10 Tips to Keeping Your Home Organized

Nancy Smith - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Having a home that is cluttered and unorganized is a terrible habit that needs to be broken. Some find it easiest to become more organized when they’re doing their spring cleaning since they are already going through their belongings and tossing out unwanted items. But, the organization shouldn’t stop once the spring cleaning is over with; keep up with it with these 10 tips!

10 Ways to Become Better Organized

1. Storage Boxes: Even something so small can have a major impact on your space. Storage boxes, bins, or baskets serve multiple purposes. They create an appealing look for your home while also putting things out of sight. 
2. Furnishings with Doors: If at all possible, decorate your home with door-fronted furniture. Television stands, armoires, cabinets, and so many more pieces of furniture can act as a storage container without creating an eyesore. 
3. Bed Risers: One issue that many renters may face is running out of storage and trying to find a way to create more storage. One way to do so is utilizing bed risers, especially in a child’s room or a guest room. This gives the ability to store items under the bed while still allowing them to be accessible. 
4. Key Hooks: Are you (or someone else in your home) always misplacing your keys? Try a key hook for the entryway! There are many options available now from sleek and modern to options that boast a lot of personality – either way, it will do its job and keep your keys where they belong!
5. Cord Organizers: Whether the cords are under the desk in your office, bunched up with your entertainment center, or next to an end table, they can be quite unsightly! Cord organizers act as cover for your cords, while keeping them organized and out of eyesight. It also helps keep little fingers away too! 
6. Table Skirt: If your end table has a shelf underneath that you use for storage (or even the floor beneath it), topping it with a table skirt brings a cute addition to the room while still keeping the table functional. 
7. Hamper with a Lid: If you keep your clothes hamper out in the open, using one with a lid not only covers all of your dirty clothes but also helps keep your space looking neat and organized.
8. Multi-Tasking Furniture: Furniture that serves multiple purposes is a must for those who require a lot of storage but desire pieces that serve another function. Pieces such as storage ottomans or storage beds are the perfect way to incorporate multiple functions.  
9. Mail or Coupon Box: Many of us are in the habit of tossing mail on the counter with the idea of going through it later, or even the coupons we get while grocery shopping. Rather than leaving it out, purchase a decorative box that can hide it for you until you have time to sort it out.
10. Space Saver Bags: Vacuum-sealed bags give you the opportunity to store more items than usual under your bed or in a closet. This can be beneficial for seasonal items like heavy, bulky, sweaters that typically take up a lot of space. 

These are just 10 of the organization tips we have for you and we hope you find them to help you in your home. Maybe you’ve mastered the necessary organization skills to keep your home neat and tidy and you simply need more space. Hawthorne Gardens is the place for you! We offer a variety of floor plan best suited for you and your needs. From one bedroom to three bedrooms, you’ll be happy to call us home. Schedule a tour today!

Is You Closet Making You Stressed

Nancy Smith - Friday, April 06, 2018

While getting ready for your day, or packing for a trip, have you ever noticed that your stress level increases while you’re in your closet? If you answered anything other than a firm “no”, your stress could potentially be due to an unorganized or cluttered closet. The stress hormone known as cortisol is one of our worst enemies, reduce your level by straightening up your closet (or anything other messy area in your home)!

Reduce the Clutter in Your Closet

It may sound counter intuitive, but, start by completely emptying your closet. Try to keep your stress level in check during this moment, because once you’re finished, it will have been worth it. Go through every piece that once lived in your closet and ask yourself if you really need it, can you survive without it, and when was the last time it saw the light of day (or an evening out). This task may also include the need to try a few things on and ensuring everything still fits. If it doesn’t fit like it once used to, the chances of it fitting like you imagine it should are fairly slim.

Once you have your “keep pile” it’s time to refill the closet. But, before you go any further, keep in mind that the ultimate goal here is organization. Put all of your shoes, boots, sandals (or any other form of footwear) to one side of the closet based on your preference. Some find it easier to have them lined up from tallest to shortest while others prefer the ones least used tucked away in the back with the most worn pair(s) up front. 

