How to Make the Most of Your Closet Space

Shaker Run - Monday, May 22, 2017
Messy apartment closet

No matter how big your closet is, it always seems too easy to fill it up. Take back some of your apartment’s storage space with these easy-to-do tips:

-          Double your space by using simple things such as the tabs from soda cans, or attached to a hanger. This is a great idea if you have two shirts that you often wear together – such as a tank top or shirt with a sweater, or your favorite shirt and blazer combo.

-          Grab an extra pack of shower curtain hooks to hang your scarves. Simply attach them to a sturdy hanger, and slide your scarves through to keep them neat, orderly, and all in one place.

-          Take things out if necessary. If you have heavy sweaters still hanging in your closet, now is the time to remove them! Summertime is the perfect time to find a great trunk or other storage item at a flea market or thrift store. Make it into a décor piece for your apartment, and store all of your out-of-season items away. No one will ever know that you’re stashing clothes into such a nice piece of furniture!

-          Leave your shoes elsewhere. Instead of lining your closet with your shoes, find another space for them! Floor space in your closet is valuable for dressers or other storage items you may want to keep in there for all of your clothing. Instead, keep shoes in shelving by your apartment door, or stash pairs you don’t often use under your bed or on a high shelf.

Organize away, and continue to live your best life at Shaker Run!

Three Ways to Bring Summer Into Your Apartment at Shaker Run

Shaker Run - Monday, May 08, 2017

With summer just around the corner, you might start thinking about all the ways you’re going to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. BBQ’s, picnics with friends, hikes, boat rides, and more. But what happens when you’re spent a long day out in the hot sun, and you’re ready to retreat back into your apartment? Bring the summer inside with these décor tips!

1. Change Out Your Curtains: Winter is gone, so you don’t need those thick, dark curtains to keep you from staring out at the dreary winter weather anymore! Pop in some light, airy curtains in their place, and let the sunlight keep you company from the safety of your air-conditioned indoors. 

2. Embark on Some Fun Projects: While you’re unwinding, take the opportunity to get crafty! There are several fun and easy DIY projects for every taste and many that you’ll be able to enjoy all summer long! Check out some ideas here.

3. Redesign: Bringing the outdoors in means you’ll want to encompass everything you love about being outdoors in the summer inside. If you enjoy lounging on a big comfortable chair by the pool and reading, creating your own reading nook by a bright window where you can still feel the warmth of the sun. If you enjoy the colors of the beach, change up your color palette to match the hues that you would naturally see outdoors – think sandy beige, sky blue, and sea green. 

Ready to enjoy your summer at Shaker Run? Schedule a tour today

Four Ways to Get Involved in the Local Community

Shaker Run - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Whether you’re new to the community, or just looking for new ways to get involved, there’s sure to be something you’re interested in near your home at Shaker Run.

  1. National MS Society: Do you enjoy planning and organizing? The National MS Society’s Upstate New York Chapter is seeking a Project Coodinator – someone who will lead a task force of fellow volunteers. No matter what your skill is, chances are, it can benefit the National MS Society in some way! If you’re not comfortable with leading a task force, there are other volunteer opportunities available, as well!

  2. Job Shadowing for Junior Achievement:Take your kid to work day? You can do it all over again. With this program, all you have to do is give students a chance to experience your workplace, and allow them to see how the skills they’re learning now might help them in the future.

  3. Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Get involved for a great cause this year! This opportunity requires you to attend only one meeting per month, and participate in one of six sub-committees. These committees will work to promote and grow the march, before it takes place on September 23rd!

  4. Classroom Volunteer: Make a difference in the future of our community by getting involved and participating in the lives of young students. Choose a program that will best fit your schedule, learn about your step-by-step lesson plan, and step into a classroom alongside teachers! There’s little more rewarding than helping young students get on a bright path.

Ready to get started? Find volunteer opportunities near our wonderful community today!

Local Places for Delicious Baked Goods

Shaker Run - Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Hosting a big family dinner for your spring holiday? There are several vendors in the Capital District around Shaker Run that can make it a little easier on you, by providing the desserts and baked goods that will wow your guests!

