Full disclosure: I’m a child of the suburbs. I grew up in sprawling northern California, where trips to used bookstores and the mall are practically pastimes. There wasn’t much spatial constraint when it came to accumulating things. If I picked up a tchotchke, there would definitely be a place for it somewhere in my home.
Even though we’re two home decor enthusiasts (who spend way too many hours browsing the aisles of HomeGoods and hitting up estate sales), we both live in pretty small spaces. Bridget lives in a small ranch in the suburbs of Chicago, while I have a 1,200 square foot condo downtown. Because we live in tight quarters, we’re forced to pare down the stuff in our homes on a regular basis and that is a-okay in our playbook.
Living small is big these days! People are doing their best to live with less, and we are big fans of this newfound minimalism. If you’re looking to get rid of the clutter and pare down to the essentials, we are here to help! Here’s how we stay organized in our small homes…without compromising style. (more…)
My first year of college, my roommates had an amazing giant couch they wanted to move in to our third floor apartment suite. The living room itself was big enough. Unfortunately, the 3 flights of stairs weren’t.
Luckily my roommates were engineering majors (aka insatiable problem solvers). They had the window disassembled and rope hung out the window opening within minutes.
Category: Green Moving
Going Green….It isn’t just the “cool” thing to do, it’s the RIGHT thing to do. Here are 5 tips to make your move a little less harmful on the environment.
1. Donate Items
When you’re packing up your belongings, you’re probably going to be ditching quite a bit of stuff. Instead of tossing everything into the garbage (& your local landfill), think about donating your clothing, furniture, and gently-used items. Do your part in the “reduce, re-use, recycle” motto and find a new home for your old items. Not sure where to take a specific item? Check out this comprehensive donation guide. (more…)
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Picture this. Your lease is up on your apartment, and you’re getting the boot next month. But, you have no idea where you’re going to live next and want to spend some time finding the perfect new home. So you turn to your friends, your family, or even a local hotel for a place to stay during this “in-between homes” time. This does sound like a stressful scenario, but it is also a very common situation for many people. We totally get it…you don’t want to rush into a new lease without checking out all of your options, so now you’re stuck in limbo.
This transitional period can be really tough on a mover. It’s one thing to move all of your stuff from your current home to your next home, but what do you do when you’re stuck in moving purgatory? We don’t have all of the answers, but we do want to make things a teeny tiny bit easier on you. So here are our tips on how to survive temporary housing.
Hi, I’m Kevin. I’ve been a professional mover for 15 years. Based on my years of experience helping people on their move day, and doing some purging of my own, I’m gonna help you with the top 3 main ways to purge your stuff to make your move easier:
- Have a yard sale – we’ll show you how to advertise stuff to sell (don’t forget to list your yard/garage sale on Craigslist)
- Sell your stuff online – selling on eBay is easier than you think, and it’s not your only option
- Donate your unwanted items – there’s lots of options, and we have a list of the best places for specific things from blankets to electronics to cars
Category: Home Decorating
I’m a newlywed. My new partner-in-crime and handsome +1 is quite a catch if I can say so myself. We are happy lovebirds who are blissfully enjoying the “honeymoon stage”… together.
Engagement Party, a few bridal showers, a large wedding, a new home- we’ve had a lot of celebration in the past year and have been on the same page for the planning of almost all of these momentous events. Now that I think about it, we’re on the same page for most important life issues. Religion, family tradition, finances, budgets, wedding cake flavors… yup, we’re spot on!
However, there is one life-changing issue that we just can’t seem to get on the same page about. This make-or-break topic? Decorating.
Category: Buying & Selling a Home
So you’ve decided you want to sell your house…congratulations! You have a lot of excitement (and hard work) ahead of you.
In today’s market, most homes are discovered and even sold over the internet, so that means you’re going to need a good set of photographs to showcase the spaces in your home. We don’t care if you have the coolest house on the block, if you have terrible pics that bad boy may be on the market for a long time. Today we’re here to help you with a few staging and photography tips.
This list will help you garner the attention of house hunters searching on the internet, and hopefully you’ll have some open houses in no time at all. So, without further adieu, here is how to stage and photograph your home to sell: