How to Differentiate Between a Hoarder and a Classic Pack Rat and What to Do

hoarder cluttering a kitchenHoarding can be an emotionally devastating disorder. The effects of obsessive hoarding can be hard on the hoarder themselves, and equally as troubling for friends and family. There is a distinct difference between someone who is a pack rat and someone who would constitute a hoarder. Let’s start by providing information you can ponder to see if you or someone you know might be a hoarder, followed by some suggestions for what to do.

Hoarder vs. Pack Rat – Is There Actually any Difference?

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Decorate Your Digs Part 4

We’re back for Part 4 of Decorate Your Digs because we still haven’t yet gotten all the crazy out.
Forget about keeping up with the Joneses, you’re going to be the Wizard of Oz:

14. Skate-park Room

Skate-park Room 1 Skate-park Room 2
Gravity is so yesterday. Show us your tricks!

15. Fire Pit Table

Fire Pit Table
I’m not sure how this thing gets vented, but until you collapse, it looks like fun.

16. Balcony Pool

Balcony Pool
I’m speechless.


Also see “Decorate Your Digs, Part 1” and “Decorate Your Digs, Part 2” and “Decorate Your Digs, Part 3

Decker Properties has other great spaces for you to live in across southeastern Wisconsin. Two hip apartments are on the northeast side, in Shorewood at the Jarvis Street Apartments and in Whitefish Bay, at the Diversey Manor Apartments. Call (262) 785-0840 for an appointment to set up a tour.

Decorate Your Digs Part 3

Toss out that lava lamp! Throw away that picture of dogs playing poker. We’ve got some real decorating ideas for you:

9. Hammock Bed

Hammock Bed
If you’ve already got the swing set table (see Part 1), may as well get the hammock bed. Take 10.

10. See-through Bathtub

See-through Bathtub
There’s something holding the water back here isn’t there? Probably goes well with the glass floor over the open shaft in Part 2.

11. Vertical Herb Garden in Your Kitchen

Vertical Herb Garden

It almost hurts to include something practical, but every once in a while, exceptions must be made.

12. Treehouse Room For Kids

Treehouse Room

Forget the kids, I’m moving in!

13. Pirate Ship Bedroom For Yourself

Pirate Ship Bedroom

OK, the kids can have the treehouse room if I can live in this thing.

Come back next time for more!

Also see “Decorate Your New Digs, Part 1” and “Decorate Your Digs, Part 2

Decker Properties has great spaces for you to live in across southeastern Wisconsin. Two great (and NEW) apartments are in Fond du Lac: City Center Lofts and The Fairways Apartments. Why not set up a tour? Call (262) 785-0840 for an appointment.

Come back next time for more innovative apartment decorating ideas in Part 4.

Decorate Your Digs Part 2

Back again to explore some better than ho-hum decorating ideas. Continuing from Part 1 of Decorating Your Digs:

5. Beach Sand Under Your Work Desk

sandbox under your desksandbox under your desk
Winter got you down? Too cold for the beach or too much work to do? You can still get some sand between your toes if you’re clever.


6. Cat Transit System

cat transit system
cat transit system
Who says that gerbils get to have all the fun? This thing looks like a Habitrail gone mad. But nothing’s too good for Kitty!


7. Glass Floor and an Open Shaft Below Your Bathroom

Glass Floor and an Open Shaft Below Your Bathroom
Here’s one time that getting the shaft might be fun. This should be a big hit for your unsuspecting hung-over house guests.


8. Fusion Dining And Pool Table

Fusion Dining And Pool Table
Fusion Dining And Pool Table

Clear the dishes and rack ‘em up!

With Nine Foot Ceilings (and Cathedral Ceiling in Uppers) perhaps you could fit in some of these ideas into our brand new Catalina Crossing Apartments in Madison.

Come back next time for more innovative apartment decorating ideas in Part 3.

Decorate Your Digs Part 1

Were you expecting normal? If the mundane is your thing, you’ve come to the wrong place. We do out of the box stuff like three car garages at Wilson Heights and Catalina Crossing and walk-in showers at Mayfair Apartments.

Now to go along with that, here’s a few out of the box decorating ideas for when it’s time spruce up your new apartment at Rivercourt Apartments in Milwaukee:

1. Aquarium Bed

Aquarium Bed
Aren’t fish supposed to be soothing? Aren’t you sick of counting sheep? And don’t sheep smell? Consider this aqua bed!

2. Indoor-Outdoor Pool

Indoor-Outdoor Pool
Ok, this one may be a little impractical in our Wisconsin climate, not to mention being a bit of a budget buster. But what if you hit the lottery? You’ve got to be ready for when good fortune smiles your way!

3. Chandelier That Turns Your Room into a Forest

Forest Chandelier
Hey, every day can be Halloween now. Pass the candy corn!

4. Swing Set Table

Swing Set Table
This one puts a whole new twist on hanging out.

Be sure to swing back next time to get a glimpse of some more not so traditional ideas for your crib!
In the meantime, see “Decorating Your New Digs” and “Design Ideas for Small Spaces

Hand Me That Snow Shovel and Be Grateful We Don’t Live in California

Where is Waupon on Wisconsin map? graphicCalifornia was already the land of lefties before the 2018 election, but now Democrats dominate in the Golden State like never before. And what has one party progressive politics brought about?