Some of our favorites include:

  • Bon-Bon Brazil: Provide a multicultural experience for your guests with homemade Brigadeiros – a unique Brazilian sweet that oftentimes draws comparisons to fudgy chocolate truffles.

  • Country Hearth Baking: In need of something gluten-free? Country Hearth Baking is your place to go! Here you can find a wide variety of gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free cookies, soy-free brownies, fresh scones, easy mixes to make at home, and even some bread and pies!

  • Electric Cookie Jar: If cookies are your thing, Electric Cookie Jar is a great local brand that will be sure to find the perfect flavor for you! The flavors expand far beyond the “norm”, with favorites such as bacon gingersnap, honey ginger, potato chip chocolate, and white chocolate cranberry. Also on their menu are vegan and sugar-free options. Best of all, if you don’t see a flavor you’d like, you can request a custom flavor made just for you!

  • Le Marais Chocolat: If you’re looking for truffles, this is the place to go. Le Marais Chocolat uses locally sourced, fair trade, and organic ingredients with their Cordillera chocolate. Flavors include Lavender Rose, Raspberry Sherry, Earl Grey, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean, and many more. More than that, you can find chocolate bark, French Macarons, gluten free-scones, cookies, and brownies, as well as custom pastries and desserts tailored for your party!

Now for the difficult part…what are you going to choose?! No matter what you decide to pick up, you can feel good about supporting your local community and providing your guests with a delicious treat they’re sure to remember.

Clever Ways to Add Storage in Your Apartment

Shaker Run - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It’s wintertime, and that means you’re likely spending quite a bit of time hunkering down in your apartment at Shaker Run. Take advantage of the time with these clever ways to make your home neater than ever:

  • Keep your cords handy and in order with binder clips! Simply clip a few on the side of your desk, and use the metal handles to keep your cords from falling and tangling up on the floor.

  • If your tank tops are taking up too much room in your drawers or closet, there’s an easy fix. Take one hanger, adorn it with shower curtain rings, and clip your tank tops into the rings. This is a major space-saver!

  • Store your extra bed sheets underneath the mattress! Don’t worry about getting an under-the-bed storage bin – simply fold up the sheets, and stack them at the foot of your bed, between the mattress and frame (or box spring, if you have one).

  • Instead of using old newspapers or pool noodles to hold the shape of your boots, get a vertical shoe rack! These shoe racks allow you to store multiple pairs of boots neatly, in one place, and without the added mess or frustration!

Get creative, and spend your time home at Shaker Run wisely!

Three Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Friends

Shaker Run - Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Valentine’s Day tends to center around romantic love, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your friendships this month, too! Take a page out of Leslie Knope’s book and celebrate your closest friends with a Valentine’s Day adventure! There are several ways to enjoy this day, below are just a few ideas that you can do right here at Shaker Run.

  1. Host a Potlock Dinner – We all know your friends are talented cooks, so let them show it off! Have everyone pick a dish of their choosing, and enjoy everyone’s great cooking skills and conversation at your home.

  2. Host a Good Old-Fashioned Sleepover – While you’re at it, put those leftovers from dinner away, break out the face masks and pillows, and get comfy in front of a great movie! There’s no better time to relive your high school youth than right now!

  3. Enjoy a Fun DIY Project – There’s nothing like doing a DIY project with your best buds! Pick a fun project (or two) to embark on together. It can be anything from a cross-stitch with funny sayings, sprucing up some dishes, or even making artwork at your own paint ‘n’ sip!

No matter what you do this Valentine’s Day, make it a fun and memorable time to celebrate your friendships!

How to Brighten Up Your Apartment This Winter

Shaker Run - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wintertime can be rough for a number of reasons. Now that the excitement of the holidays is over, the next couple of months can often feel bleak, especially with the long stretch of darkness every night. Luckily, there are a few ways you can brighten up your home to bring a little bit of life into your world before spring!

Take some time to assess your apartment at Shaker Run – or even bring in a friend to help identify the dark areas that could use some work. Once you’ve done this, you can move onto brightening your space through a variety of ways:

Lighting – Add funky lamps in a variety of colors that will warm your space and add a bit of your own unique flare. Be sure to use bulbs that reflect the kind of light you want – whether it’s soft light, or one that is closer to that of natural daylight.

