Oct 20 2020
What kinds of pets are Apartment Friendly?
When looking into getting a pet, there are many factors to consider, especially when you live in a rented apartment or smaller house. As a general rule, the smaller the animal is, the less space it needs — which makes smaller animals ideal for smaller living spaces.
You also have to keep in mind the cleanliness of the animal, the general temperament, and the care needed if you choose to leave for vacation. Here are some of the most common apartment pets, and why they work well for small spaces.
Fish are small, pretty to look at, and easy to care for – depending on the kind of fish you get. A solo fish like a beta fish is a great starter pet for anyone looking to learn how to look after an animal without having to worry about the social difficulties you can encounter with a full tank.
They do require daily feeding and regular tank cleanings, so they cannot be left fully unattended for more than a day, but you can easily have someone come feed them once a day and clean the tank as necessary – no interaction required.
Birds are more social creatures than fish and hamsters, and require a little bit more maintenance in the “love” department, but they do give that love right back. They will spend a lot of time in their cage, but many owners choose to let them roam the apartment a little bit each day. To do that, many owners recommend getting their wings clipped so they cannot fly away – but make sure to take them to a professional to do it!
Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason – they are incredibly social creatures. And while that is a wonderful, fulfilling thing, it does mean a lot more work if you do choose to leave them behind to go on vacation.
Since they typically have full reign of the apartment and no easily accessible yard, potty training a dog can be a lot of work in an apartment, and puppies like to chew on things when they are teething or have separation anxiety. Be prepared to invest in some training classes to give you and your dog the best chance at a great apartment life.
Station A is ideally set up for your 4-legged friend. Our off-leash dog park has room to run, obstacles to climb over, and plenty of watering stations. With over 2 miles of walking paths stocked with doggie stations, we’re sure your dog will love Station A just as much as you do!
Cats tend to be more independent animals than dogs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can be left all alone for days on end. They often require regular feeding, and if the litter box is not clean enough it can spell disaster for other soft surfaces in your home.
Depending on the size and breed of your cat, there can be other considerations to keep in mind as well. Some cat breeds, like Bengals, are high energy and require a lot of care and attention, including exercise. When their needs are not met, they can resort to destructive outlets like clawing furniture or inappropriate elimination, which can be overwhelming and hard to deal with in small living spaces.
Providing adequate play time and access to clean litter boxes is essential to successful cat ownership, and that includes while you are away for vacation. Leaving them to their own devices could lead to stress and therefore inappropriate behavior. It is always best to secure overnight care for your cat while away.
Have questions about what kinds of pets our residents like to have? Contact us!
Sep 30 2020
Denver, Colorado, is a beautiful and action-packed place to be any time of year, and there is no shortage of activities in October. There is something for everyone, from nature lovers to those seeking a family-friendly experience to those who may just be looking for a way to let their hair down and their zombie flag fly. Check out some of our favorites and plan to meet us there.
If you want some gorgeous pictures in early October, take a hike up to Guanella Pass. You can climb up to over 11,600 feet to view the spectacular aspen groves as they change colors. Another must-see is Rocky Mountain National Park, where you can see the reflection of the aspens in Bear Lake. For a later October viewing, take a vintage steam locomotive on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, where you can see the aspen groves on the steep slope between Georgetown and Silver Plume.
Denver Beer Week
If you are a beer lover, for nine glorious days, you can revel in all things beer at Denver Beer Week. If that’s not enough, the week wraps up with the biggest beer competition in the country, the Great American Beer Festival. Even if you can’t make it to Beer Week, don’t worry. The Denver Beer Trail boasts over 100 brewpubs, breweries, and taprooms in the Denver metro area, open every month of the year!
Union Station Zombie Prom
For an adults’ night out, put on your best ghoulish outfit and polish up your dancing shoes. The Zombie Prom awaits! Dance the night away with a live DJ, spiked punch, and prizes for the best costumes. If you feel like upgrading your experience, grab some tickets to the VIP Teacher’s Lounge Experience.
BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade
Gather up all your little ghouls, ghosts, and goblins and head down to Union Station for a free parade and festivities. After the BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade, you can watch live entertainment, get a balloon animal, have your face painted, and more. Make sure the whole family is in costume because you’ll have a chance for not only the best individual costume but the best family or group costumes, as well.
Every year in downtown Denver, zombies take over. If you think you have what it takes to stay alive on streets swarming with the undead, check out the Zombie Crawl. Brush up on all your Zombie Apocalypse techniques and make plans to show them off.
There are never any shortages of pumpkin patches in and around Denver in October. Take family pictures against the colorful backdrop of fall foliage and pumpkins, take a hayride, and taste some fall treats without the tricks. Get lost in the 25-acre corn maze at Anderson Farms or visit the Denver Botanic Gardens for a haunted maze. Check out all the options here.
Taps & Tails @ The Denver Zoo
Grab your favorite brew and spend a day sipping and strolling while admiring the animals at Taps & Tails at the Denver Zoo. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! It will all take on a whole new relaxed vibe when you meet your favorite people at the zoo.
From free events to those requiring advance tickets, there is something for every taste and budget in Denver. Come spend your October with us and see what we have to offer.
At Station A, we don’t just believe in work/life balance, we believe in living life to the fullest, taking advantage of all the natural beauty and fun activities around us. If you are interested in contemporary living connected to it all, contact us today for a tour.
Sep 01 2020
It’s been a long summer of sheltering in place. September brings the promise of cooler weather without the threat of snow. It’s a great time to go out and do something fun in Denver. The city has a lot of great options for everyone.
You can try something new or explore one of your favorite activities from going to the park to shopping at the local farmer’s market. Here’s a look at some of the best things to do in Denver in September. Just remember that some or all of these events and locations might be canceled or closed due to COVID-19.
Do you love art? Then CRUSH Walls is the event for you since it brings you the work of local, regional, and national artists. From September 14th through the 20th, the RiNo Art District gets a fresh coat of paint. Using spray paint, artists display their talents and vision on walls and doors.
The entire district comes alive with creativity and cutting-edge art. You can enjoy an afternoon walking around the district watching the artists at work. If you get hot, stop by the Spray Can Bar and grab a frosty beer and watch the artists working.
Denver Startup Week
In 2020, Denver Startup Week is going virtual. This event celebrates all things innovative and entrepreneurial in the Mile High City. This year, you can sign up for online sessions for free. It’s a great way to learn new things about running a business.
If you own a business or are thinking about starting a business, this event is a must, so mark your calendar for September 14th through the 18th and register for the sections that interest you today. There are more than 300 sessions, and each one is free.
Denver Food and Wine Festival
With tickets available online for the best events, the Denver Food and Wine Festival is sure to be a great time. You can dine under the stars or party on the patio. Festival events start on September 4th and run through the 8th with the Grand Tasting on the afternoon of the 7th.
This is the one event you don’t want to miss with more than 40 area restaurants handing out samples to sink your teeth into along with wine and spirits. There’s even a culinary demonstration from a renowned chef.
Local Farmer’s Market
You want to eat healthier and visiting a local farmer’s market can help you meet that goal. There are several farmer’s markets in the Denver area, and each has its own unique flair. Of course, you’ll find more than fresh produce. There are weekly events, live entertainment, and the best home-cooked food in the area.
You’ll find different farmer’s markets open on different days of the week and a large variety open on Saturdays. You can find anything from locally-made butter and cheese to homemade pies and jam. Many of the farmer’s markets have a festival feel.
Take a Walk in the Park
Denver is home to many parks. Whether you’re looking for walking trails or a picnic area to grill up a meal with family and friends, there’s a park close by. City Park is the largest with a museum, zoo, and golf course. You can walk by the lake and view the City Park Pavilion, a 19th-century landmark built in the Spanish style.
