5 Ways to Get Your Outerwear Ready for Winter

There is already talk of snow in the forecast in New England so it’s (finally) time to start pulling out the winter jackets, hats and boots! In order to keep things organized and to make sure your gear doesn’t take up too much space, follow these tips:

 

  1. Start by washing your winter coats, gloves and hats and scarves after you pull them out of storage.
  2. Make sure you have matched all of your gloves and mittens and fold or tie them together to keep them from separating.
  3. Shop for a shoe tray if you don’t already have one. Clean a spot by your front door to place it so you can take off your wet, snowy boots without making a mess.
  4. Have baskets laying around the house? Use one for your gloves, one for hats and one for scarves to keep things organized. Put the baskets on a shelf in your coat closet.
  5. Pull your lightweight jackets out of the closet to make room and put them in storage. Hang your winter coats underneath your baskets for your cold weather accessories.

 

15 Items for Your College Packing Checklist

It’s about that time; time for college students to head back to school for a brand new year. Packing everything up for a new semester of school is no easy task since there’s so much to pack. When making your checklist, don’t forget to add these ten items you may not have thought to put in your suitcase!

 

  1. Batteries (in all standard sizes)
  2. A fan – dorm rooms can get hot!
  3. A shower caddy for all your toiletries
  4. Your health insurance card (keep it in your wallet)
  5. First aid kit
  6. Flip flops or shower shoes
  7. Spare sheets & a blanket
  8. Flashlight
  9. Extra ink for your printer
  10. Laundry detergent
  11. A laundry basket
  12. An umbrella
  13. A bathrobe
  14. Extension cord
  15. A power strip for your desk area

Princeton is Growing – Forest Acres Haverhill, MA

Country living with the convenience of city life….that is Forest Acres in Haverhill, MA!

Picture rolling hills and a natural wooded setting giving you the peace and comfort you need at home. With easy access to shopping, schools, restaurants and the commuter rail, Forest Acres is the perfect location for busy families or business professionals. Our unique apartment community is located directly off Route 125 in the Bradford area of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

There’s a lot to love about living here.  Enjoy relaxing poolside on a hot summer day or stroll over to the community playground.  If getting a bit of exercise is on your mind then head over to our onsite basketball court and tennis court after work!  With one, two and three bedroom apartment options, there’s something for everyone at Forest Acres.

Visit our website here to learn more about amenities, view floor plans and setup a tour!

Princeton is Growing – Village Green Littleton

Princeton is growing and we’re headed to Littleton, MA!

Only 45 minutes away from downtown Boston, sits Village Green Littleton; the perfect suburban getaway! Work outside the city? We are a short commute away from neighboring high-tech parks in Acton, Westford, Concord and Littleton.

Escape the stress of work each day and head home to your luxury apartment where you’ll feel both comfortable and relaxed. Each unit has its own washer and dryer, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and walk-in closets among many other fantastic amenities.

No need to head to the beach, you can swim in our heated, saltwater pool or spend time with neighbors on the outdoor patio at the community clubhouse. If fitness is your thing, you can workout right on site at our 24 hour fitness center.

And as a resident, you’ll always have access to 24-hour emergency maintenance and professional on-site management. Let our friendly and experienced staff take care of your needs. Come visit our Littleton luxury apartments today! Visit our website to find additional photos, view floor plans and learn about amenities.

5 Things To Do Before Leaving on Vacation

Heading away for a summer trip? Here are some things you might want to consider doing besides packing your suitcase!

  1. Don’t announce when you’re leaving on social media. Friends aren’t always the only ones watching. Keep your home safe while you’re away by leaving your vacation plans offline.
  2. Ask a trusted neighbor to pickup your mail or packages. You don’t want to announce to everyone that you’re away by having fliers or packages building up!
  3. Make sure you’re not coming home to a big electric bill by unplugging all of your non-essential appliances.
  4. Empty out the fridge and the trash cans. There’s nothing worse than coming home to expired food and a full trash barrel in your home.
  5. Pay your bills! You don’t want to be relaxing on the beach only to remember you never paid your cable bill before you left. Make sure to organize payments and visit the post office before you head out.

3 Tips for Cleaning Patio Furniture

It looks like spring might be here to stay (fingers crossed the snow is gone for the season)! Warmer weather means spending more time outdoors so it’s time to pull out the patio furniture. Depending on the type you have or what you need to clean, there are different ways to get them ready for the upcoming season.

 

  1. If you have mildew on your furniture, put some white vinegar in a spray bottle. By spraying the surface of the furniture you should be able to easily wipe away the mildew and the vinegar should also keep it from growing back.

 

  1. If your white, plastic lawn chairs are looking dingy try using bleach to get them looking their best. Mix ½ cup of bleach with a gallon of water and a little detergent. Wash the chairs with the solution and then towel dry.

