Making Smart Use of Shared Spaces in Your Apartment

Although every new Arcadia Run apartment comes with plenty of storage space, it can be a challenge to stay organized, or deciding how to divide space up between roommates. There are some simple solutions for keeping your apartment home in tiptop shape that can make living with your roommates even easier! Take a look at these tips for shared spaces to keep your apartment living easy:

Clear bins: If you use bins to store things in your closets, opt for clear bins so that you can always find what you are looking for. We are all guilty of having things in storage and completely forgetting what is in all of the different boxes and bins.

Shower territory: The bathroom is a very important place to keep clean and organized, especially if you share one with roommates! In the shower, assign locations for each person’s products and shower accessories. There is nothing worse than mixing up products or someone moving your stuff around! If there isn’t enough shelf room in the shower for everything, invest in a hanging shower caddie.

Parking: In many apartment communities, there is assigned and/or limited parking for each apartment home. Luckily, here at Arcadia Run, we have an open parking policy so there is no fighting over the best (or only) spot designated to your apartment!

Food storage: This kind of shared space varies among roommates, but it’s a good idea to discuss it with your roommate. If you want to share certain items, keep them in a designated area and then divvy up the rest of the space between roommates. This can go for the fridge, pantry and even cabinets!

Pets in the apartment: If you have pets in your apartment home, make sure you are courteous and aware of where you keep pet supplies in the apartment. Discuss with your roommate where they are comfortable keeping a pet bed, food and water bowls, toys, etc., and try to keep these items organized if they are in common areas.

Wall space & decor: Don’t decorate the common areas of your apartment without agreeing on something with everyone. It can be uncomfortable living in a space where you don’t feel like it is truly yours!

Among all of these other things, communication is key about sharing spaces in your new apartment home at Arcadia Run! Check out even more tips and tricks for apartment living on our blog, and visit for more information on renting at Arcadia Run!


Ways to Celebrate Virginia Wine Month at Arcadia Run

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October is such a fun month, with fall in full swing and Halloween just around the corner. However, it is also Virginia Wine Month! Virginia has many vineyards and produces some of the best wine in the country not far from our historic city of Manassas. Check out some ideas below for how to celebrate Virginia Wine Month here at Arcadia Run!

Wine Wednesday at Arcadia Run

Don’t have time to drive to different wineries in Virginia? No worries! We host Wine Wednesday’s at our beautiful clubhouse right here at Arcadia Run every other week. Sample different wines from around the region, brush up on your wine knowledge, and get to know your fellow neighbors! Even better news: Wine Wednesday is this week! Grab a friend and head to the clubhouse from 6pm-8pm and start celebrating Virginia Wine Month.

Host Your Own Wine Night

One of the best ways to celebrate Virginia Wine Month is to host your own wine night! Our spacious apartments are perfect for gatherings with friends and family. Invite a few of your friends over and have everyone bring a different bottle of local Virginia wine. This way, you’ll be able to sample a variety of Virginia wines and even some that you might not have picked out yourself!

Friends at the Fire Pit

These cool autumn nights are perfect to spend at the fire pits at Arcadia Run. Cozy up with a blanket and a bottle of wine in front of the fire to celebrate Virginia Wine Month. Chat with people around the fire, and maybe even get recommendations about different types of wine to try.


If you’re looking to get out and experience Virginia Wine Month, there are plenty of events and activities going on around the area! Check out the official Virginia Wine Month list of events and see which ones pique your interest. Many wineries are offering specials when you purchase wine, food specials, and even live music! Make sure to tag any pictures using #OctVAWineMonth to get featured by Virginia Wine!

For more information about our wonderful apartment homes and amenities at Arcadia Run, visit us online.


Things to Remember When Moving Into An Apartment With Your Significant Other

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If you are moving into your new apartment home at Arcadia Run with your significant other and have not lived with them previously, it will be an adjustment. Below, we have listed all of the things you should remember when moving in with your significant other for the first time!

It’s okay to have your own things: If you are merging all of your belongings together and are protective of certain things, let your partner know! Doing this will ensure that next time you reach for your favorite coffee mug, hopefully it will be right where you left it.

Get to know each other’s pet peeves: When you discover something your partner does at home that you are not used to, don’t get upset or annoyed over it. Have a conversation with them and let them know what is on your mind. If you fold towels different ways, agree on a certain way together that will make you both satisfied.

Maintain some independence: Just because you live together, doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking moment with each other! Remember to maintain relationships with your own friends and create a balance in your life. Make a point to do things on your own once a week so you don’t spend an unhealthy amount of time together.

Set a budget: Since you now share an apartment, you are going to have to manage your money together so that you still have funds to do things, like go see a concert at Jiffy Lube Live! Sit down and sort out a weekly budget that you can stick to together and make sure to factor in rent, food, shopping, travel, etc.

Make compromises: You are going to have to make compromises now that it’s not just you living in your home. You will probably have to compromise on apartment décor, a TV schedule, candle scents, closet space, and many other things. Communication is key, so make sure that both of you talk about what you want and need.

Try not to sweat the small stuff: There may be times where you get into small disagreements, but that is okay, it’s bound to happen! If someone leaves dishes in the sink overnight, it’s not worth fighting over! Don’t let it get you down and don’t hold a grudge about small things that are easily resolved.

A living situation with any new roommate can be a learning experience, especially if it’s with your significant other! Don’t forget to enjoy it, and take advantage of everything here at Arcadia Run in Manassas, VA together!