• How Often You Should Wash Everything In Your Home, According To Science

    Mar 20, 2018

    Cleaning your home is no joke -- you should do it right or what's the point? But what's right is not always clear. Timbercreek wants to help you make your home sparkle, so here's the truth about how often you should wash everything in your home, according to science.


    Starting with Sleep

    Where do we spend 20 some-odd years over a lifetime? In bed. Science says wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week. Most bacteria on sheets comes from interior dust, but add in dirt, oils, and sweat from a human during sleep and you can promote skin irritation, dandruff, acne etc. Wash your sheets in hot water every 1-2 weeks to be safe.


    Doorknobs accumulate a lot of bacteria. Think of how often you touch them. Now think of what you do before you touch them. Now think of how often you clean them? Science says? Doorknobs actually don’t need super frequent washing. However, doorknobs in the bathroom and the kitchen gather more bacteria. Disinfect them once a week. Shoot for once a month for the rest of the house.


    Even if they look clean sinks are gross. Disgustingly (though not surprisingly), bathroom sinks accumulate fecal matter. Also, E.Coli, Salmonella, and other food bacteria can contaminate the kitchen sink. Especially if you’ve been handling raw meat or eggs. Science says? To be safe, aim for a daily sink wipe down.

    Rugs and Floors

    Rugs are natural accumulators of grime. Dirt, dust, food, pet hair, allergens, pollen like to get cozy in rug fibers. Between that and the nooks and crannies of the average floor, you get a massive potential for build up.  Science says? Vacuum weekly, and give hard flooring a good wash once every couple of weeks.


    Bathrooms: the ultimate bacteria host. E Coli can be found within six feet of the toilet and in the sink. It’s key to thoroughly clean your toilet and sink at least once a week.  Bathtubs aren’t far off, but can be done every two. Shower curtains should be disinfected weekly to avoid mildew and odors.


    Bath and kitchen hand towels get loaded with bacteria. And if your towels don’t fully dry (like, pretty much always), that bacteria can grow. While a lot for the average person, science recommends swapping out bath towels every other day. Kitchen towels can be washed weekly, unless you used it after handling raw meat.

    Kitchen and cleaning sponges

    Kitchen sponges accumulate billions of bacteria on every square inch. And though most of it isn’t harmful, science recommends dropping them into boiling water or the microwave for 2 minutes every couple of days. Check out more here.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you manage your cleaning routine and stay healthy in the process. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How To Bring Spring Into Your Apartment

    Mar 19, 2018

    For most Canadians, spring inspires hope. It wakes us up after months of near hibernation with bright aromas and colors, and warm breezes. Timbercreek wants to help you bring spring into your home with these tips.



    While monochrome is very in at the moment, the winter palette gets old. Spring means color, flowers, leaves, buds, and blue skies. It's easy to bring these elements into your space. Get a floral rug, buy a colored lamp, put up a yellow shower curtain, paint a bright accent wall. The options are endless. And they’ll help speed the coming of spring.

    Flowers + Plants

    Bring a pop of colour and a delicate fragrance into your home with fresh flowers and spring plants. Grab some fresh cut flowers and/or a few potted plants to place strategically around the house for a hit of Spring. Read more.


    Nothing says spring like freshness. It’s like nature herself cleans away the snow, dirt, and sorrow of winter with budding trees, blooming flowers, and sunny skies. Give your place a once over (it’s called Spring cleaning for a reason), and it’ll put a spring back in your step. Check it out.

    Incense + essential oils

    Incense and essential oil diffusion are two great ways to add the scent of spring to your home. While it can take some searching, there are brands that don’t smell like your Grandmother’s closet. Give it a chance. Look for pinon, cedar, pine, or other aromas that actually occur in nature. See more here.


    From throw rugs to accent pillows, small details make a huge difference. Bring spring into your space with some new detail items around your home. Head to Winners or HomeSense and dig through the housewares section. They offer a small miracle of decoration goodness on a budget. Check our more.

    Timbercreek hopes our tips help you bring a touch of Spring into your home this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • The Best Pets For Apartments

    Mar 13, 2018

    While apartment living can often mean no pets or small pets only, there are actually a number of great options for apartment-friendly pets. To help you find your next apartment-friendly little buddy, Timbercreek brings you this list of perfect pets for apartment living.

    Lap Dogs

    Small dogs are well suited to apartments. Much more so than large dogs like Shepherds and Labs. Look for breeds like Pugs, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, Bichon Frises, or Boston/Yorkshire/West Highland Terriers. These breeds also tend to be hypoallergenic and/or non-shedding, which is great for small spaces. Read more.



    Cats are really are great apartment pets. All they need is a litter box and food to thrive. They can take care of themselves, be left alone, don’t need much attention, and will find mice if you forget to feed them. Read more.

