Must Know Moving Tips

Moving can be a daunting task. There are so many things to keep track of and a lot of feelings come up along the way as you pack up your home and live in chaos for the next few weeks leading up to, and even after, the move.

Never fear! There are things you can do to make the moving process go all the more smooth, so whether it’s your first time or your fifth you’ll look like a downright pro!

Prepare ahead of time – create a master list of everything that needs to be done before, during, and after the move. Take note of important deadlines and create a master timeline like move out and move in dates, utility cancellations in the old house, utility set up in the new house and when to hand in the keys. Put together an overnight bag with all your personal necessities you’ll need on hand during the move and a box full of the everyday house goods you will need on hand your first day in the new house. Decide on which order you are going to pack up your rooms and add these days to your deadline list. You will also want to make a list of any repairs and cleaning that needs to be done before moving day.

Strategize – Know where everything is going ahead of time. This means a room by room plan prepared before moving day. Label boxes with not only what is inside but what room it will need to go into. You can even take this a step further by color coding boxes by room. If you need to take furniture apart, pack the screws and small bits in a sandwich bag and label what furniture they belong to. If hiring movers, review any requirements they might have for move in day as some will only move boxes and not trash bags.

Clean out – get rid of as much as possible at least a month before moving. The less there is to move, the easier it will be to pack up with less to carry. Anything shoved to the back of cupboards or closets and long forgotten can go. Do a closet purge and donate unwanted clothes. Hold a yard sale or put valuable items up for sale ahead of time to give yourself plenty of the time to get rid of things before you start packing. Don’t add to the stock in your fridge during the last two weeks and consume what you can as moving day approaches. Allow your fridge to defrost the day before the move.

During the move – stretch wrap any furniture with drawers to hold them in place. Pack a cooler with lunch and/or snack items ahead of time and keep it easily accessible during the move to refuel throughout the day. Clean and prepare the bathroom first stock it with soap, toilet paper, and towels. It will be good to go to take a shower at the end of the moving day!

The list of things that need to get done when moving can be overwhelming, but with a master list in hand and some tricks up your sleeve, you can make the process feel a lot less stressful. In fact, you might even enjoy it!

Five Herbs You Should Grow at Home Instead of Buying at the Store

Cooking with fresh herbs is infinitely better than using the dried out flakes you’ll find at the grocery store. Not only are they packed with much more flavor, but they’ll also save you money in the process. Sure, there are some herbs you probably won’t use very often and should just keep a small jar of them in your pantry. However, certain herbs are so useful that it’s worth having on your window sill to pick from when you need them.

If you’re thinking about starting an indoor or outdoor herb garden, here are the best herbs to put in it that will spice up your recipes and save you money at the checkout line.

Basil

Number one on our list is sweet basil. Basil can be chopped up into sauces and salads, or it can be used whole on pizzas and sandwiches. For a great snack, toss some olive oil with chunks of tomato, mozzarella, and chopped basil. It’s the perfect combination of tangy, sweet, and refreshing.

Basil is also great for making tea and has a strong and pleasant aroma. If you start running low, you can start a new plant with clippings from an old one. As you pick from the plant, be sure to remove the leaf node (the stem part of the leaf) fully so your plant keeps producing more leaves.

Parsley

A good herb to pair with basil is parsley. It goes great with pasta dishes, sauce, pizza, or eggs.

Like basil, parsley can be harvested as needed. Simply cut the outermost leaves for use and leave the inner leaves to mature. However, parsley is also easy to dry and store.

To dry parsley, hang it up in a warm place that has plenty of shade and ventilation. Test it by seeing if it crumbles in your hand. Once it does, crumble the rest up and store it in an air tight jar.

Thyme

Arguably one of the the prettiest herbs on the list, thyme fills its long stems with small flowers and fills the air with a pleasant scent. Thyme goes well with many vegetables and types of seafood and is also common in many teas.

If you live in a temperate climate, you could also try growing some thyme as an ornamental and aromatic shrub in your yard.

Mint

As you would suspect, mint smells and tastes…minty. To impress everyone at your summer cookout, place some mint leaves from your garden into their ice cold drinks.

Like many other items on the list, mint is also great in tea and can be paired up with basil, lavender, and many other herbs to make a great herbal tea concoction.

Lavender

Lavender is another pretty flowering herb. However, due to its size, it’s best grown outdoors.

You can make several homemade items from lavender including soaps, fragrance sprays, tea, and more. However, be sure to read up on caring for lavender plants as they require a lot of sunlight and well-drained soil.

To make use of its size and aesthetics outside, you can plant lavender along walkways in your yard or garden.

How To Love Everything About Your Home

If you have ever wanted to get rid of all of your stuff and start over, you’re not alone. Often, we get tired of the same old same in our own homes, and fail to see the potential inside of it. The key to loving your home is often not what is in it, but how you make use of what’s in it. There’s so many ways that you can make the home that you feel so-so about turn into a home that you love. Here’s some very powerful tips to help you decorate with intention and style. We know that you’ll love your home again after trying out some of these tips:

Decorate For Function Not Looks

Function is one of the most important words that you’ll use when it comes to the interior design of your home. Some questions you may ask are:

What purpose does this room serve?
What purpose does this item serve?
Does this couch/artwork/chair make you happy?

A room could be the most pristinely decorated room you have ever seen, but if it doesn’t serve some kind of a purpose, you can write it off as wasted space inside of your home. If something doesn’t serve a purpose, especially if that purpose is making you happy, then it’s time to say goodbye to certain things inside of your home.

Only One Piece Of Furniture Should Stand Out In Every Room

One key piece of decorating advice is for you to have one simple focal point in each room. There’s no need for a fish tank, a loud orange couch and a giant painting all in the same room. Give each and every item that’s important to you its due space. That’s not to say one painting is enough in your living room, but use your judgement when it comes to what you want to stand out and where. If a room is too busy, the overwhelming look takes away from the room and all of the items in it. You don’t want pieces of furniture and artwork all competing for the attention of those who are within the room.

Lighting Should Be Balanced

Maybe you’re unhappy with your home because you have very little natural light in your home. There’s ways you could add some natural light through construction, but it probably isn’t necessary. Use the rule that each room should have four sources of light counting windows, overhead lights, lamps and even wall mounted lights. This will keep the rooms in your home balanced with light. When the room is brighter, you’ll be happier, even without access to tons of natural light.

Proper Fall Gutter Maintenance

It is fall and that means it’s time to clean the gutters on your home. Removing the leaves that have fallen will keep your gutters flowing freely. This will help prevent ice dams or buildup of ice in your gutters and will help prevent expensive repairs.

Here are some tips on proper gutter maintenance.

  • Dress properly. Wear a shirt with long sleeves and gloves.
  • Use an extendable ladder with standoff stabilizers. This will keep the ladder from damaging the gutter.
  • Use a small plastic scoop to remove debris. You can buy a gutter scoop from the hardware store.
  • Dump the debris on to a plastic tarp. This will save your lawn from being ruined.
  • Flush the gutters and downspouts with a garden hose. Look for leaks as the water runs through the gutters

If you would like to keep your gutters clear in between cleanings install gutter covers. They come in the form of mesh screens, clip-on grates, or porous foam. Gutters with gutter covers will still require regular maintenance.