Best Apartment Lessons to take into 2021

2M Street Apartments Lessons to take into 2021

As we kick off the first week of the new year, there are probably many things you’re looking forward to leaving behind in the previous year. Rightfully so, 2020 was an indescribable year; it left many us in an unfamiliar place, and in turn, have you believing that nothing good came from it. Yes, last year was very challenging, and while it might be easy to want to forget 2020 entirely, there are many things to take away. We learned a lot about ourselves; we found out how strong we can be, we found out creative we can be, we found out how patient we can be. These lessons and realizations will continue to help us as we navigate into 2021. 

Last year, we became more familiar with ourselves; we got more familiar with something else, too—our apartment homes. 

As an apartment dweller, you spent more time inside of your four walls in 2020 than any other period before. This time made you realize that your apartment space needs a fresh look going into a new year after months of looking at the same decor and stylings. 

If 2020 didn’t teach us anything else, it taught all of us how to get creative with our spaces in more ways than we can imagine. Use that same energy to add some new life into your area for a fresh 365 days.

Below are four apartment features you must have for 2021.

1. A REAL “ WFH” Station

Last year could have easily be defined as “The year we all started working from home.” While that caught pretty much all of us off guard in 2020, 2021, there is no excuse not to be fully prepared for however much longer we will be working from home. 

For those apartment renters’ that don’t have an extra room to set up as an office area, there are several ways to accomplish remote work productivity in a small apartment space.

Below are a few helpful articles you can read to start your journey of mastering your apartment workspace.

Secrets to working from home in a small apartment 

How to cram a home office into a small apartment

Making a makeshift work from home space

2. New Cooking Supplies 

In 2020, we all took home cooking to new heights! All the extra time spent inside our apartment homes had a lot of us mastering old recipes while simultaneously exploring brand new ones. 

While doing so, the cooking tools that you previously use on occasion went into overdrive.  

As we move into the new year, add a fresh look to your kitchen by purchasing some new cooking essentials. Like most newly discovered apartment chefs, you’ve probably already found some new kitchen gadgets that will make your cooking experience that much better! 

Here is a list of a few must-have tools for your kitchen going into the new year.

3. Working out from Home Equipment

Last year, we had to get used to working out from home. Even though our gym has since reopened using COVID-19 protocols, some apartment-dwellers might have found an at-home workout routine that does the trick!

Start your new year off with some fresh workout equipment. 

Here are some excellent fitness equipment options for your apartment home.

4. Apartment Organizing Tools

In 2020, we learned of all the purposes that our apartment homes can serve; our spaces became art studios, gyms, movie theaters, and more! With all of these activities, keeping your apartment home organized became that much harder. 

Here are some apartment organization tools you need for a productive 2021. 

Last year took us for an unexpected ride. And there’s nothing like that “fresh start” feeling. But as we attempt to make this year the best one we’ve ever had, let’s not forget the lessons learned in 2020 that will benefit us greatly in this current year.

Meet the 2M Team: Jamila White

Meet The 2M Team | Jamila White

What was the path that led you here, either personally or professionally?
I just recently moved from Atlanta to the DC metro area, I was intrigued by leasing in DC because of the diversity, culture, and the increase in business and the growing apartment/condo market. WC Smith was kindly enough to give me an opportunity to grow with the company and experience their growth with the housing market.

What made you want to come work for WC Smith and 2M?
I’ve always worked for large property management companies, where you usually get lost with a high number of employees. WC Smith offers a smaller and more personable work family.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like to spend time with my family, my dogs, and exploring DC’s museums and restaurants.  I’ve recently started volunteering at the local hospital on my days off.

Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?
I see NoMa as a thriving area with a lot of business, high-end apartment communities and a mixed community where the residents are able to enjoy concerts and local parks in the area.

If you only had 1 day in DC, what are your top 3 musts?
Shopping in Georgetown, I would enjoy a local festival and I would visit the Zoo.

If 2M were a song or super hero what would it be?
Wonder Woman would be my super hero because she clears destruction and creates beauty in people and things. The song I would choose is Happy by Pharrell because when I’m at the amenities at 2M they give me a feeling of delight.

What do you think draws residents to 2M/NoMa now?
The quality of area growing profusely, diversity, convenience to the local party/restaurant districts, 2M’s amazing rooftop DC views and of course, EMMY!

What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
My favorite green feature is the Zen Garden. I love to relax there with a glass of wine and my laptop at night.

What is your favorite 2M amenity?
My favorite 2M amenity is the portion of the Courtyard with the Capitol and Monument views.

Describe your perfect day at 2M:
My perfect day at 2M is when we have residents are at the rooftop pool just enjoying what the community has to offer. That seems to be when our resident are in their most relaxed state.

Why would your pet love to live here?
My dogs love it here because they have met so many other dogs to enjoy the dog park with.

If you could choose a floor to live on at 2M?
I would choose my floor, which is the 11th floor. It’s has amazing views and my fellow residents are very nice.

3 words to describe 2M/NoMa?
Progressive, Vibrant and Exuberant

A Warm Welcome Home to Our First Residents!

Yesterday marked the very first day of move-ins at 2M and it’s safe to say that we’re off to a great start!  We happily welcomed out first handful of residents and while we were all excited to start on this new adventure together, we think Emmy was the most excited of all!  Her curly little tail worked overtime wagging away all day as she welcomed her new friends and gave them a dose of what’s to come, namely kisses, smiles and a “welcome home” butt wiggle!  To everyone who moved in yesterday, we want to extend a warm Welcome Home; we can’t wait to get to know you better and we look forward to welcoming our next move-ins.  Here a few of our favorite photos from the big day:

A Warm Welcome Home

Meet Jack Le

Meet Jack Le, 2M Building Engineer

Meet Jack Le, Building Engineer at 2M Street Apartments

Jack, what was the path that led you here to 2M?
WC Smith offered a great opportunity to work in a beautiful building while giving back to the community.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like to stay home and spend time with my 2 wonderful boys.

If you only had 1 day in DC, what would be on your must-do list?
I would eat at one of the great ethnic restaurants that DC has to offer, then visit the National Air and Space Museum and the White House.

If you could choose a floor to live on at 2M? 
Top floor because the views are amazing.

Describe your perfect day at 2M. 
Enjoying the rooftop on a beautiful 4th of July.

If 2M were a super hero what would it be?
Spiderman, because he is strong, caring and helpful.

What is your favorite green feature at 2M?
The Energy Saver Solar System.

What is your favorite 2M amenity?
The club room because my kids and I can play games together.

Why would your pet love to live here?
The dog park is a great feature for my dog Ron to enjoy.