[caption id="attachment_64273" align="aligncenter" width="607"] National Pet Week is May 5-11. How will you celebrate with your furry friends?[/caption] Our pets make us feel special every day with their playful natures, unconditional love and unwavering loyalty, so it only makes sense to show them a little gratitude every now and then. Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association, National Pet Week promotes responsible pet ownership, celebrates the human-animal bond and raises awareness of veterinary medicine. So in honor of National Pet Week, treat your furry friends to a day of love and pampering and show them how much you care. Here’s how.
[caption id="attachment_62172" align="alignleft" width="306"] Not sure where to begin organizing? Just take it one room at a time.[/caption] Home organization can seem like a daunting task, but when broken up room-by-room, it’s easier to tackle. Here’s how to divide and conquer to tame the mess. Bathroom No nonsense. Space is often at a premium in your bathroom, so it’s important to be firm and decisive about getting rid of things you don’t need. Toss out toiletries and equipment that you rarely use. In your medicine cabinet, limit yourself to just the essentials to keep your organization goals on track. Trust us, you can live without that seventh bottle of nail polish remover.
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[caption id="attachment_56077" align="alignleft" width="280"] Dust is the most common cause of indoor allergies, but make sure you're not kicking up dirt and debris when you're cleaning.[/caption] Indoor allergies caused by dust mites, pet dander and mold trigger allergy and even asthma symptoms in millions of indoor allergy sufferers each year. Spring cleaning is on the horizon! Read on to learn more about our Spring Clean Sweepstakes. While it is impossible to make your home completely allergen-free, below are a few tips to clear most of the bothersome allergens from your apartment.
[caption id="attachment_37469" align="alignleft" width="361"] Preparing for a move? These mobile apps can do the work for you.[/caption] There’s no doubt about it – moving can be a stressful, time-consuming process. Find your perfect apartment! If you aren’t adequately prepared for it, you can end up dealing with a disorganized mess. Luckily, all the help you need is available right at your fingertips. From finding a place to live to decorating in your new apartment, let these five mobile apps do the heavy lifting for you to help keep all steps of the moving process organized and stress-free. Apartment Guide Mobile Why: Before you move, scroll through thousands of apartment listings near you, available either in list or interactive map views, using the GPS feature. See full property details, view photos and floor plans and select amenities to help you find the perfect place to live. Best feature: Save apartments to your favorites list and call or email properties, all from your phone. For: iPhone and Android Cost: Free
[caption id="attachment_37273" align="alignleft" width="278"] Keep your apartment medicine cabinet stocked with essentials like cotton swabs, pain relievers and antiseptics.[/caption] With spring allergies looming, it’s the perfect time to reassess your medical supplies to ensure you’re prepared for any situation. Check the pulse on the medicine cabinet in your apartment and keep it stocked with these 15 must-have items.
[caption id="attachment_62873" align="aligncenter" width="880"] Domaine at Villebois Apartments in Wilsonville, OR[/caption] Early spring can be a time of excitement and release, when the temperatures finally warm up after a long and grueling winter. But if you have a green thumb, early spring might fill you with a sense of dread if you haven’t quite prepared your garden for spring planting. Don’t succumb to garden guilt. Here are five easy tips to get your container or community garden in tip-top shape for the spring planting season. In the Weeds If you’ve found that patches of weeds are beginning to grow in your garden, remove them and dispose of them carefully. Pulling or tearing at certain weeds like couch grass causes the roots to spread, so dig them out with a turning fork or trowel. Do not place the weeds in a compost pile, as you won’t want to accidentally spread the seeds around your garden. Once the weeds are clear, do a thorough clean up by removing leaves and other debris from the beds and borders.
[caption id="attachment_63025" align="aligncenter" width="880"] Villages at the Domain Apartments in Austin, TX[/caption] Moving into an apartment you can afford sometimes means opting for a smaller space. But if you come with a lot of baggage, it can be difficult to figure out where to put all your stuff. Maximize your storage space by following these simple and clever techniques below.
[caption id="attachment_36978" align="alignleft" width="278"] For a quick cabinet fix, experiment with different knobs and pulls.[/caption] Even though we're getting closer to spring cleaning, no need to toss things out and buy new replacements. With a little elbow grease and some inventive TLC, you can have the items in your apartment or home looking like new, without spending a lot to do so.
[caption id="attachment_36750" align="alignleft" width="361"] Being an empty nester gives you a great opportunity to see the country and the world.[/caption] You’ve finally got the kids out of the apartment and living independently. But what do you do now that you don’t have to plan vacations around school schedules or research kid-friendly destinations? Taking vacations without the kids can be an adjustment. Follow our tips below to plan a great trip and have a good time even though your little birds have left the nest.