The First 72 Hours: 31 Days

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Right when you move into a house it is generally utter chaos. Stress. Mess. Boxes everywhere.

I’ve moved 6 times in the past 5 years, this last time being the only time into a house of my very own (2 years ago). Here’s what helps keep me sane:

1. Get one room completely set up. I always choose the kitchen- partly because the only real furniture is the dining set, and partly because that’s where you need to put the pizza when you drag people into helping you move. For others, it’s their bedroom or a kids bedroom.

2. Rip down the awful wallpaper/paint a room. Changing the walls of a room instantly make it feel more “you.” And I know you feel like you have so many boxes to unpack instead, but seriously, this helps.

3. Sit down and make a plan. You can plan, plan, plan all you want before you move in, but once you get into a fully empty house other things are going to immediately pop out at you. Maybe it’s dingy moulding that was covered up behind furniture before, or holes in the wall from the previous owners decor, or carpet that has a funky stain you didn’t notice. Write it all down, and physically cross things off one by one as they get done.

little by little, inspiration, text

no idea what the source is- sorry!

Let’s chat more about this– what did you do your first few days to make you feel like you could breathe?


For the month of October, I will be participating in The  Nester’s 31 day challenge.


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