Tips for settling in to a new place

It can be difficult unpacking and settling into your new home, Olive wanted to share a few tips she’s learned recently:

• Don’t procrastinate – make a goal to unpack a box or two a day. If you pace yourself, it’ll be easier to organize and it won’t be so overwhelming.
• Pack an overnight bag for your first night – pack all of your essentials in one box that will include things you will need for your first night/day in a new place, including toothpaste, toothbrush, phone charger, medications, hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, etc.
• When unpacking, start with your bed – get your bed set up first, that way after a long day of moving/unpacking, you can go straight to sleep.
• Anticipate future needs – go ahead and line your cabinets and drawers with shelf paper before unpacking.
• Kitchen – unpack your kitchen essentials first, start with your plates, cups and silverware and you can move onto the bigger items later.
• Make the space your own – hang pictures and place family photos around the house to make it feel more like home.

Olive’s Campaign – Charity Spotlight


This year we are working to collect a variety of items for two local charities. Last week we shared some information about the Ronald McDonald House Charity. This week we’d like to provide some information about PETSinc.


PETSinc is a non-profit, no-kill pet rescue and adoption organization that has been serving the Midlands since 1991. They work to re-home abandoned, abused, distressed and stray animals. Since they’ve opened, they’ve been able to expand their services and offer a low-cost Neuter Scooter Vet Clinic which provides services for emergency rescues and spaying and neutering surgeries. They’ve also been able to increase their scopes of services and provide additional veterinary care such as dental services, skin treatments and preventative care.

There are several ways to help PETSinc, including volunteering, shopping at their Thrift Avenue thrift store, fostering animals, providing donations or providing supplies via their wish list. We have decided to collect some items off of their wish list this year.

If you’d like to read more about PETSinc, please check out their website here.

Here is their complete wish list.

Please check out the list of items we are collecting for both Ronald McDonald Hosue and PETSinc here.

Olive’s Campaign – Charity Spotlight



This past year, we’ve been working to collect donations for two local charities here in Columbia. Olive and I wanted to take some time and provide some information on each charity we are helping. This week we’ll be sharing information about the Ronald McDonald House Charity.


The Ronald McDonald House Charity has been around since 1974 and their focus is to help families with sick children and provide them with comfort and support. Here in Columbia, our local Ronald McDonald House Charity provides two main services: the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

The Ronald McDonald House has sixteen bedrooms so they can provide a comfortable environment where families can rest, enjoy home-cooked meals, relax, access laundry facilities and receive a network of support so they can focus on helping their children.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room provides an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the hospital corridors and crowded waiting rooms. The Family Room is located within the Prisma Children’s Hospital and offers refreshments, craft time, internet access and the help from their volunteers.

There are several ways that we can help the Ronald McDonald House Charities, you can donate your money, your time, or even help by cooking or catering dinner for the families. We’ve decided to collect some items from their wish list this year along with collecting pop tabs for them.

If you’d like to read more about the Ronald McDonald House Charities, please check out our local chapter’s website. Here is their complete wish list.

Please check out the list of items we are collecting for both Ronald McDonald House and PETSinc here.

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Olive’s Campaign 2019

Olive is enjoying her summer and staying cool in the office. Thank you to all who have contributed so far bringing items for Ronald McDonald House and PETSinc. We will continue to collect items until the end of this year. For every item you bring in, you’ll get a raffle ticket for a change to win a gift card to the movies and snacks to bring along!

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You can see the complete list of items we are collecting here: Ronald McDonald House & PETSinc info

Happy Red Nose Day!

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Happy Red Nose Day from CPM!

Are you wondering what Red Nose Day is? It’s a campaign with a mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated. They’ve been around since 2015 and have already raised over $150 million! They decided to use the red nose because it’s a great way to create connections and it encourages people to come together, share a laugh and it gives the world something to smile about. Want to know where can you find your red nose? Check your local Walgreens! Also, NBC will be airing a special fundraiser tonight at 8PM!

