Shed Winter Blues – Prepare Your Apartment for Spring

spring cherry trees image

Although March 20 was the officially recognized first day of spring, Mother Nature does not always agree. Just looking outside will verify the daily resistance to the warm and sunny weather as the snow is beginning to melt and the sun has been dancing in the sky. We all celebrate and welcome the transition from gloomy to bloomy. In recognition of this joyous metamorphosis, cast out the coats, slip into those summer dresses/shorts, and let’s get your home reflecting this bright and cheery time.

1)    Let the Outside Meet the Inside

image of hanging flowersThe one thing that most of us can agree on is the warmth and excitement that spring brings us every year. We lose that feeling when we have been sealed up in the house for the winter (kind of like a bear). Opening the windows to let that fresh air and bright sunshine in will be a great start to getting ready for spring. Take a moment to add beautifully colored flowers to accent areas in your home, and maybe even try adding a potted plant or other foliage.

2)    Face Lift Always Helps

Trying something as simple as some new wall decorations, bright colored towels, or new throw pillows can make a huge difference in the way you view and relax in your home. Psychologist have examined the impact of color on the human brain. What they found was that although color is a very subjective thing for each individual, there are certain universal responses that seem to come from seeing certain colors or shades. Winter usually conveys darker or cooler colors outside. When spring comes around, outside brings us brightly surroundings. This can improve numerous aspects of your life just by bringing some of those incredibly cheerful colors into your daily life in your home.

3)    Try Your Green Thumb Skills

potted plants in window sillThere are certain people who have a knack for growing plants of every kind. When you live in an apartment in Bozeman, you may feel like you can’t have a garden. You would be wrong. You should try a controlled indoor garden. You can grow various herbs, small veggies, or even some berries. With some simple beginning steps: 1. Research various plants/edibles that you would like to grow. 2. Choose an appropriate place in your apartment to have the most success for your garden (i.e. window, porch, balcony, etc.). 3. Gather your supplies (planting pot/bucket, soil, seeds, etc.). It is that simple to get started! Just think, you could be enjoying your small garden right now…

4)    Temporary Time Capsule

When you are changing gears from winter to spring/summer, don’t forget to clean out the warm heavy winter clothes. You will not need them for a little while. So why not save some room, decrease clutter in your apartment, and pack away the items that are not needed through the warmer months. Those thick winter coats, heavy blankets, boots, hats & gloves, etc. have their time and place, but not for a few months. Replace the heavier items with more light weight warmer weather friendly things. For example, that puffy super warm comforter on your bed can be changed out for a brightly colored, light weight, and airy blanket that provides a different look and a more comfortable sleep.

5)    Education is Power

If you have done everything you need to do to get the inside of your apartment ready for the warmer days ahead, you can now take some time to educate yourself on the various events and activities in and around the community. Between the plays, numerous parks, hiking, fishing, biking, hot springs, farmer’s markets, etc. there is never a dull moment here in Bozeman. You could even use this as a great opportunity to meet neighbors, see local businesses, and adventure to gorgeous areas of Montana that we sometimes forget through the winter (due to the awesome amounts of snow we get).

Read more ...

New Year New Reasons to Love Your Apartment

2019 fireworks image

If you can believe it, another New Year is upon us! I know it seems like yesterday that we were saying this about 2018, and anxiously anticipated the great things that the New Year held for us. Now, we are beginning 2019, and I would bet there are unlimited possibilities awaiting each of us this year. You have started the year off right by living in an apartment. There has been a lot of research conducted to determine the benefits of downsizing your life and living in more quaint quarters. Whether you know it or not, you are ahead of the game. Let’s take a look at some of the top benefits to choosing an apartment for your home.

