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5 long weekend projects for your apartment

With May long weekend just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tackle an apartment project that you've been putting off. Whether it's decorating, organizing, or setting yourself up for summer, Williams and McDaniel wants to help our residents get started.

Clean the big stuff


Use your extra day to tackle a daunting cleaning task like kitchen appliances or furniture. With a little bit of research, you can find the best way to clean your couch or refresh your mattress. If you want to make your fridge or oven shine like new, get started with this roundup of appliance cleaning techniques from Apartment Therapy. There's nothing like the satisfaction that comes along with crossing a big task off your spring cleaning checklist.


Get organized for good


If you feel like you're constantly losing your battle with clutter, it might be time to bring in an expert. The KonMari Method from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been making headlines for its approach to creating a simple and tidy home. Pick up the book from a local library or book store and give it a try. Besides clutter, what have you got to lose?


Update your memories


While we may take more pictures than ever before, many people find that they just never get around to printing out their favourite photographs. Set aside some time this weekend to comb through your hard drive, Facebook and Instagram feeds for memories that you'd like to bring into your apartment. Many photo printers, including Blacks, will even let you upload your photos online so you just have to stop by to pick them up. While you're at it, why not set up a recipe on the website If This Then That that will save any photos that you're tagged in directly to your Google Drive or Dropbox account.


Make time for DIY


Set aside some time to peruse Pinterest this week and look for a project or two that you'd like to tackle. Whether you want to find apartment hacks to help you make the most of your space or decorating ideas that won't break your lease or your budget, you can find it on this DIY site. Pick up your supplies on Saturday and let your creative side loose.


Plant a seed


There's still time to start a container garden for your windowsill or balcony. Get started with the basics in this guide from Canadian Living. Once you've picked your plants, head to the hardware store for some gardening basics and start exercising your green thumb.

The first long weekend of the season is the perfect time to make your apartment with Williams and McDaniel feel a little more like home. If you want to give more than one of these projects a try, don't worry, there are plenty of long weekends coming up this summer!


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