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5 Apartment Cleaning Hacks That Will Change Your Life

apartment cleaningLet’s be honest: cleaning isn’t exactly the most fun. But there’s nothing more distracting whilst trying to relax or get work done in your home than being surrounded by mess.

A cluttered living space can lead to a cluttered mind, and do you really need the extra stress in your life? This is why time needs to be set aside specifically for apartment cleaning.

And hey, cleaning and tidying don’t always have to be tedious. In fact, we think we’ve cracked the secret to hassle-free cleaning. Don’t believe us? Check out our five wicked apartment cleaning hacks and prepare to be amazed!

1. Kitchen Cleaning

Keeping on top of your kitchen mess can be pretty frustrating. It’s the last thing you want to do after a long day. Making jobs easier is the best way to get through these tasks quickly and efficiently.

Leave a mixture of dish soap and water in a water spray bottle by the sink to get your dishes washed quicker and save on product.

Keep extra bags in your trash can to save having to root around your cupboards for them everytime you empty the bin.

When it comes to cleaning your oven, you can easily do this with a mixture of washing up liquid, baking soda, white vinegar and lemon with kitchen roll for scrubbing.

Removing Stains

As for stained tablecloths and mats, depending on what caused the stain, there are different removal methods. A lot of the time you can remove stains with things you have in the house.

Red wine stains can be removed using white wine. Coffee can be removed with baking soda. Grease can be removed with soda, and oil can be removed with white chalk.

2. Bathroom Cleaning

You can easily make your faucets and shower heads shine again with this easy hack. Just leave your shower head to soak in white vinegar overnight. In the morning, you should be able to easily wipe away any grime.

Similarly, you can scrub your faucets and sink with white vinegar too. For an awesome and effective way to clean your shower base, check out this method.

3. Tidying Your Closet and Drawers

Use empty shoeboxes as drawer separators and organizers.

Too many clothes? After sorting through your things and donating some stuff to thrift stores, try watching this video. It shows you how to hang multiple garments on one hanger with soda can tabs.

Shoe Hangers are a great way to stop your shoes piling into a floordrobe. Put them on the back of a closet door for more storage space.

If you’re on a budget, empty wine boxes make great shoe storage too! Though less aesthetically pleasing, you can keep them under your bed or tucked away at the bottom of your wardrobe. It’s still tidier than having them lying around!

4. Cleaning Floors

Brush hair out of carpets with rubber gloves. This is great for stubborn carpets and even better for pet owners. A cheap alternative to lint rollers. Duct tape also works well for this on sofas and pillows.

For wood floors, Swiffer slippers will dust without you even realizing. And they’ll keep your tootsies warm and cozy.

5. General Apartment Cleaning Hacks

Use duct tape or a lint roller to clean dust off of fabric lamp shades. If you have blinds, mix water, vinegar and apply to a cloth. Gently wipe along your blinds to get rid of gathered dust.

For smaller nooks and crannies, keep an old toothbrush handy to do some dainty scrubbing. This is great for computer keyboards, as are cotton buds.

And for the ladies, don’t bother spending money on special cleaners for your makeup brushes. You can clean them just by mixing shampoo or body wash and water. Swirl them around and watch them look brand new and clean again.

Apartment Cleaning Doesn’t Have To Be A Chore

These are just a few apartment cleaning hacks to help you keep on top of mess and grime. At Hannover Grand Apartments, we want you to be proud of your apartment and how it looks.

To have a look at some of our beautiful apartments, apply online and check out our gallery today!

Stack of Cookies

2 Fall Cookies to Try Baking This Season

Stack of CookiesAs you cozy up in our apartments in Atlanta this fall, baking delicious autumn treats may be a great way to spend a bit of leisure time. Try these two great recipes.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

The combo of pumpkin spice and chocolate chips makes for amazing pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies.

  • 2 & 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin purée
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, then prepare two large baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, and salt, and set aside. In another bowl, combine butter and all sugars, blending with a mixer.

Add the pumpkin purée, egg, and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture, then blend the flour mixture. Refrigerate for half an hour.

Form one inch balls of cookie dough, then place around two inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes.

