• 5 Best Laundry Hampers for Apartment Living

    Feb 07, 2017
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    Being a renter rather than a homeowner certainly has its benefits — no mortgage, no lawn care, and no buyer’s remorse. However, being a tenant means you typically need to make the most of your time, space and money. That’s why the team at Timbercreek Communities has pulled together this quick list of the best laundry hampers for apartment living. These hampers stay out of the way, leaving you with more open space to enjoy.

    Collapsible 

    Whether your laundry journey includes a trip around the block, or a trip down the stairs, a collapsible hamper is a great option because it can easily be stored in small areas (even zipped up in your backpack), while you wait for laundry to finish. Check out these thrifty pop-up baskets from Bed Bath and Beyond – complete with a durable and ultra-convenient side pocket for detergent.

    Under-the-bed 

    Shoving items under the bed is usually a lazy approach to organization, but in this case, it’s genius. Under-the-bed hampers take all the unsightliness of laundry right out of the equation, and allow you to maximize your room space at the same time. Check out this cute, convenient and inexpensive storage box from Ikea.

    Back-of-the-door 

    There’s nothing better than a good opportunity to de-clutter your apartment. Ok, maybe weekends, beaches and chocolate take the cake, but, de-cluttering is pretty great, too! With a back-of-the-door hamper, you can free up floor space as quickly as you can hang up a coat. Check out this simple, sleek over-the-door hanging hamper from Wayfair.

    Wheeled 

    Lugging laundry around can be exhausting – give yourself (and your back) a break, and make laundry a breeze with a wheeled basket. These handy hampers are stylish, practical and will make laundry feel like less of a chore.

    Corner

    Isn’t it great when things pair together perfectly? Peas and carrots, wine and cheese — your bedroom and a corner hamper. You need one of these in your life! The Bay has a perfect option which will free up space in your bedroom and even freshen up your laundry with a special enzyme enhanced fabric lining. It’s the hamper of the future!

    We hope you find the right laundry basket for you, one that makes life a little easier and maximizes the space in your rental.

    For more information on Timbercreek’s Rental Communities in provinces all across Canada, please visit our website.

  • 4 Ways to Ease Yourself Back into Budget Mode

    Feb 06, 2017

    Did the holidays break the bank this year? There’s no need to panic! Now that life is getting back to normal, Timbercreek Communities has you covered with 5 ways to ease back into frugal living after the Holidays.

    iStock-483783492Plan and Prepare Your Meals

    Waiting until you are hungry is not the healthiest or most cost effective way to eat. You will likely grab fast food you’re craving instead of preparing a healthy well-balanced meal. Preparing meals at home is healthier and less expensive than eating out often, especially when you plan ahead. This can mean anything from making a grocery or meal list and sticking to it, to cooking a week’s worth of meals and keeping them in the fridge or freezer. Here are some helpful tips to get started with meal planning.

    Use the 30 Day Rule

    A very effective way to curb impulse purchases is to apply the 30 Day Rule. It’s very simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Whenever you feel the impulse to splurge on anything from new shoes to a new car, don’t. At least, not yet. Write down the item you think you want and the date on your phone, piece of paper etc. After 30 days, if you still want that item and can pay cash for it, consider purchasing it.

    Have Friends Over for a Potluck Rather Than Going Out for Dinner

    Spending time with friends and breaking bread (or whatever you like to eat) is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. Unfortunately, it can also be very expensive. You don’t have to become a hermit to save money. You can continue to enjoy the company of good friends and good food by hosting a potluck dinner party at your Timbercreek home.

    Drink More Water

    It may seem strange that something as simple as drinking more water could help you save money -- until you think about it for a minute or two. Drinking more water means you won’t need to purchase other liquids like coffee, soda or tea. Take a refillable water bottle with you when you leave your apartment to avoid buying drinks during the day. Drinking water before a meal can also help you stay fuller longer, which means you will spend less money on food.

