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Junk accumulates in our homes. It’s a simple fact. That is why when you Google “organization” every list of 10 things to-do  is at least 5 ways to throw things out. But sometimes the clutter in your life is the stuff you care for the most. How do you keep the things attached to the memories you love?

  1. Store:  The fact is you might love it, but you don’t have a need for it everyday. Collections, gifts, clothing items, art… the list is endless. Properly storing these items under the bed or in a large closet is perfectly fine. A good tip is to purchase matching storage from a popular dealer. This means if your investment is damaged it can be replaced without much effort and you keep the appearance of your home neat. The Container Store has lots of cheap storage solutions. It’s what they do. Be armed with storage options.
  2. Rotate:  Once you have some memories put away don’t forget about them. While you don’t need these items everyday you can bring them out of the closet to enjoy. Rotating your collections on display keeps your house fresh for guests too.
  3. Corral:  Life is hectic and not everything in a home ends up where it belongs. Put containers in disaster prone areas to corral the clutter. When a container is full return each item to its right home. Trays, baskets, decorative boxes make excellent temporary lodging for hats, gloves, keys, sunglasses and more. The stair basket sold on Amazon.com comes to mind for when you aren’t ready to climb those stairs.
  4. Stack:  Floor space is valuable real estate especially in an apartment with a modest floor plan. Having the proper way to use vertical space can safely secure the items you want to keep around for a long time.
  5. Reduce:  Only own what you love. No list about organization is complete without at least one suggestion to throw out the junk (see above). Before you make a purchase decide if you really need the item. Do you have one like it in storage? Can you reuse something you all ready purchased? Will you love it forever?

Of course you can always move into a larger space if none of this will do – like the spacious floor plans at Linden Ridge!

Multi-Tasking Furniture for Atlanta Apartments

The Lexington II Apartments in East Point delivers spacious floor plans with master suites featuring private baths and walk-in closets not to mention the chef friendly step-saver kitchens with all the major appliances and dishwashers PLUS – gas, water and electric utilities are included in each apartment’s rent, so residents are never surprised by a high power or water bill. Living well should be hassle free and staying organized at home is another way to reduce stress in Atlanta apartments even with abundant closets and storage space.

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The Lexington II Apartments in East Point includes gas, water and electricity in the monthly rent.

Organizing Atlanta apartments offers apartment dwellers the chance to express personal touches and lifestyle preferences in their homes. Residents can maximize space and minimize clutter when they consider their apartment by thinking in 3-D! A small or cozy floor plan might not give a renter much floor space but hanging shelves and baskets from the walls of Atlanta apartments can really show creativity while increasing square footage!

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Kitchen and dining storage made simple at The Lexington II Apartments in East Point, GA

Furniture that multi-tasks is invaluable in Atlanta apartments with limited closets or storage. Ottomans can be extra seating for guests and many come with storage beneath for blankets and pillows or whatever you want to keep on hand but out of sight. While the master bedroom in the 3 bedroom townhouse at The Lexington II is complete with TWO walk-in closets, beds with drawers underneath give easy access to seasonal clothing or linens in a guest bedroom or the drawers can store toys in a child’s bedroom – at Lexington II you choose from our 1, 2 & 3 bedroom floor plans.

The Camp Creek Market Place is just 4 miles from The Lexington II Apartments. Atlanta apartment renters will find many storage solutions here from large retailers like Target and Lowe’s or discount stores like T.J. Maxx and BJ’s Wholesale Club. While you’re out pick up some treats for your cat or dog at Pet Smart, The Lexington II is a pet-friendly community. Downtown East Point, Georgia is even closer with many “Mom & Pop” shops to help you find unique storage and furniture for Atlanta apartments while supporting local business!

 

Save Memories, Save Money – Atlanta Apartments

Junk accumulates in our Atlanta apartments. It’s a simple fact. That is why when you Google “organization” every 10 item to-do list is really just 5 ways to throw things out. But sometimes the clutter around your apartment home is the stuff you care for the most. How do you keep the things attached to the memories you love?

