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.

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Silver Spring, MD

You’re looking for a new place to call home and you have certain requirements for your new town. Great location, lots of events and activities, convenient dining and shopping options, and affordable rent are non-negotiable factors. Sound familiar? If so, check out the top five reasons to live in Silver Spring, MD:

Forbes Ranked Silver Spring 77 out of the 200 “Best Places For Business and Careers”¹

You should never have to sacrifice your career for a great place to live, or vice versa. Silver Spring is home to many businesses including the headquarters of Discovery Inc. Over 45,000 persons hold jobs in Silver Spring with a projected growth rate of 1.12%.² You can use job search site such as LinkedIn or Indeed to find and apply to jobs, just type “Silver Spring. MD” into the location bar.

Proximity to Major Cities:

For fun weekend trips you can visit nearby Washington, D.C, Baltimore, or Annapolis. Washington, D.C. is just south of Silver Spring and offers a plethora of museums, theaters, restaurants, and events to take advantage of. Some popular places to visit include the Smithsonian National Zoo,  the Newseum. And the John F. Kennedy Center. Pop up to Baltimore for an endless array of pubs or check out the National Aquarium. Learn about Maryland history in the state capital, Annapolis, where you can enjoy a tour at the United States Naval Academy and snack on local saltwater taffy. There is something for everyone in and around Silver Spring!

An Abundance of Shopping Options:

From convenient grocery shopping to updating your wardrobe there are many shopping options available in Silver Spring. Giant, Safeway, and Whole Foods are just a few spots to pick up your food for the week. When it comes to other retail needs, visit one of the many malls such as Downtown Silver Spring, Ellsworth Place, or the White Oak Shopping Center.

Outstanding Education System:

Silver Spring is located in Montgomery County which contains three schools that ranked in the top 200 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. Within Maryland, Montgomery County schools are ranked second.³

Live How You Want:

When it comes to making a big move it is important to carefully consider whether you want to own or rent your next home. According to Truila.com the median cost of a home in Silver Spring is over $412,200. Home ownership is not the route for everyone. Renting an apartment is ideal for those who want to avoid the headache of property maintenance and who want to enjoy community amenities, such as a playground, tennis courts, and swimming pool at the White Oak Communities.

All in all, Silver Spring, MD is a great location for those seeking a perfect blend of city living with suburban perks!

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.

Five Apartment Cleaning Hacks

Let’s face it, cleaning is often the last thing we want to do after a long day at work or in our free time on weekends. With summer weather in full swing still, residents of the White Oak Apartment Communities have so many resources and amenities to keep busy. Each offers a swimming pool, proximity to local parks, and nearby by dining and entertainment. When exploring the neighborhood has maxed out your ability to procrastinate it is time to get cleaning. From your refrigerator to the shower, here are some easy hacks, tricks, and hints for tidying up your apartment:

  1. Smelly fridge: Combat a musty smelling fridge by leaving an open box of baking soda on one of the shelves. It will help absorb odors. Replace with a new box every few months.
  2. Stubborn throw rug stains: Steam away stains on your throw rug with white vinegar, water, a spray bottle, a rag, and an iron. Using one part vinegar with two parts water, spray the stain. Lay a damp rag over the spot. Lastly, using the steam setting, place the hot iron on the rag for about 30 seconds.
  3. Gross and gunky microwave: Slice up a lemon and place it in a microwavable bowl filled with water. Heat until the water boils, stop it, and let the bowl sit for a couple of minutes. When you open the door there will be steam and the caked on gunk will be much easier to scrub away.
  4. Pet hair nightmare: The communities of Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch are pet-friendly. While we love our furry friends, no one loves getting up from the couch coated in fur. Dampen the outside of a rubber kitchen glove and run it over your pet’s hair on the coach. You can then rinse off the glove and use it again next week!
  5. Crusty showerhead: Beat hard water buildup by filling a plastic sandwich bag three-quarters of the way with distilled vinegar. Stick the open end of the bag around the showerhead and secure with a rubber band. Let it soak overnight.

Remember to contact your leasing office for any service requests or for any assistance with maintenance in your apartment. With these hacks, your apartment will be squeaky-clean in no time! You’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your day without having to worry about other chores like landscaping.

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.

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.