Master Laundry Day With These 4 Hacks

Master Laundry Day With These 4 Hacks

There are two types of people in this world: those that love folding warm clothes while watching their favorite tv show, and those who feel immense dread as the pile in their hamper continues to grow. Whether it's your favorite or least favorite chore, there are various steps you can take to keep your wardrobe bright, clean, and smelling fantastic.

Olympus has you covered with top-of-the-line washers and dryers found inside our apartments for rent. To make life even easier, here are a few fun tips and hacks to add to your laundry routine.

Make Your Own "Dryer Sheets"

If you love the scent of fresh lavender, but aren't too keen on the price tag of a box of dryer sheets, then this hack is for you. First, grab a clean face towel and douse it with scented fabric softener. Then, simply let the towel dry and toss it into your load. Not only will this benefit your wallet, but it will also lessen the waste in your household.

Sort Your Clothes Prior To Washing

To maintain bright colors, clean whites, and deep darks, sort your clothes prior to washing them. You could simply have two baskets for darks and lights, or, you could take it a step further with designated dark, light, and denim baskets.

Add a Reminder

No matter how many times you tell yourself not to dry your new satin shirt, you'll inevitably find it damaged and crumpled up in your pile upon folding. Laundry can be a mindless task, and we're eager to get it done, which is why reminders like these fly out the window during the process. Set yourself up for success and grab a dry erase marker and write down the article of clothing on the washing machine. You will be instantly reminded to omit your new favorite sweater, blouse, or skirt from the drying process.

Never Lose a Sock Again

We've all fallen victim to the disappearing sock trick. No matter how careful we are, delicates seem to always find a way to get sucked into the black hole in the back of our machines.

Finally, there is a solution. Amazon currently sells a variety of mesh laundry bags designed to consolidate certain items in the wash. Simply throw all your delicates in the bag together, and pull it out when the laundry is done. Therefore, all your socks will be in close proximity to one another, and your items will find their way back to your drawers rather than the abyss.

Interested in gaining more apartment living tricks? How about a new home where you can test them out? Contact us today to chat with one of our friendly representatives to find an Olympus home near you.

Spring Cleaning: Multifamily Style

Spring Cleaning: Multifamily Style

Spring has sprung! Well... sort of. While snow pours down on Northeastern states, the rest of country is gearing up for the season of sunshine, beautiful blooms, and feelings of renewal. Spring cleaning is underway for residents, but what about communities? Now is the time of year to spruce up your amenities, landscaping, and more.

So, grab your trimmers, and let's get started.

Get To Landscaping

As the most obvious of tasks for your spring to-do list, landscaping is essential when ushering in the season. Now is the time to tidy up bushes, cut dead branches from trees, and reawaken community gardens that didn't make it through the colder months. Even if your community is in a location that's warm 365 days a year, remind your residents of the season with vibrant gardens and polished landscapes.

Update The Gym

Spring is the prelude to summer. This means that residents are itching to get into the gym to prepare for trips to the beach. Therefore, multifamily communities should incorporate a gym refresh into their spring cleaning list. Aside from generally sprucing up the place, also assess the equipment to see if anything needs to be fixed or tossed. Or, add one new machine to the space to entice residents.

Add Some Flair To The Lobby

First impressions mean a lot, which is why it's important to welcome visitors and residents with a little flair when they walk into the building. Some steps to take are replacing any outdated art, incorporating florals into the room, or adding a welcoming rug to the space. Spring is the season of renewal, meaning many are looking for a fresh start. Be sure to incorporate elements of the season into your lobby so prospective residents feel excited and enticed to start anew at your community.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Communal Areas

There's no better way to welcome warm weather than by lighting up the grill and hanging with friends amongst fresh air. Set your residents up for success and spruce up your outdoor communal areas in preparation for endless spring and summer hangouts. First, dry clean any cushions or fabric that may have braved the elements. If you have grills, make sure they are squeaky clean for the first barbecue of the season. For a final touch, pass a broom through the area to rid residents of leaves, acorns, and dirt.

Looking for more tips on embracing the spring season in your community? Contact us today!

3 Ways To Welcome Spring Into Your Home

3 Ways To Welcome Spring Into Your Home

Spring has not yet sprung, but there’s no harm in preparing early! From florals to sandals to feelings of renewal, there's no time like mid-March to start enjoying the delights of the season.

