January and February are a thing of the past, and March is officially on the calendar! Along with warmer weather and cherry blossom season, the time to begin your spring cleaning is here. For renters’ this is an exciting opportunity to get a fresh jump on sprucing up your apartment in the front end of the new year!
We know that cleaning and organizing your apartment sounds fantastic, but we also understand that it requires time and energy that a lot you reading this might not have an overabundance of in your everyday lives.
For this reason, we’ve decided to overview three time efficient cleaning tips to make getting your apartment clean super easy just in time for the spring season!
Tip #1: BREAK-DOWN “THE BIG 3” CLEANING TASKS
Cleaning your apartment can be broken down into what we call, “The Big 3” – The kitchen, the bathroom, and the bedroom. These are generally the areas of the apartment that are used the most and are going to take the longest to clean; this makes it super important that these areas are addressed first. Studies show that cleaning at least 1 of these three areas make the most visual difference in the cleanliness of your apartment.
Cleaning is already exhausting enough as it is, don’t make it any harder by tasking yourself with cleaning every closet, nook, and cranny inside of your apartment in a single day. If you’re short on time, break down the significant 3 areas of your apartment as you see fit, and tidy up accordingly.
Tip #2: CLEAR THE CLUTTER
A big factor in organizing your apartment home is knowing when to part ways with additional materials that create clutter; this means trashing the mountain of junk mail, old receipts, and even older grocery lists laying on all of your counter surfaces.
Doing this is a fast and effective way of cleaning your apartment when you’re in a time crunch. You will quickly find that having less clutter makes your apartment home feel more open and most importantly cleaner.
So, say goodbye to clutter, and hello to spring clean!
Tip #3: SMELLS GOOD, LOOKS GOOD.
The smell of your apartment home matters when it comes time to freshen up. We all know that it’s unsettling when your apartment is a disaster area, but it’s even worse when the smell of your apartment matches the look.
Instead of adding insult to injury, try adding in a scent like a candle, a scented plug-in, or an essential oil diffuser to your cleaning process when you’re short on time. In no way are we saying a clean smell makes up for a messy apartment, but the aroma of your place goes a long way when you don’t have hours to deep clean your apartment.
Cleaning will always be a process, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a difficult process.
Welcome to March, and happy spring cleaning!
Join Us In The DC Share-A-Bag Initiative!
Beginning on June 7th, 2M will be participating in the Share-A-Bag pilot, led by the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). Share-A-Bag DC will give residents and visitors to NoMa access to free, reusable bags. Bags can be left for others to use at the exchange kiosks as well. Bags are simply returned to the kiosks once participants are finished using them. The kiosks will be in various locations throughout the neighborhood, 2M being one of them.
While the $0.5 bag fee has decreased the use of single-use plastic bags, they are still clogging our waste streams and trash traps. The DOEE has decided to launch the Share-A-Bag pilot to see if easy access to reusable bags will motivate consumers to utilize them more frequently.
What You Need To Know:
When: June 7th – June 30th
1. DOEE Headquarters | 1200 1st Street NE
2. REI | 2 M St NE
3. Hyatt House | 33 New York Ave NE
4. 2M | 2M St NE
Bags: 16x4 Heavyweight Canvas Bags
As a LEED Gold Building, efforts to create a more healthy and environmentally sound neighborhood are very important to us. Whether you use a free bag or leave one for someone else, any participation will make a difference. Join us in the Share-A-Bag Pilot to help reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in NoMa and the District of Columbia!
We are so excited to announce that 2M has achieved LEED Gold Designation! What does that mean for you? Let us explain:
- Green label certified paints and finishes
- Energy Star appliances
- 182 Rooftop solar panels
- Energy efficient lighting
- Two water cisterns for rainwater harvesting
- Two electric car charging stations
- Just blocks away from the nearby Metro stations
Read more about this exciting achievement and what it means for our residents…
We are so proud to announce that our apartment community has succeeded in achieving LEED Gold designation from the US Green Building Council! LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The US Green Building Council set up the LEED system to measure the environmental sustainability of buildings. To receive certification, the building must go through a rigorous application and review process.
There is a wide range of sustainable features that contributed toward this achievement, including a green roof, a rainwater harvesting system, a rooftop solar array, Energy Star appliances, energy efficient lighting, and green label-certified paints and finishes. Being located just two blocks from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station, three blocks from Union Station, our easy access to transit and resident’s ability to take advantage of reserved bike parking and electric car charging stations adds to the eco-friendly nature of our community.
Thank you to all of our residents for choosing 2M and contributing to a more eco-friendly future for all.
Summer is right around the corner and NoMa BID has released the 2015 N0Ma Summer Screen schedule! Kicking of May 22nd at the Storey Park Lot at 1005 First Street NE (new location!), join your neighbors for free outdoor movie screenings every Wednesday night at sundown. The theme this year is “Dance, Dance, Dance” and these selections are sure to get you up out of your seats:
May 27: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)
June 3: Center Stage (PG-13)
June 10: Bride & Prejudice (PG-13)
June 17: Flashdance (R)
June 24: Strictly Ballroom (PG, 1992)
July 1: Grease (PG-13)
July 8: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (PG)
July 15: Singin’ in the Rain
July 22: Save the Last Dance (PG-13)
July 29: Moulin Rouge (PG-13)
August 5: Stomp the Yard (PG-13)
August 12: Footloose (R)
Get more info about the series and what to expect here.
Our first 2 vs 2 basketball tournament has come to a close! As the reigning champions, Greg Van Houten and Greg Warren took home the coveted prize of a case of Keystone tall boys.
Thank you to all who participated; it was a great way for everyone to get to know their neighbors better and we look forward to providing more opportunities like this in the future. We’ll keep you updated on any future leagues and groups that may be of interest, and don’t be shy about sending ideas our way!
Last week we had a special visit from Tippy Pretty Paws pet care services! They were nice enough to stop by to get to know our four-legged residents and see what assistance they may be able to offer for their human counterparts. We hope you all had a chance to meet and greet and indulge your pets with some treats! If you missed out, you can visit their website or stop by the front desk for more info about their pet walking and grooming services.