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.

What’s New at 2M Street

Spring is in the air here in NoMa!  The weather is warming and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  Spring is the time for all things fresh and new, and we could not be happier to be nearing completion of our brand new apartment community.  Here’s what’s new at 2M Street.

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Our grand lobby is really coming together and we’re loving the look of our concierge desk and mail room.

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Over the next week or so, we will begin outfitting the leasing office with desks and computers for our all-star leasing team.

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Our common areas are shaping up nicely, and soon enough we’ll be shooting hoops on the half court, working up a sweat in the fab fitness center, and socializing with neighbors in the club room.

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In addition to the amenity spaces, the apartments themselves are almost move-in ready.  The stainless steel appliances welcome your best Top Chef impersonations and the balconies are as ready for summer as we are!

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As excited as we are to welcome our residents to their new home, there is someone who is outshining us all in the enthusiasm (and cuteness) department:

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Emmy can’t wait to give you a sneak peek of the private dog park, so stay tuned for a look at her favorite 2M spot.  Which 2M amenity are you most excited about?

Meet Doug Crawford

Meet Doug Crawford, 2M Building Manager

Meet Doug Crawford Building Manager for 2M Street Apartments

Tell us a little about how you ended up at 2M:

I worked for a large National Real Estate Investment Trust for the last 8 years and I felt it was time to make a change to a company that had a strong footprint and roots here in the DC area. WC Smith was the perfect choice.  2M is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the revitalization of a beautiful and vibrant area incorporating different sectors of the community to enhance the project.

Where can we find you when you’re off-duty?

I am a rabid and fanatical LSU Tiger fan. Whether its baseball, football or basketball I will be watching and cheering on my team.

Where do you see NoMa in 5 years?

NoMa is really transforming into a beautiful and interesting area where I think you will see a large presence of arts and interesting entrepreneurial projects that will make it unique area in the DMV.

If you only had one day in DC, what would be your top-3 must-do items?

1) Arlington Cemetery and the changing of the guard

2) A show at the Kennedy Center

3) A Night tour of the National Mall.

What do you think draws residents to 2M/NoMa now?

2M is a building that was developed with all the latest amenities but it was also designed to enhance the community. 2M has been extremely sensitive to ensuring that we incorporate the history of NOMA and that we reach out to the community to keep them in the loop as an important and integral part of the development.

Why would your pet love to live here?

My pet would love to live at 2M because he/she is going to have an abudance of buddies to play with including our building dog, Emmy, who is always available for play dates.

Describe your perfect day at 2M

My perfect day would start out with an early morning run on the treadmills in our beautiful gym followed by a work out. Once that is complete I would head back upstairs to cook some steak and eggs in my spacious gourment kitchen. I then head down to the common area room to do a little light reading and then its onto the pool for some afternoon sun tanning. In the evening I crack open a beer on the roof top and have my friends over for a cookout.