7 of My Favorite Tips to Make Moving Easier

No, I’m not moving, at the moment. But in the seven years we’ve been married, we’ve moved six times. The first year after moving into our house, it felt almost weird to not be scouring for boxes, busting out the packing tape and sharpies, and uprooting again.  But now we’ve happily lived here for over three years, moving is a distant nightmare.
With all that relocating, I do feel like I have some expertise in making moves … of the home kind. So when I noticed Casper (the mattress company) was sharing home moving tips, I thought I’d get involved. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make a big difference. I’m not sure moving is ever totally easy, but at least we can aim for easier.

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Last Minute Christmas Cards Tutorial

This year, I’m finally sending Christmas cards! Christmas postcards, to be exact. 

Besides being quick, photo postcards also have the advantage of being easier on the Christmas budget. Photos don’t cost much to print, and postcard stamps are cheaper than regular stamps. If you haven’t had time to send Christmas cards yet this year, try this method using regular old photos to send a picture to the grandparents, or send New Years cards!

You’ll need:

  • 4×6 photos. 
  • A sharpie.
  • A ruler. 
  • Postcard stamps.

1. Order Prints. Upload a photo of your Christmas tree, Christmas cookies, or a recent family picture, and order a handful of 4×6 photos from your favorite printer. Mine cost me $7.50 for 50, including shipping to my door.

 2. Using the ruler, draw a line down the middle of the back of the photo. Then, draw four lines for the recipient’s address on the right side, like so:

3. Write a message on the left side, and fill in the recipient’s address on the right.

4. Slap on a stamp in the upper right corner, and drop in the mail. You’re done! Christmas cards accomplished!

P.S. I discovered a slightly easier way of doing this. Upload your photo to Amazing Mail, and pick a post card size, enter your message and the address, pay, and they’ll actually print and mail the postcard for you within two days. It’s not as cheap as printing the photos yourself, but it might be worth it for the time saved!

Home Office Decor Ideas and Inspiration

As I mentioned previously, I now have a home office. Now that I’m in the real working world, I’ve been browsing for ideas to make said home office a creative haven, oozing inspiration and ideas from every angle. And, for fun, I’m pretending that money is no object when designing my dream office. Here’s a few ideas I would love to recreate.

Since the closet is on the craft side of the room, this would work perfectly to store my ribbons and other supplies:

This is what I have in mind for curtains. This is a DIY project! Here’s the tutorial.

A little touch of these shabby chic and beachy ellements:

I want, no NEED this above my craft table! Ahhhh, it brings joy to my organization-loving heart:

Source: bhg.com via Emily on Pinterest

This is nifty, even though I don’t really need two small desks. But I love the colors and the file baskets, and the prints hanging on the wall:

This home office is from an apartment that was featured in Better Homes and Gardens a while back. I love just about everything about it: the blue and white ikat chair, bins of fabric, the weathered desk, the sort of nautical feel from the lamps, and all the organized folders, bins, and baskets.

Source: bhg.com via Emily on Pinterest

I love these lamps and the color scheme in this office, although it’s a little too bright for my taste:

Tucked-In Storage

Since I already have a black desk, this color scheme would be ideal. I love the beachy touch with the coral too, and I love blue and white china:

Around the Corner

I’ll take that Mac computer too!

What’s your organizing style? This fun quiz over at Better Homes and Gardens defines your organizational style and offers organizing solutions to fit your needs. I got “Librarian: detailed and a taskmaster, energetic, a perfectionist, sometimes to a fault.” Pretty accurate! Take the quiz, and let me know what you got!

I’m in the Mood for Fall

Fall style….
Fall crafts and decor…
Fall parties…
and fall food…
This one sums it up: 
All of these images are from my pin boards on pintrest, a fabulous inspiration and creativity tool! Leave a link in the comments if you’re on it, and I’ll follow you! I’d love to see what you’re pinning. 
What are you most looking forward to about fall? Click on “links to this post” or the post title to leave a comment. 

Linking up with Pin It Tuesdays today.


18 Decorating and Storage Ideas For Your Dorm Room

In addition to new school supplies, something else that makes going back to school exciting is getting to move into a new space and redecorate. My little sister is going to college for the first time, and I thought that perhaps some of you readers might be in a similar situation. Then I realized that many of these ideas work for decorating other small spaces, so even if you don’t have a dorm room to decorate, you might be inspired by these ideas for decorating your apartment, office, bedroom, or child’s room.*

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