Pumpkin, Chocolate and Butterscotch Cookies

Combining pumpkin, chocolate, and butterscotch is one of the best ways to welcome fall into your Atlanta apartment home.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin purée
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butterscotch flavor chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.

Mix eggs and sugar with an electric mixer for one minute. Blend in vegetable oil, pumpkin purée, and vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture and then add the chips.

Form one inch balls of cookie dough and place two inches apart on baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes.

Looking for a new apartment in Atlanta? Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs has amazing one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans to suit your lifestyle. Our floor plans include a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, perfect for baking these delicious cookies this fall. Call our office to learn more.

Woman Holding Autumn Leaves

Tips on Decorating With Fall Colors

Woman Holding Autumn LeavesFall is here, so now is the time to be decorating your apartment in beautiful autumn hues. Incorporating fall colors into your normal decorating scheme can help you and other members of your household get into the spirit of the season. These tips will help you coordinate fall colors with your furnishings and everyday decor.

Incorporate Natural Items Into Your Decor

Natural items like acorns, beautiful stones and colorful fall leaves make great centerpieces and tabletop decorations. While natural items are often available for purchase from craft stores, you can also find them on your own while walking out in nature. Place your natural items in a bowl or a basket to keep them contained and to avoid a mess.

Take Inspiration From Photographs

Feeling uncertain about which autumn colors to use? Look at photographs of scenes from nature. Decorate with the colors you see in the trees and shrubbery from these photographs. You might even consider swapping out your normal wall art for fall forest scenes to help tie together your theme and make your home more reminiscent of the season.

Combine Fall Colors With Tasteful Neutrals

Keeping your home decorated in tasteful neutrals like beige and gray makes it easy to add fall colors around the home. Fall colors and neutrals look naturally good together. With the rest of your house decorated in neutrals, you can add as many fall colors to your home’s interior decor as you want.

Collect Items Over Time

It’s hard to build up a collection of fall-themed decor in one season. Collecting items over several seasons gives you the time to look for the right decorations for your home. Look at craft stores, home and garden centers and furniture stores for fall-themed objects and decorations.

Come See Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs

Fall has arrived at Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs. Our residents are decorating their homes for the season and preparing for a beautiful Atlanta, GA autumn. We welcome you to come see the beauty of our community! Contact our office today to make an appointment and see our stunning Atlanta apartments.

Pumpkin Soup

5 Easy Halloween-Themed Dinner Ideas

Pumpkin SoupHalloween is almost here. In order to get in the mood, you may find yourself looking for ways to change up your dinner routine and incorporate fall or Halloween foods into the mix. Here are five easy dinner ideas that can help get you into the Halloween spirit.

Halloween Stuffed Peppers

One of the easiest Halloween meals to make is a Halloween stuffed pepper. Take an orange bell pepper, gut it and carve a little face into the pepper just like you would a pumpkin. Then bake it in the oven to soften it up. Once soft, fill it with your desired filling. This may include beans, meat, rice and/or veggies. After the pepper is filled, it is ready to eat.

Pumpkin Soup

Another easy Halloween-themed dinner is pumpkin soup. There are many recipes out there for pumpkin soups and chowders. Many incorporate other fall vegetables, including squash, sweet potato and corn. Select a recipe that appeals to your tastes, or experiment until you find your favorite.

Cider-Marinated Ribs

If you want a meal that has a fall feel to it but don’t want to venture too far out of your comfort zone, try cider-marinated ribs. These ribs develop a hint of an apple cider taste that has subtle fall hints to it. But, you still get the comfort of knowing that you are eating a hearty, meat-filled meal.

Barley Risotto With Butternut Squash

Another food that screams fall is butternut squash. However, many people are not sure what foods to pair with this type of squash. Creating a dish with barley risotto and butternut squash creates a hearty vegetarian meal filled with healthy carbs.

Halloween-Shaped Pot Pies

The last Halloween-themed dinner idea is to make a Halloween-shaped pot pie. You can make a pot pie into a variety of shapes, including pumpkins, skulls or ghosts. Fill the pot pie with your desired meats and vegetables and your family and friends will have a fun and festive meal in no time.

