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Living in ARIA, University District Calgary

Are you looking for a place to call home in Northwest Calgary? Are you endlessly Googling “rentals Calgary,” but nothing piques your interest? End your search with Aria, Northwest Calgary’s impressive mixed-use building right in the center of the University District. The 288 thoughtfully and creatively designed rental apartments on five floors are an eclectic mix of the classics with well-placed urban touches. 

But, the above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to living in Aria. From having everything you need in the apartment complex to the perfect location in the city’s heart, Aria has everything you need to call your home.

The lifestyle you need

Nestled in the city’s heart, Aria’s Luxury University District Calgary Apartments offer a perfect blend of classic form and modern amenities where you can carve a space you can call your own. Aria has everything you need: a large group kitchen and dining area, yoga space, games room, lounge, fenced-in-pet area, BBQ areas inside a 20,000 square feet courtyard, and pickleball court. You also have the convenience of living above the Save-on-Foods grocery store. To top it all off, you’re only minutes away from the University, Park, Hospital, Bus stop, and shopping. 

The perfect layout for you 

With Aria, you can live the way you want to — from one-bedroom to three-bedroom apartments. You can choose the one that works best for your lifestyle. Each suite is equipped with modern kitchens and stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, ample storage, an ensuite washer and dryer, and private balconies, should you want one. All suites are pet-friendly, so no worries about bringing your beloved pets with you.

Whether you prefer a small or a large suite, or Whatever your preference is, Aria Luxury Apartments has the perfect layout for you. 

The Ambience

As a resident of Aria, you can share and enjoy the shared sense of community with your neighbours. You can go to the gym with your friends, trade pet stories at the pet play area, or socialize and relax with your neighbours over cocktails or a glass of wine around the warm outdoor fire pit. You’ll be living the city lifestyle with the charm of a small-town community.

Located in the heart of the city

Aria at the university district’s charm is not only limited to its undeniable stunning architecture and eco-friendly buildings. It’s also home to commercial businesses. These include Save-on-Foods, Monogram Cafe, Scotiabank, Bar Burrito, Curious Hair, Market Wines, Clever Daycare, University District Dental, YYC Cycle Spin Studio, and so much more. So whether you need to do grocery shopping, drop off your kids at daycare or have a trim, everything is in your neighbourhood.

Life the life you want in Aria, University District Calgary

Who says you can’t have it all? With Aria, you can live the city lifestyle with everything at your fingertips but still enjoy the charm and camaraderie of living in a close-knit community. Our friendly team is ready to answer any questions you may have. Enquire now!

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7 Ways to Start Off the New Year, According to Professional Organizers

7 Ways to Start Off the New Year, According to Professional Organizers

Starting a new year can feel exciting and a little overwhelming if you haven’t properly cleared the way for a fresh beginning. The transition into a new year is a great time to evaluate all the spaces in your life, from personal and professional, and decide what needs to stay and what needs to go.
Starting a new year can feel exciting and a little overwhelming if you haven’t properly cleared the way for a fresh beginning. The transition into a new year is a great time to evaluate all the spaces in your life, from personal and professional, and decide what needs to stay and what needs to go.

1. Take stock of your past and future goals.

Now is a good time to review and reflect on what goals you reached during the last 12 months, and it is an opportune time to set future goals.
Just like when we declutter a space a closet or pantry it’s helpful to take stock of what you have and what you want. Knowing this allows you to make space for the new stuff coming in. Looking back at what you accomplished in the past year and ahead to what you want to tackle in 2022 will allow you to create the space in your schedule and lifestyle to make sure it fits.

2.Start with creating and sticking with one new routine.

Many people want to adopt new routines in the coming year with a focus on exercising more, spending intentional time with friends, or creating a gratitude practice. Starting all these routines at once may sabotage your efforts to establish a clear commitment to one change.
If your resolution is to have better routines, it may be easier to start with one, such as a morning or night routine. Getting in the habit of one and then starting another prevents overwhelm and burnout. When an entire home needs to be organized, we start and finish in one space before moving on to the next to ensure success.

