Moving is change and change is life

I moved last month – hence why I announced my return to blogging and then did not post for nearly two months. I’ve never met a person who said moving was easy, but there were plenty of things I could’ve done to make the process easier.

Here are a few things I figured out during the process (disclaimer, I’m a single individual with a full-time job and roommates – these tips might not work for you):

Pre-pack when you start thinking about moving

I started entertaining the idea of moving a few months before I actually moved. I packed a few boxes and stacked them in a corner long before I found a new place to live. In hindsight, I wished I’d packed even more. There are plenty of things in our homes that we can live without for awhile, so when you start thinking about moving, pack up all the things you don’t need for everyday survival. Worst case, if you pack up a bunch of stuff and don’t end up moving, you know you can live without the stuff and might consider getting rid of it. Best case, you have a lot less work to do when you actually find a new place.

Get rid of stuff

We have too much stuff. When packing, I found stuff in the back of my closet that I hadn’t seen in four years. It went straight to the donate pile. If I hadn’t touched it in four years, I didn’t need to keep it. I also got rid of six boxes of books. If you know me, you know books are like personal friends. But in this digital age, I chose to discard a bunch of old text books that I thought I’d save for future reference. If I need to reference something, I can most likely find it on the Internet. Don’t be fooled though, I still have six boxes of my FAVORITE books.

Move when you actually have time

I’m a renter and rentals move fast. Thus, when my roommates and I found a place we all liked, we jumped on it. The problem was that we signed a lease during the busiest month of my year. I literally did not have a free weekend or very many free weeknights to actually move my stuff. To make matters worse, my job was incredibly busy and I could not take a day off. It was exhausting to spend every free moment packing and moving for weeks on end. If you have the option, pick a time to move when you actually have space in your calendar to get things done.

Make use of your commute

Since I did not have a dedicated moving day, I opted to take many trips in my car to move stuff rather than renting a truck. I borrowed a pick-up truck one time to move my big furniture, but everything else fit in my little hatchback. I would load up my car at the old house in the evening, sleep, and then unload the stuff the next morning on my way to work or over my lunch break. I tried my best to avoid extraneous driving/wasting gas. In an area where traffic can be a nightmare, this plan worked well. I never drove past my old house or the new one without loading or unloading for several weeks.

 

I’m sure I’ll have more posts related to moving/living with roommates, and I’ll be sure to share.

My Planner Set-up for 2018

Another year, another opportunity to plan! I’m a more effective person when I’m organized and keeping track of the things going on in my life. I’ve tried to use electronic calendars, but if I write something down on paper I’m more likely to remember it.

This year I’m using a Hobonichi Techo Cousin planner. Hobonichi planners have a reputation for amazing paper, and so far I’m loving it! The pages are very smooth.

I made a little video to show you the inside of the planner and explain a bit of how I’m going to use it.

What are you using for a calendar or planner this year?

Borrowed Traditions

Do you ever notice certain traditions and think, “That’s not really my thing?”

That’s how I felt about china sets. My mom didn’t have china, and my relatives who did have sets chose to display them in cabinets that made navigating around the dining room a challenge. Once or twice a year, they’d pull the china out for a special occasion and caution us all to handle the dishes carefully. That seemed like a lot of space, money, and effort for something only used a few times a year.

Flash forward to 2016. I was at a church yard sale (because they’re the best) and a beautiful serving platter caught my eye. There was a matching dinner plate next to it along with a cardboard sign: “Setting for 12 with serving pieces. $35”

The pattern was elegant and the lines of the dishes were simple…just my style. So, my mom and I inquired about the details of the set. Surely, such a vintage set couldn’t be a full setting for 12 and only cost $35?

The lady we asked told us we’d have to speak to the woman who donated the set, and went to fetch her. The woman who donated the set had a hard time making eye contact when she approached. She explained that the set was her grandmother’s and she didn’t want to sell it. I didn’t know what to say except that I’d recently lost my grandmother and I wished she’d been able to pass such a beautiful collection down to me.

The woman hugged me and said that I was the perfect person to own the set. My mom purchased it for my 30th birthday. The collection was missing three teacups and two soup bowls, but otherwise it was a full setting for 12!

I took the set home and stored it in the basement for another year. This fall,

A piece of the newspaper that held the dishes for over 30 years.

I pulled out the boxes because I realized that storing the dishes in newspaper from 1982 wasn’t a great idea. I unwrapped all the pieces, carefully washed them, and purchased replacement teacups and bowls online. Then I ordered some awesome storage boxes* on Amazon to properly store everything.

I never expected to own a set of china, but I couldn’t imagine a cooler way to acquire it. All told, it only cost about $200 to buy the set, the replacement pieces, and the storage containers. The price would have been much higher to purchase and store a new set of comparable quality and quantity. Plus, I have the story of the lady at the yard sale and a responsibility to honor her love for her grandmother. The china was wrapped in newspaper and stored before I was born, but I feel like it was waiting for me. The set has a unique story and so do I. They won’t be my everyday dishes, but I’ll use them more than a few times a year.  Even small things are worth celebrating, and these dishes are meant for those moments.

 

 

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My Planner Set-Up for 2017

Hello! I know it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted here, but life takes precedence over the internet. We’re most of the way through the second month of 2017, but I wanted to share the systems I chose for staying organized this year. I filmed a quick video overview of the three items I’m using. I hope to film an in-depth look at how I use bullet journaling for my daily plans, but for now you get the quick look!

I’m also using a goal-setting workbook by Laura Casey. I have big plans for the year, but I have a hard time breaking down my goals into manageable steps. This workbook helps with that process and I love it!

I also keep a separate planner for work. Each year I have to write my performance review and note any new tasks. It can be difficult to remember all the little things I do in a year, so I’ve developed a habit of writing everything down in a central location. I refer back to the planner when writing my review in September.

The video covers the name brands and some examples of how I use my planner system. What methods do you use for schedule organization?