The Adventures of Grime Fighting: Destress to Success

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Do you get “cleaning anxiety” before you start a big cleaning project? This is very common as cleaning out the old to bring in the fresh uncluttered new can be a daunting task. Although the finished product of reorganizing and cleaning your home has definitely been shown to have relaxing and calming effects, getting there can be the issue. It is possible to clean AND have fun with just a few preparations and steps. Let’s take a look at some ways you can destress to achieve success.

Blueprint and Prep for Your Journey

Cleaning your ApartmentEvery big journey needs a map. Starting a huge task (like spring cleaning) is no different. Before you begin your journey, you can sit down to make a checklist of the tasks you would like to complete. You can put these in the order you would like to get them done, what is most important to least important, or just get them down on paper so you don’t forget. The ability to check off completed tasks on your list is gratifying, and they can help keep you motivated to keep moving.
Would you just get in your car, drive to the mountains, and begin hiking to go camping without any preparation at all? Probably not. The special care you would take to prepare yourself for a trip or an outside activity is just as important in this situation. Some things you can do to help prepare yourself and the environment for your cleaning event include:

  • Disinfect any cloth or sponge you intend to use. You can make this extremely easy by simply filling the sponge with water, set it on a microwave safe plate, and zap it for 2 minutes. If you prefer to use a cloth, you can wash it with bleach in only hot water, and dry it on the hottest setting.
  • Clean your vacuum and all attachments with a mild detergent and warm water (unplugged of course). If your vacuum has filters, you will want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacing it or cleaning the filter. If you have a bag-less vacuum, just ensure to rinse out the canister before and after you use it. Those who have devices that use a bag, remember to change the bag before use.
  • Sanitize your mop if you are using one. There are so many different floor cleaning tools out there that it is sometimes hard to keep up with them all. However, the tried and true mop is still used. Those items can house bacteria that you would not want to spread around your nice clean home. You can sanitize your mop by simply using a bucket filled with hot water (approximately 1-2 gallons) and a cup of white vinegar. Now let your mop soak for 15 minutes, and voila!
  • Gather all of your desired cleaning supplies to ensure you have everything you will need to begin your journey.

Set the Scene

One of the most important things you can do for yourself to prepare for the huge undertaking of a big project (like spring cleaning) is to set the scene. This doesn’t mean you have to do anything extravagant, but you should make the environment feel as comfortable as possible. This could include ensuring the temperature of the room is comfortable, playing energizing or enjoyable music, and even turning your phone off (airplane mode works too). Yes, I know that could be very scary for some, but the consistent or constant interruptions can cause delays in progress, divert you from your goal, and even increase stress while you are cleaning. The goal is to remove anything that could increase the likelihood of stress. And honestly, do you really need up to the minute facts on what Suzy ate for lunch today? You will enjoy that information more after your home is refreshed and you can devote your attention to other things.

Enlist Help (if needed)

If you have found that you could actually have a starring role on “Hoarders” (TV series on TLC), don’t stress. You can always phone a friend, and make it a cleaning party! It is very common for you to save things throughout the years, but you will find that those things build up. Some of those things are very sentimental and important to you, while others you begin questioning what you were thinking when you saved it. Not only would having some help speed up the process of cleaning, but you could have fun with it too. If you do not have anyone who is super excited about cleaning with you, then you could also call in some professional cleaning services to assist. Either way, the help is out there if you find yourself too stressed to take on the spring cleaning task on your own.

Pace Yourself

Kingdoms were not built in a day. Set a start and end time for yourself with reasonable breaks built into your day. Don’t be discouraged if you are not able to get all of the tasks on your checklist completed on the first day. Experts recommend keeping breaks short, but also setting a stop point for the day. By keeping breaks short, you are more likely to stick to your task. However, if you have not set an end in sight, you may become too overwhelmed to continue. Basically, be fair to yourself.

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The Adventures of Grime Fighting

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Although there is still snow on the ground, spring is coming (I promise). With the brighter days ahead, we all want to open those curtains and windows letting that fresh clean air breeze through our home. However, opening those windows could stir up the dust that has been collecting throughout the winter while bringing attention to the clutter you forgot you had. Why not start this spring off right? Let’s take a look at why spring cleaning is so beneficial and some tips for getting a jump start on your newly decluttered home.

 

Why Should We Spring Clean?  

