Apartment Organization Tips

A well-organized apartment creates a feeling of welcome and relaxation the moment you walk through the door. Although it can be challenging to keep your apartment neat and clean when you lead a busy lifestyle, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you stay on track in the battle against clutter and disorganization. Keep reading to find out how you can maintain an orderly apartment to enhance the look and feel of your Broomfield home.

Kitchen Organization

Your kitchen is one of the main activity hubs in your apartment, but keeping this space organized isn’t impossible. Use a bulletin board or magnetic message board to keep notes and important papers visible without taking up counter space. Store the majority of your food items and cooking implements in your pantry, drawers, and cabinets, keeping only a minimum of appliances out on your countertop. Maximizing counter space will make your kitchen look cleaner and feel roomier—not to mention provide the opportunity to show off your quartz countertops! Use risers in your pantry to stack food vertically, allowing you to see the labels easily while utilizing all the shelf space. If you’d like a place to store items such as cookbooks, a mug collection, or other kitchen-related items, consider placing a bookshelf or end table in your kitchen’s dining space for extra storage.

Bathroom Organization

The key to an organized bathroom is maintaining clear counter and floor space. Keep only a few items on your counter at once and don’t go overboard with countertop decorative accessories. Store unused items in your vanity or medicine cabinet to keep them out of sight but within easy reach. A small wire basket can contain items such as shampoos, soaps, and razors while looking neat and stylish on the ledge of your tub. Hanging or suction cup shower caddies are another great organizational solution to keep all your toiletries in one place for easy access while bathing.

Bedroom Organization

Under-the-bed storage bins are a great place for spare linens and out-of-season clothing, and you can hide your storage solution from sight with a bed skirt. Keeping your closets organized will also cut down on clutter in the bedroom by providing plenty of space to store clothing, shoes, and other accessories out of sight. A rolling laundry organizer will keep dirty clothing organized and transport it easily from your bedroom to your apartment’s washer and dryer. Hanging baskets, over-the-door shoe organizers, and double hang closet rods create additional storage space and help you maintain a neater, cleaner closet.

Garage Organization

Renting an apartment with a private garage offers you a variety of benefits. Your garage is not only a safe place to keep your car, bike, and other outdoor equipment, it’s also a great place to store out-of-season items to free up space in your apartment. Adding utility shelves to your garage is an easy way to create vertical storage space for items you don’t need to access frequently. Car care necessities, gardening tools, and holiday decorations can all be stored in your garage. Keeping items in clear plastic bins not only reduces clutter, but provides easy viewing so you can see what’s in each bin at a glance as well.

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Getting Your New Apartment Organized

Your beautiful new living space at Waena Apartments features wood-style flooring, a private lanai, and beautiful countertops you’re sure to love. Once you’ve moved in and gotten settled, however, clutter and disorganization can easily detract from the look and feel of your Honolulu apartment space. Check out these tips to help you get your apartment organized—and keep it that way—so you’ll always have a clean, spacious, and orderly island apartment to enjoy.

Cut Clutter

Clutter can accumulate quickly, causing your apartment to feel messy and disorganized. Papers, keys, notes, and other small items often pile up on any available horizontal surface because they have no “home.” One of the first and easiest steps toward getting and keeping your new apartment organized is to cut clutter by finding a home for every object. Create homes using small baskets, hooks, and over-the-door organizers if you need additional space or storage, particularly in “clutter hotspots” where items seem to accumulate quickly. Avoid placing too many decorative items, knickknacks, toiletries, and small appliances on bathroom and kitchen counters, which minimize usable space and create physical and visual clutter. Choose only a few items to keep within easy reach, and put the rest away out of sight in cabinets or closets. Keeping objects off the horizontal surfaces in your apartment will ensure you have the chance to enjoy your beautiful solid surface countertops while helping your kitchen and bathroom to feel cleaner, more open, and more relaxing.

Tackle Your Closets

While disorderly closets can be tempting to hide behind closed doors, the mess inside doesn’t disappear simply because you can’t see it. A disorganized closet creates a place where important items can easily become lost, leading to frustration and wasted time as you search for cleaning supplies, linens, jewelry, shoes, or clothes. Tackle your closets one at a time, pulling everything out so you can see what’s hidden inside. Purchase a jewelry box or organizer to keep important items clean and safe. Shoe racks are an inexpensive way to organize a pile of unruly shoes, and they are available in freestanding, over-the-door, or hanging varieties. Make sure you have enough hangers to keep clothing off the floor, or use a bureau or bookshelf to store folded clothing and linens. A rolling laundry organizer can make sorting laundry a snap, allowing you to toss items into the correct bin immediately after wearing them. When organizing a closet full of cleaning supplies, a small tension rod can provide the perfect place to hang bottles of household cleaners, rags, and more. Small plastic tubs or shower storage caddies make excellent containers for cleaning supplies and other miscellaneous items, keeping them contained and preventing spills. Make sure each cleaning item has a label to make finding the solution you need even easier.

