Lighten Your Load and Become Better Organized Before Moving

Hawthorne Gardens - Thursday, August 03, 2017

While living in your home, you may not realize exactly how much stuff you accumulate until it is time to move. Becoming organized and packing it all can be overwhelming, exhausting, even frustrating at times. Before attempting to pack your belongings, get organized with our tips!

Sort Your Belongings into Categories
In order to make your move as easy as possible, you will need to get organized. If this isn’t your forte, recruit a friend or two who are masters of organization. Start with one area, or room, once you’ve gone through every item, move on to the next space.

- Essential:  These items are either practical, used daily, or they may hold sentimental value. Whatever the item may be, you won’t part with it no matter what. 
- Value: This doesn’t necessarily only refer to monetary value, but, it may also refer to what value the item brings to your life. A book, for example, when was the last time you read it? Will you read it again? If you don’t see yourself reading it again, it’s time to donate the book so someone else can find enjoyment. The same can be said for DVDs or CDs, if they haven’t been used in quite a while, it’s time to donate them!
- Useful vs. Useless: This category may be the most difficult, but, it needs to happen. Items that you haven’t used since the last time you moved, should get tossed or donated. Kids, for example, accumulate a lot of possessions – toys, clothing, etc. It may be difficult to part with some of their old things, but, you also need to ask yourself if the item is useful or if it holds a special place in your heart. Unless you’re having more kids, their highchair can be donated, whereas their first pair of baby shoes holds sentimental value. 

Now that you’ve made your piles and you know what’s coming with you, the entire process will run much smoother. It may seem difficult to part with certain items, but in the end lightening your load will be more than worth it.

Contact Hawthorne Gardens
For more tips to make your next move a breeze, or to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Hawthorne Gardens to schedule an appointment! 

Find the Right Size Apartment for You at Hawthorne Gardens

Hawthorne Gardens - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Moving and apartment hunting can be a daunting task with many factors that shouldn’t be overlooked. But, it doesn’t have to be if you predetermine the size apartment you’re looking for. This will help narrow down your list of potentials. 

Number of Bedrooms
Many complexes will tell you the rule of thumb is one bedroom per occupant. There are exceptions to this rule; however, couples and children are typically able to share a bedroom. Perhaps you’re a couple who is looking to turn a bedroom into an office space, in which case, you will need at least a two bedroom apartment. 

Number of Bathrooms
The next aspect you will need to consider are the number of bathrooms you need, or want. A guest bathroom, or bathroom for the kids, is nice and certainly has its perks. However, you will need to consider if it is practical for your needs, or even your budget. 

Living Space
Do you have larger sized items you’re bringing with you? Perhaps you live a minimalist lifestyle and don’t require a lot of extra space. While touring apartments, don’t be afraid to bring your measuring tape so you can take exact measurements. This will help you when measuring your items to decide whether it will fit nicely, or, if more space is a necessity.  

Amenities and Location
Lastly, consider the location and amenities that are important to you. Do you prefer a more active area as opposed to a quieter location? Do you want a shorter commute, or, do you enjoy your drive time? There’s not a single correct answer for this as these are personal preferences. While apartment hunting, you will need to keep these questions in mind in addition to the location of schools and healthcare facilities. 

Are you ready to make Hawthorne Gardens your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!

Apartment Amenities to Catch the Eye of any Millennial

Hawthorne Gardens - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Millennials have grown up during a time where location, convenience, and amenities have moved to the essentials, can’t live without, must-have, criteria list. Rest assured, Hawthorne Gardens has the amenities that are most desirable.   

Kitchen with Breakfast Nook
Millennials love food and cooking, they have helped to shape our “foodie” culture, making an up-to-date kitchen a must have for much of the generation. Our kitchens feature full size appliances, including a dishwasher, spend less time cleaning and more time hosting and cooking! Our kitchens also have a breakfast nook so you have a place to enjoy your prepared meal before heading out for the day. 