    We hope that these suggestions will help you ease back into frugal living fast.

    For more information of Timbercreek Rental Communities near you, please visit our website.

  • 6 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

    Jan 31, 2017

    There’s no denying it, Canadian winters can be harsh. They leave our bodies cold and shaky and can do a number on our state of mind and well being. For many of us, dreary winter days can lead to the winter blues. For some this may mean feeling a little down, for others it can trigger true depression. Winter can be a bummer for anyone, but don’t let it get you down. Here are a 6 ways to beat the winter blues from the team at Timbercreek Communities.

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    Stay Active Outdoors

    Harsh winter weather may make you feel like hibernating, but it’s important to get outside and stay active. Studies have shown that 1 hour of aerobic activity outdoors is as effective as 2.5 hours of light therapy indoors. You don’t have to do jumping jacks outside in a snowstorm to reap the benefits of getting outside this season -- go for a brisk walk, run, ski, sled, do whatever you enjoy. Exercise of all kinds helps to improve mood, reduce stress and can combat feelings of depression.

    Light Therapy

    If it isn’t possible or convenient for you to get outside for an hour of activity during the winter, light therapy may be an effective treatment for you. This simply means sitting, even working, near a light therapy box that simulates outdoor light. It’s believed that this treatment affects your brain’s chemistry and eases symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

    Stay Warm

    Something as simple as staying warm during the winter can have a positive effect on your mood. Being cold can make you depressed. Stay warm by keeping your home between 64F and 70F (18C to 21C), wear warm clothing and footwear, and enjoy hot drinks and food. Studies have shown that staying warm can reduce the winter blues by as much as 50%.

    Eat Well

    The cold weather can cause many of us to crave more carbohydrates. Too many carbs can lead to weight gain, which can reduce energy and negatively affect mood. A healthy diet full of vegetables and fruit can make you feel much better. Be sure to eat enough hot, nutrient dense foods, especially during the winter.

    Maintain or Cultivate Healthy Relationships

    Feelings of isolation are not good for our mental health. When we feel down, we are less likely to socialize, and when we stop socializing, we feel down. Break the cycle by seeking out and talking to friends and family, or by joining a club or team. If you are experiencing the winter blues or feelings of depression, don’t keep it to yourself. Reach out and talk to someone you trust, or talk to a mental health professional, or a doctor.

    Stay Active and Engaged

    A little solitude can be a healthy thing, depending on how you spend that time. Rather than sitting still and watching TV, stay active, even when you’re home alone. Take up a new hobby, make something, meditate, do some yoga, or write a song. Do anything that makes you feel engaged and active mentally and/or physically.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes that these ways to beat the winter blues improve your mood this season.

  • Petiquette 101: How to puppy proof your apartment

    Jan 30, 2017

    Welcoming a puppy to your apartment can be a wonderful and exciting experience...until an unexpected injury or accident happens. Puppy proof your space to protect your little buddy. Find out how in today’s Petiquette 101 guide from Timbercreek Communities.

    Start with your electronics

    Make your apartment safe by taking note of any household items you have that feature cords -- this can include everything from your laptop to your bedroom lamp. Remove loose or hanging cords or wires that your pet might trip over or yank accidentally. Whatever wiring remains, cover with a standard cord protector to prevent your puppy from chewing them.

    Keep toxic cleaners out of reach

    Having a puppy in the house is similar to having a toddler. You have to hide your cleaning products! Equally life threatening for baby and pup alike, make sure that wherever you store your cleaning supplies, they are completely out of paw’s reach. Seeking an even safer storage solution? These Baby Proof Storage tips might be just what you need. Don’t stop with your cleaning products, the same rule applies to any medication in your apartment. Trust us, childproof lid or not, your puppy’s teeth will find a way to open that bottle.