Most people dread the thought of a deep cleaning for anything, but research has shown some surprising positive correlations between thoroughly cleaning your home and an improved daily life. Spring cleaning does more for you than improving the smell of your home. Here are just 6 benefits you will experience through the simple task of cleaning and organizing your home.

  1. How many times have you spent time searching for a needed item, spent money replacing that item, only to find it tucked away in that “put away” spot you forgot about. When you clean your home, it can be like Christmas in March. You tend to find things that you forgot you possessed. By taking the time to re-organize your home, you could save yourself time and money. Moreover, the rise in productivity within your home creates an environment filled with increased energy and a more positive mood.

 

  1. clean duckieWilliam Shakespeare reminded us that, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.” The time will come while you clean and organize your home, to determine if an item is still needed. Although we tend to want to keep everything, not everything should be kept. You can establish three piles for items as you go through the things in your home: Keep/Put Away, Trash, Donate/Sell/Give Away. Organization experts recommend that if you have not used something since last spring, or longer, maybe it is time to let it go. If you are like me, you hate to throw away something that is still useful (in some aspect). If it is time to part ways, but you believe the item is still useful, you could donate it, sell it, or give it to a friend.

 

  1. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) completed research noting the importance of spring cleaning and the direct correlation to a reduction of allergy symptoms. Although this is a great way to relieve allergy symptoms, everyone can benefit from decreased allergens in the air.
  1. Cleaning can make you happy. Yes, I know it is surprising, but researchers have found that the act of cleaning provides a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Thus, the achieved success of a clean home improves happiness. You should try putting on some of your favorite tunes and turn cleaning into a fun work out. Did you know that women could burn up to 1804 calories and men up to 2108 calories just by cleaning? Here is a cleaning calorie burning break down for you.

 

  1. Let’s be honest, we all feel better when the space around us is clean and functional. Cleaning has been shown to  reduce stress and has been viewed as therapeutic. Just remember the old phrase, “slow and steady wins the race.” Take a break if things become too much or overwhelming. The goal is not to win a race, but to find that de-cluttered balance in your home. Experts suggest that you should focus on one room at a time while cleaning. Becoming involved in trying to do to much in multiple rooms at one time will result in increased stress, decreased outcome, and hesitation in maintaining a clean home.

 

  1. Believe it or not, the act of thoroughly cleaning your home frees up brain space for other essential decision making tasks. In a study conducted by David Tolin, founder of America’s Anxiety Disorder Center at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living in Connecticut, a clutter filled home does more than just create a breeding ground for mold, dust, and debris; it wreaks havoc on the mental health and brain function of the individuals residing in the home. The study showed that those tested exhibited “stress overload” in the area of the brain that governs decision making (orbitofrontal cortex) when they were asked if they should throw away an item or keep it.

 

You have embraced the benefits of spring cleaning, completed the tasks needed to declutter your home, and now it’s time to reward yourself. You now can enjoy the warmer weather, get outside, and have fun without worrying about coming home to a messy cluttered filled home. Just kick back, relax, and have some friends over. You’ve earned it!

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Simple Tips for Decorating Your Apartment

Whether you live in a single family home, condo, or an apartment, we all want our homes to be comfortable, cozy and inviting. Our residences should be places we enjoy being. Apartments generally have more limited space than a house, so proper decoration and use of that space is very important. Today we are going to cover some helpful tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your space.

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Space Saving Furniture

Make the most of your space. Having a daybed in your apartment can allow for a cozy place to read or watch movies during the day, but also provides an extra bed for when you have a guest overnight or friend in from out of town.

Instead of a standard queen bed, you could use a Murphy Bed (sometimes also called a wall or pull-down bed) in your bedrooms. The average queen-sized mattress is 60″x80″, which means it takes up almost 34 square feet. That is not counting the frame and headboard. If you use a wall bed instead, you can save that area. This allows the bed to be folded up to disappear during the day, giving you a lot more space to work with.

Proper Apartment Lighting

Good room lighting can make a big difference, transforming a dark, gloomy room into a cheerful and well-lit space. Place floor lamps in corners to chase away the dark. Lamps on tables, and even cabinet lighting in your kitchen can add a more cozy feel to your rooms.