10. Less cleaning and more fun time awaits those who choose a smaller living environment. If you are one who maintains their living space in a tidy manner, then this is right up your alley. With less square footage to clean, you have more time to do the exciting things in your life like hiking, fishing, skiing, etc. Who doesn’t want to do more of that this year?

lucky piggy pic9. Save more $$$ in multiple ways. Those who choose to purchase a home have a lot of financial responsibilities that you do not have to worry about. For example, if plumbing in your apartment has an issue, you call to have maintenance come fix the problem. This does not cost you anything extra in your rent to have the required maintenance completed. However, if you owned your home, this would be your responsibility to figure out how to not only get the issue fixed but also find the additional money that it will cost to have the repair man come to your home. Your heating and cooling costs are lower due to the smaller space of the apartment. Then there is the money saving benefit of having landscaping, trash, and parking covered. You get to come home and focus on your personal sanctuary without focusing on needing to get anything outside of your home (in regards to the property) handled.

8. Alter the focus of your home from quantity to quality. With a smaller space to furnish and decorate, you will have the opportunity to strategically place nice art, unique pieces of furniture, or even buy that special piece that you have had your eye on. With an apartment, you have the opportunity to express who you are in a compact and clear way avoiding the clutter that often happens when you have too much space to try to forcibly fill.

7. Give back to the environment that loves you. The little known fact of smaller living spaces is that they are very eco-friendly. Every time someone turns their heat on, they are leaving a carbon footprint on the environment. The very construction, insulation, and heating source for apartments creates a much smaller carbon footprint when compared to larger homes.

6. No lost & found needed in your home when you have less area to lose an item.

5. Organization becomes second nature due to the smaller space. You have less of a chance to allow any clutter to build up in your home. If you sometimes need that push to get you motivated to reorganize, or get rid of the old stuff you are not using, this is a great opportunity for you. Apartments are cozy, but can become claustrophobic for anyone who allows their space to become too overrun with various items. You will become a master of organization while residing in an apartment.

4. Close but not too close is the best way to describe apartment living. You have friends aplenty when you choose to live in a close community. Although you have neighbors around you, you still have the comfort and privacy of having your own space. You can be as involved as you want to be in your community. If you want to get to know your neighbors, I encourage you to do so. Lifetime relationships can develop, and you could find something that you never expected just by saying hello to a friendly neighbor.

3. Location, Location, Location. As everyone knows, location is everything. By living in an apartment, you get the comfort of being close to everything, while not having to pay the huge price tag of owning a home in a highly sought after location.

2. Moving on is inevitable. Those who have learned to be well organized, have less clutter, and a smaller area to pack up find that when that time comes to move on, the transition is much easier.

2019 fireworks image1. The number 1 reason living in a smaller space is good for you can be seen in the recent research that shows that the psychological health of a person can drastically improve when they downsize their life. This improvement is seen for many reasons. Psychologists have found that less visually challenging spaces create an environment where the individual feels more comfortable as their mind can relax more effectively. Small spaces also present the opportunity for a person to feel like they have more control over their environment. There is also research that shows that people who reside in cozy spaces tend to spend more time outdoors, which is directly linked to emotional happiness.

With the New Year here, take the time to look around your space to what you would like to rearrange, organize, or change in some way to make your apartment more than just a home. These are only 10 reasons living in an apartment is pretty amazing, but there are so many other benefits as well.

Finding an apartment can be a challenge, but at Bridger Property Management we want to make this process simple and hassle free for you.  Take a look at Kagy Village and Brookside Park Apartments to see if these suit your needs. Feel free to give our friendly staff a call at: 406-556-9900 and they can assist you or answer any questions.

Christmas Cheer in Your Bridger Apartment

Christmas apartment decorations image

Twas The Night Before Christmas…and All Through Your Apartment

The holiday season can bring some conflicting feelings. Most people enjoy the holidays, but they also stress about them. The expectations that always come with celebrating a special day can turn an exciting time into a dreadful time, and living in a smaller space can sometimes increase these negative feelings. That is why we are here to help and take the stress out of decorating your home for the most wonderful time of the year.