If you're ready to swap out cold weather comforts for springtime pleasures. Here's where to start.

Dust Off Your Green Thumb

Florals for spring may not seem groundbreaking, but we would be remiss to not include incorporating beautiful blooms into our list. Having plants in your home betters the air quality, improves mood, and brings a sense of life to your space. Before spring officially starts, take some time researching plants that would bode well in your space. Olympus properties offer sunlit spaces with large windows. Therefore, residents have plenty of options. Cascading plants will elongate any space when placed on a high shelf. Looking to fill a corner? Supersize your greenery and add a small potted tree to your favorite nook. Succulents can survive in almost all indoor climates, making them the perfect addition to your bathroom.

Host a Springtime Soiree

As the ice begins to melt and the temperatures creep up, our homebody selves are more likely to emerge from our comfort zones. This makes spring the perfect time to host a party! Celebrate the commencement of the season and host an equinox party. Or, serve fresh fruits and mimosas at a weekend brunch. Did you know that March 23rd is National Chip and Dip Day? Embrace the holiday with a medley of homemade dips and your favorite chips to be shared with guests.

Plan Your Spring Wardrobe

Organizing a spring wardrobe is one of the most satisfying tasks of the season. Swapping out turtlenecks for sundresses and boots for sandals is a great way to ring in warmer months. First, dig up all of your warm-weather garments and add them to your wardrobe. Separate them from cold-weather items as you still may need sweaters and jackets in the following weeks. Then, assess your springtime looks. If your sandals from last season appear weathered, or your go-to dress is just no longer in style, make piles of items to recycle, donate, or sell. Once removed, you can look forward to shopping for fun and stylish replacements.

Looking to start fresh in a new apartment this spring? Contact us today to find an Olympus home near you.

Easy & Effective Instagram Strategies For Apartment Communities

Easy & Effective Instagram Strategies For Apartment Communities

Did you know that around 96% of businesses are on social media? From Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest to Snapchat, these platforms offer a space for friends to meet and for businesses to connect with their desired demographic. Whether we're swiping, liking, tweeting, or snapping, the information we're consuming on social media sticks.

Due to its sleek design and focus on imagery and video, Instagram is the platform of the decade. Users can consume content from dozens of accounts in a matter of minutes, and can easily customize what makes its way into their feeds.

Amongst all the buzz and growing noise on social media, standing out can be a challenge. So, if you're looking to make your way into a prospective resident's feed, here are some steps to take:

Highlight Local Businesses

An important selling point of a community is the location. Whether you're amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown Houston or nestled in nature in a quaint hamlet outside Atlanta, it's important to highlight the appeal of your surroundings. Instagram is an amazing tool for capturing the beauty of your location. Take a trip to a stylish, neighborhood coffee shop and snap some pics of your experience. Whether it's latte art, a vibrant mural, or your friend enjoying a pastry across the table, capture a moment that a viewer would like to place themselves into. Be sure to tag the account of the establishment you're visiting, as this fosters a relationship with local businesses. Also, they may return the favor with likes, comments, and a follow!

Use Local Hashtags

Speaking of local, it's important to utilize the correct hashtags for posts to attract the right demographic. For apartment communities, marketers typically target people in their vicinity. Therefore, using location-specific hashtags is advantageous. For example, if a Houston community posts a photo of a burger from a local eatery, effective hashtags would be: #Houston #Houstoneats #eatHouston #liveHouston #HTX #HoustonTX #Houstonian. Then, when a local is scrolling through a feed looking for things to do in the area, your photo may come up!

Be Approachable

It's no surprise that consumers are averse to advertisements. When we feel that we are being sold something, we automatically look in the opposite direction. The solution? Don't be "salesly" and blend in with organic content. Capturing daily delights and of-the-moment experiences are more effective than stock photos and sales pitches. A feed filled with locally-sourced lunches, pool days, movie nights, and city views is easier on the eyes than advertisements, and still promotes your community.

Post About Perks

Everyone loves perks and freebies. If your community hosts mixers, parties, contests, etc. be sure to post about them on social media. Not only will it inform followers of how amazing your property is, it will also incline them to follow your account so they never miss a fun activity or giveaway.

Instagram is just one of the amazing tools you can use to show the world how an apartment can become a home. If you're looking for more tips and tricks on making the most of your community, contact us today!