  1. Store:  The fact is you might love it, but you don’t have a need for it every day. Collections, gifts, clothing, art… the list is endless and it’s filling up your spacious Atlanta apartments. Properly storing these items under the bed or in a large walk-in closet is perfectly fine. A good tip is to purchase matching storage from a popular retailer. This means if your investment is damaged it can be replaced without much effort and you keep the appearance of your home neat. The Container Store has lots of cheap storage solutions for residents in cozy apartments. It’s what they do. Be armed with storage options.
  2. Rotate:  Once you have some memories put away don’t forget about them. While you don’t need these items everyday you can bring them out of the closet to enjoy. Rotating your collections on display in your Atlanta apartments keeps your floor plan fresh for guests too.
  3. Corral:  Life is hectic and not everything in a home ends up where it belongs. Put containers in disaster prone areas to corral the clutter. When a container is full, return each item to its right home. Trays, baskets, decorative boxes make excellent temporary lodging for hats, gloves, keys, sunglasses and more. The stair basket sold on Amazon.com comes to mind for when you aren’t ready to climb the stairs of your Atlanta townhome rental.
  4. Stack:  Floor space is valuable real estate especially in an apartment with a modest floor plan. Having the proper way to use vertical space can safely secure the items you want to keep around for a long time.
  5. Reduce:  Only own what you love. No list about organization is complete without at least one suggestion to throw out the junk (see above). Before you make a purchase decide if you really need the item. Do you have one like it in storage? Can you reuse something you all ready purchased? Will you love it forever?
The spacious apartments and townhomes of Laurel Pointe Apartments

The spacious apartments and townhomes of Laurel Pointe Apartments

Of course you can always move into a larger space if none of this will do – like the spacious floor plans at Laurel Pointe Apartments in Forest Park.

More Storage Suggestions for Atlanta Apartments

We all have to deal with clutter, whether it’s in our Atlanta apartments, offices or cars. The more you de-clutter the lighter you will feel inside and outside your Atlanta apartment. We offer these storage suggestions to help residents rid their apartment homes of unwanted clutter.

The fastest method to de-clutter your Atlanta rental is to recycle, donate or sell household items that you no longer want. Organize your apartment by room. Start with the kitchen, a walk-in closet, the master bedroom, bathrooms or living areas.

Now try to create more space in your Atlanta apartment by rearranging furniture. Because your needs change your living areas should evolve too. Again, try removing items that are underutilized. If the layout of your apartment is limited on space, do not buy large storage items that don’t serve multiple functions. Many coffee tables and ottomans serve as both storage and furniture.

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The spacious bedroom at Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain.

Next use bins to store like items and objects with irregular shapes. These can be used in many places throughout Atlanta apartments: the living room to store remote controls, the kitchen for spices or snacks, a child’s bedroom for different toys, the closet to store accessories and the bathroom to keep under the sink organized. Be sure to label your bins so you know where everything in your home is located.

Then make use of open and flat surfaces as much as possible. If you don’t have bathroom counter space in your Atlanta apartment, utilize trays to store toiletries at the top of the toilet tank. To further maximize space, opt to use storage items that take up vertical spaces if you are lacking floor space. For example, purchase a tall dresser instead of a short one to have more storage or an over-the-toilet organization center for more room in the bathroom.

Mountain Lake Apartments in Stone Mountain, Georgia is now leasing spacious floor plans that fit any budget.

Making the Most of Small Floor Plans, Atlanta Apartments

Not all Atlanta apartments are created with equal square footage, but apartment residents can get the most out of their floor plans with 5 simple tips for living in a small space.

  1. Household items used on a daily basis can make beautiful decorations when displayed. Shiny copper pots arranged on the stove in the kitchen are a great example. In a child’s bedroom, treasured toys can be left out while you make use of “under the bed” storage for more unsightly items.
  2. A spacious living room can be made out of a tiny layout with a few personal touches. Art and books do not necessarily mean clutter when properly displayed and they can open up the entire world inside any Atlanta apartment.
  3. Of course, apartment dwellers know that less is more. Getting rid of things you don’t use can mean big bucks in your pocket. Selling items of value and donating the rest will help keep closets and storage areas organized.
  4. Clean, well organized Atlanta apartments feel bright and roomy. It is important to de-clutter and clean especially in a small floor plan. Not only will your home feel and smell better but cleaning will reduce the risk of pests inside too.
  5. Finally, remember that light is a great way to make an apartment seem larger. Well-placed mirrors can double the natural light in a space. Even without tons of natural light, residents can include light colored furniture, linens and window coverings to open up their apartment.
Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro

The spacious floor plans at Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia start at 1200 sq. ft.

Organize Your Atlanta Apartment

Is there anything as influential as the space you surround yourself with? Your Atlanta apartment plays a major role in how you relax. Design your apartment home to prevent clutter from negatively affecting your mental wellbeing. Life isn’t always orderly when you have to work, feed the kids, walk the dog, clean the kitty litter, do the shopping, cook, clean… the list goes on and on no matter your lifestyle.

The second bedroom at Bradford Ridge Apartments

Placing a child’s bed in the corner creates a convenient place to store toys.

The phrase, “out of sight, out of mind,” leaps out. Small furniture positioned in the corner of your apartment will create a great hiding spot. Ottomans and coffee tables with hidden storage are a stylish fix to keep items in your living room hidden.

Baskets made from natural materials are another way to bring order and beauty into your Atlanta apartment. These are easy to slide under the bed in the bedroom or they fit on the bookshelf in the home office. Personalize and label the compartments to easily find all your accessories.

