10 Things

by Maggie Griffin

Well, friends, we did it! From a one bedroom loft apartment (plus Byron's things in a storage unit) to our new humble abode, this weekend was all about moving, and we learned our fair share of lessons. Whether you are moving, redecorating, or just love hearing about design and tips, we have plenty to share!


1. Friends are good, but movers are great.

Movers don't know you. They won't question you about the amount of shoes or random open lamp shades with a huge light bulb or any of your personal decorating tastes or your packing job. They don't take breaks. They won't expect pizza or beer (...just a fat paycheck). And they leave when the move is done!

Mostly, they just take a very exhausting and often frustrating experience and make it feel like a breeze.  Plus, they have equipment that your friends don't normally have lying around

2. Pack everything. Do NOT create a "come back for this" pile.

Even if you are able to move into the new place before your old lease is up, go ahead and pack EVERYTHING, every last thing. Leave nothing behind. Because (especially if you hire movers) any small trip after the BIG move feels so incredibly daunting, and you will most likely hate yourself for a second or two.

3. Plan ahead.

Moves don't normally just happen suddenly or spontaneously, so make sure you call and set-up electricity, water, gas, trash pick-up, cable, Internet, and anything else. AND make sure to cancel everything else at your other place.
Ain't no sense payin fo somethin you ain't usin.

4. Clean, clean, clean.

Check with your new landlord and see if you can sneak in the night before the move to take a few small loads of really weird unpackable objects and see what needs to be cleaned. Early the next morning, go over and clean, and bring air fresheners (possibly my number one tip); you will be happier and the movers (or friends) will experience a lovely Hawaiian Breeze or Clean Linen fragrance. 

Things to bring with you:

  • Swiffer with wet and dry cleaners
  • A duster
  • Seriously, clean fragrances....those little Glade or AirWick plug-ins are super! 
  • A great vacuum cleaner. Perhaps you should invest in a really good one with a hose.
  • Sponges & counter top cleaner
  • Windex
  • Paper towels
  • Lysol wipes...the dual sided ones are super
  • New air vents? Check them out before hand if you can...
5. Don't freak out. About anything.

All the items you packed are just things that represent stories and memories, but the stories remain whether the items make the move or not. But, more likely than not, it's just not in the box you thought it was. Which leads me to...

6. Have a general idea of how you would like to organize things and definitely label boxes.

Go overboard. Bust out your label maker. Sharpie every side of every box with the EXACT contents. Do not be vague. Or use your phone to take pictures of the open box and then use a numbering system. Just be better than we were.

Also, maybe don't use every inch of boxes, because you will completely forget that you stuffed your giant computer box with a few other things, because it is only labeled with a huge picture of your computer. Let items with pre-labeled boxes remain alone.

If you want to spend some money, there is tape labeled by room that looked really cool at the U-Haul store. 

7. Buy more boxes than you think you will need and be resourceful.

ONLY buy boxes from the U-Haul store. They are cheap. They have the sizes you need. They encourage you to reuse them. And they buy back the boxes you don't use...so assemble as you go, not all at once.

And, when you are unpacking, break down boxes as you go, and take them far far away, or just right outside, so they are out of sight. Your place will start feeling much more cozy with all the cardboard out of it. BUT! Don't get rid of them, because you can:

  • Use boxes as a tarp when painting.
  • Use boxes to slide furniture around when you rearrange.
  • Use boxes to donate things you thought you really wanted at your new place.
  • Use boxes to create a lemonade stand to make a little extra money to furnish your place...


8. Have someone who has been in a house, lived alone, is very wise come over soon.

Byron and I were fortunate enough to have both sets of parents come help us figure out what we got ourselves into...parents are so wise.

Our dads checked out the place, fixed things, alerted us to things we should be aware of in the future; basically, they informed us on everything we need to know about home maintenance and how to be good renters within a very short span of time (so that they could relax for the rest of the day!).