The right foods can help get you in a festive mood. But, you need a great kitchen to prepare these meals in. If you are looking to move, you may be searching for apartments in Atlanta. If you are, Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs may have exactly what you are looking for. Call us today to find out which floor plans are available or to schedule an appointment to tour our community.

Woman Stretching

Simple Stretches You Can Do in Your Apartment Home

Woman StretchingWith all the outstanding and tempting food options available in Atlanta, residents who want to indulge in the local cuisine while still staying healthy need to keep up with their exercise regime. A crucial aspect of exercise and fitness involves stretching your muscles before you get moving.

Stretching warms up your muscles and promotes blood flow, ensuring that you will have the flexibility to do your exercises safely. With that in mind, here are some simple stretches that you can do in your apartment home.

Try These Easy Stretches From the Comfort of Your Apartment

Some stretches are best done with a chair or a fitness ball (available in any exercise equipment store), but many just require a floor. Hold poses for approximately 30 seconds to get the most benefit.

Savasana

The Savasana pose involves lying on your back and rolling your head sideways a couple of times before centering it. Then, you tuck your chin in toward your chest, which lengthens your neck muscles.

Hamstring Stretch

Try a hamstring stretch, which works on the backs of your thighs. Sitting on a fitness ball, hold your legs apart and keep your toes pointing toward the ceiling. While exhaling, bend from your hips and gradually lower your hands down your legs until they reach the floor.

Shoulders, Spine and Upper Back Stretch

For your shoulders, spine and upper back, try out a ball hug stretch. Stand and then position your arms above the top of the ball so you are holding it against your body. While inhaling, tighten up your abdominal muscles. At the same time, your spine will lengthen. Then, exhale while bringing your chin closer to your chest, keeping your knees soft and not locked.

Neck, Back, Legs and Hips Stretch

Stretch out your neck, back, legs and hips by placing one of your heels on a chair positioned in front of you. Keeping your legs straight, inhale while moving your arms over your head. Then, exhale while reaching over your leg (see if you can hold onto the back of the chair while doing so for better flexibility). Inhale, resume standing and then repeat twice.

If you enjoy keeping active and maintaining your fitness and are looking for a home in Atlanta, you can’t beat Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs, where residents enjoy access to a brand new fitness and cardio center, a swimming pool and tennis courts. For more information or to see which floor plans are currently available, please contact our apartments in Atlanta today.

weekend packing

How to Pack for a Weekend Getaway

weekend packingYou’re sitting in your hotel room, unpacking your luggage when you realize: I didn’t pack any undergarments.

I think most of us have had this unfortunate realization at one point or another. It can be frustrating to think How could I have forgotten something SO important? I swear, I remember putting those in there! Only to remember that you actually left them sitting on your bed at home.

If this scenario is something you’re all too familiar with, it’s time you make a packing list. Here are a few tips to make sure you never forget to pack an essential item for your weekend trip.

Make a List; Simple as That

Whether you like to make lists, or not, you can’t deny how useful they are when packing. This is especially true if you are one of those people who waits until the night before or the morning of to start packing. That’s right, you know who you are.

Having a list, even if you are in a rush, will help you check things off, as you fold them (or frantically stuff them) into your suitcase.

So here are a few essentials everyone should have for their weekend getaway:

  1. A jacket/coat
  2. 2 daytime shirts for Saturday and Sunday
  3. 2 sets of pajamas for Friday and Saturday night
  4. 2 pairs of pants/shorts
  5. 2 pairs of shoes (depending on the occasion)
  6. travel-size toiletries
  7. 2 pairs of socks
  8. And, of course, 3 pairs of undergarments

Cater to Your Mode of Travel

If you’re traveling by plane, it might not be a bad idea to pack this in a small, carry-on size bag. That way, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of checking-in your luggage. If you’re traveling by car, you probably have more space to have more bags. So in that scenario, pack anything! A guitar, a bike, a blow-up mattress … even your dog or your cat!

Obviously, depending on your weekend trip, the exact items in your bag will vary. For example, for a beach destination, you’ll want to bring your swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sandals too. But, the list written out for you is a good base to work with, for any weekend vacation.

