I've lived in Kansas City, New York City, the City of Brotherly love and just over the weekend I made the move to Charm City, better known as Baltimore. Growing up in Maryland I never imagined I would be living in Baltimore, but I'm truly excited to explore and see what's happening here. It was a necessary move to get me closer to where I teach, so now I can avoid the time consuming and exhausting commute (an hour each way, without traffic).
I thought I would be able to get settled in and start up my regular weekly posts on Monday but decided to focus on getting unpacked and squared away, which is why this is the first post this week.
It'll take some time to really get settled, but I've already been paging through my Domino Magazines for ideas, going to home stores like West Elm to look at wonderful textiles (pillow cases, rugs, and bedding), and picking up succulents for a terrarium (a project I'm really excited about). I plan to share my little finds and projects along the way.
Moves are exciting, stressful, time consuming, and overwhelming. I'm trying to prioritize and focus (focusing is something I've been having a hard time doing lately). One room at a time has always been my move strategy, but it's challenging when you need another room before you finish the one you are working on.
But it's coming along. I'm really looking forward to decorating and putting up my artwork. I'm also anxious to get my bookshelves together. I love books, and hate that they're sitting in boxes.
What about you? Did you just make a move? (August is a busy moving month, five of my friends have also been busy with moving). What's your strategy for unpacking? Do you throw out a lot of stuff so you can start new? Or wait to see what you need? Do you get movers? Or enlist family and friends? Do share.
images: Domino Magazines (my own); Bathroom rug from West Elm; quilt from West Elm; sheets from Target; succulents from Ikea and a garden store.