Archive for March, 2018

Keep Your Kitchen Clean with These Super-Quick Tasks

March 22nd, 2018

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The kitchen is one of the areas in your apartment home that needs the most cleaning. From food preparation to foot traffic, this part of your home can end up with grime and dirt without regular cleaning. Fortunately, there are several simple and fast ways to make sure that your kitchen stays as clean as possible on a regular basis.

Clean Your Refrigerator Doors

The handles and doors of your fridge can get dirty easily from all the times they’re touched. Wipe these down daily or every few days using a damp cloth to remove grime. With just a couple of minutes of cleaning, you’ll have a fridge that looks clean and shiny.

Clean Inside Your Microwave

The inside of your microwave is easy to overlook, but it can be covered in food stains that are hard to remove when you let them sit. Take a few minutes a day or every other day to spray a bit of cleaner inside your microwave, then wipe it down with a cloth. This should remove food particles and stains before they have a chance to harden.

Make Dry Dishes Disappear

If you tend to have dishes sitting out on your counter for days after they’ve been washed, make a habit of putting them away once they’re dry. If you don’t want to wait, you can dry them with a towel, then put them where they belong. This helps keep your countertops from looking cluttered.

Clean Your Sink

Your sink’s surface can be coated in grime when it’s not cleaned regularly. You can stop this from happening by wiping it down on a daily basis. Use a cloth and multi-purpose cleaning product to quickly get rid of any grime that’s starting to build up.

Sweep Messy Areas

Do a quick sweep in areas that are usually the messiest places in your kitchen, such as near counters where you prepare food. This is a fast and convenient way to get rid of crumbs and other food particles on your floor, so they won’t attract bugs.

Put Items Back Promptly

When you’re preparing food, don’t leave all the ingredients sitting out on the counter until you get around to cleaning up later. Instead, put them back immediately after you’re done using them. This makes it easier to keep your countertops clean.

The kitchens in our luxury apartments in Foster City CA feature stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, stone countertops and espresso flat-panel wood cabinetry. Contact us for more details on our apartment features and community amenities.

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The Best Storage Solutions for Apartment Living

March 8th, 2018

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When you live in an apartment, you might find that you don’t have quite as much storage space as you need. The good news is you don’t have to rely only on closets to store your belongings. You can create your own storage solutions that won’t take up much space at all in your home.

Hang Up Hooks

Hooks can provide you with convenient storage space for hanging scarves, jewelry, belts and other accessories in your closet. Choose adhesive hooks to stick on your wall rather than using nails to hang hooks if your building has a policy against putting holes in walls. Adhesive hooks can hold these lightweight items and keep them organized, so you can easily find what you need. You can also use adhesive hooks in your kitchen or near your door to hold hats and other outdoor items.

Set Up Shelving Units

Bookcases and shelving units with cubbies make ideal places to put a wide range of items, from books and DVDs to knickknacks and collectibles. Since they’re available in several sizes, you can choose a size that works best in your apartment. Keep in mind that you can also purchase baskets for holding linens and other household items, and place these inside the cubbies or on bookcase shelves. This helps keep your shelves looking neat and tidy.

Choose a Storage Chest

Getting a storage chest for your bedroom, living room or even your dining room offers a convenient place to put items so that they’re out of view. This helps cut down on clutter in your home while also giving you a chance to spruce things up with a decorative chest, such as a rustic oak wood chest or an elegant cherry wood chest. You can also use the top of the chest to place books, lamps and other items.

Select Stacking Tables

Some tables, such as bedside tables and end tables, are available with open bases that provide you with a chance to create extra storage space. You can slide smaller tables under the larger ones, and pull them out when you need them. You can also make use of the open area below these tables for storage. For example, you can place a basket with knitting supplies, magazines or other items under these tables and easily take them out when you want to use them.

Our community in Foster City, CA has apartments available with walk-in closets for additional storage space. Please contact us for more information about our available Foster City apartments.

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