Oversized Garage
Whether you are looking to park your car in the garage, or use it for storage, the oversized design is sure to fit your every need. An added touch to increase the comfort of your oversized garage is an automatic door opener. Access your vehicle, or stored items, with complete ease. 

Private Balcony
Having a place to call your own is important to everyone; more important is having a sense of privacy. While living at Hawthorne Gardens, enjoy your own private balcony. Start your mornings sipping coffee, or watch the sunset, in peace and quiet. 

Washer and Dryer in Each Unit
Another amenity we don’t see often enough is the ability to do your laundry in the privacy of your own space. Which is why a full size washer and dryer are equipped in each of our units! Spend less time doing laundry and more time doing what you truly enjoy.

Fitness Center
Hawthorne Gardens has a state-of-the-art fitness center giving you the ultimate ability to maximize your week. Spend less time driving to and from the gym, and spend more time working out. 

Location Location Location
Last, but, certainly not least is the ultimate amenity - location! Restaurants, parks and recreation, healthcare and places to shop are, just to name a few, are all nearby our Hawthorne Gardens community. For a complete list, please visit our community page.  

When you’re ready to take the next step, and check out our apartments, contact Hawthorne Gardens to schedule an appointment! 

How to be a Good Tenant That Every Apartment Complex Will Love

Hawthorne Gardens - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

When it comes to being a tenant, you, of course, want to be the ideal renter, the one that doesn’t raise any eyebrows or cause any issues. In order to maintain the ‘ideal renter’ status, there are rules to follow and tips to keep in mind.

Rental History

While filling out a rental application, complexes may ask you for your rental history and references. While calling your previous complex managers, or references, they will try to gain as much information about you as possible. Did you maintain your property? Were you ever late in paying the rent? These questions, and more, are all taken into consideration while your application is looked over. 

Read Your Lease

During the signing process, you will be given your lease to look over and sign. Once it is signed you are stating that you have read, and understand, the lease. Prior to signing your acknowledgment, read the lease line by line. If you have any questions, or something is unclear, you are encouraged to ask questions.

Be Respectful

In addition to maintaining your apartment, alerting the management team if there is an issue that needs addressing in a timely fashion makes for a respectful tenant. This is something that can potentially come up with your rental history. Late rental payments, noise complaints, and property damages also have the potential of raising a red flag.



We’ve heard for most of our lives that ‘honesty is the best policy’ which is true for renters as well. Being upfront and forthcoming during the application process will put everyone in the ideal situation. Falsifying documentation will only hurt you in the long-run.


While renting, it is your responsibility to maintain the living space. Leaving behind food remnants and splatters can create an issue for the building, apartment, and neighbors. Ensuring your hall is clear of debris and using the proper trash receptacles also helps to make you a clean and respectful tenant.

Following these tips will help to make you the ideal tenant. If you’re looking for a new place to call home, contact us to schedule your tour!

Why Summer is the Best Time to Move

Hawthorne Gardens - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer can be an ideal season for most anyone, the weather is in our favor, school is out, and we can finally take our well-deserved vacations! It’s even an ideal time move into a new apartment.


In the Northeast we value our seasonal changes, when winter comes to an end we are more than ready for green grass and sunshine. These elements also make it easier to move.

While heat may be slightly uncomfortable, it’s certainly more desirable than the alternative-a blizzard. There’s nothing worse than having a snowstorm hit our area and interrupt your moving time. Not only does it cause headaches, but it can also be dangerous attempting carry furniture and boxes on wet or snowy walkways. Snow storms may also delay your move completely.

More Availability

Many Americans move between May and September, which means during these months there are numerous apartments available for rent. While this will give you plenty of options while browsing, you shouldn’t wait too long as the apartment you love because someone else could be vying for the same space.