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Spring Events in Broomfield

Spring in Broomfield means longer days, rising temperatures, and plenty of events and activities for residents to enjoy. Whether you love running, biking, dining, or music, Broomfield has something to entertain and excite you this spring.

Dash n’ Dine 5k Series

Just a short drive to Boulder is all it takes to participate in one of the area’s favorite race series: Dash n’ Dine. This six-race series consists of a 5k run followed by a laid-back post-race dinner the entire family can enjoy. The Dash n’ Dine series is famous for its fun, friendly atmosphere. This race appeals to veterans and first-time runners alike with a course that alternates between pavement and hard-packed dirt for easy traction. The Dash n’ Dine 5k takes you along the dam road around the Boulder reservoir for great natural views during the run. This year’s race series begins on April 8th, 2014, with races to follow on April 15th, April 22nd, May 6th, May 13th, and May 20th. Each race begins at 6:30pm, with a post-race cookout scheduled for 7:15pm. One dollar from each entry fee goes to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Marvelous Musicales

The Broomfield Music Teachers’ Association will present the second of three 2014 Marvelous Musicales on April 19, 2014. This event, held at the Broomfield Auditorium from 4-5:30pm, features short three- to five-minute performances that highlight local musical talent. Participants include solo instrumentalists, pianists, and vocalists performing a variety of selections from musical theater, jazz, folk, classical, and contemporary music. Each Marvelous Musicales event is different, so there’s always something new to see and hear. You can enjoy this event as a spectator or visit the Broomfield Music Teachers’ Association website to enter yourself in this fun-for-all musical event!

Broomfield Brawler Adventure Race

The Broomfield Brawler is “the ultimate scavenger hunt” that will challenge your body and your mind. Anyone and everyone can take part in this unique event, which is a combination wilderness eco-event and Amazing Race. All you’ll need is one to three buddies, a bike, and a helmet to participate in this year’s Broomfield Brawler, which will take place on Sunday, May 4th, beginning at 9am. The main disciplines necessary for the race are running and biking, but you may find yourself jumping, skating, and getting a little wet along the way! The race stops are a secret you’ll have to decipher in order to continue, hence the “scavenger hunt” aspect of the race. During the Broomfield Brawler, you’ll make your way through both the city of Broomfield and the surrounding countryside, using local landmarks to navigate during this two- to four-hour event that will cover anywhere between eight and fifteen miles of your Colorado home. Cash prizes are awarded to the top two two- and four-person teams, with the amounts dependent upon the number of entrants in the event.

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Hiking Near Kapolei

Hiking is one of the best ways to experience life on Oahu. Some of the island’s best views can be enjoyed from the many trails that offer something for amateur and advanced hikers alike. Many of Oahu’s best hiking trails are located just minutes from your Kalaeloa rental home in Kapolei.

Manana Trail

Manana Trail is a 4-mile trail near Pearl City, just 15 minutes from Kapolei. On the Manana Trail, you’ll find hikers, runners, and mountain bikers enjoying the weather and the stunning views. The Manana Trail features plenty of shade, although it’s still recommended to bring water and wear sunscreen to beat the island heat. The lower two miles of the trail will take you to a popular camping and picnicking site where you can enjoy a rest or a meal.

Diamond Head Summit Trail

Diamond Head is one of Oahu’s most prominent features. This famous volcanic crater is located on the southeast shore of the island, easily visible from Waikiki. The 1.5-mile Diamond Head Summit Trail is one of the most popular hikes on the island, featuring 360-degree views from the WWII bunkers that still sit atop Diamond Head. This trail is a moderate-difficulty hike because parts of the trail are very steep; however, the Summit Trail is paved for easier access and features a variety of lookouts where you can stop and enjoy the island views. Because this trail is exposed, bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen. Many hikers advise starting out in the morning to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail

The Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail covers 2.25 miles and climbs 1,800 feet to the top of the Ko’olau Ridge, which is part of the Ko’olau Mountains visible across the eastern part of the island. This steep hike also makes a for a challenging run, but when taking the trail slowly, it is an enjoyable experience for hikers of all experience levels. Along the way, you’ll find lush island greenery and plenty of opportunities to capture photos of the landscape. There is a picnic area less than a mile from the top where you can pause to enjoy refreshments and catch your breath before making your way to the ridge’s summit to take in the beautiful views.

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

If you’re interested in a gently-sloping trail that culminates in a magnificent view, you’ll love the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail. This trail takes hikers along the Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline and offers long-distance views of the islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i when the weather is clear. Hikers often see migrating whales as these majestic animals pass between Oahu and its neighboring islands. The Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail features a paved trail that is easy to navigate and ends near the Makapu’u Lighthouse, which is one of Oahu’s most famous landmarks. This lighthouse has been standing guard on the island’s shore since 1909. Just past the lighthouse, you’ll be able to see the eastern side of the island, including areas such as Waimanalo Beach and the Koko Crater.

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Personalizing Your Apartment Kitchen

Your Carmel Pacific Ridge apartment features a large kitchen with designer quartz countertops, solid wood cabinetry, a gas range, and stainless steel appliances. There are many ways to personalize your luxury kitchen while still allowing these upscale features and finishes to shine, creating a space where you’re sure to enjoy both cooking and dining.

