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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 https://www.youtube.com/user/kgrentals/videos. You can also visit our website at http://www.myrental.ca 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 http://www.roehamptonresidents.com 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 305@myrental.ca or call our Front Desk at 416-487-3050.

 

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“Petiquette”

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Furry friends are welcome in our community! As you walk your dog, please keep them on a leash and always clean up after them with a scooper. We hope your pet enjoys living here as much as you do!

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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.

Spatulas

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 New Years Resolution and Actually Keeping It

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It’s that time of year where most of us will make a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you want to lose weight, learn a new language, quit smoking or move into a new apartment – but only 1 out of 10 will actually achieve a New Year’s resolution. Psychologists have found that we are more likely to achieve a goal if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based. With that being said, we are giving you tips on how to actually achieve and succeed at your New Year’s resolution.

Bad examples:

  • Read more.
  • Exercise more.
  • Eat healthier.
  • Learn to swim.
  • Speak Chinese better.

These are bad examples because you won’t know if you have actually achieved these goals. If you worked out once a week in 2015 and work out 1-2 times a week in January, are you really exercising more? You won’t have the answers until you set a goal that you can measure.

Tip 1: Create resolutions that are specific and measurable

Turn your resolution into a goal – which is something that can be reached, measured and achieved. If you set a goal at, “Read 60 books by the end of the year,” then it is clear what you have to do in order to achieve it. “Read more,” is useless.

Tip 1: Don’t let setbacks derail your resolution

If you have cheat days, here and there, don’t throw your resolution out of the window. If something comes up that temporarily stops you from achieving your goal, get through it and jump back into the habits that will help you get you where you need to be. One small failure is just another push to bring you to success.

Tip 3: Motivate yourself

As each week that goes by brings you closer and closer to your goal, give yourself a pat on the back. Even the smallest of achievements should be looked at as small successes to a bigger one. By doing this, you’ll be able to be self-motivated and feel good about the direction you’re going in.


Are you setting New Year’s Resolutions? Ours is to use our gym facility in 305 Roehampton 4 times a week at 1 hour each by 2017. What’s your goal? Drop a comment below!

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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.

 

Sight

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.

 

Sound

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.

 

Smell

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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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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5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Bedroom

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Are you looking for ways to bright things up a bit and make your bedroom feel refreshed? It’s time to take notes of these 5 easy tips to brighten up your bedroom.

1. Paint

A new paint job can brighten up your walls, cover those scruffs and dings, and give you a great opportunity to use colour to your advantage. You don’t necessarily have to go with white – you have MANY different options here. Choose a colour that will create a cheerful and energetic mood the moment you walk into your room.

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2. Add A Plant

Nothing screams ‘fresh’ like a plant that is well taken care of. Orchids are a popular hit since they require minimal attention but this one’s completely up to you. Houseplants are natural air purifiers that clean the stale, chemical-laden air in your room. They add colour, texture and will definitely keep you fresh.

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If bright is what you’re going after, think about the power that light-reflecting furniture or accents have. Metallic’s work best or you can go with shiny objects. Just make sure they go with the overall theme of your bedroom.

4. Bright Headboard

One of the most important things of a bedroom – and the piece that makes it complete – is your bed and headboard. Having a dark headboard can really put a damper on your entire room. Make sure you go light, whether it be white, light grey or a light wooden colour. This way the lighting in your room can bounce off your headboard and remain light and bright.

5. Natural Light

Nothing brightens up a room the way that natural light does. You’ll need a couple of windows for this one. If you want to add blinds or drapes make sure they are not big, bulky or have dark shades. You’ll want as much natural sunlight entering your room as possible.


There you have it – a new and improved BRIGHT room! What other tips can you think of that helps with brightening up the bedroom.

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ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS

Re: Lounge Reservation

We are excited to inform you that Residents are now able to reserve the Lounge for private events.

Please follow these instructions to make any reservations:

1.Log onto Building Link
2.Under the tab “Manage”, click “Reservations”
3.Make your reservation request with the appropriate information
4.Please visit Tina at the Front Desk during office hours to complete the Lounge Reservation Rental Agreement
5.Reservation is not confirmed until you have received and email from management

Please come and join us in the Gym between 11:00am and 12:00pm on the following dates:

Saturday July 4, 2015
Saturday July 11, 2015

Hope to see you there!!

Sincerely,

KG Roehampton Management

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