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Furnishing 101

Moving in Winter: 4 Tips to Save You Stress and Ensure Success

1. Plan Ahead Like a Boss

Moving as a family with boxes at home

If you’re moving in the winter, there are two major things you should consider planning around: the weather will be unpredictable, and you’ll have fewer hours of daylight. So, check the weather reports religiously, but make a moving plan that is flexible! For instance, a sitter for your kids and board your pets. Schedule your move for a few days before you actually need to be out. And schedule it early, so you make the best use of daylight hours. Make sure the utilities will be turned on in your new place, so you don’t arrive in the cold and dark. Have a strong flashlight or headlamp if you know you’ll need to move into the night.

2. Bundle Up Your Stuff

Did you know that in cold weather, certain materials become more brittle and vulnerable to breaking? Therefore, if you’re moving quite a long distance, you should pay extra attention to these objects because they’ll likely be exposed to the cold for hours at a time. What kind of objects? Dishes and glassware are especially vulnerable in the cold. You can double wrap these items in bubble wrap or blankets for extra protection. Musical instruments, especially string instruments and wooden instruments, are also vulnerable to warping in rapid temperature changes. Wrap these carefully with insulated blankets.

3. Prepare Your House for Slush

Before moving day, spend a few hours preparing the inside and outside of your house for a wet move-out process. Start with the inside. You can buy plastic tarps from the hardware store, or you can buy some shower curtains from the dollar store. While you’re out, grab some coffee or apple cider to keep you warm on moving day. 

At home, lay down your plastic sheeting and secure it with tape. Make sure there’s a protected path all the way from your front door to the kitchen and the bathroom. If you’re keeping hydrated on your winter moving day (which you should be!), you don’t want to find yourself negotiating a sudden urge to pee with the need to protect your security deposit. Make it easy to leave messy shoes on and still use the necessary. Keep a stack of old towels by the front door, to sop up puddles and to protect items from damp weather on their trip from your home to the van.

4. Work with Movers

We definitely recommend hiring a professional moving company if you’re moving in the winter. Good companies will have trained their employees in safe moving procedures for slippery conditions. Plus, many companies have different rates for winter and summer. In other words, moving in the winter means that you’re more likely to get a lower rate as well as your preferred date, since demand is lower in the winter. However, keep in mind that tipping is especially appreciated in wintertime. Why? Companies don’t always pass their rates down to employees. Winter can be a miserable and even dangerous time to lift heavy boxes and drive a big moving van. Numb fingers, biting wind, and icy roads are all hazards of the job that deserve extra compensation!

That’s all!

Moving to a new city? Check out these tips for making your new city feel like home.
Furnishing a new place? Look at this post on furnishing in order.
Do you have cats? Make sure you read our tips for moving with cats.
Planning a move across the country? Start with our comprehensive moving checklist.

And if you want a comprehensive cost breakdown of furnishing an apartment from scratch, this article’s got you covered.

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Living Room Ideas for a More Functional Home

When you move into a new home or relocate your home, you want to ensure your house can function all your daily needs and workflow. Keep reading for THREE easy tips and living room ideas on how to make your living room beautiful and functional.

 

Couple watching a movie

Keep Necessary, Wipe Away Unnecessary

When a home is cluttered and unorganized, it’s hard to get anything done. 

 

 “LESS is MORE” is a concept originated by Mies van der Rohe, and it’s main idea is simplicity. As you start to wipe away what you don’t need, your mind becomes clear. Indeed, you will actually become more efficient than before!

Keeping a clean-up schedule will help keep your home fresh. In addition, if there are two people in the house, a clean-up routine becomes even more essential. You can take a fun perspective on this, and debate over things you do not want to keep. Moreover, you can always sell unnecessary furniture or clothes to a flea market and earn some pocket money. If you have kids, this can be a great way to get them involved and educate them about finances.

When you go out and shop for your house, keep in mind what is a need vs. what is nice to have. 

Don’t let your house become one big storage warehouse! You should minimize your needs and maximize your space. DO NOT BUY IMPULSIVELY. A clean space makes you more productive, we promise!

Cleaning Supplies

 

Multi-Functional Space

Storage is a primary consideration when designing a living room. It always seems like we never have enough storage space. But here’s a way to solve this. 

Multi-functional furniture utilizes space maximally. If you have furniture that can be rearranged or that serves multiple purposes, this can help you freshen up your space regularly. Ottomans can have hidden storage containers, for example. Vertical storage like bookshelves are a great way to keep clutter off the floor.

Here are some tips for creating a multi-functional space:

1. Use your corners

Corners are usually wasted space. But there are so many clever corner storage solutions available! There are triangle-shaped corner shelves that can display knick knacks safely. You could install a small sliding closet unit to store a broom and mop. When you start looking for ways to use your corners for storage, you’ll start to see how clean your space could be.

2. Utilize your ceiling space

Ceiling space can store stuff you do not use frequently. There are less pretty ways to do this, like hanging storage in a garage. But in a living room, you could look for a way to aesthetically display some of your favorite books or collections on a high up shelf. Hanging plants from the ceiling is a great way to make your living room feel more inviting and functional.

3. Sleek cabinets

Sleek cabinets make your home look elegant. Whether it’s your TV cabinet or a side console, you should look for elegant cabinets to use in your living room. Something reflective can be a good choice, because it helps create the appearance of a larger space and reflects light.

4. Look for dual functionality of space

Double functions of a single space will increase your usability of the living room. Why not a living room that’s also a dining room? Or a playroom? Or even a guest room, if you have a sofa bed couch? When you can have a multi-functional room, you can fit more activities inside the same size house. All without creating more clutter or needing more furniture.

Dining room with wooden chairs, black console table and gold starburst mirror

 

Nice Movement Flow

Your habits are the most important part of a home. So if you’re not the sort of person who will rearrange furniture, then don’t buy anything that requires it! If you like having a separate office space, then make sure you carve out a special nook away from the living room to store your laptop.

Movement flow is all about choosing furniture that works together. Your furniture and layout should support your habits (and your personality!). Soft, round edges can make a space feel comfortable and welcoming. On the other hand, sharp hard edges feel professional and mature. Think about how your layout can support your daily activities, and look for furniture that matches.

Additionally, color is a crucial design element for living rooms

Your living room is a balance of excitement and relaxation – sometimes you want to watch the football game, and sometimes you want to have a glass of wine with your partner. So, you should choose a color that balances these moods. Don’t choose fire engine red because you’ll find it difficult to relax! You only need to choose a basic color tone for your room. You can then create accents by using decorations of complementary colors. Once you pick your color scheme, you can also play with different textures or materials. 

At the end of the day, there is inspiration to be found everywhere!

Try looking at our look book for living room inspiration. Or search ‘living room ideas’ on Pinterest to look for layouts and color schemes that make you feel good. 

If you need some expert help, you can always book a free design consultation call with one of our designers. They’ll give you some quick tips for transforming your living room. 

Happy furnishing!