    Hamsters + Guinea Pigs

    While technically a rodent, hamsters are the pet store poster child. A close relative, guinea pigs are non-rodential, but still similar in terms of size and needs. Both are great small-space pets. They require regular feeding, water, cleaning, and exercise, but they’re otherwise a perfect, gentle, easy going pet. Check it out.

    Budgies + Parakeets

    If it’s songs and squaking you enjoy, a Parakeet might be for you. A friendly, tiny, and noisy little pet that’s perfect for apartments, Budgies (Budgerigars, actually) are from the Parrot family. They’ll fairly easy to care for, can eat fruit and vegetables in addition to birdseed, and will sit on your finger once they get used to you. See more here.


    There may be no pet with more gear and paraphernalia than fish. Tanks, stones, plants, structures, hides, cleaners, oxygenators, food, lights -- fish come with a lot of baggage. That being said, they’re perfect for apartments. Once set up, they only require feeding once to twice daily, and a tank clean maybe once a month. Check our more.


    Rabbits are often not top of mind for aspiring pet owners, but they're super cuddly and great for apartments. They’re cute, require little more than a guinea pig, and can be trained to use a litter box. Kinda cool, in addition to the fact that they’ll also train to walk on a leash. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you pick the perfect pet for your apartment. For more information about our pet friendly Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

    Mar 12, 2018

    The blanket scarf isn’t just a scarf. It’s a blanket and a scarf. A fashionable and surprisingly versatile item, the blanket scarf opens up a world of outfit possibilities. From draping to caping, there’s a ton of potential options. If you're clueless about how to style one, Timbercreek has broken down the best ways to rock the coolest and coziest accessory of the season.


    #1: Cape It and Drape It

    Spread out your blanket scarf full width like a cape, then drape it over one shoulder for a look that's functional and chic. Read more.

    #2: Westernize It

    For a bit of warmth and a country-chic look, go for the “bandana”: fold the scarf into a triangle and tie the ends behind your neck. Read more here.

    #3: Belt It

    The belted or “poncho” style starts with caping the scarf around your neck and shoulders, then tying it together with the addition of a standard belt. It transforms the blanket scarf into a cozy-chic poncho, perfect for chilly nights.

    #4: Loop It

    It's easy to create the look of an infinity scarf with a blanket scarf. Put the scarf around your neck and throw the ends over your opposite shoulders. Read more here.

    #5: Knot It

    Knotting is probably the easiest and most creative of blanket scarf styling options. You can braid it, roll it, double loop it, do a pull through, or go for the bandito. Fast and easy, knotting your scarf is where it’s at. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes this list gives you some creative ideas for styling your blanket scarf this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Unplug this March Break

    Mar 08, 2018


    Living life without access to digital devices can seem impossible sometimes. Impossible and kind of great. Without a bright screen and an interface between you and your actions, life suddenly gets awkward. Like, “what do I do now? Unplugging from the Matrix, leaving your devices behind, and disconnecting from the digital routine of life can equal an unforgettable vacation. To help you find peace and maybe even enlightenment, Timbercreek brings you tips for how to unplug and relax this March Break.

    Devices, Be Gone

    Most of us only have one phone, a cell, so it means a lot to turn it off or not check it. But there’s tons of data on the physical and psychological benefits of reducing screen time. Put away your ipad and laptop and restrict your phone to family and/or emergencies only. Otherwise, see if you can check out what’s happening in the real world. Read more.

    Email Vacation Notice

    Be unavailable. If you use Gmail, click “Settings”. Scroll to “Vacation responder”. Click “Vacation responder on”. Type “I’m away” in the message line. Click “save changes”. Log out. Close tab. Quit browser. Shut down laptop. Stand up. Go outside. Look at sky. Smile.


    Reading calms and slows the mind. It offers a seamless, singular experience. It’s not multitasking (like reading an email while answering a phone call while writing a note while playing Angry Birds), it’s single-tasking. Check it out.

    Go for a Walk

    Walking often gets a bad rap. It’s slow, it takes time, it points out the limits of shoe comfort. But it’s also amazing. Our physical activity tends to oscillate between sitting, being at the gym, or running. Walking is only a means of moving between these three. So doing it as a thing in and of itself is a great way to unplug. The slowness makes you look around and see stuff, think, and breathe. And it’s still exercise, which is good for body and mind. Learn more.

    Do Something for Yourself

    Do something nice for yourself. Something you wouldn’t normally do. Get a mani-pedi or a massage, or splurge on a spa day. Treating yourself and doing it in a way that’s original (or at least rare for you) will help rejuvenate your weary mind and body.  Read more here.

    Try Something New

    Explore, experiment, investigate. Just do something new. Go to a part of town you’ve never checked out. Choose a restaurant in a nearby town. Look up an eventbrite happening and go to one last minute. New experiences help refresh the mind and give us new perspective. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes that these tips help you unplug this March Break. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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