Organizing the Linen Closet – At Home With Princeton

Spring cleaning has never been easier! With more time at home we can tackle one organization project a week and our homes will feel cleaner in no time. Today we’re going to help you tackle the linen closet (hall closet, bathroom closet are other names that may be used for this specific spot). Let’s get started!

 

1 – The easiest part of this project is step one. Pull everything out! It’s easiest to see what you’ve been hoarding when it’s all laid out in front of you.

 

2 – Wipe down all of your surfaces inside, vacuum the floor and give it a quick wash. Now you have a clean slate for storage.

 

3 – Check out the quality of your bath towels. If some are faded, thin, have holes, etc. it’s time to part ways. Recycle some as cleaning rags and get rid of the rest. The ones that are making the cut can be folded or rolled and stored back on an empty shelf.

 

4 – Check out your toiletries. If you have a stash of shampoos, soaps, etc organize them on shelving. Put the items in order so you can pull new ones from the front as you need them and continue storing. Have items that are old or expired? Now is the time to toss.

 

5 – Get fancy with your storage. If you’re one of the lucky ones that has a surplus of toilet paper these days, find a fun way to store your extras. A decorative basket can be put on the floor of the closet and filled with rolls. Items like soaps, tissues, sprays etc can also be stored in baskets.

 

6 – See what items are left. If they were meant to be in the linen closet they can stay and continue getting organized. Use small baskets, boxes etc for storage so you don’t have too many items just thrown on shelves. If they need to be stored somewhere else now is the time to find their new home.

5 Tips for Staying Healthy at Home – At Home with Princeton

You don’t need any special equipment to stay healthy during this time of social-distancing. Here are 5 great tips for keeping your body and your mind in tip top shape while you’re at home.

 

1 – Stream at at-home workout you can do right in your living room. There are tons of online workouts you can do without stepping foot into a fitness studio. Beachbody on Demand, Glo Yoga and Nike Training Club are just a few programs that you can stream right on your TV or device for an awesome workout. You can also find many fitness videos and regimens on YouTube.

2 – Get outside and go for a hike or a walk. It’s easy to keep your distance in the great outdoors. Get some fresh air and depending on where you live, check out one of these beautiful hiking trails in New England.

3 – Keep your brain in tip top shape by doing a daily brain teaser or puzzle. You can find great ones online that will challenge you mentally and give your brain some exercise each morning.

4 – Start a journal to exercise your creativity and mind. Years from now we may not have apps like Facebook or Twitter that we can check to remember this time. Grab a notebook and start jotting down what you’re feeling and what is happening each day. A year from now you can look back and remember what you had been through and share with others.

5 – Set aside some time each morning or evening to give yourself ten minutes to meditate. Sit quietly and reflect on the day. When you’re done, challenge yourself by giving yourself a goal for the next day. It can be anything from organizing a closet to starting a creative project you’ve been putting off.

Easy Crafts for Kids – At Home With Princeton

It’s hard to keep kids entertained while they’re stuck inside on a gloomy day. Get their creative juices flowing with some fun craft ideas! Here are 5 fun crafts that include items you already have laying around the house…

 

1 – Create your own puffy paint – Mix equal parts shaving cream and glue in a bowl. Add a few drops of your favorite color food coloring. The consistency will look like a foam and smell like shaving cream. Let the kids mix and watch the puffy paint form it’s shape. (Make sure you dry any paintings overnight as these take a while to dry)

courtesy of Parenting Chaos

2 – Paper plate crafts – Have a package of disposable plates at home? These can be great craft inspiration for the kids. Have them draw their own self portrait, create fun masks or cut out ears and whiskers to make Easter bunnies. Here is a great resource for finding great paper plate crafts!

Courtesy of SHW Home Decor

3 – DIY Sensory Bottles – Clean some empty plastic bottles you have in the recycling and put them to good use! Let the kids fill them with whatever you have laying around. Rice, glitter, pom poms, colored water…anything works!

Courtesy of KidKare

4 – Rock Painting – Get the kids outside for some fresh air. Have them be on the lookout for rocks and stones that they can bring inside to paint. Make funny faces, cool designs, write uplifting messages and add glitter if you have it!

Courtesy of Crafty Morning

5 – Homemade Playdough – Playdough is fun to play with and even more fun if you make it yourself! Check out this simple recipe here that won’t take long and will include items you already have in your pantry.

Courtesy of Pretty Providence

 

 

Organizing The Junk Drawer – At Home With Princeton

We all have one. That one drawer in the kitchen that holds LOTS of things. All of the things you don’t know where to store. Yours might be full of pens (many that are probably out of ink), scissors, receipts, coupons or trinkets you’ve collected. Whatever is inside, let’s all take fifteen minutes together today to tackle that junk drawer together once and for all!

 

Step 1 – Remove all of the contents of the junk drawer and lay it out on the counter so you can see what you’ve been hoarding. Don’t worry…we won’t judge!

Step 2 – Grab a trash bag and start tossing! Test your pens and pencils. If they’re broken or out of ink, it’s time to let them go. Have expired coupons? Dead batteries? Now is the time to send them on their way.

Step 3 – Clean the drawer. You might need the vacuum for this part! Get rid of the dust and debris and give that drawer a wipe down with some disinfectant.

Step 4 – Make it pretty! You don’t need fancy contact paper for this one. Have some wrapping paper lying around? Measure and cut a piece to secure to the bottom of your drawer.

Step 5 – Now that you’ve decided what’s going to stay, it’s time to organize. Put together all of your takeout menus, coupons, gift cards etc and stash them in envelopes for safe keeping. Pens (that work), pencils, scissors can be stored towards the front for easy access. Use recycled glass jar or tins to store things like paper clips, thumb tacks, safety pins, rubber bands etc. All of the items that don’t belong in this drawer?  Now is the time to put them in a more appropriate place for good!