Add Art

Many people don’t think of the kitchen as an ideal location for artwork, but adding color and texture to the walls can really imbue this room with personality. Choose a color palette for your kitchen and find artwork or other items that tie in with this theme. Artwork doesn’t necessarily need to be in the form of prints or photos, either—consider displaying artistic pieces with a kitchen theme, such as aprons, dish towels, or painted pots and pans. Small statuettes, vases, and other items can also bring personality and color to your kitchen. Cookbooks with covers that pick up your kitchen’s color scheme can also serve as risers to lift decorative items a few inches off your counters. When adding décor to your kitchen counters, keep items to a minimum to avoid taking up valuable working space. One or two countertop items are all you’ll need to show off your kitchen’s personality.

Set Your Table

Just like a well-made bed, a beautifully-set table can set the decorative tone of your kitchen. Keeping your table set not only gives your kitchen personality, it will also discourage you from using the table as a catch-all space for keys, papers, and other clutter. Start with a tablecloth or runner that appeals to you and maintains the color or pattern theme of your kitchen. Depending upon the size of your table, purchase two to four decorative place settings in a color and style you like—and don’t forget placemats, chargers, and cloth napkins! Add a vase and flowers (they can be real or fake) to integrate additional colors that complement your place settings. Alternatively, you can use other decorative items as a themed centerpiece for your table, such as books, a statuette, or even colored kitchen canisters.

Show Off Your Collections

Do you collect mugs, teacups, or other kitchen-related items? Show off your collection on small section of your countertop or by placing a pedestal, curio cabinet, or shelving unit in your kitchen. Floating shelves or wall hooks are another great display option if you want to conserve floor space. Place items in a unique arrangement that shows off the elements you like best. If you have a large collection, don’t try to set it out all at once. Rotating items will keep the amount of belongings displayed at any one time under control while still allowing you to enjoy your entire collection, a few items at a time.

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Gear Up for Spring with These San Diego Events

As the tail end of winter makes way for spring, San Diego comes alive with a variety of festivals, performances, fairs, and exhibitions. During the months of April and May, you’ll find excitement and beauty around every corner as annual events that include San Diego’s Lakeside Rodeo and Coronado’s Flower Show come to town. San Diego’s mild spring weather provides the perfect environment to enjoy sports, art, food, and the company of family or friends.

50th Annual Lakeside Rodeo

This spring marks the 50th anniversary of San Diego’s annual Lakeside Rodeo event. Take a trip down South with rodeo events that include bareback riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and Lakeside’s own special event, stick horse racing. This year’s rodeo features Tomas Gracilazo, an award-winning trick roper who has performed throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Europe. The Lakeside Rodeo takes place this year on April 25th, 26th, and 27th.

89th Annual Coronado Flower Show

The Coronado Flower Show has been a local tradition and a springtime highlight since 1922. It has grown into the largest tented flower show anywhere in the nation. This year’s Coronado Flower Show will be held during the fourth weekend of April at Coronado’s Spreckels Park. Each year, the Flower Show features numerous exhibits and flower displays in tents ringing the park’s central gazebo, where the show’s performances, awards, and presentations take place. The Coronado Flower Show also features a Wine and Beer Garden where you can take a break from the show and enjoy a drink while listening to live music.

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

The Carlsbad Spring Village Faire is the largest one-day street fair in the United States. This community favorite draws more than 100,000 visitors to the seaside city of Carlsbad to browse through artisans’ booths, chow down on delicious food, and enjoy a variety of live entertainment. The 2014 Carlsbad Spring Village Faire will be held on May 4, 2014, featuring over 900 vendors selling plants, decorative items, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, and more. Over 50 food vendors will be selling every type of food imaginable, from local cuisine to European and Asian delicacies. The Beer and Wine Garden offers television and live entertainment. Other fair favorites include the annual Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast and the children’s area, which offers a rock-climbing wall, face painting, a super slide, and arts and crafts activities.

21st Annual Sicilian Festival

May 18th marks the celebration of the 21st annual Sicilian Festival, a day-long cultural festival that takes place in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy. This free, family-friendly event features food, drinks, music, arts and crafts, and activities that focus on the history and culture of Sicily. The Sicilian Festival hosts four stages with live entertainment, an Italian car show, a pasta-eating contest, and a flag procession at midday. As you walk through the tents, pavilions, and stages, keep an eye out for delicious treats such as sausages, biscotti, tiramisu, calzones, and rum cake!

Springtime in San Diego is not to be missed, and you can enjoy these activities and more just a short distance from your Carmel Pacific Ridge apartment! Our Bay Bridge luxury apartments offer stunning views of Mission Valley, Riverwalk Golf Course, and the San Diego Bay. Inside, you’ll find upscale features that include pendant accent lighting, designer quartz countertops, contemporary solid wood cabinetry, and a private balcony or patio. Click through our website to learn more about our studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, or contact us online about leasing with us today!