You can take your pup to the Carla Madison Dog Park for an afternoon of fresh air. With so many parks in the area, you can visit a different one each weekend.
At Station A, we love the Denver area and the fall weather. We also enjoy sharing our knowledge of local events. When you’re looking for a new apartment to call home, contact us for a tour.
Aug 26 2020
Welcome to Denver, home of Titanic Survivor Molly Brown and various 19th century landmarks. While the city is filled with restaurants, local shops, and exciting activities, there are so many incredible places to get outside and enjoy nature. For the best hiking trails, places to picnic, and prime playing grounds for your favorite sports, check out the 8 best parks here in Denver.
Featuring lakeside trails, City Park is one Denver’s prime locations. Within the park, you can spend your time freely enjoying the Denver Museum of Nature & Science while exploring the planetarium, catch one of the many shows, or take pictures of exotic reptiles at the neighboring zoo. Don’t forget about the playgrounds and trails when you feel like getting active.
This park isn’t as cheesy as the name makes it sound. It’s actually filled with green space to enjoy the sun to offer tranquil views. The trails are aligned with trees, offering shade for those that feel like walking, running, or biking. Whether you feel like having a picnic or playing a friendly game of kickball, there’s plenty of open space to do so while still practicing things like social distancing.
Get ready for some fun in the sun at Sloans Lake Park. Head on over to enjoy a day out on the water as you paddleboard or kayak across this gorgeous lake. With 177 acres of land and water, there’s plenty of room to spend your day relaxing. The great thing about Sloans Lake is that you’ll feel like you’re on vacation away from the city while still being in the city.
Originally known as Cemetery Hill, Congress Park earned its name in the 1890s. Senator Henry Teller requested the original land be redesigned into a park that the growing city’s population could enjoy, with the first plans including other local known parks such as Cheesman Park and the Denver Botanical Gardens. Today it presents itself as a city nursery where you can enjoy flowers and growing trees as you take a stroll through the trails.
Established in 1911 through the condemned property, Alamo Placita became one of the hidden gems in the city of Denver. The small area is known as a garden sanctuary, providing nurturing views. The park is the perfect place for getting fresh air on daily runs and is pet friendly.
Accessible by light rail, Confluence Park brings you urban vibes. Settled between Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, this downtown Denver Park is beloved for contemporary settings that house prime waterfront locations. Take a kayaking trip down the river as you float comfortably through parts of the city.
CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK
When it comes to state parks, Cherry Creek is one of the prettiest. Reserve a spot for a weekend of camping and enjoy a little bit of wildlife as you relax. Choose between activities like fishing, riding jet skis, or simply playing in the water. If you feel like exploring, grab your bike and ride through nature as you enjoy the cleanly kept trails.
Offering sporting facilities, blooming gardens, winding trails, and elegant views, Washington Park has it all. This Denver park spans 161 acres and provides you with plenty to do. Get some friends together for a game of volleyball or slam ball, and take advantage of all the adventurous opportunities at the park.
If you or a friend are looking for a new place to call home that offers your a prime location in the city of Denver, contact us today. The Station A Apartments are closeby all of the best parks in Denver, making it incredibly easy to explore and enjoy the outdoors.
Aug 06 2020
Summer is here, and that means it’s grilling season! Are you prepared for the many joys and occasional challenges of grilling when you live in an apartment complex? Our residents’ guide to grilling should help you master the art of apartment complex grilling.
Before getting started, you’ll need to know the grilling options available to you, the rules of your complex covering where you can and can’t grill, and the proper etiquette of grilling when you’re sharing prep and grill space with the other residents.
The Different Types of Grills
There are many types of grills and your enjoyment and results will depend in large part on choosing the right grill for how you like to cook and the flavors you’re looking for in your grilled food.