Add Curtains to Create More Stylish Windows

Bare windows can be boring and gloomy, as well as not providing privacy. Curtains can add style and color, while protecting you from nosy neighbors peering into your windows. Thin/sheer curtains still let in a lot of light and can give a nice ambient glow. The color of the curtain affects the mood of the room. Yellow, peach, orange and white can make the room feel warmer and brighter.

Non-permanent Wallpaper Alternative

Most apartment rental companies won’t let you paint the walls or change the wallpaper. However, here’s another idea. Drapes. Pick out some elegant drapes, or something with a pattern you like, and you can turn a boring wall, or your entire bedroom, into a luxurious and interesting area.

Open Up Your Space With Mirrors

A mirror reflects the room, creating the illusion that the room is actually bigger than it is. Additionally, mirrors reflect light, which has the affect of brightening the room and making it look more cheerful. Try this in combination with lighter colors to enhance it even more. Try to place the mirrors across from windows or other light sources to reflect the natural light into you apartment.

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Merry Christmas From Bridger Property Management

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It seems like just a short while ago we were ushering in the beginning of 2017. Now here we are, welcoming another Christmas season and the end of the year. As we reflect on the past year here at Bridger Property Management, we want to thank all of you, our friends and renters at Brookside Park Apartments and Kagy Village Apartments, as well as our great staff and management. All of you make these apartments the welcoming home that they are and one of the most desirable Bozeman apartments to live in.

Some of you may travel to be with family this Christmas, but if you will be in Bozeman, be sure to enjoy some of the local events and activities. Here are a few ideas:

Dec 02 at 04:30pm – Christmas Stroll in Downtown Bozeman
Downtown Bozeman
Bozeman’s most beloved holiday tradition and come kick-off the holiday season in Downtown Bozeman! Join us for fun activities, great food, and fun. Bring the whole family to ride on the horse-drawn wagons, get your picture taken with Santa Claus.

Dec 2 at 11:00am – Christmas Stroll at the Emerson
Emerson Cultural Center – 111 S. Grand Ave
Kick off your Christmas Stroll celebration at the Emerson! Join us for free gingerbread house making, live dance performances, and special activities throughout the building.

Dec 2 – 17 Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm – A Little House Christmas Play
Verge Theater – 2304 North 7th Ave, Suite C-1
Eight days before Christmas, the Ingalls (Pa, Ma, Mary and Laura) have invited some folks to dinner to celebrate the completion of their new home.

Dec 6 at 4:00pm – Hope & The Holidays Toy Drive
Map Brewing – 510 Manley Rd
Please help local children experience the joy of Christmas. You can make a cash or gift donation to assist children and families in need. Wednesday, December 6th from 4-8 at MAP Brewing we’ll be hosting a toy donation drive.

Dec 8 at 6:30pm – The Winter’s Madrigal
Kaleidoscope Youth Theater – 1602 W Beall St
Just imagine… A room dimly lit by candles and sparkling lights on a Christmas tree forest. Music begins and glittering fairies swirl out from pines to dance around guests’ tables bringing magic to awake an old castle asleep for hundreds of years. Welcome to Kaleidoscope Youth Theater’s, “A Winter’s Madrigal,” a traditional medieval English feast set inside a fanciful theater production.

Dec 9 at 8:00am – Belgrade Festival of Lights
Belgrade Special Events Center 220 Spooner Ave Belgrade, MT 59714
The Belgrade Community Coalition will be presenting a pancake breakfast, culinary contest, holiday shopping vendors, kids activities, Santa, music and a 5K Jingle Jog. Many local Belgrade business will be hosting specials for the day and the event will end with a celebration in Downtown Belgrade from 4 – 6 pm.

Dec 12 at 5:30pm – Family Christmas Carol Outing
Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ – 2118 S 3rd Ave
Join members and friends of Pilgrim Church as we sing Christmas carols at a variety of locations around town.

Dec 17 2017 at 11:00am – Live Reindeer at Murdoch’s
Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, 2275 N 7th Ave
Delivering presents all over the world in one night takes a bit of magic and a lot of practice, too. Rudolph and his team are busy training, making trips around the world preparing for Christmas Eve.

There are many other things happening in Bozeman through the month of December. You can find lists of events at Alleventsin and Bozemanevents.

This Christmas season we want to extend our gratitude to all the great people that live and work with us. May your apartments be cozy and your hearts filled with joy.

Merry Christmas,
Bridger Property Management

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