Stress Levels can be Increased by a Messy Closet

Shaker Run - Thursday, April 19, 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 Shaker Run Apartments

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 Shaker Run Apartments have the pleasure of enjoying many of our amenities including walk-in closets in their spacious apartment. Our walk-ins 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! 

Become More Organized With These 10 Tips

Shaker Run - Thursday, April 05, 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 only 10 of the organization tips we have for you and we hope you find them to be helpful in your home. Maybe you’ve mastered the necessary organization skills to keep your home neat and tidy and you simply need more space. Shaker Run Apartments is the place for you! We offer a variety of floor plans 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!

3 Different Floor Plans to Choose From at Shaker Run Apartments

Shaker Run - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Spacious bedroom

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. Shaker Run Apartments understands that one-size certainly does not fit all, which is why we offer 3 different floor plans

Floor Plans Offered At Shaker Run Apartments 

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, each apartment is equipped with its own HVAC so you can control your climate as needed – many complexes can’t say the same. 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 is spacious and has its own personal bathroom so you can get ready for the day in peace.

Our residents are also able to enjoy a breath of fresh air on their own private patio or balcony area. Enjoy a cup of coffee as you watch the sun come up! 

Three Bedroom: The three bedroom apartments we offer are for those who need space for everything; family, guests, entertaining, as well as their own private bathroom. The master bedroom is spacious and has its own private bathroom so you can get ready for your day in peace, and with a bit of privacy. The third bedroom has the potential to be used as a den if that’s preferable to fit your needs! 

The kitchen and balcony both create additional space for you to enjoy the fresh air and scenery that surrounds our apartments.  

Contact Shaker Run Apartments

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 Shaker Run Apartments today to schedule a tour. You’ll be calling us home before you know it!

3 Tips and Tricks to Help With Your Spring Cleaning

Shaker Run - Monday, March 05, 2018
Cleaning Supplies

The temperatures are beginning to pick up and the warmer weather is just on the horizon which makes this the perfect time to get your spring cleaning done (or at least underway). We’ve gathered a list of 3 tips and tricks to help you make your way through the dust and clutter! 

3 Spring Cleaning Tips

1. Reduce, reuse, recycle: the three R’s don’t just pertain to what we do with our empty bottles and cardboard boxes. Reduce the amount of paper towels you use while cleaning windows and mirrors, or better yet, replace your paper towels with a reusable cloth. If you’re getting rid of items you no longer use, consider donating them to help your community rather than disposing of them. 
2. Freshen up your space: Our homes can get so musty during the winter months. When the temperatures begin to rise and you can turn your heat off, open up your windows to air out your space! While the windows are open you can take that time to give them a good cleaning as well. Warmer weather also creates the opportune time to take your duvet, rugs, and blankets outside to air out!
3. Don’t get overwhelmed: Spring cleaning can be a big task to take on, but, it doesn’t have to be. Unless you’re planning a gathering of friends and family, take your time and chip away at the process. Set goals for yourself and then once they’re reached, take a break!

When it comes time to clean, we hope you find these tips to be useful for you!  If you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share, let us know on Facebook (@shakerrunapartments). Or, if your goal this spring is to find a new place to call home, schedule a tour; we’re sure you’ll love what you see!

Start Growing Your Own Herbs

Shaker Run - Monday, February 19, 2018
Indoor Plants

Gardening is a hobby that many enjoy, even those who reside in apartments can get in on the fun with! All you need is one or two sunny windows at Shaker Run to get started. 

What Herbs Should I Grow?

For an indoor garden, it’s best to stick to herbs that won’t become overgrown, or grow too quickly. Kitchen staples such as basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley are a must-have for every garden. Remember – starting with seeds is less expensive; however, they require more attention and may take a few months before you are able to reap the benefits. 

How to Manage Your Plants:

Start with your containers. You can opt to plant multiple plants in a large container that is at least 6-12 inches deep. You can also 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. 

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. 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. 

Do not 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. 

Pruning (or snipping) your plants will encourage healthy growth. 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 indoor herb garden, you’ll be able to use the herbs as soon as you see new growth! Don’t let apartment living stop you from growing your own herbs. Impress your friends with your green thumb and have some great meals made with fresh herbs!

Winter Events for Everyone in the Capital Region

Shaker Run - Thursday, February 01, 2018
Fun in the snow

We might be in the middle of a blistery cold winter, but, that doesn't mean you have to be stuck inside your home all season. During the month of February  has something scheduled every week! Events such as ice skating, basketball games, a wine and chocolate festival, and everything in between - there's fun for the whole family throughout the Capital Region no matter if you prefer to be indoors or outdoors!

