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Move-In Day: Part 1

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Ben and I rented a U-Haul truck and moved everything except for our furniture to our home in Minnesota.

While Ben and I closed on our house in Minnesota in March, for a variety of reasons, we held off on planning our official move-in. Now, spring has arrived, Ben and I are both fully vaccinated, and we both feel more comfortable than ever before to start our new chapter in Minnesota!

We decided to rent a U-Haul and move everything except our furniture to our new house.

A couple of my favorite parts from the day were:

  • The beautiful spring weather we had. The drive to our new house was so green — and it was a really beautiful way to be welcomed to Minnesota.

  • Just being together! Building our house in Minnesota has been a really meaningful experience, so being together and being present was special.


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In the end, what really helped our move-in day go smoothly was:

  • I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up a couple of years ago, and it completely changed the way we approach organization. We try our best to live and decorate as minimally as we can, so having fewer things to move overall was really helpful.

  • We began packing weeks ago, little by little. We began with our basement (Do the worst first!) and then packed room by room. Being mostly-packed helped so much, because nearly everything had already been boxed up.

  • We used color-coded Post-It notes. We labeled our boxes according to where they should go — office, living room, kitchen, storage — and that helped us to move quickly.

Part 2 of our move comes later on in the week! There’s a lot of work ahead, but I’m so excited for everything to come together!

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By day, I am co-founder of With Grace and Gold and host of Brand It, Build It Podcast.

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