If you’d like to come back home to our Atlanta apartments, make sure to give us a call to see what floor plans are available!

Atlanta at Night

Reasons Why We Love Living in Atlanta

Atlanta at NightAtlanta has a long and storied history that revolves around good people and Southern hospitality. The city has hosted the Olympic Games and enjoys a wealth of culture. Here are just some of the reasons why Atlanta residents love living in Georgia’s capital city.

Career Opportunities

Atlanta is the business Mecca of the South. It is home to numerous Fortune 500 organizations. The city has demonstrated excellent job growth and it ranks as a prime area for professionals.

It’s a Green City

Some folks say that Atlanta is a “City in a Forest” and that label holds true. Nearly 50 percent of the city is flush with trees. In fact, Atlanta boasts 343 parks in its green space. The lush foliage and vibrant flora make the skylines magnificent. The city has also acquired the former railway corridor, The BeltLine, that is being revitalized into a 22-mile trail loop that will connect many neighborhoods. The green city already enjoys numerous hiking trails, an impressive botanical garden and city planning seems to keep getting greener.

Trendy Nightlife

If you want to get your groove on and dance the night away, the city offers plenty of trendy clubs. Some of the popular night spots include:

  • Opera Nightclub: The dance club has a huge dance floor, 100-foot domed ceiling and tables must be reserved. Very trendy.
  • CosmoLava Lounge: The combination Cosmopolitan bar and Lava Lounge are joined by an outdoor deck. The lower-level dance floor plays the latest beats and throwback sounds. Very chic.

These are just a few of the amazing nightlife options available to Atlanta residents. There are many more, including great restaurants to dine at before a night out!

It’s Family Friendly

One thing you can say about Georgia’s capital is that it tends to be inclusive and family values are at its heart. The wide range of things to do with the kids includes a visit to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, the water fountains and jets in Centennial Olympic Park, Go-Karting at Andretti’s, exploring the Center for Puppetry, savoring the Chattahoochee Nature Center, playing Dodgeball at the Skyzone trampoline facility or riding a Swiss-style cable car at Stone Mountain Park.

It’s virtually impossible to go through and list all the ways Atlanta makes an excellent community. But the No. 1 reason is the people. Southern hospitality doesn’t go unnoticed in Atlanta.

We hope our Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs community members take an opportunity to enjoy all the area has to offer. If you or a friend would like more information about our  Atlanta apartments, call us today.

Sunny Sky

Stay Cool During the Summer Heat With These Items

Sunny SkySummer can get quite hot and humid in Atlanta. That doesn’t mean you have to sit by the air conditioner all day. Here are a few items and gadgets to help curb the sun’s rays that we hope our Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs community members can put to good use.

Cooling Vest

If you want to pursue outdoor activities such as bicycling or hiking, an evaporative cooling vest can help you power through the heat. This type of vest is generally worn by construction road crews and, to some degree, farmers. It’s caught on with the outdoors crowd in recent years. Basically, you soak it in water for five minutes and it stays hydrated for up to four hours. The Chill-Its Vest can be found on sites like Amazon and they’re not bright orange.

Head Cooling Bandanas

Employing the same hydrating theory as the cooling vest, Chill-Its make reasonably stylish headwear as well. You simply run the bandana under water for 60 seconds and it hydrates and absorbs warmth for up to four hours. They even come in American flag colors. Again, try Amazon.

Cooling Hoodie

Wearing a black hoodie on a sunny day should completely overheat you. Mission Athletic makes a hoodie-like product designed to reduce heat. It’s more of a stylish towel that you tuck under your shirt or just drape over your head. It can be used dry to absorb sweat or wet. When moist, the product significantly cools you off, according to the manufacturer. It keeps direct rays off your head and may make sense when jogging, biking or hiking. Google search Enduracool Instant Cooling Hoodie for more information.

Keep Baby Cool

The young ones can get pretty cranky in a hot stroller. The Geleeo Cooling Stroller Pad is designed to reduce heat and help children stay cooler. This universal pad is placed in your refrigerator until ready. It’s a short-term gadget and you can get a solid 45 minutes to an hour use from it. That may be enough time to get in your steps for the day and some fresh air for the little one. It can also be strategically used for comfortable daytime napping.