Indoor grills — These electric grills let you enjoy the delicious flavor and appetizing look of char-grilled food even when there’s a thunderstorm raging outside. The best indoor grills are easy to use and just as easy to clean. However, foods cooked on them may lack some of that grilled flavor you’re expecting.
Gas grills — These grills are generally fueled by portable propane tanks, although they can also be fueled by a permanent gas line. Simply turn a knob and you’re ready to grill. This makes them perfect for last minute grilling and those impatient grillers who hate waiting for coals to ash over. They also don’t produce any ash, so they’re quicker and easier to clean than charcoal grills. Gas grills at Station A can be used in designated grilling amenity spaces.
Charcoal grills — Fueled by charcoal briquets, these grills are familiar old favorites to those who like the challenge of creating the perfect amount of heat from heaps of burning coals. It’s easy to add soaked hickory, mesquite, apple, or cherry wood chips to the fire for an extra layer of delicious smoky flavor. Many people prefer the authentic ‘grilled’ flavors that come from burning embers. Utilize the designated grilling areas when grilling at an apartment. Most apartments, including Station A, do not allow for charcoal grill usage on patios.
Outdoor pizza ovens — What tastes better than a crispy, slightly charred crust supporting a load of your favorite toppings? Delivery pizzas simply can’t compare with a pizza fresh from the blistering heat of an outdoor pizza oven and eaten just a few steps away! Check out Station A’s outdoor kitchen including pizza oven!
Always Practice Grilling Safety!
Safety is a priority whenever you’re grilling, and it’s especially important when you’re surrounded by other people who may not be paying attention to what you’re doing.
Follow these suggestions for safe grilling:
- Always follow the apartment complex’s rules for grilling.
- Never, ever leave a hot grill unattended!
- Know how to use the equipment properly. If you’re unsure, ask someone to show you.
- Keep hot pads or oven mitts handy.
- Always remember to turn all the knobs on a gas grill off when you’re done using it. Dispose of charcoal ash safely in a designated container.
Know Proper Grilling Etiquette
Don’t hog the shared grills! Other people might have grilling plans, too. Be prepared to share grill space with your neighbors and never leave the community grills in a mess. Remove any residue, clean the grates, wipe down the prep areas, and throw away all of your trash. Leave the grilling area as fresh, clean, and inviting as you found it and everyone will have fun grilling!
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Grilling is a great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends. Appetizing smells wafting around the area are sure to spark comments and questions. You may even find yourself swapping grilling tips or recipes with your new-found friends! You might even want to organize a potluck so everyone can share their favorite grilling or picnic foods while you all get to know each other better.
Enjoy Station A’s Outdoor Amenities
At Station A, our outdoor amenities include an outdoor kitchen with a food prep area, grilling stations, pizza oven, picnic nooks, and ample places to enjoy al fresco dining. Not a resident yet? Contact us to schedule a tour of our wonderful apartments and exceptional amenities!
Jul 30 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on summer travel plans for many Colorado residents. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of fun things to do in our community. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in Denver and the surrounding areas in August.
Museums and Zoos
Museum of Contemporary Art
MCA Denver provides a wide range of rotating exhibitions that explore the art and culture of today. There are educational programs for children and adults that showcase the work of regional and national artists. The museum is operating on a timed ticketing system to limit their guest capacity. The cost of admission is $10 and free for children under 18 years of age.
The Denver Zoo is offering family-friendly events throughout the month of August. Nature Connects® is an award-winning exhibit that features larger-than-life sculptures made of LEGO® bricks that are strategically placed throughout the zoo. Art With the Animals is offered Friday and Saturdays through August 15th. This socially distanced event includes arts supplies, instruction, and an exclusive animal feeding. Children can also join a painting class where they will use their handprints to create animals on a LEGO® brick. The Zoo is limiting the number of daily visitors in adherence with social distancing guidelines. Tickets must be purchased online.
