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We’ve setup a waste drop zone. All you have to do is bring your stuff to the drop zone on the Northdale campus and as thanks you’ll get a discount voucher from one of our amazing community partners: Wilf’s, Fiddlehead’s Smoothie Bar Cafe, Abe Erb Restaurant, and Settlement Co. Cafe!
What kind of stuff can you bring?
- small furniture and clothing (to GoodWill)
- e-waste (electronics) (to Tech Wreckers)
- non-perishable foods (to the FoodBank)
- books and textbooks (to Textbooks for Change)
The Drop Zone will be open from noon to 6pm on the following days:
I try my best to keep my living spaces clean but sometimes it’s hard to do….life just happens!
As I’m sure everyone experiences, you get up to go to work or class all day, you get home and need to make dinner and then clean up the mess you just made making dinner. You need to make sure you have clean clothes for the next day because you’ve already worn your favourite t-shirt one too many times. OH, and don’t forget the dreaded stack of homework and textbook readings! You haven’t even had time yet to watch Netflix or hit up the gym. You’re thinking to yourself, how does everyone stay on top of all the things life throws at you, especially cleaning and chores?! Because really…clean? Who has time to clean these days?
After months of procrastination and avoidance, I’ve finally had it with the clutter, stinky dishes, and crumbs sticking to my socks!
To help calm my stress I created a “Quick Pick-Up List” that I use it ALL the time! I’ve started using it every morning as part of my routine before I leave the house so that I can come home and relax in a slightly cleaner space. I also use it before I have friends over and I use it whenever my head starts spinning from everything I have going on!
Here are some useful tips I find help me get my space BACK IN CONTROL!
- Dirty Clothes – grab a laundry basket and run around your living areas picking up all the dirty clothes.
- Garbage & Recycling – grab a plastic bag and throw in all the garbage lying around and just TOSS IT!
- Dirty Dishes – do a quick look and take any dirty dishes to the kitchen, if you have a dishwasher and it’s empty just put ‘em in, otherwise stack them in the sink for later.
- Make your Bed – pull your bedspread over your bed (it doesn’t have to be perfect) and pile the pillows back onto your bed so at least you can fall onto it with ease at the end of the day.
- Quick Sweep – give the doorway and kitchen a quick sweep and if there’s time, do the other areas too! Don’t worry about the vacuum until the weekend hits and you have a bit more downtime.
Doing all these little things usually takes me about 10 minutes! I’ve come to realize it’s much better to do this every day rather than once a week because things don’t have time to pile up as much. It definitely helps me clear my head and focus on what’s important, like work and school.
Now I challenge YOU to try doing these small things every day and see how much better it feels!
Good luck! -Haley
Now that midterms are over (mostly…) and reading week is around the corner, you can finally catch up on all of those things you haven’t had a second to think about, like… “where am I going to live next fall!?”
Good news! Domus makes it easy for you to find the best place without even having to get out of bed.
So here are the steps you can take to get the ball rolling on your rentals…
CREATE A LIST OF NEEDS
Before you can start moving, you’ve got to get an idea of what you want and need for your next lease. Things to consider are whether or not you want to rent with a group or by yourself, proximity to campus, budget, furnished or unfurnished, how many people you are willing to live with, shared or private washrooms, and if you want a house or apartment.
SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER
Now that you’ve got an idea of what you’re looking for, hop onto our website and explore what we have to offer. Our Rental Search bar will show you all of the houses and apartments you can choose from. The rent range is displayed on each tile, making it easy for you to eliminate properties on that basis. You can select and compare each property to see what it can offer you. Check out the maps on each property to see how close you are to important resources (night-life, grocery stores, and oh yeah… school). Also, we are offering awesome promotions each week for both individuals and full groups, so it pays off to rent now!
TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR
We are new-age folk, so take a peak at our virtual reality tours! They were created to make it easier for you to find what you love, since you have so much to choose from. Each apartment building on our website has virtual tours of the various suite styles, so you seriously don’t even need to step foot in the place. These are up-to-date and highly accurate representations of the unit you could (will) be renting! And c’mon, virtual reality is cool.
MAKE A DECISION OR NARROW IT DOWN
Well hey, that was easy! Hopefully now you know what you want and are ready to take the next step. Our office will be open all week so if you have any questions call or email an agent, we are always happy to help you out.
This is our busiest time of the year, so it is important to act fast when you find something you love. If you are ready to commit, call an agent and we will walk you through the process. Our leasing application is all done online for your convenience.
AND YOU’RE DONE!
Congratulations, now you can relax knowing you’ve got a place for next fall! Enjoy your reading week!
Sharing a rental apartment with a roommate requires honesty, flexibility, and a whole lot of compromise. You can quickly form close friendships or arch enemies.
Developing a good relationship early on can help you approach your roommate when they leave dishes in the sink or are a week late on the rent, again! To avoid awkward situations, like passive aggressive notes on the refrigerator door, the foundation of your relationship must be open communication from the very first day.
Here are tips to help you navigate the intricacies of living with a roommate while keeping the peace, courtesy of rental website RENTCafé.
Lay Down the Ground Rules Early
Before anyone signs leases you’ll need to discuss your expectations. This includes dividing up the expenses, determining what property is communal and what is personal, and how you plan on tackling household chores. Being honest and open about your expectations gives each of you a chance to evaluate your compatibility and come to compromises.
Divvying Up Those Shared Expenses
Renting together is like setting up a Partnership business relationship, unlike any other. Decide who will collect the rent and expenses, how you will divide them up, and what will happen if someone is late. Utilities such as water, electricity, and gas are usually split equally but who will pay for groceries or furnishing the apartment? Clear this up in the beginning so everyone is on the same page.
