House

#Eureka - 5 Tips for Moving

We did it! All of our belongings are officially in Iowa City! 

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Moving day was a success. We hired movers to help us load the U-Haul in Omaha and then my wonderful father-in-law and mother-in-law drove the U-Haul across I-80 where movers helped us unload it all the next day. We wore our Hawkeye gear (incuding Pax) for moving day to get in the spirit of it all. A day in Omaha would not be complete without the presence of Tom and Dylan who helped us clear out our place. Thank you for your help everyone, we felt the love.

We are not expert movers by any sense of the term.  We did do a few things, however,  that ended up being helpful so I thought I would pass along the info. (I know I have a few 'readers' moving in the next few months).

Five Moving Tips

1. Hire Movers

If it is in your budget, hire movers to load and unload your items. If it is not in your budget, rework your budget. It is enough work and stress packing and unpacking, physically carrying everything would have made me reach my tipping point in terms of stress. I actually enjoyed drinking my coffee and directing the movers where to lift and move stuff. Plus, the movers knew how to best pack the truck and did it well.

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2. Glad ForceFlex Kitchen Garbage Bags

I absolutely love Glad ForceFlex Kitchen Garbage Bags and devised a plan to make them into garment bags for all of our hanging clothes. I took a few hangers put the bags over them (I had to cut a whole with scissors for the hangers because the bags are so strong) and then tied the bottom. It made the clothes easy to move. Then I hung up the clothes in the new closets and took off the bags. For long dresses I used two bags and tied them together in the middle. These bags are STRONG. We ended up throwing pillows and blankets and other things in them as well.

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3. Reusable Bags & Boxes

After 10 years of college and Bennett going through medical school, we have a ridiculous amount of books. I have discovered the best way to move these huge books is in reusable bags. It is way easier than boxes that become too heavy to even lift when filled with books. The bags I think are the best are from Whole Foods and T.J. Maxx. One of the movers commented to me that it was a great idea. I know.

If you do need boxes, Target is very helpful. If you call ahead you can ask them to reserve boxes for you on one of their shipment days. They will just keep it for your at customer service. You have to call ahead a few days in advance.  


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4. Bubble Wrap

Get some here. We got two of these boxes at Menards and it was glorious.

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5. Stretch Film!

You can buy the stretch film we used here. I only picked up one roll at Mendards but we could have used more and wrapped everything in it instead of using packing tape. One roll does go a long way. This is such a great product to cover shelves, furniture, wrap bubble wrap with, or just keep things together. Highly suggested, it will making packing much easier.

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Monday Musing

Well it has been quite the week - we finally moved everything to Iowa City! I am already back in Omaha, however, for some work -more to come on that and our move. We don't have WiFi yet in our new place so it has been difficult for me to keep up the blogging as I spend my coffee shop time completing homework. But don't worry, I will catch up this week  with some pictures : )

As I have been unpacking, decorating, and organizing our new place this has been my mantra.

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#Eurkea - Pop of Color

A little update on our new house which I am now referring to as 'The Hawkeye House'. This past weekend we painted more and decided that with all of the grays and blacks we needed a pop of color. Out of the paint card samples I had (which was approximately a few hundred) Bennett was drawn to the yellows and I thought that was wonderful. We picked a yellow we both liked and after putting it up on the wall we realized that our place is now basically Iowa colors - hence The Hawkeye House. We still have two bathrooms, touch-ups on the trim, and (new) doors to paint.

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I have had many requests for pictures but we still have a bit to go before I can proudly share some progress photos. So instead here is a little bit of a sneak peak of what we have been up to . . .

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That print is from an Etsy shop Gritty City Goods.

This Rock Paper Scissors Large Chart  is actually on a canvas and is a roll down map, I just love it.

We took off the homemade valances and canvas window covers, painted the windows and walls, and then put up new blinds.

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This carpet will be going in all of the bedrooms and our living room.

We are working on replacing all of the outlet and light switch covers. Every time we think we have them all, a new outlet is found. I am also using my beloved knob collection to replace all of the current knobs in the kitchen.