Colorado Black Arts Festival
For the first time in 35 years, the Colorado Black Arts Festival will take place online. The virtual event is going to be available on YouTube at COLBAF on August 7th, 8th, and 9th at 7 pm. Enjoy this year’s theme of “Art Ovation,” designed to promote African arts and culture in Denver.
Sloan’s Lake is considered the biggest lake in Denver and offers ample non-motorized boating and fishing opportunities. There is a 3-mile paved path that surrounds the lake and is perfect for both bicyclists and pedestrians. The 177 acre park has plenty of room for picnics, with sheltered pavilions available for use. It’s the perfect spot for watching the sun go down with an incredible view of the Denver skyline.
Cherry Creek Reservoir
This 880 acre recreational area is located outside of Denver but is accessible by Rail if you take a bike. The use of jet skis, kayaks, and paddle boards are allowed. Fishing is permitted with a valid license. The swimming area is currently closed but there are picnic tables and grills available. Camping is allowed with a reservation. The natural prairie creates a beautiful environment complemented by beautiful rolling hills. It’s a relaxing oasis worth checking out.
This urban park is one of the must-see places to visit in Denver. It’s the ideal location to relax by the river, grab a coffee on REI’s outdoor patio, or take a tube for a leisurely float down the South Platte. For those looking for more adventure, there are challenging whitewater chutes for kayaking the rapids. There is a well-kept hiking and biking path that follows the river along part of the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. The Platte Valley Trolley provides easy access to this Mile-High City favorite location.
Pedal Boat Rides
The best place to enjoy a pedal boat ride is in Washington Park. Wheel Fun Rentals offers reasonable rates for two and four-seat boats. The park is the biggest in Denver, with a beautiful 2.75-mile loop trail that is perfect for both walkers and bikers. There are ample wide-open spaces to enjoy a quiet afternoon enjoying the August weather.
Hiking the 14ers
There are 58 mountain peaks in Colorado that exceed 14,000 feet. Known as the 14ers, these ranges have hiking trails for all skill levels. The snow has melted, making August the perfect time to tackle a big hike. The 14ers for beginners include Greys, Torreys, Longs, and Bierstadt. Each trail provides a unique perspective of the beautiful scenery that surrounds our beautiful state.
Contact us today to find out more about what Denver has to offer.
Jul 10 2020
Summer is here! If you love the scorching heat and blazing sun, that’s good news for you. For some of us though, walking outside after 8:00 in the morning makes us feel like we’re melting right into the asphalt. If that’s the case, you probably spend most of your time in the pool–a crisp, cool oasis in the middle of the sweltering heat of summer. The pool is a great place to hang out with friends or just relax after a long week. After scouring the internet and reading tons of reviews, we’ve compiled a list of the coolest pool accessories for every occasion.
Choose classic games for traditional summer fun
Summer is the time to gather a bunch of friends in the backyard, grill your favorite foods, and play games. These party games and sports are even more fun when you add the element of water–check out the pool variations of these classics:
No barbecue is complete without a game of cornhole. If you’ve mastered cornhole in your backyard, it might be time to add a new twist. Make it a bit more challenging with the gentle rocking motion of the waves in your pool. This corn toss set has two cup holders and includes six waterproof bean bags. Added bonus? Foam and plastic pellet filling means they won’t sink when they hit the water.
Add some air to your slam dunk with an inflatable basketball hoop for the pool. The Hoop Shark set is extra durable so it stands up to even the toughest slam dunks. So grab the included basketball, get a running start, and see how high you can get before slamming into the water.
An intense game of volleyball is the perfect way to spend a long day in the sun. Intex makes a fantastic inflatable volleyball set that works well in any pool. It’s easy to take anywhere, weighing only three pounds and inflating quickly. It’s large enough to get a big group of people in on the fun, and it comes with a repair kit, just in case.