Indoor Fun in the Capital Region:

Siena Men's Basketball Games: Head to the Times Union Center on February 2nd to show your support for the Siena Men's Basketball team as they take on Manhattan. Unable to make that game? That's okay! The Saints will be back at it on February 12th at the Times Union Center to take on Iona, and then again on February 18th to take on Monmouth.

Wine and Chocolate Festival:
Who doesn't love the classic combination of wine and chocolate? You won't want to miss this event on February 10th at The Desmond Hotel in Albany!

Children's Star Sighting: February 17th the Henry Hudson Planetarium is hosting an event suitable for kids in grades pre-k through second grade. Children's Star Sighting is an interactive program that allows children to explore the stars, planets, comets, and constellations in the night sky.

Longfellows Wedding Show: Are you or someone you know planning a wedding? Head to Longfellows on February 25th for The Longfellows Wedding Show. This is their 18th year hosting the event. 

Outdoor Fun in the Capital Region:

Fire and Ice Days at The Mill/Ice Bar:
Spend an evening relaxing at a 30-foot ice bar or have some fun using the ice-sculpted shuffleboard at The Mill/Ice Bar in Round Lake. The Ice Bar will be open each weekend throughout the month of February. There will even be fire pits to keep you toasty while enjoying the ice. 

Clifton Park Winterfest: The Town of Clifton Park is hosting their annual Winterfest on February 10th with events for the whole family! Face painting, Best Soup contest, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a winter nature tour – there's plenty for everyone. 

Youth Hockey: Do you know a child who is interested in learning how to play hockey? Get them started for free on February 24th at the Empire State Plaza. The event is hosted by USA Hockey and Troy Albany Youth Hockey. 

These are only a few of the events happening throughout the Capital Region during the month of February! With so much happening, there's no reason to feel the winter blues.

Contact Shaker Run Apartments
Looking for a new place to call home this winter season? Contact Shaker Run Apartments and schedule a tour. We're sure to have a place you will love!

3 Steps for an Expert Interior Design

Shaker Run - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Redecorating and interior design aren’t as difficult as they seem. Incorporating these decorating secrets for a home that is sure to wow your guests while eliminating the unnecessary stress! 

3 Interior Design Tips to Incorporate This Year

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 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 (@ShakerRunApartments). 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 Shaker Run Apartments home before you know it!

Start 2018 with a New Home at Shaker Run Apartments

Shaker Run - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Shaker Run Apartments is nestled in the Village of Colonie within the South Colonie School District. We are proud to have created a quiet, 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 Shaker Run Apartments

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 walk in closets, air conditioning, and we’re adjacent to the Village of Colonie’s Walking Trail! 

Some of our other amenities include:
Intercom 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 a full kitchen and business/media area. Not only that, it also has a fitness room!
Pool Area: Enjoy relaxing poolside during those warm summer months! 
Laundry Facilities: Each building has its own Laundry Center. You won’t have to worry about going outside during rain or snow to take care of your clothes! 

Contact Shaker Run Apartments
To hear more about what Shaker Run Apartments has to offer our residents, and to schedule a tour, we encourage you to contact us!

4 Renter-Friendly Ways to Use Wallpaper

Shaker Run - Friday, December 22, 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 Shaker Run Apartments today to schedule a tour!

Decorate for the Holidays with 5 Tips from Shaker Run Apartments

Shaker Run - Monday, December 04, 2017
The holiday season is a time to decorate our homes, even in an apartment you can still achieve the decorating scheme you’re aspiring for. From decorating shelves to switching out your usual textiles, we have tips that are sure to be successful for your home. 

1. Decorate Somewhere Unexpected: Contrary to popular belief, your holiday decorations aren’t restricted to the living room of your home. Do something unexpected this year, hang garland around each doorway, add wintery figurines to your bathroom sink or to your kitchen counter tops. 

2. Work with Your Wall Space: Holiday-themed wall hangings are sure to make any space feel cheerier. If redecorating your walls isn’t appealing you can wrap the pictures, paintings, or clocks that you have hung so that they look like gifts. Then, when the season is over, unwrap the “presents”! 

3. Cozier Textiles: Warm up any room with a chunky knit throw or a luxurious velvet pillow. Take it a step further by sticking to the holiday season theme or color scheme you’re working with.

4. Decorate a Shelf: If you’ve added shelves or a book case to your home, this creates the perfect opportunity to add holiday flair. Not everyone loves a lot of decorations for the holiday season; this is the perfect way to celebrate the season without having something everywhere.
5. Do Something Extra for the Door: Hang a wreath on the outside of your door so your guests are greeted warmly with scenes of the season. If you want to bring even more cheer to the inside of your home, wrap the door like a present complete with ribbon and a bow! 

Let us know how you’re decorating for the season and if you’ve incorporated any of our tips and suggestions! 

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Perhaps you're searching for a new place to call home, contact Shaker Run Apartments today to schedule a tour!

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