Now it’s time to organize your clothes, how they are organized is your personal preference. Most find the least stressful way to organize clothes is by category: dress pants, dress shirts, sweaters, activewear, etc. You may want to keep in mind how the clothes will hang in the closet and if longer items have the potential to block something such as taller boots. If you feel as though this may trigger your cortisol hormone, find an alternative before getting further into the project.   

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

Perhaps your stress level isn’t impacted due to clutter in your closet, but, more so because of the size of the closet. The residents at Hawthorne Gardens have the pleasure of enjoying many of our amenities including spacious closets in their apartment. The size of our closets will make it easier for you to keep everything organized as it should be. To learn more about our apartments and their amenities, schedule a tour today and you’ll be calling us home before you know it! 

3 Different Floor Plans to Choose From at Hawthorne Gardens

Nancy Smith - Friday, March 23, 2018

Searching for an apartment brings up a lot of feelings and emotions; it can be exciting but sometimes frustrating as well. Something that can be the most frustrating is the lack of floor plan options many apartment complexes have to offer. Hawthorne Gardens understands that one-size certainly does not fit all, which is why we offer 3 different floor plans

Floor Plans Offered At Hawthorne Gardens

One Bedroom: Our one bedroom apartments are perfect for people who don’t host a lot of overnight guests, but, love hosting dinner parties and gatherings with friends and family. The kitchen is equipped with plenty of space to cook and prep as well as a breakfast nook while the living room and dining room areas give your guests ample space to enjoy themselves. 
As if that wasn’t enough, the bedroom includes a dressing area, large closet, and personal bathroom. Each apartment is also equipped with a private balcony so you can enjoy your morning coffee in peace before beginning your day!

Two Bedroom: Our two bedroom apartments are perfect for small families, people who frequently have guests staying the night, or people who enjoy having a little more space! In addition to the wonderful qualities of our one bedroom apartments, our two bedrooms have more than enough storage. The master bedroom has a spacious closet as well as a walk-in. Or, if storing seasonal decorations is a concern you can use the storage closet attached to your balcony!

How does the thought of having your own washer and dryer sound? You won’t need to worry about going to the laundromat or sharing machines with your neighbors. 

Three Bedroom:
The three bedroom apartments we offer for those who need space for everything; family, guests, entertaining, as well as their own private bathroom. The master bedroom has it all – dressing area, walk-in closet, and private bathroom. The third bedroom could even be used as a den if that’s preferable to fit your needs! 

The kitchen with breakfast nook and balcony both create additional space for you to begin or end your day in peace and comfort. 

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

Perhaps your current living situation doesn’t meet (or surpass) your needs. If that’s the case, it’s time to reconsider and find a new place to call home! Contact Hawthorne Gardens today to schedule a tour. You’ll be calling us home before you know it!

Is the Washing Machine the Ideal Place to Keep Your Dirty Clothes?

Nancy Smith - Thursday, March 01, 2018

Tossing clothes into the washing machine where they lay waiting for enough to accrue so that you will need to run the machine may seem like the best and easiest route to take. The clothes are going to end up in there anyway, so what’s the big deal? Our apartments are equipped with in-unit washers and dryers which can be tempting for some to use the washer as way to store dirty clothes. Ultimately, this may not be the best idea! 

Clothes sitting in the drum of a washing machine are more likely to have a decrease in light and airflow which can prevent the machine from fully drying. Once this happens, the moisture encourages the growth of germs, mildew, or even mold on your laundry. Washing machines are inherently warm and damp, which provides the ideal home for the bacteria to grow. While they aren’t necessarily harmful to the clothes, they are harmful to your machine. The spores in the machine are also able to travel through the air which could lead to health issues. 

Leave your washing machine open, or at least ajar, while empty gives the machine time to fully dry in between cycles. Additionally, to keep your machine at its best you should clean it once a month or so. Many laundry detergent manufacturers also make a cleaning solution for the machine.     

Using a hamper or laundry basket will help increase the longevity of your machine while also minimizing the potential growth and spread of bacteria or mold spores. 

Contact Hawthorne Gardens

Perhaps your current living situation doesn’t have a washer or dryer in the unit ready for you to use whenever you’d like. If that’s the case, it’s time to reconsider and find a new place to call home! Contact Hawthorne Gardens today to schedule a tour. Our luxury apartments are nestled in the Town of North Greenbush offers a high level of comfort our residents love!  