Engage in crazy challenges with your most competitive friends
We all have those super competitive friends–you know, the ones who turn everything into a contest. They are the friends who will casually ask you if you want to run a 5K next month (it’ll be fun, they say), and for the next 30 days you’re up at the crack of dawn, living on protein shakes and raw eggs, with “Eye of the Tiger” stuck in your head for the rest of time. Those friends will completely appreciate these pool toys that are sure to inspire a bit of healthy competition….
Think your mechanical bull skills rival those of Travolta in Urban Cowboy? Even if you’re as good as you think, bringing that bull into the water might make things a little more challenging… Round up your friends and see who can stay on this inflatable bull while the rest of you create a bunch of choppy waves.
Chicken fights are probably one of the most fun water games ever. It’s a real bummer when you don’t have enough people, though. These giant chicken floats allow you to have all the fun of the fight with only two people. Push, pull, wrestle, and flip your friends off their chicken and into the water!
Spikeball (or roundnet, if you prefer) is all the rage now at barbecues, beaches, and backyards across the country. With Spikebuoy, you can challenge your buddies to a game of Spikeball in the pool. An anchor bag and leg straps attach to your net in the water, adding an awesome new element to a fantastic game.
When that’s all done, it’s finally time to relax…
It’s great to have wild, crazy fun with the friends, but sometimes you just need to step back and take some time out. These accessories will help you relax and recharge after a long work week:
Floating Pool Speaker
Music makes everything better, especially a leisurely float around the pool. This Bluetooth speaker floats along with you, playing your favorite tunes and adding a pretty glow to the water with brightly colored LED lights. The built-in microphone allows you to make hands-free phone calls while you’re relaxing the day away.
The pool is the perfect place to spend a starry summer night. After a long day at work, kicking back and relaxing in the pool is just the way to unwind. Of course, you absolutely must have your favorite drinks handy to help you loosen up. This Intex Mega Chill floating cooler is perfect for storing up to 30 cans in the main cooler and up to 15 more drinks in the cup holders and storage area.
You want to relax in your pool, but it’s a real scorcher and you can’t even hang out on your float without breaking a sweat. Trade the float in for a pool hammock. The design of the hammock keeps you partially submerged in the cool water while still allowing you to drift lazily along. The headrest and footrest provide extra comfort.
For the ultimate in summer relaxation, you need to splurge and treat yourself to a pool canopy. The spacious design, soft material, and cushy pillows are incredibly inviting. Grab a tasty snack and lay back with a good book or kick off a Netflix binge.
Whether you’re splashing around with friends or relaxing while indulging in the latest Netflix craze, the pool is the place to do it. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about the wonderful amenities here at Station A.
Jun 24 2020
After being cooped up in the house for the last few months, COVID-19 restrictions have started to lighten up. With the city reopening, keeping social distancing practices in mind, there are a variety of fun activities to check this summer. Read on to learn about five fun activities every Station A resident can enjoy in Denver this July.
1. Dining Out at Restaurants and Bars
This July, many Denver restaurants and bars will be partially reopened or opened with restrictions in place. This summer is a great time to enjoy the food and drinks you have been missing for the last few months, while also supporting locally owned businesses. Many top restaurants and bars in the Denver area will be open for in-house dining this July. To see if your favorite restaurant or bar will be offering this service, be sure to check out their website for more information.
2. Enjoying the Great Outdoors
After being stuck inside the last few months, enjoying the great outdoors will be a real treat. Camping grounds, state parks, and national parks around the Denver area and throughout Colorado are all reopening. Some fun spots around Denver to check out this July are Red Rocks Park, Cherry Creek State Park, Mount Evans, and Rocky Mountain National Park. At these spots, you can partake in a variety of fun outdoor activities like hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, kayaking, camping, and more.
3. Viewing Denver Museums
Another fun activity to check out this July is the opportunity to view some of Denver’s greatest museums. Not all museums in Colorado are set to be reopened this summer. However, all eight of History Colorado’s museums throughout the state will be returning to in-person service. The History Colorado Center and Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House Museum are two History Colorado museums that are located right in Denver. You could even plan an exciting road trip this summer and visit all eight History Colorado museums that are scattered throughout the state.