 

  1. If your patio furniture is made of a more sensitive material, try using baking soda to get it clean. Wet a sponge then dip it into some baking soda. Wipe the stains with a circular motion until clean.

5 Tips for Making Spring Cleaning Easier

This past Monday marked the official first day of spring! It’s time to start refreshing our homes and thinking about spring cleaning. It can be a daunting task to get things deep-cleaned and organized, but using these tips should make the process smooth!

1 – The first thing you need to do is purge! Start getting rid of junk and unwanted items so you don’t waste time cleaning them, organizing or finding a new home for them when it’s time to start.

2 – If you have small children, find a busy activity for them to do or a place for them to go when it’s time to clean. You won’t want children making a mess in the middle of your spring cleaning.

3 – Get all of your supplies together early. Make sure you have rubber gloves, cleaning solutions, rags, mops etc ready to go so you don’t have to waste cleaning time with trips to the store.

4 – Make a playlist of all of your favorite upbeat songs. Press play when it’s time to put the gloves on and start cleaning. The music will make the time go by faster and it will keep you entertained and moving.

5 – Make a list and stick to it. Write down all of the rooms you want to clean and the order you want to clean them. Stick to the plan so you don’t get distracted. It’ll feel great to cross each task off the list as you complete it!

5 Tips for Keeping a Clean Bathroom

It’s probably everyone’s least favorite room in the house to clean, but it also needs it the most! Stop stressing about having a tidy bathroom by following these tips. They don’t take much time and your bathroom will never have a chance to get filthy!

 

  1. Choose one day a week to give the bathroom a deep clean. Put on your gloves and pull out the cleaning solvents to make your shower, tub and toilet sparkle.

 

  1. Once a week when you’re doing laundry, pull all of your bathroom linens (i.e. hand towels, rugs) and get them clean.

 

  1. Every morning take a couple minutes to wipe down the sink and faucet. Add it to your morning routine after you’ve brushed your teeth and it will keep your sink free from soap scum and toothpaste!

 

  1. Bathroom trash can be forgotten, especially if it’s hidden under a vanity. Don’t let yours overflow. Use a plastic grocery bag to line your trash can and pull the whole bag out and add it to your kitchen trash before you bring it outside.

 

  1. Sometimes we tend to forget about the floors in the bathroom too. Once a week (maybe when you’re doing laundry), pull out your swiffer or mop and wash your bathroom floors. That way you can lay bathroom rugs back onto a clean floor after they’ve been washed.

15 Things to Throw Away Today

January is a great time to refresh and reorganize things in your home. When you’re trapped inside on cold, snowy weekends why not use the time to get rid of some items that are causing clutter? If you can’t seem to figure out where to start, read below for a list of 15 items to get rid of right now!

 

  1. Newspapers and magazines you have already read
  2. Receipts that you don’t need
  3. Ticket stubs
  4. Any damaged clothing you can’t fix
  5. Expired food from your pantry
  6. Old paperwork or bills that don’t need to be filed
  7. Toiletries that are almost empty or have expired
  8. Manuals for electronics you don’t use or need
  9. Worn-out shoes
  10. Old or outdated computer software
  11. Books you’ve already read
  12. Toys your children or pets don’t play with
  13. Stained Tupperware
  14. Old bath towels
  15. Medicines that are expired or almost empty (make sure to dispose of properly)

5 Holiday Items to Buy Now

The holidays are behind us and the last thing on everyone’s mind is preparing for next year’s festivities. Before packing away your holiday boxes for storage, pick up some of these items that are sure to be on sale. When next year rolls around you’ll be so glad you did!

 

  1. Wrapping paper and gift bags – when it’s time to wrap your holiday gifts next year you’ll be thrilled when you open a storage container full of gift wrapping supplies that you scored for next to nothing!
  2. Holiday Cards – When the holidays are over, most stores sell their remaining holiday cards for over 70% off! Pick up a couple boxes for a few dollars next time you’re out and have them on hand for mailing in 2017!
  3.  Artificial Christmas trees – If you’re thinking of putting up a fake tree next year or if yours needs an upgrade, buy it now! You won’t see these discounted until Black Friday next year and even then, they can typically be sold out at most stores.
  4. Ornaments and Decor – Usually around the holidays you’ll see ornament shops pop up at malls for the season. Once the holidays are over, they mark down all of their goods before they close up shop for the year. This is a great time to pick up some items you realized you were missing in your home this year or gifts for your friends.
  5. Lights – String lights are marked down over 50% after the holidays and it’s the perfect time to stock up! You can pick up a few boxes to store away for next year’s decor or replace any that may have broken after this season.