HOUSEHOLD GUIDE: Moving Tips

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

So my time in Texas has officially come to a close. I will be back in August but it is time for me to (once again) pack my bags and move back for summer semester at the University of Cincinnati. Coming from a girl who has moved from 7 different apartments in 3 different cities in 4 years, I have come to gain quite a bit of knowledge on moving and packing. Here are a few of the moving tips I have learned over these past 4 years.

staying organized is CRUCIAL, people! Organization is definitely an acquired skill and is very important in moving. So if you are not the organizing type... find a good friend who is. Labeling everything really helps. If you know the place an item starts at in the move you will know where it is going to end up!

staying organized is CRUCIAL, people! Organization is definitely an acquired skill and is very important in moving. So if you are not the organizing type… find a good friend who is. Labeling everything really helps. If you know the place an item starts at in the move you will know where it is going to end up!

this sounds a little crazy and paranoid but trust me its not! Document everything from the lease contracts and important phone numbers all the way down to how many boxes you have! If you are renting a place you will definitely want to photo document the apartment your are moving in to before you move your things in and keep them in a safe place for when you move out!

this sounds a little crazy and paranoid but trust me its not! Document everything from the lease contracts and important phone numbers all the way down to how many boxes you have! If you are renting a place you will definitely want to photo document the apartment your are moving in to before you move your things in and keep them in a safe place for when you move out!

Research all kinds of things! From the neighborhood to the best place to order delivery pizza from (its a tradition the first night I spend in a new place you have delivery pizza!) Also, it definitely wouldn't hurt to look up deals on groupon and local sites for carpet cleaning and hired mover deals!

Research all kinds of things! From the neighborhood to the best place to order delivery pizza from (its a tradition the first night I spend in a new place you have delivery pizza!) Also, it definitely wouldn’t hurt to look up deals on groupon and local sites for carpet cleaning and hired mover deals!

Moving is a stressful time... VERY stressful time. Know when you are getting overwhelmed and ask for help! Also, know when you should hire someone versus doing it yourself!

Moving is a stressful time… VERY stressful time. Know when you are getting overwhelmed and ask for help! Also, know when you should hire someone versus doing it yourself!

This is important for your sanity! Never wait until the last minute to pack boxes because they will end up a mess! There will ALWAYS be last minute errands to run and something will go wrong! So make sure you have enough time to deal with it and don't over extend yourself and your time during this stressful period!

This is important for your sanity! Never wait until the last minute to pack boxes because they will end up a mess! There will ALWAYS be last minute errands to run and something will go wrong! So make sure you have enough time to deal with it and don’t over extend yourself and your time during this stressful period!

SHOPPING TRIP: Ikea

So every recent graduate or young professional loves a little Ikea action. Its a great place to go to get inexpensive furniture and still feel like you have a stylish apartment. I wouldn’t recommend getting EVERYTHING at Ikea because then your place will look a little generic, but a few key items never hurt anyone! This week we went to Ikea to get a few key items for my boyfriends (barely decorated) house, and trust me… just a few things made a difference! Here is what we got…

LAPPLJUNG RUTA RUG. Its a low pile rug with a bold print! I have been obsessed with this rug since it came out in the Ikea catalogue!

LAPPLJUNG RUTA RUG. Its a low pile rug with a bold print! I have been obsessed with this rug since it came out in the Ikea catalogue!

ASKHOLMEN outdoor suite in gray-brown. Its the perfect little set for a patio. All the grilling and great weather for this summer you will definitely put this to good use!

ASKHOLMEN outdoor suite in gray-brown. Its the perfect little set for a patio. All the grilling and great weather for this summer you will definitely put this to good use!

 

INGOLF bar stool with backrest. Perfect for any type of bar or countertop space in a very neutral color.

INGOLF bar stool with backrest. Perfect for any type of bar or countertop space in a very neutral color.

STAVE MIRROR. The BEST full length mirror I have had! Love Love Love.

STAVE MIRROR. The BEST full length mirror I have had! Love Love Love.

 

Now if you are really unsure about Ikea and how generic it can be (trust me thats how I feel at times) you might want to check out IKEA HACKERS (www.IKEAHACKERS.net) Its this amazing website that takes Ikea items and shows how people have taken the parts and created something really unique for their space!

