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3 Areas in Your Kitchen to Clean in the Winter

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

For many of us, when it comes to cleaning we think of “spring cleaning”, but winter is a great time to get a head start and do some serious deep cleaning of many rooms in your home – especially the kitchen. The next time you find yourself wondering what to do on a blistery cold winter day, head to the kitchen and pick an area to clean! 

3 Areas to Clean in Your Kitchen During the Winter

  1. Cabinets: The weather outside is frightful, but the dinner simmering on your stove is so delightful. Until you realize how much greasy debris is building up on your cabinets. Cleaning the cabinets is not something many of us think about when it comes to cleaning the kitchen, we typically think of the countertops and kitchen sink, oftentimes neglecting the cabinets. Give them a thorough cleaning this winter, especially after making a hearty meal, and you’ll thank yourself later.
  2. Freezer: Winter is the perfect time to empty out your freezer because you can store items on your private balcony to keep it cold while you’re cleaning and organizing. While you’re emptying out your freezer, it also creates the opportune time for you to take stock of any summer-inspired flavors you may have prepped and then froze for a future meal. The time is now, go ahead and make that meal and free up some freezer space. 
  3. Oven: Arguably one of the hardest working appliances in your home is the oven, it’s also the one that tends to go without a deep cleaning – especially the inside. If this is the case for your oven, the first time you clean it this season may take quite a bit of time but it will be worth it! Start with the inside as splatters from holiday pies and roasts are more likely to occur in that area. Once that’s cleaned you can move on to the stovetop. Much like the walls, you should create a habit of cleaning the stovetop after your meals, especially if you made a nice marinara sauce that perhaps bubbled a little too much. 

For more tips and tricks, like how to become more energy efficient as well as the benefits of renting from Stonegate, contact us today! We’d love to give you a tour of our community and help you find your new home. We love being able to provide our residents with a comfortable community with luxury apartments in the Capital Region! 


5 Essential Holiday Hosting Tips

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, December 05, 2018


The holiday season is underway and there are still plenty of opportunities to host your friends and family for holiday-themed dinners, cocktail parties, and gatherings. Whether this is your first time hosting, or you’ve done this a few times, it’s always nice to be prepared. We’ve gathered 5 tips to help you plan a successful evening. 

The 5 Best Holiday Hosting Tips

  1. Consider the Dinner Set: The holiday season is a special time of year which makes it the perfect time to use your good china and silverware. Whether it’s something you inherited from your great grandparents or a nice set you bought for special occasions, take it out of the cupboard and make sure it’s in tip-top shape for your guests!
  2. Beverages: Take your guests into consideration while creating your beverage menu. Some people prefer wine with dinner while others don’t consume alcohol. Having a variety of options will help your guests feel at home. As the host, you can even ask your guests to bring their favorite beverage to share with everyone. This will give your guests something to discuss other than the typical topics. Having a crockpot of hot cocoa warming for guests to enjoy is a nice touch as well. 
  3. Linens and Place Settings: Gather your items together well before your planned gathering date. This will give you enough time to get everything washed and prepped. It will also give you time to prepare for the inevitable “surprise guest”; everybody knows someone who forgets to RSVP or brings someone with them! 
  4. Centerpiece or Tablescape: We’re not saying these are a must-have for your holiday gathering, but, it certainly brings some festive cheer to the table! Whether it’s a modern piece, an old classic, or something DIY, a centerpiece or tablescape can take your table from “ho-hum” to “oh wow”! 
  5. The Menu: Above all else, plan your menu well in advance, make a shopping list and head to the store with enough time before the festivities. This will help cut down on forgotten items or buying something you already have. Much like the beverages, having a variety that will satisfy all of your guests would be ideal. You can also ask them to bring a favorite dish to share with everyone!
We hope you found these 5 holiday hosting tips helpful and you can incorporate them into your party this season! 

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Our luxury apartment community is conveniently located in the Town of North Greenbush and offers many desirable amenities. Our apartments feature large walk in closets, an underground reserved parking garage, key fob/intercom building entry, washer and dryer in every unit, and so much more. Contact us today to schedule your tour!

5 Window Treatment Tips That Won’t Damage Your Walls

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Apartment decorated in a purple color scheme

While renting your apartment, you want to make it feel like your home, but, you may not feel comfortable with a drill. We’ve gathered a list of 5 tips for window treatments that don’t require any tools and will help keep your privacy


1. Temporary Hooks: Temporary hooks can attach more than just pictures to your walls. They are also fantastic for hanging curtain rods. This method is ideal for those who want to add a touch of design or elegance with finials rather than a tension rod which is hidden by the curtain. What’s great about these temporary hooks is you can easily remove the hook by pulling the tab’s strip and it will release the hold. This makes moving and redecorating a breeze!

2. Tension Rods: If your windows are traditional paned windows with frames, tension rods can be held firmly between both sides. You are able to dress up your tension rods with sheer, or lightweight, curtains and a thin rod for a touch of delicate elegance. Tension rods can also be placed at the top of the window or even the middle. This all depends on the style you’re going for and how much privacy you desire.

3. Compression Shades: This option allows you to add shades to your windows that are the exact size you need. There are many hardware stores that you are able to order compression shades from and the shade will be custom fit to your window. From translucent to light-blocking shades, these pull-down shades will add an understated touch of class.

4. Faux Roman Shade: Do you have a sewing machine and are able to sew in a straight line? Do you love a DIY project? Then this is the curtain for you! By sewing a pocket at the top and bottom of the curtain and adding a tension rod to both ends you’ve created something truly unique to fit your home. 

5. Twist and Fit Rods: Twist and fit rods use the same thought as a tension rod, these rods fit securely across your window without having to drill any holes. They are designed to give the impression of a hook and separate rod, like a traditional curtain rod, when in fact it is all one piece!
 

Contact Stonegate Apartments 
For more tips to make customizations to your apartment, or to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Stonegate Apartments today!

Finding the Right Size Apartment for You

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Couple moving into their new apartment

Moving and apartment hunting can be a daunting task with many factors that shouldn’t be overlooked. But, it doesn’t have to be if you predetermine the size apartment you’re looking for. This will help narrow down your list of potentials. 


Number of Bedrooms
Many complexes will tell you the rule of thumb is one bedroom per occupant. There are exceptions to this rule; however, couples and children are typically able to share a bedroom. Perhaps you’re a couple who is looking to turn a bedroom into an office space, in which case, you will need at least a two bedroom apartment. 


Number of Bathrooms
The next aspect you will need to consider are the number of bathrooms you need, or want. A guest bathroom, or bathroom for the kids, is nice and certainly has its perks. However, you will need to consider if it is practical for your needs, or even your budget. 


Living Space
Do you have larger sized items you’re bringing with you? Perhaps you live a minimalist lifestyle and don’t require a lot of extra space. While touring apartments, don’t be afraid to bring your measuring tape so you can take exact measurements. This will help you when measuring your items to decide whether it will fit nicely, or, if more space is a necessity.  


Amenities and Location
Lastly, consider the location and amenities that are important to you. Do you prefer a more active area as opposed to a quieter location? Do you want a shorter commute, or, do you enjoy your drive time? There’s not a single correct answer for this as these are personal preferences. While apartment hunting, you will need to keep these questions in mind in addition to the location of schools and healthcare facilities. 


Are you ready to make Stonegate your new home? Contact us to schedule your tour of our apartments!

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