3 Easy Spring-Cleaning Tips for your Apartment

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! 

What Our Residents Are Saying

Just a few short months after welcoming our first move-ins, the 2M team is proud of the community developing before our eyes.  We’re honored to have such wonderful residents and thrilled to hear how much they enjoy living at 2M.  If you haven’t yet visited 2M, here’s what our residents are saying; if you’re already part of the 2M community, look for your thoughts below!

1. No Amenity Fees!

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We know how frustrating it can be to find your dream apartment, within your price range, only to find out there are a bunch of hidden costs involved.  Our community amenities are here for you to enjoy, free of charge.  In addition, thanks to our Smart Pricing, you’ll never have to worry about outrageous rent increases when you renew your lease!

 2. Home Sweet Home

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We’ve crafted our community to be a special place to live; we want you to return each night truly feeling like you’re coming home.  We appreciate all feedback and use it to guide our planning for the future of 2M and its residents.

 

3. Designed With You In Mind

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We’ve carefully designed our apartments with your needs in mind; between your own space and our numerous amenities (Zen Garden, Fitness Center, Club Room, Cyber Cafe…) there’s so much room for activities!!

 

4. A Work In Progress

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We are so proud of our brand new community but are fully aware of the growing pains that come with that.  Your open communication helps us to constantly improve, tackling issues head on, in a timely manner.

 

5. Join The Emmy Fan Club

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Not only is 2M a pet-friendly community, we are lucky enough to call this miniature English Bulldog a member of the 2M team.  Emmy keeps herself busy testing out the Bark Park equipment, sampling treats for her furry neighbors, and throwing yappy hours in style!  Keep an eye on what the @2MPup is up to on Instagram!

 

6. Take In Your Surroundings

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Unwind after a long day by taking in the sweeping capitol views  from our Rooftop Pool, Skyline Lounge, a stroll through the Zen Garden or even from your own balcony!

 

7. Location, Location, Location!

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In addition to enjoying close proximity to the Red Line Metro, living in our NoMa neighborhood makes running errands and enjoying a night out a breeze.

 

We’ve been reviewing your feedback and have noticed that the community could use and extra set of eyes and ears.  Our community is brand new, and for our residents and team alike, this means getting familiar with new electronics, gym equipment and scheduling.  To further improve the resident experience, we’ve added James to the team as our night time ambassador!  James will be on hand to help do everything from turning on the darn T.V. to helping carry your shopping bags.  Keep an eye out for our Q&A with James next week!

5 Reasons to Put 2M on Your Apartment Hunting List

When it comes to choosing the perfect apartment, we know you have your reasons.  We’re here to give you just a few more.


 

1. 3 Words: Heated Rooftop Pool

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If you are going to have a rooftop pool, shouldn’t you be able to use it as much as possible? Keep swimming laps well into the fall in 2M’s sparkling pool, or just enjoy the breathtaking view of the Capitol and Washington Monument.

If the weather outside is frightful, no worries. We’ve got you covered … literally! Our Skyline Café is completely enclosed and has Apple TV, a chef’s kitchen, but most importantly, floor-to-ceiling windows so you can still enjoy Washington DC’s stunning skyline!

See for yourself!

 

2. Green Living

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You care about the environment, so do we! We took the extra steps to build to LEED Gold standards. You can read all about that HERE.

What does that mean for you? It means lower utility bills. More importantly, it means we make it easy for you 2Make a difference. (See what we did there?)

 

3. Smart Pricing

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Moving is a pain! If you find a place you love, you sure as heck don’t want to give it up next year because the landlord increased your rent sky high!

We like you and want you to stay in our community! So, 2M has a promise for you.

First, select your lease term anywhere from 6-24 months. When it’s time for you to renew, we guarantee that the maximum rent increase you will get is 5%!!!

We are so serious about this promise we are including it in your lease. We should also mention that 2M isn’t going to charge you silly things like move-in fees or amenity fees. So you can take that promise–and all your extra savings–to the bank!

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4. Transportation Options for Days

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Whatever your preferred method of transportation is, it will be close at hand at 2M.

-Ride the Metro? The Red Line stops just 2 blocks from our front door.

-Is two-wheeling more your thing? We have a bike room in our secured garage and a Capital Bikeshare station right around the corner!