3 Steps To Creating a Yoga Studio in Your Home

Nancy Smith - Friday, February 23, 2018

You don’t have to go to a yoga studio in order to get your workout completed for the day! Create a studio that’s all your own, in the privacy of your home, in a few minutes with these easy steps.

Creating Your Own Yoga Studio At Home

1. Designate an Area for Yoga: To be serious about doing yoga at home, you need to create an area specifically for yoga. This will become your “studio”. Whether you use a curtain or wall divider to separate your space, it’s important to have a designated area to keep you motivated. You can even use a piece of furniture that you already have such as coffee table, or even if there’s ample room between your couch and the wall!
2. Stock up on Instructional Videos: Unless you’re a professional instructor, you may find it easier to have videos on hand to guide you through your routine. There are many different techniques which all serve different purposes. Before committing, do some research to find the routine that will work best for you!
3. Start Your Routine: Many of us are creatures of habit, which makes it easier to stick to a routine. Whether you prefer to do yoga first thing in the morning to start your day, or if you’d rather use it to wind down at the end of the day, find what works for you and stick to it.

With the spacious living areas of each of our apartments, you will find creating your own yoga studio is quick and simple. If you want to add more to your routine, head to our fitness center. With your own in-house yoga studio and our fitness center, you won’t need a gym membership!

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Looking for a new place to call home this year? Contact Hawthorne Gardens and schedule a tour. We're sure to have a place you will love!

Get an Expert Interior Design in 3 Easy Steps

Nancy Smith - Monday, February 05, 2018
Redecorating and interior design aren’t as difficult as they seem. Incorporating our decorating secrets into your home is sure to wow your guests while eliminating any unnecessary stress! 

3 Interior Design Tips to Incorporate To Your Home

1. Create a focal point: Much like the fashion industry, statement pieces are essential! Whether it’s a gorgeous coffee table, a couch with a boastful personality, or a colorful area rug, allow your piece(s) to shine by giving your furniture ample breathing room. 
2. Pick a color scheme: While creating your interior design plan, choose a scheme of a few colors that can be incorporated throughout your home. Using these colors in different ways will create a cohesive look throughout your entire home.
3. Mix pieces: Create a complimentary set of items such as vases or place settings. Don’t be afraid to pick up items at a local thrift store, mix-and-match pieces online or in-store in order to create your own unique decorations or place settings. 

The most important part of all of this is to have fun throughout the entire redesigning process. We hope that you have been inspired to create a unique space that is reflective of your personality and style! We’d also like to see your final product, share pictures with our Facebook page (@hawthornegardensapts). Who knows, you might inspire someone! 

Perhaps you need a blank slate before you begin your interior design project. Contact us today to schedule a tour! You’ll be calling Hawthorne Garden Apartments home before you know it!

Start 2018 with a New Home at Hawthorne Gardens

Nancy Smith - Friday, January 19, 2018

Hawthorne Gardens has created a peaceful community, offering the beautiful landscape you desire while still near the Town of Guilderland. We are proud to have created a rural-like community with so many perks and amenities you’ll be ready to call us your home sooner rather than later.

Benefits of Living at Hawthorne Gardens

Our residents enjoy a high level of comfort while living in one of our many layouts. We offer one, two, or three-bedroom luxury apartments. Each of our apartments have spacious closets installed, a dressing area in the master bedroom, and we’re spread out over 6 acres of land!  

Some of our other amenities include:
Private Entry: Safety is a top priority for our entire staff which is why our buildings are equipped with secure entrances.
Club House: Our community center offers residents a place to work or relax with friends and family. Enjoy our kitchen, library, and fireplace! 
Fitness Center: Skip driving to the gym and head to our state-of-the-art fitness center. 
Laundry Facilities: You won’t have to worry about going outside during rain or snow to take care of your clothes since each apartment is equipped with a full size washer and dryer.

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To hear more about what Hawthorne Gardens has to offer our residents, and to schedule a tour, we encourage you to contact us!