Please take a moment to read more about this cause on their website:


Olive’s New Campaign

Olive is excited to announce that CPM will be working to collect items for both Ronald McDonald House and PETSinc this year!

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Ronald McDonald House supports children and their families that are traveling to Columbia for medical care. They provide guest families with a place to stay and all of the comforts of home, so they can focus on the health of their child.

PETSinc assists the greater Columbia area with rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming unwanted and homeless dogs and cats. They provide medical, nutritional and rehabilitation services to ensure successful life-long adoptions.

For every item you bring in, we’ll give you a raffle ticket and at the end of every quarter, we’ll select a winner!

The first prize will be drawn July 3rd for a WalMart gift card!

Here are all of the items we’re collecting:

  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bags (30 gallon or tall)
  • Liquid bleach
  • Soaps/detergents: hand, laundry, dish
  • Clorox wipes
  • Lysol spray
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Batteries (AA or AAA)
  • Dog & cat toys
  • Dog & cat treats
  • Collars, leashes & harnesses
  • Disposable plates, bowls, cups, silverware and tablecloths
  • Recycled plastic grocery bags & newspapers
  • Pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House

We are excited to start Olive’s new campaign this year and look forward to making a difference with PETSinc and Ronald McDonald House!

Vendor Appreciation Party


We had a great time celebrating our vendors today! We had a drop-in throughout the day featuring Jimmy John’s, Chick-fil-A, chips & lots of homemade desserts!

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our wonderful vendors!

Olive & the team at CPM are very thankful for each and every one of our vendors! We had a great time today visiting with them!



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Epworth Children’s Home


This winter we collected items for the Epworth Children’s Home. Epworth Children’s Home provides group residential care for children and youth from all of South Carolina. They provide childcare, counseling, and related services to families and children. Epworth keeps a close eye on their resident’s needs as they change with the growth of each person.


Thanks to the donations provided by our tenants, vendors and staff members, we were able to make a donation this week! We collected towels, sheets, hand & bath soaps and school supplies. Olive had a lot of fun visiting Epworth campus and meeting some new friends!


Stay tuned as we are working on selecting new charities for 2019!

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Preparing for Cold Weather

Olive is staying warm this winter, and she wants to make sure you are prepared too!


As we are expecting freezing temperatures this winter we wanted to provide you with some tips on how to protect your property from frozen/burst pipes:

* Allow hot and cold faucets to drip during extreme cold weather as this can help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. You may want to open cabinets doors to the kitchen or bathroom sinks if the sink backs up to an outside wall.

* If you open a faucet and no water comes out, this is a sign that your pipes are frozen and you will need to contact the office at (803)931-0044 for more information.

*Disconnect any garden hoses from the hose bib on any exterior spigots and allow these spigots to drip or use the inexpensive covers from a hardware store or home improvement store.

*SCE&G suggests setting your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter months as your heating systems will run more efficiently at this setting.

*If you will be away from your property for an extended period of time during the winter months, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save some on the heating bill but leaves the property susceptible to frozen pipes and heating system complications.

We also wanted to provide you with some tips to help prevent break-ins: 

* Don’t post your travel plans on social media.

* Make sure your doors and windows are locked and secure.

*Set your alarm if you have one.

*Have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail, packages and newspapers. If you are leaving for an extended time, contact the Post Office to put your mail on hold.

*Leave a light on, or have a lamp set on a timer so it seems like someone is home.

*Safeguard your valuables, don’t leave important things out in the open.

*Make sure your renter’s insurance is up-to-date in case something does happen.

If you do experience a break-in, please first notify the police, then call the office phone or emergency phone after hours so we can assist in securing your property.


We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season! 

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Goodbye! Farewell! So Long! Cheerio!

Over the past week we’ve had to say goodbye to two great employees, Danielle & Sarah.


Danielle has left the rental business and moved over into the insurance field while Sarah is starting a new semester at USC! They will both greatly be missed!

Here are some of our photos from the going away party:

We wish both Danielle & Sarah the best of luck in the future!!

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