Our moms got to cleaning and unpacking right away! Both our moms taught us everything we know about giving of yourself, serving others, and loving--we adore these women and our daily blessed by their examples. They taught us, by example, how thoroughly we need to clean our house, and they will probably remind us weekly and monthly to do so.

Anyway, enough of my shout outs and praise...invite someone over to help you learn things you don't know. 

9. Set up something fun quickly.

Unpacking + arranging furniture + decorating + figuring out how to be an adult = EXHAUSTION.

To avoid this, pick something fun like Super Nintendo (we set it up last night...no big deal...come play with us) to plug in quickly, or have your favorite DVD's easily accessible so that you can relax a bit! 

10. Look for moving & decorating tips on Pinterest...

I am not even ashamed to say it. Look elsewhere. People think of amazing and helpful things, and they willingly share their genius on the interwebs for the rest of us. One of my favorite moving tips was--pack stuff you want first in a clear box. BRILLIANT. Here is the most helpful list I found.

If you follow us on pinterest, we have pinned more helpful things on the 'Our Love Nest' board and and our  'Helpful' board.

We moved. And so can you! 

I hope that these tips/lessons were helpful for at least a few of you/entertaining for all. 

Lots more to come in the next few weeks..including :

  • Before and After Furniture Pictures
  • Before and After Room Pictures
  • Showing off our favorite things
  • Stories of being grown-ups
  • & MORE!

Boxes Full of Stories

by Maggie Griffin

This is my current view. 

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As I was planning out the blogs for this month, I knew that this week would be full of moving posts and thoughts. Today, it was my hope to take pictures of our favorite items and explain why said items were so beloved. Those items are all in boxes; a mix of poor planning and not thinking things through all the way. But really it's not so much the item as it is the story. If all these boxes were to go up in flames or get damaged, things would be okay. (Pretty sure the latter could happen). It would really stink, but it would be OK.

I seem to always have this odd tension between an item and what that item means. 

I enjoy all the things that are packed away. I would describe my relationship with some fondly, using words like "treasure," "adore," "value." But they are just things. Earthly possessions. What I truly treasure, adore, and value are the people who gave me those things, the trips I purchased them on, the celebrations on which they were exchanged--the stories behind the items. Things are nice, but more often than not, the reason, the feeling, behind the thing is nicer. 


So, with our stories packed, we look forward to our new home, a place where we will display not only our own stories, but each other's, a place where two stories become one. After 6 years of consecutive moving, I have learned that the pain, stress, and hassle is forgotten as soon as I am able to unbox my things, my stories, and display them for my friends, family, and neighbors to see. And now, together, Byron and I will display all these meaningless things, with stories and memories so full of memories. It is an odd tension between the item and the story behind the item. As we move in, I hope that we are able to encourage each other not to get caught up in the decorating and the perfecting, but to rejoice in our stories merging.

When we do unpack, I hope to photograph some of the things in those boxes and tell you some of the stories that are all packed away right now.


Sweet Reminders

by Maggie Griffin

Byron and I have insanely talented friends. Our personal filmmaker, Jacob Kyle Robinson, is one. I had the idea to make a video for the wedding so that our friends and family could get to know us individually, get a feel for us as a couple, and get prepared for the wedding they were about to witness. It was a great success! Also, I remember standing outside in the hallway, listening to the giggles during Byron's parts and the awes during mine (typical responses for us), surrounded by my bridesmaids, my dad iPhoning pictures of us, peeking in to try to see it, and feeling so jittery and ready to walk in and begin the journey.

Man, oh man, how we cherish this video. Everyone spoke so highly of it as we mingled and talked with all of our guests. We were finally able to watch it for the first time on our mini-moon, and we instantly knew why it was spoken of with such high praise. I re-watch it (with tears) every time I feel especially cuddly/snuggly and married. Jacob--you outdid yourself; Byron and I are so incredibly grateful. 

While this is delightful and charming, you are probably wondering "where are the moving posts that were promised on Facebook?" Well, consider this moving post one, because:
1. The house we are moving to is featured in it! 
2. Moving is the worst, so this is a sweet reminder of our love before these next few days of crazy.