Keep Busy with Activities All Winter

Nancy Smith - Thursday, January 04, 2018

Looking for something different to keep you busy during the winter month or perhaps outdoor activities aren’t for you, whichever is the case, you’re sure to find something fun happening in and around Albany, NY this winter season!

For the art lover: January 8th the Intro to Musical Improv is happening at The Mopco Improv Theatre. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran you will find your voice and confidence to sing songs from the top of your head.

Story Time with Ethan Ullman is happening on January 12th at The Mopco Improv Theatre. Come out and enjoy an evening of stories as told by comedians, performers, and more.

For the foodie: The Annual Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will be hosted at the Albany Hilton from January 11th through the 13th. Enjoy events and competitions such as Battle of the Bartender, Grand Tasting and Seminars, Rising Star Chef Pavilion, and so much more!

January 17th the American Italian Heritage Museum is hosting Soup and Conversation; a social opportunity to visit and converse with familiar faces as well as someone new. Enjoy an afternoon of soup, coffee, dessert and more! 

These are only a few of the events happening near us! For a complete list of what’s happening be sure to visit Perhaps you have plenty of activities lined up for the winter months and instead you’re searching for a new place to call home. Contact Hawthorne Gardens and schedule a tour today! 

4 Renter-Friendly Ways to Use Wallpaper

Nancy Smith - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Have you ever spotted a roll of wallpaper that you fell in love with but weren’t sure how to incorporate it in your home without putting it on your walls? We have the tips and ideas you’ve been searching for! 

Frame It: Wallpaper doesn’t have to mean floor to ceiling; you can use it as an accent piece hanging on your wall. Find a frame (or frames) you love, jot down the size(s) and head to the hardware store. Once you find the perfect pattern, purchase enough to fill your frame. Since it will hang on your wall, you can easily switch it out for another pattern or design to flow with the seasons. 

Add It To Furniture: Flea markets and thrift shops are a great place to find pieces that call for a little DIY makeover. Choose a piece that will fit in your living room, office, or bedroom and find some wallpaper that will work well on the piece while tying together the room. 

Customize A Clock: This will work especially well if you have wallpaper leftover from your furniture DIY project. Any home goods, or hardware, store you walk through will have a plain clock waiting for a new face! Hang the clock on a wall opposite from your covered furniture to create more texture in your space.

Line Shadowbox Shelves: If you have incorporated box shelves into your home either for function or decoration, this gives you an added opportunity for more texture and eye catching pieces.  

You’ve heard our ideas, now go out there and create new pieces for your home! 

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Perhaps you're searching for a new place to call home, contact Hawthorne Gardens today to schedule a tour!

How to Host a “Home Alone” Themed Party

Nancy Smith - Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Each year it’s the same holiday party; a cookie exchange, an ugly sweater party, or a gingerbread house decorating competition. This holiday season try something different, perhaps a “Home Alone” themed party that will be especially fun for those who are nostalgic for the 1990s. 

The Décor:
The Tree: Your party wouldn’t be complete without a tree covered with lights, tinsel, and ornaments. If getting a real tree isn’t in your wheel house, an artificial tree will do just as well. 

Ditch the Fine China: Bring out your finest paper plates and plastic cups; no fine china allowed at this party!  

Lights: The family’s home was covered in twinkling white lights. Head to the store and grab as many boxes as you can and start hanging them around your home. 

Toys: Do you have any plastic army figurines leftover from your childhood? If so, unpack them and get them set up around the party. If you didn’t have the foresight to keep your army men, head to a toy store – you’re bound to find some!

The Menu:
Pizza: Only the cheesiest-cheese pizzas will work for this theme! Certainly you can make exceptions to the rule for dietary purposes or if you’d like to add a variety of pizzas.

Mac and Cheese: So there’s a bit of a theme happening here – every cheese covered food you loved from your childhood! You can stick to the classic menu from the film by making boxed macaroni and cheese, or you can create the dish using favorite recipe of your own!

Beverages: You’re setting a childhood memory filled scene, it must include soda! You can certainly add some fun cocktails to the menu if you feel they would go over better with your guests. 

Most importantly, have fun and create new memories with your friends and family! 

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