Settling-in After Your Move

Three Ways to Survive the Holiday Hosting Season

 

Christmas is only 19 days away! Sorry if that gave anybody a mini panic attack but it’s a fact! The past year has flown by, hasn’t it? Once Thanksgiving hits, the rest of the season’s holidays rush in right behind it. Spending time with family and friends, celebrating and catching up is always wonderful. If you have moved, recently, this year might be especially meaningful because your friends and family may be coming to visit and see your new home. Of course, you want to show it off in the best light.

Four Ways to Show Off Your New City

 

One of my favorite parts about moving is exploring a new city and getting acquainted with your new surroundings. You don’t need to move far for this benefit either! In fact, my new home is a measly 7.3 miles from my old apartment 4 ways to show off your new cityand yet, I feel like I’m in a completely new place! I spend a lot of time exploring my city – by bike, by foot, and by car – because you notice different things depending on how you’re getting around. Now, I’ve been living in Florida for a few years so my family has come to visit in the past, but this weekend will be the first time they’ve been here since moving into the house so naturally I am excited to show them around and introduce them to the new places and things that I’ve discovered since their last trip. With the holiday season upon us, I’m sure that many of you are getting ready to host visitors as well and if you’re in a new city (or a new zip code within your same city), you’ll want to show off your new digs, right? So how do you best plan for visitors in your new home?

Three Things Guests Notice When They Visit Your Home

 

My favorite part of moving comes after I’ve already settled into my new home. I absolutely love having my friends guest roomvisit and hosting in general. This will be my first holiday season in my new house and I am thrilled to be hosting an early Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, but we all go a little crazy when we’re expecting house guests, don’t we? I know I do. I spend hours scrubbing the house from head to toe, organizing bookcases, and fluffing couch cushions. If somebody is staying for more than a few days, I’ll deep clean the refrigerator and stock the guest room and bathroom with all the necessities from fresh linens (of course) to new hand soap and toiletries. I love to play hostess and it’s important to me that my friends are as comfortable and at home as possible. But apparently, some of the things we worry about don’t even cross our guests’ minds. What do people really notice when they visit your home?

Three Rooms to Keep Organized At Home

 

 

Over the weekend I spent a lot of time reorganizing and sprucing up my home. It’s been two months since my fiancé wine-rack-for-towelsand I moved into our new house but there is still a ton of work to be done in terms of decorating and finding the right flow for the space. I’ve moved several times over the last ten years and I’ve found that while I love my entire home to be organized, the three rooms that matter most (in my opinion) are the kitchen, the bathroom, and the garage.

3 Tips to Stay Sane While Settling In

 

 

Stay sane while settling inAnd in the blink of an eye, summer is ending. Summer’s end means a lot of things, but in the household moving industry, it means a sigh of relief. The busiest time of year has yet again come to a close and while moving companies may be catching their breath, those of you who just moved may be feeling the opposite as it can be overwhelming to settle in to a new home after a move. Homes in transition have a tendency to drive people a little bit crazy but it’s really important to take care of yourself and your family so that your new house can truly start to feel like home. So, how can you keep calm and settle on after a move?

How to Celebrate the Fourth of July in a New City

 

 

July 4th is right around the corner and, if you are anything like us, you are ready to celebrate!

How to Find a July 4th Event

 

But, what do you do if you are new in town? Summer is the busy moving season and that means a lot of families across the U.S. are going to be celebrating Independence Day in a new town. But that doesn’t mean new residents have to keep to themselves. July 4th can be a great way to get out into the community and meet new people!

How to Create an Awesome House Warming Gift

 

The busy moving season is here and that means that housewarming parties are right around the corner! Once your friends and family who move this summer are settled into their new homes they may be entertaining the idea of … How to Create an Awesome House Warming Giftwell … entertaining!  As a good guest, you’ll want to bring a house warming gift. As an even better guest, you’ll want to bring something that nobody else has thought of – something unique, special, creative and personalized to your host.

Four Lessons for Renter Predicaments

 

 

Last week I mentioned that Matt and I had to move because of some structural damage to our current apartment. It IMG_3290was a hassle to say the least but ended on a positive note. However, I think there’s an important lesson in our story and if you are a renter, you need to hear it. Now, I don’t know your landlord or property management so I can’t speak to his/her/their character and moral compass, but it’s safe to say that as a renter, you always need to know your rights. If you ever find yourself in a situation in which you are forced to move due to circumstances beyond your control (and in control of the owner of your apartment), you have a strong leg to stand on in terms of what needs to be done for you.

Tax Deductible Moving Expense

 

 

Did you move for work in 2015? There are tons of different reasons to move to a new city but I think it’s safe to say Tax Deductible Moving Expensesthat one of the most popular reasons to move is for a job, whether it’s a new job or a relocation through a current job. While moving for work can often be stressful – it’s not easy to balance your job responsibilities, packing, finding a new home, and your family – there is one very important (and helpful) thing you absolutely must remember. If you moved for work, some of your moving expenses may be tax deductible.

How to Make Your New House a Home Before Christmas

 

 

I cannot believe that Christmas is next week! I know we say it every year but the year really flew by, didn’t it? It feels like every year passes even more quickly than the last. I am heading up to New York to be with my family over the Make your house a home before Christmasholiday next week and I am thankful for that. But I also know that many of you are in the midst of a big move and may be celebrating in a less familiar home this year. I am a BIG fan of the holiday season and tend to go all out in terms of Christmas cheer so today I want to share with you how to make your new house a home before Christmas arrives next Friday.