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That’s right; Ken and I have officially moved into our house. After a year and a half of mold remediation, demo, construction and drywall dust, we’re now entering the home stretch of our renovation.

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Let’s all pause for a moment of silence, shall we?

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Good. Now it’s time to get to work! I’m surrounded by boxes as I write this, and although it feels a bit overwhelming, it’s also a beautiful thing. We’re thrilled to move into the next phase of home-ownership: decorating! I’m swimming with ideas.

But first –  the move. To be honest, we were pretty lucky and things progressed without a hitch — although the rainy weather certainly didn’t aid the process.

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Our family was sweet enough to spend the day helping us move to and from the storage unit, and it was all very much like Christmas morning re-discovering some of the items we’ve been storing for the past two years! (Can you spot the crutches? Must keep those around when you have a renovation-loving husband!)

All in all, we had a lovely time devouring pizza, dodging thunderstorms and sweating our Saturday with some good tunes, family and friends. I have some tips below if you’re planning a move of your own, and I’ll meet you back here next Wednesday for a sneak peek of our work-in-progress office!

Moving Tips (Alternately Titled: How To Stay Sane Amidst The Cardboard)
1. Organize your boxes by function, not room. I like to label my boxes by verbs rather than noun, so I can find everything, yet still be prepared for a space where the layout/storage calls for a different room function.
Example: A box of china can be labeled ‘fine dining’ rather than ‘dining room,’ just in case the space you’re moving into doesn’t have a dining room. This way,  you’re not stuck opening the box on the spot to find a new space for storing the goods.
2. Consider a master list. Because I’m a bit of an organizational fanatic, I kept a master list of items of nearly everything in each box. Yes, it requires more time when packing, but it makes unpacking a breeze. Bonus? Your master list acts as an inventory for everything in your home, which is always a valuable document to have in the future.
Example: A box of china is labeled ‘fine dining’ on the box itself, and then itemized on a separate master list, i.e. “candlesticks, Grandmother’s platter, vintage tablecloth, silver flatware.”
3. Pack in small boxes. It’s always tempting to cram as much as you can into a giant box, but small, manageable boxes are much easier to move. Bonus? They’re often free at local office supply stores.
4. Take your time. Moving is a marathon, so allow plenty of time for unpacking/packing and be sure to celebrate the transition along the way. I highly recommend chocolate!

Happy moving, friends!

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