One third of all people on welfare in the entire USA live in California. California is also home to the more illegal immigrants than any other state and has a bountiful homeless population too.

The public schools stink, sales taxes are high and the state income tax at 13.3% is one of the highest in the country.

Income equality gets Democrats riled up, but they need look no further than California to find it in abundance.

Lately, the billion-dollar boondoggle of high-speed rail to nowhere is the butt of late-night talk show jokes.

Businesses are overburdened with regulation and let’s not even talk about the traffic.

Meanwhile, here at the Mayfair Apartments in Waupun, Wisconsin, you can still afford a wonderful apartment with walk-in showers, 2 car garages and heat included. I apologize for the winter.

Rent Control, Oregon Style

We talked about it being considered, but now rent control is the law of the land in Oregon. In the past, rent control has been limited to certain cities, primarily in New York and California. But for the first time, an entire state has decided to drink this kool-aide.

Rents have been going up fast in Oregon and it’s not hard to understand why. According to the Wall Street Journal, for every 100 new households formed in Oregon, there has been only 63 new housing units built. Rising demand in the face of inadequate supply always results in higher prices.

So why aren’t the builders building more?

Government regulations designed to reduce urban sprawl and preserve land for farms and forests have resulted in sky high land prices and cities with nowhere to go. Take for example Bend Oregon. In 1990, the population was 20,000. Previous state legislation established an urban growth boundary limited to 20,600 acres. Today the population is 95,000 but available land for development is limited to only 24,000 acres. That’s about 75,000 people, nearly four times as many, competing for a 16.5% increase to land area of just 3,400 acres. No wonder prices are going up.

In other words, government regulation created this problem and now the regulators are going to step in to fix it with additional regulation. Rent control always results in decreased supply of new housing. While the ink is hardly dry on this new law, multi-family permits are already down 64% from a 2017 inclusionary zoning policy that forced landlords to rent 8%-15% of their units at below market rates. This new rent control meddling will precipitate further decline.

City of Dallas Texas emblemIn the meantime, places like Dallas, Texas are surprisingly affordable and while Dallas has also enjoyed rapid household growth, housing cost have not sky rocketed, for one simple reason: In Dallas, the government will let you build.

If you want to stay in southeastern Wisconsin, we have just the right apartment for you, and affordable too! Where do you want to call home? Fox Lake? Hartford? Milwaukee? Racine? Decker apartments in all of these cities, and many places in between, all the way out to a brand new apartment complex in Madison. Give us a call, we’re right next door.


Also see “Insanity in Seattle – An Update”

Oregon Gone Mad on Rent Control

rent control b&wOregon is poised to become the first state to enact rent control state wide. Frustrated with increasing rents, officials believe something must be done.

Never mind that rent control is a bad idea that even lefty economists like Paul Krugman condemn. The problem is, rent control results in diminished supply of new rental units and accelerated deterioration of existing rental housing stock because landlords can’t afford to maintain their properties and why should they? The resulting imbalance of diminished supply to ever increasing demand means that tenants are clamoring to live in poorly maintained junk.

Ironically, exploring the causes of high rent points us right back to government. Government regulation of housing and building codes makes it more difficult and more expensive to supply the market, resulting in higher cost of construction and fewer apartments being built. Higher rents result.

One of the leading proponents of rent control in Oregon is Margot Black of Portland Tenants United. She has this to say about landlords: “Homegrown Oregonians tend to be white and racist…I think the faster they can get out of the landlord business, the better.”

Before anyone reacts to the idea that passing judgment on an entire group of people is itself racist, I want to assure you that as a white landlord, we are all in fact the same! You can generalize about all of us based upon the experience you had with any one of us, particularly if that experience was a bad one.

Rent control will be a disaster for Oregon tenants, but I’m sure Margot Black will get her wish as plenty of Oregon landlords of all stripes abandon the market.

Also see “Insanity in Seattle – An Update”

Decorating Your New Digs

little chute skyview apartments exterior 300x225 - Decorating Your New DigsDon’t be flustered about where to put the lava lamp. The key to decorating success is to start with a great apartment.

Hey, you’ve got some nice stuff, why put it all in some dump? That’s why you should be calling the Skyview Apartments home. We’ve got everything you need and it’s all like brand new. Spacious room sizes, heat included and available garages because you’ve got a nice car too. And all at a price that won’t break the bank.

I was going to blather on at further length, but why not let the pictures do the talking?
Click here for the full photo line up.

The picture of dogs playing poker is never going to look right in a living room with 70s shag carpet, so come to Skyview today!

See also “Decorate Your Digs Part 1” and “How to Dress Up Your Floors” and “Design Ideas for Small Spaces

How to Dress Up Your Floors

red carpetThe other day, I was reading about tricks and tips for dressing up your floors without spending a lot. Good luck with that!

Why put perfume on a pig? Don’t you walk barefoot on those floors? Isn’t the flooring one of the most eye-catching elements of your home?

If your floors look like they are in need of a retread, check out Catalina Crossing Apartments where everything is new, including the floor, and the name too.

The standard around here is new construction. Even in our older properties like Washington Heights Apartments in Horicon, we know what you want and what you deserve. And we deliver.

Come see one of our beautiful new units today!

Also read “Decorating Your New Digs