Tidying Up for Springtime

Spring Cleaning, Cleaning Games for Kids, Green Cleaning, Cleaning Hacks, DIY Cleaning Products

The season of spring is in the air! That means the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the natural world receives a reviving boost. If your apartment here at The Apartments at Kirkland Crossing could use a similar refresh, scheduling a spring cleaning session is key. By tidying up for the season, you clear away unnecessary clutter and reveal more physical and mental space. Here are some ways you can make your session productive and fun!


Try Out Cleaning Games for Kids


Living with little ones can pose a challenge when it comes to cleaning. If they typically run for the hills when you tell them to do their part, try out cleaning games for kids to reframe their thinking. By adding an element of play to the process, children are more likely to associate spring cleaning with positivity, helping to develop healthy habits in the long term. Plus, parents who participate can get back in touch with their own inner child!


Get Crafty With DIY Cleaners


The general mantra of springtime is, “out with the old, in with the new.” This message can reflect in the household products you use to clean with too! When it comes to using store-bought cleaning products, you’ll find that they can cut into your home budget over time. By making the switch to DIY cleaners, you’ll save money and tap into your creative side! Beginning hobbyists will love making this citrus-scented all-purpose cleaner. It takes only five ingredients to create that cost just pennies on the dollar!


Engage in Green Cleaning Hacks


The best reason to make the switch to homemade cleaning products? You get to do your part in saving the earth! Most store-bought cleaners contain harsh chemical additives that are harmful to use around pets and small children. Grime-fighting powerhouses like vinegar, baking soda, and borax are naturally-derived and still get the job done right. This list of green cleaning hacks is a great entry into how to use eco-friendly cleaners to clean messes all around the household!


Once you get that spring cleaning session underway, you’ll find that your apartment environment will feel a lot calmer and welcoming. How are you planning on tackling your clutter? Let us know in the comments!

How to Live it up on a Rainy Day

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As the rainy season approaches, it’s time to find the best ways to spend your day when you have to stay indoors. Luckily, there are a ton of things you can do to truly make that rainy day your own! Read on for some suggestions on how to celebrate the wet weather at home, here at Kirkland Crossing, and beyond.


Cozy Comfort Food


There’s nothing quite like spending a rainy day at home. Sometimes, all you need to enjoy it is a comfy couch, a mug full of tea, and a window to watch the raindrops fall. If you’re planning on staying cozy indoors, don’t forget to pair your rainy day with some comfort food. These delicious recipes are perfect to serve up and warm the soul. From hearty stews to gooey mac and cheese, the options are endless. 


Board Game Night at The Apartments at Kirkland Crossing


Feeling social? Why not host a board game night with friends? Board games take a good chunk of time to get through, meaning you can play all day until the rain goes away! The on-site clubhouse here at The Apartments at Kirkland Crossing is the perfect spot to host one. Just be sure to reserve the space beforehand to ensure your group has privacy! Here’s a good list of some board games that’ll help chase the rain away and bring on the competition.


Fun Things to Do in Aurora While it Pours


If you’re prone to cabin fever, then staying at home can be hard, even if you want to relax. When all you want to do is go outside, check out some of the fun things to do in Aurora that minimize your time outside. The museums in Aurora are a wonderful place to start! For those with kids, check out the Scitech Hands On Museum. Featuring a wide variety of engaging interactive exhibits, your little ones are sure to have a blast here. And for some local flavor, check out the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. This location breaks down the process involved in firefighter protocol and features both classic and modern firefighting equipment!


There are so many ways to make a rainy day truly your own! What are your favorite wet weather activities? Let us know in the comments!

2020 Predictions and You – Reaching Your Goals

Can you believe we’ve just started a new decade? With 2020 well underway, it’s a great time to set some intentions for yourself if you haven’t already. If you want to start healthier habits this year, read on. We’ll dive into some common goals set at the beginning of the year and how to add them seamlessly into your regular schedule. Continue on to learn how to make those personal 2020 predictions come true!


Fitness Goals in 2020 – Starting Off Small


Who doesn’t want to get in better shape? By setting some fitness goals in 2020, you can improve your physical health as well as mental. Setting a pace is key to sticking to fitness! Instead of going too hard too quickly and tiring yourself out, it’s best to start off small. This 20-minute at-home routine is wonderful for beginners who need to work up to exercising regularly again. By scheduling this session 2-3 times a week, your body will eventually begin building strength. Then, you can up the ante at the fitness center here at The Apartments of Kirkland Crossing


Meal Prepping in 2020 – Hack it With a Slow Cooker


Maybe your vice in 2019 was ordering in too often. If you frequently reach for food delivery apps for dinner, meal prepping in 2020 can help nip that bad habit in the bud. You don’t have to get elaborate in the kitchen to get back into cooking at home, however. For those short on time, slow cooker dump meals save the day. These delicious recipes are easy to prepare and begin cooking with the turn of the dial. Saving money and eating healthier has never been easier than with this common kitchen appliance hack!


No matter what you plan on sticking to this year, one thing remains clear: by sticking to small, reachable goals consistently, you’ll start to see progress on your 2020 predictions a lot quicker. What other goals have you set for 2020? Let us know in the comments!