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Today is the first day of fall and we can’t be more excited for the crisp air and brilliant hue of autumn leaves! This is the season we gather with friends and family to share everything we are thankful for. Next month we’re launching a campaign called “Share You Thanks” so keep an eye out to share what you’re most thankful for this year! #CWSapartments #EnhancingLives #HelloFall #PumpkinSpiceEverything #SweaterWeather #ShareYourThanks
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How do you turn a shower curtain into art? We’re glad you asked! Check out our video for a quick tutorial. This is an affordable way to have a large piece on your wall for the fraction of the cost of a painting or photograph. #CWSapartments #EnhancingLives
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When you live at a CWS community, we want your apartment home to feel like your own private oasis, where you can relax, entertain and simply be yourself! We all know that sometimes life is more chaotic than you’d like, which is why we want to help out. Today we are announcing a new campaign, specifically for our wonderful residents, called Home Enhancements by CWS. Look out for the first video dropping this Thursday! #CWSHomeEnhancements #CWSapartments #EnhancingLives
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We want this summer to be remembered forever as shoo-bop-sha-wadda-wadda, yippity-boom-de-boom . That's why we're planning a huge resident event soon at your apartment community.

Are you excited? We've got chills, they're multiplying!

#CWSApartments #enhancinglives #summerlovin
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How to Create an Entryway in your Apartment

There’s nothing like a well thought out front entryway to give you a sense of arriving home. But you may be experiencing this common issue in the apartment you rent: the front door opens directly into the living room. Without a formal foyer, your apartment home might lack a defined space to land. 

Here’s a list of clever ideas to create the feeling of an entryway even when there isn’t one. 

Take a seat. Add a small bench with storage cubes underneath for your shoes. 

Light it up. Add a lighting element to the area, either by stringing some lights around the doorframe or by adding a small lamp on an entryway table. 

Create a division. Put a beautiful room divider or shelving unit between the front entryway space you’re creating and the main room the door opens into.

Get artsy fartsy. Add some art on the wall next to your front door. You can splurge on a colorful painting or add something as simple as framed photographs from your Instagram feed. 

Roll out the red carpet. Add a low lying doormat or rug by the door. The softness on your feet will be a physical cue that you’re home sweet home.
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How to Create an Entryway in your Apartment

There’s nothing like a well thought out front entryway to give you a sense of arriving home. But you may be experiencing this common issue in the apartment you rent: the front door opens directly into the living room. Without a formal foyer, your apartment home might lack a defined space to land. 

Here’s a list of clever ideas to create the feeling of an entryway even when there isn’t one. 

Take a seat. Add a small bench with storage cubes underneath for your shoes. 

Light it up. Add a lighting element to the area, either by stringing some lights around the doorframe or by adding a small lamp on an entryway table. 

Create a division. Put a beautiful room divider or shelving unit between the front entryway space you’re creating and the main room the door opens into.

Get artsy fartsy. Add some art on the wall next to your front door. You can splurge on a colorful painting or add something as simple as framed photographs from your Instagram feed. 

Roll out the red carpet. Add a low lying doormat or rug by the door. The softness on your feet will be a physical cue that you’re home sweet home.
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When is the Best Time to Rent an Apartment?

The best time of year to rent an apartment is when you need to, of course. But if you have some flexibility - are in a month-to-month lease or are crashing with your folks, for example - planning the timing of your move into an apartment rental can pay off.

Spring and Summer: In general, May through September is the busiest moving season. Kids are out of school, college students have left for the summer, and the good weather makes hauling items across town or country easier. The result is a dynamic rental market where inventory is typically higher, giving you a wider selection of apartments to choose from. 

Fall and Winter: During the fall and winter seasons, the apartment rental market typically slows down. The disadvantage of searching for an apartment during this time is inventory tends to be lower. But the upswing is that because demand for apartments is lower, you have a greater chance at finding a deal on rent. 

It’s September! Ask our staff whether we're offering any seasonal move-in specials.
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Now that the outside temperatures are finally warming up, it is time to make use of the outdoor space at your apartment. 

Lounging outside after a long day of work can provide the relaxation you have been needing. If you have a patio or balcony that could use a freshen-up for the summer season, consider the following ideas.
 
* If you have not tackled the cleaning yet it is time to remove the cobwebs, dirt and other debris that have accumulated. Be sure to give the deck a good sweep or wash. 
* If you have not already, it may be time to invest in an outdoor patio set. Or perhaps just freshen up any faded cushions or accent pillows to give your set a fresh feel.
* Plant a few of your favorite flowers or vegetables to add some color and fragrance to your patio.
* Be sure to make use of any hanging elements or shelving units to conserve space. Items like deck boxes can be used as both a table and storage, and can be quite handy. 
* And finally, it is time to unwind and share your apartment's outdoor space with friends and family. 

Comment below with your favorite apartment outdoor activities and ideas!
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Want to start your spring and summer off on the right foot? A clean house will surely help! Here are a few insightful tips to help you conquer all of your cleaning tasks for the coming months.

1. Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.
2. Do one room or one area of a room at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it's worth the effort.
3. When tidying, reduce trips around the house by temporarily depositing items in one organized area near by. Once you’ve finished cleaning you can find those miscellaneous items a proper place.
4. Efficiency is key, so clean two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall.
5. Make small repairs on easy to fix items….If you're not handy, hire someone who is, or better yet, look up a fix-it-yourself video and learn while you clean.
6. Invest in a good pair of rubber gloves to protect your skin and nails from cleaning chemicals.
7. Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor. Try an extendable feather or lambswool duster for reaching above window casings, door frames, and corners. Household rags are invaluable for jobs requiring a damp cloth – natural fibers work best.
8. Buy a mop with a squeeze mechanism and a decent-size heavy-duty pail – ones with a measuring scale help get soap-to-water ratios correct.
9. Don't stand your brooms on their bristles. It will destroy their shape and diminish their effectiveness. Instead, get a broom holder or hook at your local home improvement store.
10. Use a Swiffer for light dusting, or your favorite broom or vacuum attachment to clean hardwood floors. Then damp-mop with a mild cleaner such as Murphy Oil Soap to make your floors sparkle and shine.

If you have any other helpful spring cleaning tips & tricks let us know in the comments below!
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Start 2015 off fresh with these green cleaning and organizing tips!

Below are a few tips to spruce up your apartment for the new year.

1) Go through cabinets, closets, and desks to find and recycle all unneeded paper products.
2) Feeling the burden of an overstuffed closet? Give your old clothes a second life; donate any unused clothing to Goodwill!
3) Recycle your electronic products. Most electronics stores will take your old or broken products and recycle them. Avoid tossing those in the trash!
4) Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Most stores carry a great selection of environmentally friendly cleaning products, pick some up on your next shopping trip. Or, better yet - make your own! Simple household items like baking soda and vinegar can be used for any number of jobs.
5) Freshen up! Simmering water, citrus peel, and fresh mint or basil will lighten up the air in your apartment without any added toxins from synthetic air-fresheners (and it will save you money as well!). Make sure you never leave your stove unattended.

Why wait until spring, when cleaning can be this simple? Keeping it green will help your apartment stay healthy and toxin free. What are your favorite go-to green cleaning or organizing tips? Comment below to share your ideas!
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