A Dog’s Life

Pets can suffer during the sweltering summer months. There are several brands of cooling collars that can help reduce their plight. Kool Collar makes one that you can slip ice directly into. Some water may trickle out as it melts, though. The Cool Dog Collar uses gel inserts that provide about one hour of relief. The Guardian Cooling Harness is considerably larger, uses removable packs and can provide several hours of cooling comfort.

We hope our Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs community members find these cooling gadgets/items helpful. If you or a friend would like more information about our Atlanta apartments, call us today.

Playful Cat

Eight Toys Your Cat Will Love

Playful CatEven for those of us who are loyal cat people, coming home to a scratched couch or a messy space can be an annoyance. Show your cat love and help end destructive behavior by providing your kitty with plenty of stimuli while you are out of your apartment home.

These eight toys can help keep your cat entertained and out of trouble.

While You Are Away, Your Cat Should Play

Cardboard Box or Paper Bag

Keep it simple. A cardboard box or a paper bag from the grocery store provides hours of fun for your cat without costing you a cent. Sometimes, the best things in life really are free. 

Let Them Watch TV

Play a Mewvie DVD on your TV and your cat will be hypnotized for hours by the videos of birds. Each DVD automatically repeats for all-day entertainment.

Yeowww! Catnip Toys

Every cat owner knows their furry friends can’t get enough of catnip. Then why not give it to them? Yeowww! Catnip Toys come in a variety catnip products from bananas to rainbows.

Make Your Cat Earn It

Two great products motivate your cat to play longer. These are the Peek-a-Prize Toy Box and the Go! Cat Go! Play-n-Treat Ball. The Peek-a-Prize Toy Box rewards your kitten’s natural hunting instincts with cool toys. The Go! Cat Go! Play-n-Treat Ball releases yummy treats as long as your cat continues to play with it.

Let Your Cat Have a Ball or Two

The Babble Ball uses cat-friendly sounds to entice your cat into longer play sessions but turns off automatically when not in use. Mylar Balls are soft and lightweight, making them ideal toys for cat owners who worry harder toys may damage their space.

Cat Crazies

Does your cat refuse to keep still? Then your kitty will love to flip, chase and catch Cat Crazies Cat Toy. Get multiple sets for best results.

Are you looking for Atlanta apartments where you can bring your furry friends? Hannover Grand of Sandy Springs is a pet-friendly apartment community offering residents tons of amenities. Relax in the brand new resident lounge with coffee bar or cool off in the resort-style pool. Call (855) 425-8432 to see which apartments are available.

Area Rug

Tips on Finding the Ideal Area Rug

Area Rug Finding the right place to live for you and your loved ones is only half the battle. Once you move in, the fun part starts – it’s time to make it your own in a way that only you can. Building the design of your room around something like a bold area rug is the perfect way to bring it all together, but finding just the right rug to meet your needs will require you to keep a few key things in mind.

Finding the Right Area Rug: What You Need to Know

Size

The most important factor you want to consider when buying an area rug is the size. Just because you’ve got a room with specific dimensions doesn’t mean you need an identically-sized area rug – that would be called carpeting. However, so long as there are still about six inches of flooring showing on all sides of the rug, you’ll be able to achieve the look you’re going for.

Budget

Next, narrow down the types of materials that you’re looking at based on another important factor: your budget. Something like a wool area rug will look better, feel better under your feet and will absolutely last longer … but it will also cost more money.

It’s important to think about your budget this way: even if you have to wait a little longer to get the perfect area rug while you save up your money, you should absolutely do so. You already have great floors in your apartment home, you can stand to wait a little longer before making a purchase. It’s better to wait and buy the perfect area rug in a month than it is to buy a low-quality alternative today because it’s what’s most affordable. You’ll likely end up replacing that low-quality rug sooner rather than later, anyway.

If you’d like to find out more information about our Atlanta apartments that are currently available at Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs, please don’t delay and give us a call! Contact our office today to learn more about our one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes and excellent amenities at our community.

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