    Snag your houseplants before your pup does

    Dogs love to sniff and chew on household plants. This may seem fine, but you may be shocked to learn that some household plants are extremely dangerous for animals to eat. If your favourite plant makes the caution list, make sure to move it well out of your little friend’s way. But let’s be real -- even if it wasn’t toxic, you’d want to keep that prized plant away from your curious puppy’s eager mouth.

    iStock-584209746Invest in chew toys

    Your apartment isn’t officially puppy proof until you have at least half-a-dozen dog toys scattered about. As puppies teeth, high-quality chew toys are absolutely essential.

    The team at Timbercreek Communities can’t wait to welcome your furry friend to one of our pet-friendly apartments. For more info about Timbercreek Communities apartments, located in five provinces and dozens of cities across Canada, please visit our website

  • 10 Ways To Get Your Vegetables This Winter

    Jan 24, 2017

    Winter is all about comfort food. The cold weather makes most people want to curl up with something rich and delicious and ride out the storm. Its very important to eat your vegetables in winter because you are more prone to illness during the colder months. The Timbercreek team has a list of 10 ways to get your vegetables this winter.

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    Start With Soups

    A hot bowl of soup can be incredibly comforting on a cold winter night. This basic vegetable soup recipe is easy to make. All you need is vegetable (or chicken) stock, lots of veggies and a little salt and pepper. You can use any vegetables you have on hand. Prefer broccoli instead of cauliflower? No problem. This recipe is so easy to follow, it’s hard to make a mistake.

    Sneak Veggies Into Hearty Meals

    A great way to get some extra veggies into your everyday life is to sneak them into a hearty meal. This Veggie Bolognese Pasta is satisfying and substantial. The meaty sauce is secretly full of veggies like carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes (technically a fruit, but let’s count it here). We promise you won’t miss the meat.

    Roast Them For A Sweet Treat

    Roasting veggies brings out their delicious sweet flavour as their natural sugars caramelize. When you come in from out of the cold, hot roasted root veggies can be deeply satisfying on their own or as a side dish. Leftover roasted veggies taste delicious cold the next day.

    Sip On Them In Smoothies

    Green smoothies are a great way to get some extra veggies in. This Veggie Cocktail, is a healthy take on a Bloody Mary, complete with a classic celery stalk garnish. This version of the cocktail is packed with 2 cups of kale! That’s a lot of greens in a delicious package.

    Hide Them In Pancakes

    Having trouble getting your kids to eat their veggies? Hide some spinach in your next batch of pancakes! Hulk Pancakes are delicious, healthy and vibrantly green. Kids will love their fun name and bright colour, and won’t be able to detect their healthy secret. 

    Embrace Stew

    Hearty beef stew with veggies is perhaps the perfect winter meal. The stew’s flavour is so rich and meaty you’d never guess this recipe packs in so many vegetables. Make a big pot of it, keep it in your fridge, and heat up a bowl to warm you up whenever the craving strikes.

    Turn them into pasta

    Spiralized vegetables offer an amazing new way to eat your veggies. Zucchini Noodles are the most common and a great option if you are looking for grain-free pasta or a way to pack more vegetables into your diet. They are easy to make, all you need is a vegetable spiralizer or mandoline. Add your favourite sauce with even more veggies and you’re on your way to getting your five a day.

    Turn Them Into Wings

    If you love the taste of buffalo wings, but are trying to eat more vegetables, consider whipping up a batch of cauliflower wings. This video will walk you through the process of preparing your cauliflower and buffalo sauce. Serve them with some blue cheese dressing, carrots and celery sticks.

    Bake With Them

    Is there anything cozier than baking? Vegetables aren’t just for savoury recipes. This winter, bake a warm loaf of Zucchini Bread to share with friends and family. Grated zucchini keeps the sweet loaf moist and delicious. It’s basically a spice cake with the added benefits of vegetables!

    We hope these ideas will help you sneak extra veggies into your meals this winter. To learn more about Timbercreek’s rental communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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