Protect your Stuff with Tenant Insurance
Another expense, or investment if you’ve ever had to use it, is tenant insurance. Tenant insurance provides protection for your personal belongings such as furniture, clothing, and electronics, in case of fire, lightning, theft, or vandalism. Decide if you will carry a personal policy or split the cost and carry a joint policy with your roommate.
Guest and Party Policies
Animosity brews when a roommate allows friends to be over all the time, especially if they rack up the bills (hour-long steaming showers), grab out of the refrigerator, or are noisy (ever study while listening to a video game-a-thon?). To minimize the chance of personality clashes, reveal who you are and what you can tolerate before freeloaders or parties become an issue. Decide what is acceptable in terms of timing, noise, and the amount of people on the guest list, and always provide advanced notice so roommates have the chance to make other plans and escape before they stare down your guests.
If you own a pet, be upfront about their personality, you’re lucky to have found a roommate and you’ll want to take extra care to ensure she enjoys living with your pet. If you are thinking of renting to a pet owner are you ready to take your roommate’s dog out, because you know it will need to do its thing right after she leaves? Discuss where responsibility ends, who will cover costs, and who will care for pets while the owner is temporarily away.
Like living with a significant other the second biggest pet peeve of roommates, behind money, will be cleanliness! Decide together who will be responsible for what tasks and how they should be completed. Whether it’s a checklist or the ever- dreaded chore wheel consider writing it down and posting it to keep everyone accountable.
In the end, to have a good roommate, you must be a good roommate. Getting off on the right foot from the very beginning can bring months or years of mutually beneficial living. Who knows you might even become friends!
Now that you are ready to make the most of a shared living situation, find your new rental apartment and enjoy the benefits of joint living.
Check out our houses on our HouseFinder!
Find one you love? Rent it & we’ll give you a Chainsaw #welivehere sign to snap a happy photo you can share with all your pals. Every social post (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) gets you a ballot into our draw!
Tag #welivehere #wearenextdoor @domushousing @chainsawlovers to be entered!
As someone who cares a lot about personal development, I am really open minded to new opportunities that will help me grow and be the best possible version of myself. TedX-UW was the place to be this past November and I’d like to share the day with you!
We sponsored the event and I was given the opportunity to be a Domus Rep and spend a full day with TedX-UW at the CIGI building. To me, this experience seemed like a once in a lifetime chance. It’s not every day TedX comes right to your doorstep so when I heard about this event, I was all over it!
This day was definitely one for the books. I had the listening pleasure to tune into the power couples incredible story that truly inspired me to be even more of a support system in my boyfriends’ entrepreneurial initiatives. Gloria and Ricardo McRae (from Wedge15) talked about their ups and downs, and their mutual experience together as they consult clients from all over the world on how to build teams. They shared how to leverage the social web to make a meaningful impact on the communities around them. As a local start up, we at Domus can relate to their message and ideas on building powerful & empowered teams.
Another great speaker I had the pleasure of meeting was Jagneet Singh. Jagneet is a fascinating story teller who has impacted thousands of people with his inspiring talks and videos. Jagneet talked about one specific deed that he did last year; he made a commitment to himself to ask one person a day a question. The question he asked was. What do you need from me?
Someone said they needed their driveway shovelled, so Jagneet shovelled and captured it. The look on his neighbours face was priceless. It just goes to show that helping one another with the little things in life WILL make the biggest differences.
Jagneet also came buy our Domus booth, where we had our Oculus Goggles for Domus Virtual Reality tours of all our properties! This was such an honour and it was awesome to hear Jagneet say, “Oh my Gosh! I LOVE THESE! This is the coolest thing ever.”
Overall, this day was a truly special. How fortunate I am to work with such an amazing company like Domus because of their involvement in ground-breaking events happening in this city!
Next time TedX is in town, I recommend you try and get a seat! Thanks for sending me!
Now Signing EARLY BIRD Agreements for September 2016 that put you at the top of the list. Check out our Virtual Reality Tours here.
I know I can’t be the only one struggling to balance both my health and fitness goals with work and school. We all know how hard it is to stay consistent when your midterm is tomorrow and your assignment is due at midnight.
|Now, more than ever, I’m constantly trying to assemble fun new ways to keep my tummy full and my body moving; eating whole and nutritious foods while working and attending school full-time. I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle is…food prep! Preparing meals and healthy food options ahead of time is my number one go-to for meeting my dietary needs.Here are some ideas I’ve tried:|
Bored of the traditional chicken meals? Or maybe how quickly the food seems to disappear? This method allows you to cook your chicken three different ways all at one time!
This method is so easy! All you have to do is line a baking sheet with foil and roll pieces into stick-like pieces to create dividers. Refer to the website below for further instructions!
What about breakfast? These baked eggs are good for breakfast but also make for a great pre- or post-workout snack. Pop them in the refrigerator to keep for up to 2 days. I found this recipe at http://www.kimscravings.com/2014/07/mini-spinach-frittatas/ but feel free to add your own ingredients!
Smoothie Pucks – These are great for a quick protein kick while satisfying your sweet tooth.
My personal favourite is:
1 scoop of chocolate whey protein
1 medium banana
½ cup of almond milk
1 tablespoon of peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1 tablespoon of coffee beans
1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips
Blend & pour the smoothie into a muffin tin and freeze for 24 hours. Once frozen you’re ready to try these amazing goodies!
YOU don’t always get the support YOU need while living off campus. This is where we want to make a difference! These short seminars, hosted by uWaterloo students, come right to YOUR building and make it easy & convenient for you to gain some valuable info & meet new friends…
We would LOVE to see you there!