Friday, March 29, 2013

TIME-SAVING TIPS FOR SPRING CLEANING


It's that time of the year again - as the weather gets warmer, the urge to open up and freshen your home from the stale dry air of winter grows stronger.  Then one day the sun is shining brightly and you suddenly find yourself with a bucket in one hand, cleaners and cloths in the other, feeling frazzled and wondering if this couldn't be easier.

Avoid spring cleaner's remorse and follow a few tips to get this major once-a-year chore done quickly and efficiently:

1. ORGANIZE BEFORE STARTING.  Prior to any cleaning project take stock of your current supplies.  Plan to clean accordingly, for example, cleaning your least favorite room first.  Keep everything together in a bucket to easily move supplies from one room to another.

2.  USE THE RIGHT TOOLS TO GET THE JOB DONE.  Make sure you have the right equipment:  microfiber cloths pick up and removes dust and other allergens rather than pushing them around the surface like regular dusting cloths do.  Get a vacuum with attachments, a dependable cleaning wand, and machines that use steam to sanitize.

3.  WORK SMART, NOT HARD.  When cleaning stubborn areas give the cleaners a chance to work.  Leave cleaning solutions on heavy traffic areas for over 5 minutes to give them a chance to penetrate the grime for easier removal.  Remove food stains in the microwave faster by nuking a cup of water for 2 minutes; the steam will loosen the stains making them easier to clean.

4.  DON'T KEEP USING THE SAME CLOTH.  If you are doing a large room or area, keep on hand a large stack of cleaning cloths.  Cloths loses their effectiveness after a time and begin to leave streaks and spots.  If using a microfiber, make sure your gently shake the dust free in a trash bag.

5.  DON'T TRY TO BE A CLEANING SUPERHERO.  Get others involved!  Have the children empty light trash bins or shake the dust from small rugs.  Get your husband/brother/teenage kids to help with the lifting.  If you live alone, ask a friend to come over just to keep you company....just be sure to return the favor when they want to do a cleaning project of their own.

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST:  DON'T WAIT UNTIL SPRING!  If you make it a mission during the colder months to commit to small cleaning jobs, then your cleaning project won't be such a monumental task come spring.

Ready, set, clean!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

THE ADVANTAGES OF INDOOR PLANTS IN YOUR HOME

Diffenbachia

 Most people view indoor plants as either a hobby for some persons, or a easy decor tool for others.  But did you know that there are actually healthy benefits of having plants inside your home?  Indoor plants assists with removing toxins from the air, calms the mind and relaxes the body while relieving overall stress.

Let's look at a few benefits of house plants:

1.  Filling your home with plants can decrease or eliminate headaches. With plants, you’re much less likely to be breathing the kind of stuffy, stale air that contributes to headaches due to the filtering process used by plants during photosynthesis.

2.  House plants can contribute to a feeling of well-being, making you calmer and more optimistic. Studies have shown that patients who face a garden view in their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall.  Also, plants with lush green foliage provides a more relaxing environment.  Research shows that green is the most relaxing color on the planet.

Pothos
3.  If you are a smoker or live with one, a plant may help you remove the airborne chemicals from cigarettes.   A classic NASA study has shown that house plants can remove up to 80% of air toxins within a 24 hour period.

Some of the most popular - and beneficial - indoor plants include:  the Pothos plant, the Spider Plant, the Rubber Plant, the Diffenbachia plant (with it's two-toned leaves) - just to name a few.

Spiderplant

So whether it for health benefits, or just for looks, you will find that placing a few house plants inside you home will be beneficial both physically and emotionally.

This spring - look at doing some indoor gardening, it might just improve your health!

Friday, March 15, 2013

THE BENEFITS OF AQUATIC EXERCISE

Aquatic exercise is more than just swimming laps.  It can include using the water for resistance when stretching, a way to control the body's movement during water aerobics, or it can provide a calming environment for persons suffering from certain physical medical conditions.