School is Out

Not only is there a higher availability of rental units, but, many families choose to move during the summer months so school time is not disrupted. There can also be a period of adjustment time for kids, this will give them time to adjust and acclimate to their new surroundings.

We know you’ll love living at Hawthorne Gardens. Contact us when you’re ready to schedule a tour!

Summer Savings Made Easy

Hawthorne Gardens - Monday, May 22, 2017

Saving money doesn’t mean you have to go without updating your wardrobe or décor for your apartment. With a little patience and insider knowledge, you can get some great items without breaking the bank. Thrift stores may seem intimidating at first, but once you know your way around the process, it’s easy, and even fun to check in and see what you can find.

The best tips for beginners include:

- Going Often: There’s no way to predict what a store might have at any point in time. New items are put out constantly, so even if you go one day and find nothing you could ever possibly want to take, a few days later, the store might be full of items that have just been donated.

- Know Where to Look: Every store is different. If you have an idea of a specific item that you’re looking for, try to identify the area of town that you’d find someone donating it in, and go to that store. Once you’re inside the store, be sure to look around for bins that you’ll likely see sitting around with items in them. Before items are placed on the shelves, they are priced and put out in bins. Sometimes, you can find the best deals before anyone else has even noticed them. 

- Find Out About Rewards and Benefits: Be sure to ask at the stores you frequent about coupons, rewards programs, and discount days. Some offer coupons when you donate old items of your own. Some also offer reward programs, where you may get discounts after so many times shopping there. Discount days also happen on certain days, but are rarely advertised. Ask about these, too, and shape your shopping trips around them!

- Be Open-Minded: If you go in looking for something specific, you’re more likely to walk away let down. Go into thrift shopping with an open mind. You never know what you might find, and what dirty old items could turn into chic new additions to your apartment with a little bit of attention.

Ready to turn your apartment around? We’ve got just the place for you here at Hawthorne Gardens

Windowsill Herb Plants to Have at Hawthorne Gardens

Hawthorne Gardens - Monday, May 08, 2017

Gardening is a summer hobby that many enjoy, but most apartment-dwellers don’t realize that they can get in on the fun with! All you need is one or two sunny windows at Hawthorne Gardens to get started.

What Herbs Should I Grow?

For a windowsill garden, it’s best to stick to herbs that won’t quickly outgrow and get out of control, especially when you’re first starting out! Kitchen staples such as basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley will get you started. Remember – starting with seeds is less expensive, however, they require more attention and may take months before you are able to reap the benefits. 

How to Manage Your Plants:

  1. Start with your containers. You have a couple of options here. You can opt to plant multiple plants in a large container that is at least 6-12 inches deep. Or, you can use individual pots that are at least 6 inches for each plant. If you’re starting with seeds, you can use any small container, and transport the plants into larger containers once they are between 2 – 4 inches tall. Finally, you’ll want to ensure that your containers have drainage holes and are sitting on a saucer or similar dish that will hold the drainage water. 

  2. When transporting your plants to a new container, be sure to use potting mix instead of garden soil, which makes it more difficult for the water to pass through after time. You’ll want to create a 2-3 inch layer of potting mix at the bottom of your container, before gently loosening the roots to flare out your plant, and gently place it into the new container. Finish filling in the container with potting mix, leaving just an inch or so free at the top for water. Water your plant immediately after transporting it to its new container. 

  3. Take care not to overwater your plants. The best way to test whether or not your plant needs to be watered is to gently poke your finger into the soil. If the soil is dry an inch or two into the container, give it some water. Watering slowly is best; you’ll want to watch the bottom of the container, and stop watering once water starts to leave the container and drain into the saucer below. 

  4. To encourage growth, you’ll want to snip on occasion. Snipping the tips off of basil, rosemary, and similar plants will encourage the plant to branch more. With your cilantro and parsley – which are bushier – you can remove entire stems from the outer edge of the plant to encourage new growth. 
Once you’ve started your herb garden, you’ll be able to use the herbs as soon as you see new growth! Don’t let apartment living stop you this summer; impress your friends with your green thumb and some great meals made with fresh herbs!