Accent Colors – Yellow is sure to brighten up bleak winter days, but using colors that best accent your furniture and compliment your style will help perk up your days, no matter what they are. You can add accent colors with throw pillows, rugs, new artwork, or even a tapestry to fill in wall space that has been left empty.

Make It Personal – If you have a tendency to feel more nostalgic during this time of year, adding photos and memories to your wall space can only help. Make a collage of your favorite photos with friends and family to display in a prominent area of your home that you’ll see often. You can also use whiteboards to keep track of goals that you may have for the New Year or upcoming plans. This will serve as a little reminder that the dark days of winter will not last forever, even if it seems like it now!

Long nights and bad weather are the perfect excuse to spruce up your home! Make 2017 the best year for home décor you’ve ever had.

Three Activities to Take Up This Year

Shaker Run - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution for 2017? Whether it’s to take up a new hobby, get more creative, improve a skill, or meet new people, this list will have you covered!

There’s plenty to do near your home at Shaker Run, including:

  1. Take a Cooking Class: Improve your knowledge of food, a variety of recipes, and meet some new people along the way when you take a cooking class! Check out Different Drummers Kitchen to see a variety of classes. You’ll also be able to pick up needed items for your kitchen at the same time!

  2. Get Creative: Albany Art Room is a great place for adults and kids alike to take classes and explore their artistic side. Whether you’re interested in drawing, pottery, or card-making, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy!

  3. Explore the World of Dance: At Eba, all ages can come and explore movement and music through dance. Classes including jazz, tap, creative modern dance, ballet, and yoga are offered for all ages and levels on a continuous schedule. Venture out to see what you might find!

No matter what you decide to try this year, make 2017 a year of exciting new adventures in the Capital Region!

3 Energy Reducing Tips That Will Save You Money

Shaker Run - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We can all use some extra money here and there, and saving a little bit where we can is just the way to build up those savings. The following tips can help you conserve energy, and save yourself a bit of money on your electrical bill in the process:

  1. Unplug Your Electronics – When you’re not using an electronic, simply unplug it. Of course, you won’t want to do this with things like your refrigerator or your digital alarm clock, but if you are done charging your laptop, your phone, or even if you’re done with the microwave, unplug it. It might not seem like it will make much of a difference, but you’ll be watching your electricity bill go down little by little.

  2. Make Use of Power Strips – When you have several items to be plugged into one area – say, with your TV or at your desk – plug them all into a power strip. Not only will a power strip give you more outlets to use, but it also makes it much easier to switch your electronics off with the push of one button when you’re leaving your house for the day.

  3. Consider Your Product Choice – Shop around for lightbulbs and appliances. More often than not, you’ll be able to find some with the ENERGY STAR label on it. These products oftentimes are much more energy efficient and have lower standby power. Better yet, they even tend to last longer than comparable non-ENERGY STAR products.

Save a little bit of money while enjoying your home at Shaker Run Apartments!

How to Get the Best Deals on a Moving Company

Shaker Run - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Getting ready for a big move can be as stressful as it is exciting! Once you’ve found the perfect apartment, you have to figure out how to get all of your belongings into it! If you’ve decided to hire a moving company in Albany, NY, there are a few things to keep in mind during your search:

Watch for Scams – If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure the company is licensed and insured, and if you can, take referrals from friends and family. Do your research, and ask for an in-home estimate from the company so you can get the most accurate quote.

Know the Rules – Most moving companies will only move your belongings if they’re secured, according to company standards. Some companies will only move items they are packed away in boxes. Most all company will not move breakables unless they are wrapped. Being aware of these rules will help you to best prepare for your moving date.

Do What You Can – That being said, you can likely save yourself a great deal of money if you pack your items yourself. Once you know what the company standards for packing are, pack your items accordingly, and have them ready to go when the movers arrive. If the company charges by the hour, you’ll want to minimize the time as much as you can. If possible, it may also be helpful to move some of the smaller items yourself in your own vehicle.

Happy moving! We can’t wait to see at your new place at Shaker Run Apartments soon!

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