Exercise in the water puts very little strain on the bones, joints and soft tissues while still allowing for high levels of energy expenditure. The buoyancy and cushioning effect of water is especially beneficial to people at risk when performing weight-bearing exercise such as the elderly or obese. It may help with pain management for individuals with soft tissue injury, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or orthopedic disorders.

Exercising in the water decreases the amount of weight the spine and joints have to support. The buoyancy of water supports about 50 percent of body weight for a person immersed waist-deep and 90 percent of body weight for a person immersed up to the neck.

Working out in a heated indoor pool, such at the one located in The Cambridge Clubhouse at The Mansards Apartments not only soothes the body but can help calm the mind.  Exercise in warm water relaxes muscles, decreases depression, anxiety and stress, and thereby improves your overall mood.  Also, regular visits to have a swim in the warm waters during the long dreary months of winter helps alleviate symptoms of seasonal mood disorders.

Exercising in water offers many physical and mental health benefits and is a good choice for people who want to be more active. When in the water, remember to protect yourself and others from illness and injury by practicing healthy and safe swimming behaviors.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

FIVE TIPS TO FRESHEN YOUR APARTMENT DECOR

In today's busy world of hurried commuting, work, kids, and family, we get so caught-up in our daily schedule that we feel stuck in a rut.  One of the ways to bring a welcome change that can reinvigorate your routine is to change your immediate surroundings.

However in today's economy where a crisis looms around each corner some of us are hesitant to spend resources on decorating.  Here are a few affordable tips that can breathe new life in your apartments:

1.  RE-ARRANGE YOUR ROOMS:  Even a quick switch of furniture in the living room or bedroom to opposite sides can bring a new feel.  Experiment with angles, switch out lamps, add a couple of bright cushions, or even changing to brighter light bulbs can make a difference you can instantly appreciate.

2.  MAKE A TRIP TO THE DOLLAR STORE.  These stores have come a long way from selling only car fresheners and cheap soap! Find dollar stores that offer home decor, cleaning products, storage items, kitchen utensils, etc… You may be pleasantly surprised to see that you can decorate and have all your essentials for your apartment for a small amount of money.

3.  USE VINTAGE POSTERS OR OTHER COLLECTIBLES.  Do you collect movie posters or have a collection of vintage Coke bottles? Why not use them as decor in your apartment? Decor doesn't have to be purchased. Use your collections to display them on walls, in shadow boxes, or on a shelf to bring instant personalization to your apartment.  You will be surprised how collections can be a clever focal point or conversation starter for a room.

4.  REHANG YOUR PHOTOS OR ARTWORK.   Switch the locations of your paintings or family photos.  Put art pieces in unusual places, like above a door. Lean some against a mirror. Hang several in an asymmetrical collage, at least three inches apart.

5.  ACCESSORIZE WITH BOOKS.  Stack art, design, gardening, travel books — whatever you collect — on a table. Books are great accessories because they're so personal — they reflect your interests.

These are just a few ideas to get you started.  Remember your apartment is just not a place to eat and lay your head - it's also your home.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

DISCOVER THE NEW MANSARDS


We are extending an invitation to for you to experience all we have to offer in either one of our clubhouses – The Cambridge Club, The Cricket Club, or MatchPoint Tennis & Fitness Club – or take advantage of our outdoor facilities.  

The stately Cambridge Club has a banquet room to seat 60 persons, with caterer’s kitchen, OR small private meetings can be held in the Meeting Room.  

Our sports themed Cricket Club is a great facility to host a sales meeting, or small parties for your staff.  MatchPoint is the largest US Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned facility in Northwest Indiana and features 12 tennis courts (8 indoors and 4 outdoor), a fully equipped Fitness Club, a spa with whirlpools, and steam & sauna rooms.  

All this set amongst 90 acres of beautiful wooded surroundings with private parks and picnic areas.  Apartments at The Mansards all have spacious floor plans, large rooms, ample closets and extra storage.  Not only are these resort-style amenities the best in the area, there is easy access from our community to all major tri-state expressways.  

Come, experience the difference!