place. After a long day of moving, you likely won’t have unpacked much yet. Not to mention you’ll be tired! Packing an overnight bag with some clothes, toiletries, and paper plates/utensils will help make the first night go smoothly so you aren’t searching through boxes.

7. Unpack With Purpose

Once you have time to unpack, do it strategically. Start with boxes that contain belongings kept in high-use areas such as the kitchen. Unpacking can be the most stressful part of a move, but if you power through each room, one at a time, you’ll be done in no time. Don’t forget to recycle your boxes and get rid of anything that may have escaped your eye during the declutter phase.

Bonus Tip

Moving with furniture adds a whole new level of complication that many people are uninterested in dealing with. If your current apartment is furnished with pieces that are in good shape consider selling or donating. Ikea recently announced they will be piloting a furniture rental program, so very soon you may be able to rent a couch!

Looking to make a move to the Silver Spring, MD area? Consider the Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes for your next home. There are tons of things to do and reasons to live in Silver Spring.

 

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.

Maximize Productivity When Working From Your Apartment

As the dynamics of the workforce continue to evolve, the rate at which people are working from home is on the rise. According to recent surveys, around 3.9 million U.S. employees work remotely for at least half of their schedule¹. The mid-Atlantic is home to about 50% of those who telecommute². Not everyone can work from the comfort of home, but employees who have the ability to do so sometimes struggle with productivity. When the lure of getting ahead on household chores and giving in to other distractions occurs, work suffers. Try these tactics to make the most of working from your apartment without getting distracted:

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3 Ways Brighten Up Your Apartment

It’s no secret that the winter tends to be more dark and dreary than the warmer months of the year. For this reason, people tend to spend more time at home. While the amount of daylight is starting to get longer, it doesn’t hurt to optimize the lighting in your apartment for decoration and practical purposes. Here are some tips for how to brighten up your apartment:

Additional Lighting Couch and lamp

There are numerous options available to add lighting to your apartment without putting holes in walls or the ceiling. Floor lamps, end-table lamps, sunlamps, and string lights can all increase the brightness of any room. The type of bulb you use is important too. LED and CFL light bulbs are two of the more environmentally conscious light bulbs on the market, and certain brands offer the benefits of energy efficiency.

Choose Curtains Carefully Sunlight through the white curtain and windows

Curtains are versatile apartment accessories. Certain types of curtains are ideal for darkening rooms (for late sleepers!), conserving heat, or preserving privacy. If you’re looking to allow ample natural light, but still want the comfort of privacy, consider sheer curtains. The opaque nature of sheer allows light in while still providing a barrier making them perfect for brightening up your apartment.

Decorate With Color Empty room entrance hall interior with coral color concept 3d render,There are wood floor,white wall,orange empty cabinet and door.

Did you know that PANTONE® sets the standard for color creation and replication? Each year PANTONE® announces a Color of the Year. The 2019 color is Pantone 16-1546, Living Coral. This color is a perfectly bright color that will add a pop of vibrancy to any space in the form of pillows, wall accents, furniture, flowers, and much more!

A few simple updates and tricks can go a long way to ensure your apartment is light and bright even when it is dark outside. Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartments, and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes all offer wonderful layouts that are designed to amplify natural light from windows. Add your personal touch and make the space your own!

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.

6 Tips for Organizing Your One-Bedroom Apartment

Regardless of if you have one person or multiple people living in a one-bedroom apartment, it is always a good idea to maximize your organization! One-bedroom apartments come in all shapes and sizes. Montgomery Paint Branch, Vista at White Oak, and Yorkshire offer options for a den and balcony. Montgomery White Oak one-bedroom apartments feature an airy patio. Whatever the layout of your apartment may be, try applying these organization tips to your unique space!:

Question Your Clothes: 

ClosetWhen you open your closet, do you find yourself wearing the same 5-7 outfits every week while other articles collect dust? If so, it’s time for a clothing purge. For those that live in a four-season climate, like in Silver Spring, MD, it can be a challenge to manage wardrobes that are built to handle a wide spectrum of temperatures. Challenge yourself to look at your wardrobe by season. For example, if it’s February and you still haven’t worn that red striped sweater, it can go.

Compress What You Can:

TowelsWhether you have a plethora of extra towels, beach blankets, or sheets and want to keep them “just in case”, give vacuum compressed storage bags a try. A vacuum is used to suck the air out of the bag, dramatically reducing the amount of space the items take up. These are perfect for under bed storage!

Bins Are Your Friend:

Nothing screams organization like utilizing bins to control chaos. A large bin by your front door can house seasonal items you grab on your way out, from scarves to baseball hats. A small bin on your countertop can be a designated mail collection spot. Check out the bin organization aisle at home goods stores in Downtown Silver Spring and you’ll be impressed by how simple or stylish they can be!

Say Goodbye to Mismatched Plastic Containers:

LidsIt seems pretty universal to have a kitchen cabinet that is completely dedicated to plastic containers. Unfortunately, plastic containers are one of those things that tend to go missing or become mismatched easily. Make a habit of discarding containers with missing lids and vice versa.

Go Digital:

PhotosIt might feel impossible to let go of art projects, report cards, and other mementos. They pile up fast over the years! Photographing or scanning each item will allow you to still have the memories, but without the physical items taking up space. A hard-drive or cloud storage service takes up little to no space in your apartment.

Think Before You Buy:

People sitting. Before you purchase another decorative statue or scarf, think “Do I really need this?”. Approaching purchases with this mentality will save you from future decluttering.

 

 

 

For those who aren’t naturally inclined to be hyper-organized, it can be a challenge to get started. To begin, pick one task to tackle so that your organizational goals are manageable. Before you know it, your one-bedroom apartment will be exceptionally tidy!

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.

Best Time of Year for Renters to Move

Believe it or not, there are peak times of year for moving and if you play your cards right you can take advantage of the slow season to save money. Moving industry professionals usually note April to September as being the busiest time of year to move.¹ That means the “slow” season is the key timeframe for you to tackle your move.

Man holding stack of boxesProfessional movers often offer slightly lower prices for their services from October to March. 

As a rule of thumb, call and schedule your move with the moving company of your choice at least two weeks in advance. If you don’t have a choice but to move during peak season, play it safe and call four weeks in advance to secure your desired day of the week and time of day. Of course, the most cost-effective means of moving is enlisting the help of friends. After they have helped lift your couch and other heavy belongings don’t forget to thank them with food and refreshments! If you are moving with a furry friend, here are some helpful tips on how to move with a pet.                                                                                                                       Apartment Kitchen

Autumn is the perfect time of year to move apartments, especially when your new destination is one of the White Oak Apartments communities in Silver Spring, MD. With a wide variety of floor plans and amenities to meet the needs and desires of all our residents, the communities are situated in Montgomery County. The county boasts the second best schools in the state, is close to three major cities, and offers the comforts of suburban living.  

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.