Introducing Princeton Square in Swanzey, NH!

We’re excited to share the news about the newly-named, Princeton Square (formerly Haley Park) in scenic Swanzey, NH!

There is already so much for us to love in the Swanzey/Keene, NH area. Princeton Square is now joining our family in the Keene neighborhood – making us love this area even more.

 

Whether you’re looking for a one bedroom or a two, we have plenty of floor plan options for you at Princeton Square. Residents will now be able to enjoy a wide variety of updates upon moving in, including newly-carpeted common areas, brightly-lit hallways (with new fixtures) and fresh paint. We have also begun renovating many of the apartments too. Who doesn’t love a brand new kitchen? Renovations at Princeton Square will include stainless steel appliances, tile back-splashes, granite counters and wood style flooring in the kitchen.  See a sneak peek below of the materials we are planning to use in the renovations! We are so excited to see how it all comes together.

Stay tuned for new photos once the renovations are completed.

The Swanzey/Keene area is a fantastic place to raise a family with it’s New England charm and great sense of “community”. Whether it’s arts, shopping, sports, or outdoor adventure, this area of New Hampshire is the perfect spot for a calm and relaxing lifestyle.

Visit us here to view additional photos, floor plans and for scheduling a tour. We’re excited to see you at Princeton Square!

 

5 DIY Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas

Love is in the air!

Are you hosting a Valentine’s Day party or dinner at your place this weekend? You don’t need to break the bank to decorate with rose petals. Check out these fun and easy DIY projects that will make your home look decked out for Valentine’s Day!

 

1 – Pucker Up Balloons – All you need is red lipstick and some white balloons for this one!

photo courtesy of studiodiy.com

 

2 – Candy Heart Garland –  Grab some construction paper and some baking twine to create this garland the kids are sure to love!

photo courtesy of Tell Love and Party

 

3 – Candy Heart Bouquet – The vase of water is hidden underneath a pile of conversation hearts in this cute Valentine’s centerpiece!

photo courtesy of Smart School House

 

4 – Heart Branch Tree – Some twigs from the yard, twine, paper and a little spray paint and you can create this adorable heart branch tree for your Valentine’s party.

photo courtesy of The House That Lars Built

 

5 – Heart Balloon Backdrop – If you’re an Instagram lover, this balloon heart will make the perfect background for your Valentine photos!

photo courtesy of The House That Lars Built

5 Things to Do in Dover, NH

Whether you’re traveling to Dover this winter or waiting until the weather is warmer, there is plenty to do! Locals of Dover (including our residents at Princeton Dover Apartments) recommend trying these 5 fun things the next time you are visiting.

 

1 – The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

2 – Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

3 – Tall Ship Distillery 

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

4 – Tendercrop Farm 

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

5 – Hilton Park

Photo courtesy of Seacoastnh.com

High-Efficiency Heating & Cooling at Princeton Place!

We are excited to announce that Princeton Place in Worcester, MA is getting a heating and cooling upgrade! National Grid predicts that these new systems can save some residents up to $500 a year on their energy costs!

Contractors are working hard to install high-efficiency Mitsubishi heat pumps in the living rooms of every apartment home. These new systems will save our residents money as they cost less to run than the old baseboard systems that were previously in place. As an added bonus, these systems will also provide air conditioning to our residents in the warm, summer months.

heat pump is an energy-saving air conditioner that simply reverses the flow of refrigerant. Combining the functions means one less system to worry about, joining the best of both worlds to create one of the best heating and cooling systems on the market today.

 

The contractors began working on Monday, January 6th and will be completing this project in two phases. To learn more about Princeton Place and view additional photos or floor plans click here.

5 Easy DIY Holiday Centerpieces

It’s crunch time! Christmas is two days away and if you’re hosting dinner at your place you’re probably getting everything setup now. Looking to add a festive centerpiece to your table but short on time? You may have some of these items already floating around your house to create these beautiful (and easy) holiday centerpieces.

 

1 – Holiday Gift Bags filled with Greenery 

 

2 – Festive Floating Flora

 

3 – Ornaments and Garland

 

4 – Winter Fruits on Display

 

5 – Mini Christmas Trees

5 Fun Holiday Events in New Hampshire

Ready to start celebrating the holidays? Our friends in New Hampshire have lot’s of festive local events to make their holidays bright and merry this December. Whether you are a resident in the Keene, Dover or Nashua area there is something exciting to do with the whole family.

 

1 – A Merry Little Christmas Celebration at Bretton Woods. 

There are holiday events all month long at Bretton Woods including a Christmas buffet, a holiday movie marathon, scavenger hunts and more.

 

2 – Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie Tour

Participants will not only tour inns decked in all their holiday finery offering signature holiday cookies and candies, but will receive recipes from each inn in a Holiday Recipe Cookbook to take home and a chance to win a $250 gift certificate for a getaway at the inn of their choice.

 

3 – Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

A 2.5-mile drive-thru light show features the Tunnel of Lights (the 130-foot-long infield entrance and exit tunnels will be brightly lit, giving a truly memorable experience that kids of all ages will need to see to believe).

 

4 – Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour

Start this enchanted horse-drawn journey by checking in at Nestlenook’s Gazebo.  There you’ll find the entire Gazebo filled with Christmas and Holiday decorations.  Here you will pick up your first home-made chocolate treasure and a festive bag to use for any uneaten chocolates collected on your sleigh ride.  You may sit in the sleigh found in the Gazebo and have family Christmas Holiday photos taken.

 

5 – Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth

Celebrate the season by taking a stroll in downtown Portsmouth where you’ll find holiday shows, music, ice skating and shopping.