Tight Apartment Spaces Cramping Your Christmas Style

Christmas wall treeLiving in an  apartment in Bozeman often times creates a space constraint, which can make it difficult for you to have a Christmas tree. Although a Charlie Brown Christmas is heartwarming, we often want to have a beautifully decorated tree. However, in tight spaces, you may have to be more creative. Check to see what size tree will fit in your home. Whether the tree is fake or real, the size is very important. Trees usually will range from as small as just a few inches, up to a dozen feet or more, so you have many options.

If you find that your space does not allow for a Christmas tree, but you would like to have one, there is always the option of a Christmas wall tree. What is this you ask? Well, you have the choice to buy one already made or you could take this as an opportunity to be creative. You simply choose a material or materials (i.e. felt, cloth, pine like garland, tissue paper, etc.) you would like to use for your tree, cut the shape of your tree, and then you can add specialized decorations. You can still use Christmas lights on your wall tree by putting lights under the mounted tree, and put small holes where you would like the lights to shine through. Lastly, hang your tree in the perfect location in your home, and enjoy.

Pillow Talk for a Bozeman Style Christmas in Your Apartment

You can easily turn your current pillows into fun Christmas style decorations. Just follow the following steps:
1. Wrap the chosen pillow in a pillow case, towel, or other material like you would a present.
2. Use a festive ribbon to wrap it around the pillow and make a bow.
3. You can add an extra something special by using something Christmas related (holly, sprigs, beads, etc) to add to the ribbon or bow.
4. Place the fun “presents” throughout your home.

Ribbons & Bows to Decorate Your Home

Adding those fun finishing touches to your home can be simple, elegant, and fun. Use Holiday themed/colored ribbons to add to window/door frames, font area outside of your door, or even use it to enhance your dining room chairs.

It’s Beginning to Small A lot Like Christmas

There is so much more to Christmas than the pretty lights, festive activities, and gifts. Think about when you were younger, and your home was filled with the various smells that reminded you with every sniff how close Christmas was to being here. The smell of freshly baked sugar cookies, or cinnamon pinecones, or the yummy smells of cooking coming from the kitchen. The scents brought so much excitement and exhilaration of what is to come, you would almost overflow with anticipation. You can have this in your home as well. Try some of these creative tips to get that Christmas smell in your home:

1. Use a vanilla scented pillar candle, hot glue cinnamon sticks together in a circle around the pillar candle you are using, and complete it by tying twine around the cinnamon sticks into a bow. Place the candle on a dish, and enjoy the aroma that fills your room.

2. Try using red ribbon to dangle small wreaths in your window.

making snowflakes3. Get the full aroma of Christmas by combining a few cinnamon sticks, 4 orange halves, 1 cup cranberries, and a couple Rosemary sprigs in a large pot with water. Set the stove top on simmer (or keep warm) and let the smell take you back in time.

4. Not that frosted windows are an issue here in Bozeman, but you may want to customize a design into a self-made frosted window. First cut out your paper snowflakes. Make a thick paste of white toothpaste and water in a bowl. Place a snowflake into a bowl of just water, and press the snowflake onto the glass. There may be some drained water, but you can blot the snowflake and the area with a cloth. Dip the sponge into the toothpaste mix, and wipe it onto the glass and over the snowflake. Allow it to dry, and peel off the paper snowflake.

Read more ...

Have Friends Over to Your Apartment for Thanksgiving

thanksgiving table

Many do not know the obscure history of Thanksgiving, and the wordplay that has developed through the years to identify the same holiday. Before we look at what you can do to plan for a fun gathering for Thanksgiving at your home, let’s have a short history lesson to understand the celebration held on the 4th Thursday of November.