3.Create a donation zone in your home.

Most people want to clear space in their home and aren’t quite sure where to start. Sometimes it’s easier to get rid of stuff incrementally. Dedicating a space in your home to remind you to donate might be the answer.
Make sure you purge your physical and virtual space at the start of the new year.
The key in clearing space is to remove what isn’t serving you in your physical and virtual spaces. Many people save paper because they can’t stand the thought of throwing it away.

4.Repair small things.

Take an inventory of your space and make a list of all the small things around that you’ve been intending to repair but haven’t done yet. For example, the list may include small projects such as a faucet that’s dripping, cracked plaster, and paint touch-ups. Hire a handyman to complete several small things during one visit. By taking proactive measures to repair these things at once, you’ll avoid multiple headaches in the upcoming year.

5. Upgrade the safety features of your home.

The start of a new year is a good time to take inventory of the safety features of your home, like the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
In January, the house will have been closed from the winter months, with the fireplace and furnace working. Consequently, it’s essential that you have both detectors checked. You can purchase a combination unit, containing both types of sensors, at your local hardware store for roughly $50. Purchasing an interconnected system is an even better choice. The system will set off all of the house alarms when any of the units detects a dangerous condition.

5. Create a calm space.

Having a space of your own is important for solitude, collecting your thoughts, and decompressing. Designate a room or space in your home where you can reflect, be silent, and center yourself. Make it your own by designing the room or space using whichever colors bring you peace.
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5 Tips for People Who Hate Cleaning Up After Dinner

5 Tips for People Who Hate Cleaning Up After Dinner

You know what’s almost as bad as facing a dirty kitchen when it’s time to cook dinner? Facing that dirty kitchen after you’ve cooked said dinner. The unfortunate consequence of a making a home-cooked meal is the mess having to clean the pots, the pans, the counters, etc.
Cleaning up after dinner is no fun. Sometimes the allure of “letting stuff soak” turns into a well-deserved night of neglecting the dirty kitchen until you drift off to sleep watching Netflix and barely manage to relocate to the bed when the credits start rolling. 
The problem is, then, you’re going to have to face that dirty kitchen in the morning and that’s not a pleasant way to start the day. It really is best to just get it all done in the same night. Here are a few tips to help.

1. Keep a bowl of warm, soapy water by the sink while you cook

This way, as you’re finished using smaller stuff (utensils and measuring spoons, for example), you can slip them right into the bowl. Doing so will keep the bottom of your sink clear of clutter (more space for you to work and rinse bigger dishes!) and make it easier to clean these items when it’s time.

2. Clean the big stuff first

Chances are, that mountain of dishes only looks giant because a few big pots are taking up a lot of space. Start by washing the biggest things first and you’ll see how much progress you’re making right away. This won’t be so bad. I promise.

3. Set a timer

Cleaning up takes way less time than you think it does. Set a timer for five or 10 minutes and clean what you can before it dings.

4. Don’t be afraid to call in the reinforcements

It’s 2020, which means there are lots of incredibly effective products out there to help you. Kitchen’s Lifestyle Director, Lisa Freedman, recently fell hard for this new Dawn Power wash spray, which really helps to eliminate the need for scrubbing. And plenty of staffers use these Bottle Bright tabs for cookware, too. The point? Some jobs call for a little more than regular ol’ soap and water. Arm yourself with the right tools/cleaners and the tasks will be much easier.

Buy: Dawn Ultra Platinum Power wash Dish Spray Bundle, $9 at Bed Bath & Beyond

5. Remind yourself that waiting only means more work later

Waiting to clean up after dinner doesn’t just put it off until later; doing so actually makes the task harder than it needs to be. When food dries on dirty dishes, counters, and the stove it’ll take longer to clean and require more effort. Do you feel like cleaning right now? No. But will it be more for Future You if you put it off? Yes, certainly.

This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: 5 Tips for People Who Hate Cleaning Up After Dinner