How You Can Support Your Local Community

Hawthorne Gardens - Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Community volunteers working together

Looking to get involved near your home at Hawthorne Gardens? Here are some great volunteer opportunities nearby:

Habitat for Humanity: Did you know that the Capital District has a Habitat for Humanity branch? We do! You can get involved in many ways, whether you wish to work on the construction sites, at the Habitat ReStore, or in the office.

Albany Pine Bush: Are you interested in working outside and having an opportunity for hands-on conservation work? Albany Pine Bush has several opportunities for volunteers to get involved on the trails, researching rare species and habitats, and more.

The Arts Center: If you love the arts, this volunteer opportunity is what you need to get involved! Some of the available volunteer positions are camp counselors for arts camps (over spring break or in the summer), distributing catalogs, and working at the gift shop.

No matter how you get involved, we’re proud to have you as a part of our great community at Hawthorne Garden!

Four Local Vendors to Get Your Sweets From

Hawthorne Gardens - Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Sweets From Local Vendors

Are you hosting a family get together soon? Picking up some candy for the kids? Do something a little different this year and support your community too by shopping from local vendors! There are many wonderful options in our area, including:

  1. Electric Cookie Jar: Craving cookies? Look no further – Electric Cookie Jar offers almost any flavor that you can imagine! If you can’t find a flavor you’d like to try from their list, simply call up and see if they can make a special flavor that’s custom-made for you! This local shop also offers vegan and sugar-free options.

  2. Country Hearth Baking: Looking for more than cookies? Country Hearth Baking has everything from breads and pies to scones and easy mixes to whip up at home. They also offer options that fit almost every need, with soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free baked goods that are sure to bring some smiles to everyone’s faces!

  3. Le Marais Chocolat: With locally-sourced, fair trade, and organic ingredients, Le Marais Chocolat makes a great choice for anyone in the region. Here, you can find gluten-free scones, cookies, and brownies, French Macarons, chocolate bark, and custom pastries and desserts by request. What they’re most known for, however, is their truffles, made from Cordillera chocolate, and with flavors including Raspberry Sherry, Vanilla Bean, and Lavender Rose.

  4. Bon-Bon Brazil: If you’re looking for something a little different to wow your guests, Bon-Bon Brazil is for you. This shop offers homemade Brigadeiros, a unique Brazilian sweet that is often compared to fudgy truffles. Surely, anything you get here will make for a great topic of discussion at your next party!

With options like these, supporting your local community surrounding Hawthorne Gardens couldn’t be sweeter!

Great Ways to Declutter: Clothing Swap

Hawthorne Gardens - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Declutter the clothes in your closet

It’s the struggle we all face – there are way too many clothes in the closet, and we just don’t like most of them anymore. It might sound too good to be true, but you can actually get some new clothes without sacrificing more space in the closet, and without spending money! A good old-fashioned clothing swap with friends is just what you need. Here’s what to do:

Set-up Some Guidelines – Send an invite to a few friends, but make sure to keep the items at the swap party even. You can do this by suggesting to each friend that they bring a certain number of items. This way, you can be sure no one is walking away with more than they provided. All of the clothes must also be in good shape if they come to the swap!

Make it a Game – There’s no reason not to have a little bit of orderly fun at the swap! It’s helpful to set up a lottery to determine the order that participants can pick out clothes. Otherwise, you might have three friends fighting over one pair of shoes that you contributed, which in turn could spoil the whole night!

Organize the Presentation – Designate spaces for the clothing. For example, one table may be used for shoes, a rack for shirts, and all of the pants laid out on a coffee table. This way, everyone can plainly see what Is out there for them to choose from!

Call up some friends today, and treat yourself to a fun night and some new clothes for next season! You can do it all here at Hawthorne Gardens.

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