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New Home? 5 Must-Haves Once You’ve Unpacked

5 Jun

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Are you moving soon, or maybe just recently moved?  The pandemic kicked off a housing boom, between the flexibility of working from home, low interest rates and/or people just looking for a change of scenery after being cooped up for a year. With everything else involved in moving, here are five must-haves you don’t want to forget.

1. New Stampers / Addressing

Love My State Self Inking Stamper

This is the perfect time to order new address stampers and labels.  You can choose from a variety of styles and ink colors – maybe something that matches your color scheme or a subtle nod to your state/locale.  This not only makes sending mail easier, but it lets people know your new address as well.

2.  Welcome Mat

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Now that boxes are unpacked, you definitely want to get a cheerful welcome mat.  You can get something traditional or have fun with seasonal welcome mats that you can switch out.  You can also try the latest trend of layering a rug and a welcome mat for a fun and inviting front door.  For some mat layering inspo, we love the ideas on this blog.

3.  Plants

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Whether you’re adding a few plants by a sunny window or some bigger plants to anchor a room, plants add warmth indoors.  They also can have health benefits as they contribute to cleaner, healthier air we breath which can benefit your well-being and sense of calm. When choosing the type of plants, make sure to keep in mind how much sunlight (direct and/or indirect) they need and how often they need to be watered. If you’ve got a busy active lifestyle, here are some suggestions for low maintenance plants.

4.  Moving Cards

Moving cards

Now that you are officially settled in, it’s the perfect time to send moving cards to your family and friends.  You can let them know your new address, new phone numbers (if they’ve changed) and any other important information.  These also make is easier for your friends and family to update your address on their contacts.

5.  New Luggage Tags

Pink Navy and Lime Chevron Luggage Tags

Before you book your next vacation, you’ll need to update your luggage tags with your new address.  Order new luggage tags as soon as you’re done unpacking so you don’t forget once you’re planning your trip.  You can even add updated personalized luggage tags to your kids backpacks, gym bags and camp bags.

Happy New Home!

xo,

Jennifer

 

Bought a New Home? 7 Great Packing Tips

5 Feb

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7 Great Packing Tips

Recently the housing market has been HOT!  With low interest rates, it seems like everyone is moving right now.  Buying a new home can be exciting, but it’s also overwhelming and stressful. We found 7 tips from moving.com to help you prepare for your move!

Packing Tip #1:

Don’t procrastinate. This seems simple enough, but getting started can be difficult. A few weeks prior to your move, start packing several boxes a day. Begin with items that are least essential to your daily life. If you pace yourself, you will be more organized and the job won’t be so overwhelming. Make packing easier by not waiting to get started.

Packing Tip #2:

Pack room-by-room. Focus on one area of a room at a time and don’t mix items from different rooms in one box. To prevent miniature knick-knacks and small items from being lost or mistakenly thrown out with the packing paper, wrap them in brightly-colored tissue paper.

Packing Tip #3:

Label clearly. On the top and side of each box, write a general description of the contents and the room name. Use different colored markers for each room, which will provide additional clarity for you and your movers.

Packing Tip #4:

Stay clean. Regular newspaper may bleed ink onto your possessions. Use white packing paper to wrap all items.

Packing Tip #5:

Use boxes designed for moving. Boxes obtained from grocery or liquor stores are not always clean and might not hold the weight of the items that you will be putting in them. In addition, varying box sizes can make loading more difficult.

Packing Tip #6:

Know what you can’t pack. Some common household items can’t be shipped because they are hazardous. Don’t wind up on the wrong side of the law.

Packing Tip #7:

Don’t box up everything. You should personally transport heirlooms, important papers, legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), and valuables. Make packing easier by decided what doesn’t need to be packed.

Of course, once you settle in, make sure you let your friends and family know your new address.  While we can’t help you move (sorry … we have plans that day!), we can help you with moving cards and moving announcements, personalized stampers, and address labels.  Congrats on your new home!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Housewarming Gifts for Starter Homes and Apartments

6 May

Housewarming Gift TipsIf you have a friend or relative moving into a new starter home or small apartment, it’s customary to bring a special gift to celebrate their new move. A very nice well thought out housewarming gift can certainly help them turn a house into a home.

What are some of the best tips to picking that perfect housewarming gift?  Remember to keep in mind the type of space they are moving into and also what type of person they are in terms of what they like, their style and their hobbies.   If they are moving to a small apartment or small new home, or a retired individual moving into an independent living facility, they will likely be short on space. Someone moving to a small place needs small essentials that will be of use and not take up extra space.

Below are Ideas for Gift Ideas For Smaller Apartments, Starter Homes, Dorm Rooms, Independent Living Apartments or Retirement Homes.

Little gift ideas – literally – are the way to go for the new home owner in a smaller space.  Square footage is at a premium but that should not stop you from finding something special as a gift.  Remember, it might be small, but it’s still a new space and they are still celebrating their next phase in life.  Giving a gift they can use that is both compact, functional and needed is the key here.

If they are just starting out in life, their needs and likes might be different than someone moving into an independent living location who already generally has a big collection of things.  But, regardless, just keep in mind the person and what you think would be of best use for them.  Some smaller in size gift ideas along this line include:

  • a new pretty doormat
  • a wind chime
  • a really nice wine bottle opener (with a nice bottle of wine with it!)
  • a gift card for a nearby restaurant
  • a personalized self-inking stamper with their new address
  • a nice set of personalized address labels (since they’ve just moved they’ll need them!)
  • printed luggage tags featuring their new contact information
  • a nice box of stationery with their new address printed on the envelopes
  • a pretty set of new notepads or post-its to keep in the kitchen or bedroom for quick notes or reminders or lists
  • a pretty little vase with some flowers in it
  • a small houseplant (if they are someone with a green thumb)
  • a gorgeous little candy dish and some candy
  • quality personalized guest towels for a powder room
  • personalized playing cards, a nice splurge-type idea for older people who love bridge and other card games

Bigger ticket gift ideas (but still small in size) for someone you know very well, such as for your adult-child moving into a new home or your parent moving into a retirement location, are suggested below.  For some of these type of gifts, talk to the recipient(s) and be sure that they would like (or need) the gift item before you invest. If they do, sometimes it’s nice to go shopping with them and let them help you pick them out. Some of these gift ideas include:

  • a new vacuum cleaner
  • a dust buster
  • a new set of everyday dishes
  • bathroom accessories such as a new shower curtain, garbage can, tissue box, and soap dispenser
  • a new set of pots and pans
  • a slow cooker
  • a toaster oven
  • a new TV for their bedroom or kitchen
  • a new comforter set
  • a grill for their patio
  • a crystal vase with fresh flowers
  • a cleaning service to help them get the home ready for move-in day
  • sending over a painting crew or helping them paint their new space
  • an outdoor planter filled with flowers to put by their front door, in backyard, or on a balcony
  • a great set of quality wooden hangers for guest’s coats to be used in their front hall closet

Gifting Rest & Relaxation 

It can be stressful moving into a new home and giving the gift of Rest & Relaxation can certainly be appreciated.  If you think the new homeowner can use a little break, consider a gift that will provide a bit of calmness and serenity.   These sort of gift ideas might include:

  • beautiful candles
  • aromatherapy items with essential oils
  • a gift certificate for a massage at a nice spa
  • a gift certificate for a mani and pedi at a spa they like
  • a gift certificate to a movie
  • gift cards for a dinner at a nearby restaurant
  • yoga mat
  • bath pillow, sea salts, nice bath gels or soaps and lotions

The gift of your time and help can also be something very helpful such as helping them unpack their boxes, lining their kitchen drawers for them and setting up their kitchen, and/or help watching their children (if they have them) during move in day.

Few things are more exciting than moving into a new home!  Starter homes and apartments are milestones and can be a very special step in an individual’s life.  Make sure you let them know you are there to help, love and support them throughout the process and celebrate this milestone with your time and special housewarming gifts.