Open shelving gives the illusion of extra space, but this decorating trick can expose your items to excessive dust. Nice fabric is cheap and can make a great cover for storage in the bathroom. Also, portable laundry baskets like the ones from IKEA can keep your apartment’s bathroom neat and clean.

Be creative in your Atlanta apartment rental to keep your home and mind clutter free. Spacious apartments for rent in Atlanta are now leasing at all JAMCO properties.

Spacious Living Room without the Big Price

Is your small Atlanta apartment rental suffocating your style? Here are ten tips for the appearance of a spacious living area in a small room.

  1. Clear the clutter. A tip we mention often. Not only is it free, but you can make money by selling items you don’t need.
  2. Use furniture with small straight arms or no arms and small rounded backs to give the illusion of more breathing room.
  3. Go for a round ottoman or coffee table. They are easier to navigate around in a tight place.
  4. Nesting tables can be pulled out when you need them and tucked away when you don’t.
  5. Make the most of vertical storage space. Not all apartments come with built-ins, but tall bookshelves work the same way.
  6. Consider Your Color Scheme. Painting an apartment isn’t always practical, so choose neutral tones for furniture, art, pillows…
  7. Mirrors can brighten up a room. Just make sure they reflect light and a view you love.
  8. Hanging curtains higher gives a room the appearance of being larger.
  9. Light up the corners. Floor lamps, sconce lights, decorative lamps all help illuminate dark corners.
  10. Keep things crystal clear with clear glass lamps and tables. Let the eye see all the space you do have in the room.IMG_0917

JAMCO Properties provides affordable spacious 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments in the metro Atlanta area including Fulton, Dekalb, Clayton, and Cobb counties.

Spring (cleaning) comes early to Atlanta

Stratford Arms Apartments knows spring is just around the corner (hopefully). The American Cleaning Institute found that 62 percent of people engage in spring cleaning. The top three priorities are the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. This year, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a long, dreaded process. Follow these quick tips to get your house clean in no time.

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  • Skip the feather duster – it just spreads dust around. When you dust, work from the top down.
  • Cut back on dust by making sure your vacuum cleaner bags and filters are clean and in good working order. That will keep dust and debris from being blown out into the air as you vacuum.

Kitchen

  • Use steam to clean the inside of the microwave. Bring two cups of water to a boil in the microwave, keep the door closed and let the water sit for a few minutes. The steam loosens dried-on food particles, making it easier to wipe them away.
  • Don’t forget to clean the outside of the refrigerator and freezer. Clear off the clutter of notes, coupons and photos, and then clean the doors, handles and seals.

Bathroom

  • Clean the tub and shower with a foaming cleanser that does most of the work for you, and simply rinse it off. Wash shower curtains and liners according to label instructions.
  • To help prevent soap scum buildup in the future, try switching to a liquid shower gel. Bar soaps have binders that are a primary cause of soapy residue. You can also use a towel to quickly wipe down the tub and faucets after each shower.
  • To discourage mildew, use the bathroom fan during a shower and for about 30 minutes after. You can also use a dehumidifier or open the window.

Must Have Tools

  • Adhesive lint roller – Great for quickly sprucing up fabric and upholstery. You can also use it to remove dust from lamp shades.
  • Baking soda – Helps neutralize odors in sinks, refrigerators, upholstery and carpets.
  • Sponges – Good for removing scuff marks and smudges from walls and furniture

Hotlanta NYE Party Ideas

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Watching the giant peach drop in downtown Atlanta is a once in a life time New Year’s Eve experience. Do it once and you’re done! Expensive hotel parties can break the bank and with the holiday hub bub who has time to rent a tux? So why not ring in 2013 with your own celebration at home? No matter your budget or how many square feet you have, these party tips are for you:

  • You want people to move around and mingle, so don’t clutter your space with tons of decorations. Save space and money by letting your party favors (i.e. hats, noise makers, boas…) double as decor. Spread them out in the party area for guests to use as they want.
  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day AND it is inexpensive. A midnight brunch buffet is a trendy affordable way to give your friends a late night bite. Danishes, casseroles, fruit salad, and even cold cereal are easy.
  • Don’t forget cocktails, keep it simple. Search the internet for one holiday themed cocktail and serve sparkling wine at midnight. Provide mixers like soda, juice, lemons, and limes for guests that might bring something special or that won’t drink. Remind everyone to drink responsibly and have the phone number for a taxi service if you need it.
  • People will be kissing at midnight. Have mints available.
  • Finally, put together a take home recovery kit for everyone. Pack asprin, bottled water, vitamin C, and maybe a burned CD of your favorite songs from the previous year.

You can entertain from the comfort of your own home or apartment on a small budget and be the toast of the town. Just remember to have fun and be safe.

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