4. Visiting the Denver Zoo
One fun activity you can do this summer is to visit the Denver Zoo. The zoo has been closed since March 17, 2020, due to COVID-19 regulations. However, the zoo is now back up and running with multiple COVID-19 safety measures in place. All guests over the age of three are required to wear a face mask while visiting the zoo, to protect the health and safety of all employees and guests. The zoo’s newest attraction to check out this July is the Stingray Cove. Getting outside and seeing all the exhibits the zoo has to offer will be a fun activity to experience this summer.
5. Taking in the Denver Botanic Gardens
A final activity you might enjoy this July is experiencing the Denver Botanic Gardens. The public botanical garden is located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood of Denver and spanning over 20-acres. There is much to see and experience at the gardens from nature to art to education to conservation to sustainable living practices. You won’t be disappointed with a fun trip to the gardens this July. Be sure to check out their website to learn more about their reopening plans and what precautions will be put in place this summer to practice proper social distancing protocol.
Station A Living
If you’re looking for a new apartment in the Denver area, check out Station A today. Station A offers residents a variety of perks like a resort-inspired entertainment plaza, a club-quality fitness center, a multifaceted resident lounge, and a great community atmosphere. Check out our blog to learn more about our community and apartment options. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
Jun 10 2020
Cleaning your apartment might be the chore you hate the most, but it doesn’t have to be. Breaking it down between rooms and using the right products will have you finishing up in no time, and leave your apartment sparkling. Check out these tips to make cleaning your apartment a no-nonsense matter.
Plan Your Attack
Deep cleaning your apartment doesn’t have to be done in one day. If you keep the place tidy throughout the week (make your bed, do your dishes, put away laundry), you’re already one step ahead. Making a schedule can help you stick to the routine, but also breaks it down so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.
Start with the dirtiest rooms, usually the bathroom and kitchen. Here you’ll need to scrub and disinfect, so clean those areas on the same day.
Cleaning the living area and bedrooms should be done on another day. This routine can easily fit into your schedule, and you won’t spend hours cleaning the whole apartment and dreading it the entire week.
To give your home a deep clean, what you do first matters. Mopping the floor and then dusting is backward. All the dirt and dust will just fall onto your clean floors. Try these tips to work smarter.
- Start with the dirtiest rooms where you’ll spend the most time.
- In each room, start from left to right. This gives you a clear beginning and endpoint.
- Work from top to bottom.
- Dust before mopping or vacuuming.
- Use a vacuum, with attachments if needed, to suck up hair before cleaning the bathroom (Hair and dust that is wet will make your job ten times harder).
To clean effectively, you need the right arsenal of tools. Here’s a list of the basics.
- Microfiber cloths for dusting.
- Vacuum and mop
- Scrub brushes for those hard to clean areas.
- White cloths can be used to wipe down cabinets, outside of toilets, sinks, and baseboards. The best part is you can reuse them after laundering with some bleach to clean and disinfect.
- Cleaners — This comes down to preference, but to clean kitchens and bathrooms, you’ll need to disinfect. Using bleach and hot water can get the job done, but there is a proper way to mix a solution.
Now that you have a plan and the proper tools, it’s time to get cleaning. Start with the dirtiest room.
Begin by tidying up. Use your solution of bleach and hot water to clean your toilet, shower, and sink. A scrub brush may be needed for tough grime.
Clean faucets with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Put the mixture in a baggie, and tie it around your shower head and bathroom faucets. Leave on for a few hours.
Finally, mop your floors, but make sure you run a vacuum through first to pick up any hair.
Clean cabinets and countertops with your bleach solution, followed by the refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher. Use a cleaner to keep the top of your stove in pristine condition. If you have stainless steel appliances, these cleaners will leave them streak-free.