 

 

 

REINCARNATION: Gold Plated

Who doesn’t love a little something trimmed in gold? Here are a few of my few favorite home inspirations with a touch of gold!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

And here are a few of my favorite items to give your home a little gold shine!…

I am OBSESSED with this hand gold leafed chevron-inspired tray is only $98 from Up In The Air Somewhere’s Etsy shop

I am OBSESSED with this hand gold leafed chevron-inspired tray is only $98 from Up In The Air Somewhere’s Etsy shop

Perfect for a kitchen window... this set of three gold painted mason jars is only  $18 from Beach Blue’s Etsy shop

Perfect for a kitchen window… this set of three gold painted mason jars is only $18 from Beach Blue’s Etsy shop

For a gold touch during the holidays or any occasion calling for a beautiful tablescape here is the Caroline Dinnerware in Gold on sale at Pottery Barn from $72-$279

For a gold touch during the holidays or any occasion calling for a beautiful tablescape here is the Caroline Dinnerware in Gold on sale at Pottery Barn from $72-$279

How cute for a bedside! This is the Gold Modern Light Clip from Land of The Nod for $59

How cute for a bedside! This is the Gold Modern Light Clip from Land of The Nod for $59

and you definitely can't forget about my favorite thing of all.. Monograms. Try these amazing Metallic Monograms for $50 from Rogue & Co's Etsy shop!

and you definitely can’t forget about my favorite thing of all.. Monograms. Try these amazing Metallic Monograms for $50 from Rogue & Co’s Etsy shop!

 

PRAY FOR BOSTON.

Of course we have all heard or seen the news stories about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. A horrible tragedy that really shakes you to the core… makes you think about life in a whole new way. Four years ago on Monday I watched my brother run the Boston Marathon. I was at the top of Heart Break hill on BC’s campus cheering him on with all of his friends and my parents and cousin were in Copley Square waiting for his finish right were the bombs went off. I can’t imagine training for and finishing a marathon and then losing your legs or your life… I think that is pain I won’t ever comprehend.

my brother at the top of Heart Break hill

my brother at the top of Heart Break hill

Last night my brother sent me a link where I could donate to the help with medical bills and rehab for two BC alums whose legs were severely injured in the bombing. I thought I would pass along this information in this post in case any of my followers felt so compelled…

click the image above to take you to the donation page

click the image above to take you to the donation page

REINCARNATION: Anthropologie Tablewares

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

So I, like everyone else in the world, am OBSESSED with Anthropologie tableware. Over the years I have slowly purchased bowls, plates, and mugs from Anthropolgie from their glorious sale shelves. My theory is that if I slowly collect them, my kitchen will one day be nothing but mixed matched and beautiful Anthropolgie tableware. I have recently wanted to speed up this process so I have tried to find less expensive but just as unique routes for tableware! One of the greatest places to look is ETSY! There are TONS of ceramic and pottery shops that have inexpensive, unique, and beautiful pieces! Another option is to look at department store websites… and buy cool plates or unique mugs as singles and not as place settings so you still get that mixed match Anthropologie feel! Here are a few of my favorites for you to check out!…

This is a beautiful bowl by Owl Creek Ceramics’ Etsy shop! Only $15 plus shipping… and they come in a million different colors

This is a beautiful bowl by Owl Creek Ceramics’ Etsy shop! Only $15 plus shipping… and they come in a million different colors

These plates are from another Etsy shop, Back Bay Pottery, and are $19.95 each! Love these for serving!

These plates are from another Etsy shop, Back Bay Pottery, and are $19.95 each! Love these for serving!

I love this plate from Villeroy & Boch Dinnerware, Lina Collection at Macy’s on sale right now for $13.95

I love this plate from Villeroy & Boch Dinnerware, Lina Collection at Macy’s on sale right now for $13.95

If you're looking for an Anthropologie-esque floral here is one from the Lenox Dinnerware Floral Fusion Aqua Collection at Macy's for only $12.95

If you’re looking for an Anthropologie-esque floral here is one from the Lenox Dinnerware Floral Fusion Aqua Collection at Macy’s for only $12.95

While I am still collecting I like to supplement my unique dinnerware with some bright colored basics like these turquoise settings from Fiesta Ware at Macy's (on sale right now for $29.99 a place setting!)

While I am still collecting I like to supplement my unique dinnerware with some bright colored basics like these turquoise settings from Fiesta Ware at Macy’s (on sale right now for $29.99 a place setting!)