Decluttering For the New Year

Posted by Ingrid Evens on December 27, 2016 at 10:26 am


After the excitement and rush leading up to Christmas, a lot of us have downtime during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  Use the time productively to get rid of stuff you no longer need with Apartment Therapy’s tips.  

Now is a great time to get rid of coats you haven’t worn in a long time.  If you haven’t used it at all this year, it’s just taking up space.  Donate your unwanted jackets and coats to Goodwill or another charity so others can wear them in the upcoming winter months.  At the same time, get rid of any scarves, gloves, and hats you no longer wear as well.

This is also a great time to get rid of any winter shoes or boots that are in rough shape or any you haven’t worn in the last year.

With the glut of parties and gatherings around the holidays, it’s likely you have a lot of leftovers in your refrigerator.  Go through anything that’s no longer good or that you won’t eat and throw it away now before things get really disgusting.  (Plus you need to make room for all the New Year’s Eve party goodies!)

Go through your cupboard and throw any any food that is past its expiration date.  Donate any unwanted foods that are still good to your local food bank.  

While it’s great to keep some gift boxes, odds are you don’t need all of them and some of the older ones may be falling apart. Go through the boxes you have and recycle any that you don’t think you’ll use in the future.  This is also a great time to take stock of what wrapping paper, ribbon and bows you need and take advantage of after Christmas sales to replace things you need more of.

Open wine doesn’t stay tasty forever, so if you have leftover wine from Christmas or other gatherings, either keep it to be reused for cooking, or pour it out and recycle the bottles.

The holidays bring with them tons of catalogs and special magazine issues.  Go through your magazine rack (or pile), and recycle anything you no longer need or don’t plan to read.  

Beauty products have a definite shelf life too.  Go through all your makeup, skincare products, and hair stuff to make sure they are still good.  Real Simple has a checklist for how long items last to help you.  

Any Christmas decorations that you no longer like should be donated to charity now, rather than storing them for another year.  Go ahead and start fresh next year.

Pick the Christmas cards that have a special meaning to you and recycle the rest.  If you have a particularly hard time letting go of things, take a picture of your Christmas Card Display so you can cherish the memory.

Odds are your kids got a lot of new toys for the holidays, so now is a great time to go through the rest of their stash and donate any toys they don’t play with as much.

Have you decided after a good decluttering that you still don’t have room for all your stuff?  Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a larger space!  Give Austin Apartments Now a call at 512-258-8224 to find your dream apartment for the new year!  

Austin Neighborhoods: Jollyville

Posted by Ingrid Evens on December 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm


It’s been a while since we took a look at Jollyville, a suburb of Austin, Texas, located north of 183 and Mopac/Loop One, just south of SH 45.  The community is popular for those looking to be close to Austin and Round Rock.

The city is named for John G. Jolly, who bought 160 acres in 1866 and ran a blacksmith shop and store.  The family gifted land for a cemetery and a school to the city.

Children in Jollyville attend schools in the Round Rock Independent School District.  Kindergarten through fifth graders attend Jollyville Elementary or Live Oak Elementary.  For middle school, sixth through eighth graders go to Deerpark Middle School.  Finally, ninth through twelfth graders go to McNeil High School.  

Jollyville’s location makes it easy for residents to get to Austin or Round Rock for work.  Sequel Data Systems is located less than five miles from Jollyville and has been designing and implementing enterprise-class IT solutions for 30 years.  

CynergisTek is a information security and privacy consulting firm focused on healthcare located on Jollyville Road.  They employ people in a variety of positions including consulting, sales, and more.

There are many dining and entertainment options in Jollyville, including Fresh Heim, which focuses on providing fresh, healthy, and flavorful steak, salads, vegetables and more.  Their cinnamon tea and Asian flavors are especially popular with diners.

183 Grill is a family owned and operated restaurant serving Mediterranean food like gyros, plus American fare like burgers.  Patrons give high marks for the tasty food and great customer service.

For entertainment, Pinballz Lake Creek is just 4 miles from Jollyville and has lots of fun options to keep your group happy.  Arcade games, bowling, lazer tag, and a bar and restaurant, plus they have pinball machines for the old-school game players among us.

There are a plethora of apartments in and around Jollyville.  SoNa Apartments have one and two bedroom units with spacious, open floor plans, wood burning fireplaces, included washers and dryers, high ceilings, and large private patios or porches.  The community has walking trails, a pet park, lighted tennis courts, an outdoor stone grilling area, and a resort style pool with sundeck and shaded arbor.

Bell Lake Creek apartments have newly renovated one, two, and three bedroom apartments featuring wood plank laminate flooring, ceramic tile foyers, private patios or balconies with scenic views, washer and dryer connections, large walk-in closets, and more.  The community has a complimentary juice and java bar, a playscape, a leash free pet park, a 24 hour fitness center with brand new equipment, and is convenient to 183, 45 and West Parmer Lane.

Broadstone 8 One Hundred features one and two bedroom apartments with custom hardwood style flooring and designer carpeting in bedrooms, available 1 GB high speed internet, washer and dryer included, 9 and 10 foot ceilings, and undermount sinks in the kitchen and bath.

Ready to make Jollyville your home?  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224 and find your dream apartment tomorrow!  


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