Use your vacuum attachments to get in the grates of your refrigerator and under the stove. Finish up with mopping the kitchen floor.
Tidy up these areas — put away laundry and add new sheets to your bed. Dust with your microfiber cloth — don’t forget the ceiling fans and any window blinds! Use your vacuum attachment to clean baseboards and furniture. Finish up by vacuuming the floors.
If you’re looking to move into a clean apartment, contact us to schedule an appointment.
May 28 2020
You can still enjoy a garden when you live in a bright and sunny Station A apartment! Large windows and spacious open floor plans practically invite houseplants while your private patio or balcony is the perfect spot to add some favorite outdoor greenery.
A surprising number of plants will grow in a container. Everything from flowers to herbs to peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables are suitable for container growing. There are even ornamental Japanese maples and dwarf fruit trees that will thrive in a large enough container. Just imagine enjoying the delicious fragrance of citrus flowers wafting in from the patio as you garnish drinks with homegrown lemon or lime wedges!
The key to growing a container garden lies in choosing the right plant variety, pot or planter, and potting mix. For example, not every tomato variety is suitable for growing in the confines of a container. Indeterminate tomatoes are rampant growers that won’t stop growing both outwards and upwards until frost kills them. Determinate tomatoes are more restrained varieties that usually only grow about 3′ tall. Many are perfect for large containers and will produce plenty of juicy, ripe tomatoes rather than rampant foliage.
Choosing a large enough container is also essential for success. Make sure your containers have adequate drainage and use a soilless potting mix in order to keep your plants from drowning. Potting soil is okay for outdoor garden beds but it doesn’t drain well enough for containers. It might also carry soil-borne pathogens that can infest your plants.
Making Good Use of Your Space
A combination of railing planters, hanging baskets, windowsill planters, plant stands, and other display methods will allow you to enjoy your garden both indoors and out. Using unique planters like large seashells will add a touch of whimsy.
Planting a mixed container lets you grow a wider variety of plants in the same number of pots as if each pot held a single variety. Try planting basil around the base of your tomatoes. They’re naturals together! Since basil comes in a wide range of scents, flavors, colors, leaf shapes, and sizes you can have a very pretty and colorful garden from tomatoes and basils alone.
When planting a mixed container, make sure that all the plants have similar sun, watering, and fertilizing needs. If they don’t have similar requirements, some will probably thrive while others will fade away. They should also look good together, with a range of heights, leaf shapes and textures, and colors.
Keeping Your Plants Watered
If you have just a few pots, a watering can may be sufficient to keep them watered. However, if your pots are large or you have a lot of them, it might be worth investing in a drip-irrigation system along with an automatic timer. This setup lets you sit back and enjoy your container garden rather than constantly worrying about whether you’re under or over watering your plants. It also lets you take off on a long-anticipated vacation or camping trip without worrying about your garden while you’re away!
If you also have indoor plants, there are several ways to handle their watering needs. Do you have a neighbor or friend with a green thumb that you can ask to water your plants while you’re away? Make it easier for them to care for your plants by clustering plants with similar watering needs together and moving them out of direct sunlight.
You can also use a large, clear plastic bag to make a mini greenhouse. Lay the bag out on a waterproof floor out of direct sunlight. Line the bottom with a damp towel, set your well-watered pots on the towel, gather the top of the bag and blow air into it, and then seal it with a twist-tie or rubber band. The puffed up bag will hold the moisture the plant leaves give off, keeping the air inside the bag nice and humid. Any excess moisture will drip down onto the plants.
Set up a wick system for larger plants using cotton cord and dollar store buckets. Make wicks from the thick cotton upholstery cord sold at any craft or fabric store that sells upholstery fabric. Cut a piece long enough to reach from the bottom of the bucket, over the pot rim, and down 3″ into the soil. Fill each bucket with water and leave knowing that your plants have ‘straws’ to sip water as they need it while you’re gone.
Gardening Is Another Fabulous Amenity at Station A!
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