A Short History of the Origins of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving – Evidence goes back to families gathering to express gratitude for daily blessings since the 1530’s. Although it is unknown if the settlers in 1621 used the actual term Thanksgiving for their celebration, we do know that the initial celebration (here in America) was practiced in New England, before the Revolution. After independence was achieved, the practice spread through the country. Prior to 1863 and the lobbying by Sarah Josepha Hale, there was never a specific date set for individuals to observe the traditions that would blossom into Thanksgiving. However, Abraham Lincoln changed this by designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving.

fall pumpkinsFranksgiving – In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt thought that he could improve the retail sales of the country by changing the observation date of Thanksgiving from the last Thursday of November to the 3rd Thursday. Critics of this decision expressed their disdain and put significant pressure on the government to return to the observance of Thanksgiving to the 4th Thursday of November. President Roosevelt conceded to the critics in 1942, and he returned Thanksgiving to the date we observe today.

Friendsgiving – Most can agree that as times have changed, so has the definition of family. Previously, this was a time of “family” gathering to observe and give thanks for their blessings. However, in today’s world, many have a closer connection to friends. For those individuals, the term “Friendsgiving” was coined to represent those who spend this day with friends instead of family. The wordplay caught on, and large companies started jumping on the bandwagon of “Friendsgiving,” so you may see this term used in certain advertisements.

Whatever you decide to call your gathering, there are some things that you can do to help make this time a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable.

Tips for Preparing your Thanksgiving Dinner

1. Have A Plan That Will Work for Your Apartment and Space

The worst thing you could do if you trying to plan a get together is to wait until the day of to try to map things out. Take a moment to think of what you would like to serve, who you are planning to invite, where everyone will sit, what activities you would like to have established, etc. Keep in mind when planning your menu for the afternoon that this is probably not the best time to try that crazy new recipe using things that you have never tried before. That will just add unnecessary stress to your day.

christmas berriesOnce you have planned everything, you can start organizing steps to put in place your grand vision. You can even start some things the night before to save on time: organize your counter space, evaluate cooking options, utilize things like slow cookers to give yourself the opportunity to do other things while food is cooking, and even set the table.

2. Move Things Around in Your Apartment to Prepare for Company

You may find that while you want to have several friends and family to your home for Thanksgiving, the limited space can create an issue. This can be alleviated if you make some temporary adjustments to the seating area in your home. If you have a coffee table and other living room furniture that could be moved to say a bedroom for the day, you can turn the larger living room area into a nice dining area for you and your guests.

Don’t forget to also move things around in your refrigerator as well. Trying to clean it out while you are also trying to put left over food away and entertain your guests could present as an issue. Pre-planning for the additional food in your refrigerator will help decrease that stress, and increase the time you have with your guests. You can also save fridge space by utilizing coolers to hold drinks and ice. A very creative addition to your table would be a pumpkin cooler. Simply cut the top half of a pumpkin off, clean it out, fill with ice, and presto. You have a decorative cooler.

3. Elegant But Easy

I know that everyone wants to have the perfect place setting when they are having a nice dinner at their home. You can accomplish a beautiful table while managing to make clean up easier for yourself later. Try using some tasteful thick disposable plates, cups, and even silverware. This will cut your clean up time in half.

thanksgiving table setting4. Have A Little Help

Friends and family, even at the first Thanksgiving, shared the responsibility of the cooking and cleaning that always accompanies a gathering of people in one place. This should not stop at your front door. If you have each guest bring one or two items/dishes, you will have help with the cooking, decrease stress, and even get to try some different foods from your friends.

5. Me Time

One of the most stressful times is when you have been cooking all day, have mostly everything prepared, and you realize that you have not even gotten dressed yet! To avoid that issue before it happens, make sure to plan yourself some “me time” to get the things done for yourself that you will need so you too can enjoy your gathering. If you get some of the cooking and prepping done the night before, you can take your time to do other things the day of the event. This includes time for yourself to be presentable for such a wonderful gathering in your home. And above all, have fun with it!!!

To all our friends at Kagy Village and Brookside Park Apartments, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Many of us may travel for Thanksgiving, but for those of us staying in Bozeman…if you have a Bozeman apartment and think maybe you don’t have enough space to host your friends and family, remember some of the tips here. With a little planning and preparation you can make Thanksgiving at your apartment enjoyable and problem free.

Read more ...