Category Archives: Apartment Tips

Spring Cleaning

At KG Group we’re constantly cleaning to maintain our beautiful communities. Here are our best tips for spring cleaning your apartment.


It might be tempting to do all your cleaning on a grey day, but it’s more efficient to dust when it’s sunny out! The natural light will help you see the dust particles better.

We love our pups but their fur can be tricky to get off of furniture. Try putting on rubber gloves, wetting them, and then swiping your hands over furniture to remove the fluff.

Don’t forget to clean your cleaners. Remember to empty your vacuum, run cleaning cycles on your washing machine and dishwasher, and vacuum or wash your broom head.

When you’re shopping for dishwasher soap or laundry detergent, remember to look for the high-efficiency symbol. These products will work better in our machines.

Spread out your cleaning. Don’t try to tackle it all in one day because that can be exhausting and overwhelming. Do a little each day (or each week) and your apartment will be sparkling in no time.


West Elm

Contemporary furniture store, West Elm has opened its second Toronto location just a 15-minute walk from our 305 Roehampton and Hampton House communities. The furniture chain that started out in Brooklyn, New York is a Branch of Williams-Sonoma. Lighter furniture pieces are its specialty, so West Elm is the perfect place to get furniture and décor for your apartment.

Another reason to love West Elm is that it’s all about making a difference and supporting our community. The new location in our neighbourhood features its own line, as well as local Toronto designers, furniture makers, and artisans while 20% of all its products are handcrafted. West Elm boasts fair trade, sustainably sourced items that are made from organic fibres and materials and has set goals for the future to maintain and improve upon these standards.

With West Elm in our neighbourhood, socially conscious, modern and affordable pieces are even closer to home.

For more information, check out West Elm’s website.


Maintenance Monday with KG Group

It’s #MaintenanceMonday with KG Better Living and we are here to show our residents how to use the dishwasher inside your suite.  Please watch this video to learn about your dishwasher.

Many of our residents want to know how to properly and correctly use the brand new, #energyefficient appliances in their apartments. Our “How To” video series covers many interesting and helpful topics.  They are all posted online on our YouTube Channel at You can also visit our website at and click on the YouTube icon on the right side of the page.

Please only use the special high efficiency detergents with the special “he” symbol seen below to ensure maximum performance of your appliances.

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All of the appliance manuals are available for download on our resident portal, Building Link.  You can login using the app on your smartphone or tablet.  You can also visit and login.  Then go to the Library section to access Roehampton building documents.

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or require any assistance with your appliances.  You can reach us at or call our Front Desk at 416-487-3050.


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8 Kitchen Necessities for Your New Apartment

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If you’re just starting out or if you’ve had some experience in the apartment world, there’s a lot to think about. But one important thing to think about is the kitchen – where the REAL magic happens. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of kitchen essentials for your new place so you have one less thing to worry about? Here are 8 suggestions to get you started:

Pots & Pans: Obviously this is a no-brainer. Pots can be used for soups or sauces and pans can be used to fry eggs or veggies. You’ll need these to cook pretty much anything.


Wooden Spoons: Wooden spoons will last you forever. And they’ll look pretty cute as décor in a nice vase or case.

Knives: These bad boys are the one thing that you can’t get by without. Buy good quality knives now or buy cheap ones over and over again.

Cutting Boards

Mixing Bowls: Whether you go small, medium or large – plastic, glass or metal, mixing bowls are much needed when it comes to making breads, cookies or other mixing recipes.

Containers: If you like to plan ahead and make lunches or dinners for the following day, you’ll need to store your meals in containers. You can go with glass or plastic.

Toaster: Because toast isn’t toast unless you ‘toastify’ it!

If you’re new to this, is there anything else you could think of that’s a kitchen necessity? If you’re an apartment veteran, are you looking all over your kitchen to see if you have everything? What necessities are we missing? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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Making Your Home Holiday Ready

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You’re either a festive person or you’re not. Some Holiday lovers have their home all set and ready by the time December 1st comes around. And some are just last minute individuals. Assuming you aren’t the type of person to plan out your holiday home three months in advanced, here are three ways, using your senses, that will help you get your apartment ready for the holiday fun.



The first sense someone uses, for most, is their vision. Take a look at your apartment and ask yourself, “What is not a festive décor that I don’t need out right now?” Remove those clutter-makers to make room for festive décor. You don’t have to go crazy buying little Santa statues or reindeer stands, but tidying up your home so it’s guest friendly and adding a magical touch can help bring the holidays to life. Make sure your tree is up, a wreath on the door and some extra décor of your choice. Visual cues are very important to brighten up the mood for your guests.



What do the holidays sound like to you? Rap and rock won’t cut it during this time but festive music sure will get the job done. From jazz to pop, there are all kinds of Christmas music out there. Besides music, you can have bells or a teakettle on to add an extra touch. Little things like these make a huge difference and can help make your home really feel more holiday ready.



Last but certainly not least, walk out of your home and walk back in. Does it smell festive? You may be asking, “what does festive smell like?” Cranberry, gingerbread, sugar cookies, candy-cane candles, etc. Even if you aren’t ready to decorate or listen to the holiday tunes, you’ll be surprised by how much change a little holiday scent can bring.


Is your home holiday ready? What are some tricks and tips and traditions that you carry each year to make your home holiday ready?


Happy Holidays from 305 Roehampton!

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3 Tips For Hosting A Holiday Dinner Party In An Apartment

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Throwing a dinner party for the festive time of year in a small space is NOT impossible – and can be quite easy to manage. Our apartments here at 305 Roehampton go from 531 square feet to 1118 square feet, so we know how real the struggles can get but just because you don’t have a huge area to work with, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Follow these 3 simple steps and you’ll have yourself a memorable dinner party.

