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.

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 

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4 – Tendercrop Farm 

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

5 – Hilton Park

Photo courtesy of Seacoastnh.com

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.

5 Ways to Save on Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

We’re about two weeks away from the big day! If you’re hosting this year you’re probably getting your final headcount, making a menu and cleaning for visitors. Hosting a holiday can certainly be expensive but here are ten ways you can save this year.

 

1 – Ask your guests to bring something. Don’t try and do it all yourself. If you supply the turkey then ask your guests to bring the sides and dessert. This will save you both time and money.

 

2 – Want a fancy table? Head to your local Dollar Store for some decor. You can find cloth napkins, greenery, LED candles and more that will help your table look beautiful on a budget.

 

3 – Limit your drink menu. Don’t try to personalize your bar menu by having something specific for each person on your list. Instead stick to two beverage options and water.

 

4 – Wait for local deals before buying your turkey. A lot of grocery stores will have sales on turkeys before the big day. Check out your local paper for inserts that announce the sales.

 

5 – Having guests stay over for the weekend? Don’t go crazy trying to prepare a fancy guestroom. Add some travel toiletries in a basket in your bathroom. This will let your guests feel welcome and right at home.

5 Spooky Things to Do in Salem, Massachusetts

We love Salem, Massachusetts this time of year! There are lots of Haunted Happenings all month long and with Halloween being only 4 days away now is the best time to pay a visit! We’ve done our research and asked our residents at Princeton Crossing and come up with a list of the best Halloween attractions to visit in Salem this year.

 

1 – The Salem Witch Museum

 

2 – Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

 

3 – Mahi Mahi Halloween Cruises

photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

4 – House of Seven Gables

 

5 – Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

10 Ways To Get Into the Halloween Spirit

Halloween is just about 3 weeks away and it’s time to get into the spooky spirit (if you haven’t already). Here are ten ways you can feel festive and celebrate the upcoming holiday.

1 – Pick out some pumpkins and carve them. Put battery-operated candles in them to make them last even longer. Display your pumpkins on your porch, patio or balcony.

 

2 – Have a scary movie marathon. Whether you like the horror movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street or the silly cult classics like Hocus Pocus, carve out (see what we did there) some time this weekend to watch your favorites!

 

3 – Watch a Halloween-inspired baking show (like Halloween Baking Championship on Food Network) and test your novice skills baking a Halloween dish!

 

4 – Head down to your local costume shop and pick out a costume. Even if you aren’t attending a party this year, it’s fun to dress up to hand out candy to trick or treaters.

 

5 – Speaking of trick or treaters, get in the spirit early by picking up some fun-sized treats to hand out at your door. Feeling really crafty? Try putting together some fun mini gift bags for your neighbors who will be visiting.

 

6 – Throw an impromptu costume party! Invite a few friends over and get dressed up in your spooky-best. Hand out awards for the scariest, most creative and silliest costumes.

 

7 – Listen to some spooky music. Streaming stations like Pandora and Spotify have stations and playlists filled with Halloween-themed music. Listen along while you decorate your home for Halloween.

 

8 – If you live at or near Princeton Westford (and you’re brave), check out Witches Woods for a fun and spooky night of Halloween fun.

 

9 – Have a pet? Help them get festive by getting them a Halloween costume this year.

 

10 – Last but certainly not least, take a trip to Salem, MA! You will certainly feel in the Halloween spirit by visiting the Salem Witch Museum or attending Salem Horror Fest. While you’re in town, visit our friends at Princeton Crossing and say hi!

A Lot to Love About Maine – Casco Bay Lines

There’s a lot to love about Maine in the summer time. If you haven’t spent a weekend visiting Maine’s islands you should make plans before summer is over! Maine’s islands include Peaks IslandLittle Diamond IslandGreat Diamond IslandLong IslandChebeague Island and Cliff Island.  Getting to the islands is a quick and enjoyable ferry-ride away.  Our residents at Foreside Estates and Princeton on Back Cove love jumping on Casco Bay Lines for a ride.

Whether you are visiting for a day, staying for vacation, or enjoying one of their scenic or music cruises – Casco Bay Lines is your fun and safe connection to the islands of Maine! The regularly-scheduled ferry operates 365 days a year. There are also lots of fun specialty cruises including a sunset and moonlight run. Learn more about the ferry and boat rides you can enjoy at Cascobaylines.com.