-Speaking of our garage, if you do have a car, we offer reserved spots in our garage and we even have electric car charging stations! (We told you we are serious about the Green thing!)

-Prefer to let someone else do the driving? The bus stop is right outside our front door! We also have an exclusive deal with Green Tomato Cars (the eco-friendly option to Uber).

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5. Live With A Celebrity

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Okay, not really … but she is the cutest bulldog ever! Plus, she’s InstaFamous.

Meet Emmy, 2M’s very own community puppy ambassador. You can meet her in the leasing office and play with her in our internal dog park. She can’t wait to meet you and your pet!

On that note, we should mention, 2M is VERY pet friendly! We welcome your dog or your feline friends. While there is a one-time pet fee, you will NEVER have to pay pet rent here!

 

Still not convinced? Come take a tour!

We know 2M is the place you should call home!

Our Simple Promise To You

Our Simple Promise to You

Did you know that 2M never charges you any move-in fees or amenity fees? At 2M, we’re invested in keeping things simple for you.  When you make the choice to become part of our community, you simply pay an application fee and put down a security deposit.  If you have a pet, there is a one time, up front fee, but never any pet rent or pet deposit to pay.

In fact, that’s true for all WC Smith properties; we are in the business of providing clean, comfortable homes for renters across the District of Columbia.  We have been in DC for 45 years.  You are the key to keeping us here for another 45.  Our relationship should be built on a simple promise:

You pay a fair rent and we’ll provide you with stellar service and an excellent product.

No frivolous fees. No inexplicable charges. We strive for honesty and transparency.

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Here’s what 2M renters and prospects are saying about us:

“I love everything about 2 M Street. The staff (everyone, from Doug, Tammy, Andre and even Emmy) have all been amazing, incredibly helpful and will do anything to make me happy and comfortable at my new home. Thank you so very much for everything you’ve done so far, and I look forward to coming home every day.”~Alek P.

“My name is Lisa Nibblins and I went on a tour of 2M Street and I’m loving this building. The located is great, I really love that this building has something for everyone, down to the smoking policy to the clubrooms, the Fitness Center and the Roof Top Deck a plus for me the POOL. 2 M Street is the Ideal place to live.” –Lisa N.

“The apartments and building amenities are great. The management and staff have been friendly, and attentive. All of your needs are addressed almost immediately. Couldn’t be happier thus far. Oh and Emmy, the community bull dog, is awesome!!” -resident

“My experience at 2M has been great so far. Moving in was a breeze and the community staff are very friendly. The amenities available are great for having friends over and also for relaxing for a peaceful night at home. The location near the NoMa metro and downtown DC are a huge plus.” -resident

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One Bedroom Apartment Video Tour with Emmy

For those who haven’t had an opportunity to view our one-bedroom floorplan yet, Emmy is here to save the day! Take a peek inside our model unit with Emmy as your guide in this one bedroom apartment video tour:

Emmy: Welcome to my home, guys! I just moved into my new apartment here at 2M Street, and I wanted to show you around.

This is my living room, with my laminate wood flooring. Don’t you love the pieces I picked out?

My bedroom is perfect, with a big balcony for me to see the views in DC and a comfy bed to take lots of naps.

My big walk in closet doesn’t have a lot of clothes right now because I’ve been growing so fast, and I need to make a shopping trip.

My gourmet kitchen is perfect for lots of snacks and treats. All of the appliances are energy efficient.

At the end of the day, I like to come take a nice, long bath and relax.

 

Thanks for the tour Emmy (and Kaitlyn)! To learn more about our one bedroom apartments, head over to this page or call and speak with one of our leasing consultants today: 202-969-8544

How to Be A Better Roommate

Hey everybody! So we all know that there are many perks to having a roommate: sharing rent and utility costs, having someone to unwind with at the end of the day, and having someone to share chore duty with are just a few of our favorite reasons to share your pad.  To enjoy the advantages that come along with cohabiting, one must keep up their end of the bargain by being a respectful and considerate roommate.  When we found this guide from Apartminty, we knew we had to share it.  This helpful and amusing video shows us how to be a better roommate and should give you a good giggle as well.  When you’re done watching, take a look at our top tools for finding a roommate. Enjoy!