Prepare Your Apartment

There are a couple things you need to do in order to get your apartment prepared for a festive dinner party. First, get rid of the clutter – ALL of it. Clutter can make a small space seem even tinier. Plus, de-cluttering will allow some extra space for not only your party, but for festive décor. Second, turn down the temperature approximately 5 degrees. It can get pretty toasty with many people in one small space.

Rearrange Furniture

Swap your couches with your dining table. Normally, in apartments, living rooms are larger than dining rooms. You may need a hand with this one, but move the dining table into the living room and the couch into the dining room. More room = more space for your guests!

Keep The Food Simple

The more food you have, the bigger the mess and the more space you take up. If your kitchen is on the smaller side, keep the festive menu simple. This well help you keep the mess to a minimum.

Follow these 3 simple steps and you will be able to have a successful holiday dinner party in your apartment. What other tips and tricks do you use when having company over? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Tips to Get More Money In Your Pocket

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In today’s world it’s tough to remain financially stable, especially living in Toronto. Minimum wage is set at $11.25 and if you’re working 40 hours a week, you’ll end up with $450, before taxes are taken off. Let’s just say rent in Toronto is an average of $1000/month (one bedroom apartment) – if you’re making minimum wage, you’ll end up with $1800 a month, and $800 left over for extras. See how tough it could be?


Get A Side Gig

We know – how could you work two jobs, have a life and spend time with friends and family? But instead of looking it as another job, look at it as another source of income. Take advantage of your skills or turn a hobby into profit. Etsy is a great online marketplace where you can open up your own shop and generate some extra cash on the side. These side gigs will give you an extra income and closer to financial stability.


Cook at Home

Stop eating out all the time! If you spend your money on long-lasting food products, you will save and cut back a good amount of money. Cook dinners and make sure you make enough food to bring some for lunch the following day.


Say Bye-Bye to Gym Memberships

Is it just me, or do gyms charge an arm and a leg? There are so many trails that you can walk or ride a bike through. Jog around 305 Roehampton and you can always take advantage of our fitness centre. If you’re part of the community at 305 Roehampton, you won’t need a gym membership.


Pay Your Credit Card – All Of It

Don’t get caught up with credit cards and think it’s okay to pay the minimum payments each month. The average Canadian owes $1269 to credit card companies. At 18%, that’s about $230 a year that you could have in your pocket if you paid it all off at once.


All these little expenses you have, add up. Make sure your budgeting and always thinking about the most important things that you need – not want. What other tips do you have to have more mula in your pocket?

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How Soon Is Too Soon For Holiday Décor?

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Halloween came and went and it was time to throw out those pumpkins and take down spooky witches and ghosts. As soon as November 1st popped up, department stores started to fill their shelves with holiday décor, and the seasonal drift is still not fully complete. It hasn’t even hit December and we’re already seeing houses lit up with festive lights. Is it too soon? Should we wait for December to come around?

Holiday décor in October? NO! Holiday décor in November? Maybe. But at least wait until after Remembrance Day so you can pay attention to giving your respects to our soldiers. December? YES!

Outdoor Lights

Let’s face it – the colder it gets, the harder it is to put up Christmas lights on the outside of your house, or on your balcony in your apartment. Many people try to get these puppies up before the crisp December air rolls in. You can put them up as early as you want – just don’t turn the lights on until December comes around.

Christmas Tree

Some people put up their Christmas Tree around the same time as putting up their lights. Others wait until Christmas Eve to put it up but is it really worth it for such a short period of time? I’d say, December 1st is a good time. It’s during the holiday month and you’ll get to have fun with it for a good month.

Holiday Cards

Do NOT mail your Christmas or Holiday cards before December. I received a Christmas card just yesterday in the mail. As nice as the gesture is, it doesn’t feel exciting, like it usually does, to open up a Christmas card in November. Yes, the postage might be busy and you want to make sure your cards arrive at a decent time. But if you mail them out December 1st, you’ll be in the clear.


Are you in the holiday spirit yet? When do you put up your holiday décor and how soon is too soon do you think it is to get in the Christmas spirit? Tell us in the comments below!

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What to Splurge and Save On for My Apartment

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You officially got the keys to your new apartment and the empty spaces and blank walls now need to be filled. The time has come where you now have to furnish your new home but as exciting as this could be, it can be overwhelming and put a dent in your wallet, if you’re not careful. What should you splurge on and what should you save on? We’ll give you a couple pointers.


Splurge on A Mattress

You need to splurge where your health is concerned and a bad mattress won’t make you feel good waking up. If you’re lucky, you may find a deal here and there, but we suggest giving your body a good nights sleep.


Save on A Table

You may need a nice and fancy table now, but when you move out of your current home, onto bigger and better things, you may not be able to bring it with you. And we all know how difficult it is to put together those stunning and so-called “easy to assemble” IKEA tables. Don’t stress about this piece – save on it!


Splurge on Small Pieces

Small pieces are things you will bring with you wherever you may go. Splurge on apartment décor like wall-art, a chair, a closet organizer or picture frames which are things that can be used in any room in any type of apartment. These are the finishing touches that can be seen in a foyer, a bedroom, kitchen, anywhere!


Save on Paint

Let’s face it – there are ‘cheap’ paints and more expensive paints that can range from $30 to $150, but, if we can totally be honest here, ANY type of paint will do. The only bad paint you can get is the wrong colour. You may not live in your current apartment forever, so you’ll have to repaint at some point. Save on paint but be sure to choose the right colour.


Over to you – what do you think is important to splurge on? And what about saving? Do you agree with our above suggestions? Let’s hear it. Share your apartment splurges and savings!

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