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Display Name: shroodle
Member Since: 12/12/13

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Hi, I moved 9 times in 8 years and by now consider myself a pro.

1. Really important: a to-do list with all the things to get organised before moving on a timeline. (utilities, phone, internet, mail, movers, cleaning, new-address-notifications etc.)

2. I heartily agree with all the posts urging to reduce. By now, everything I own is a) practical and b) has personal value. Greatest space wasters: kitchen utensils, clothes, old toys and files.

3. Use a mail-forwarding service. It saves heaps of headaches. If you're not picky about your electricty/gas supplier, use automatic connecting services.

4. Invest in a cleaning service if your landlord insists on a clean house when you leave. It saves enormous amounts of time. This is my one big luxury to take the stress out of moving. A cleaning service also has the advantage that you are not responsible if your landlord isn't happy.

5. Have one box with all your knick-knacks & fotos ready. Putting photos on the mantelpiece and your favourite vase on the window sill really helps against the moving blues. - Oh, and just one bunch of fresh flowers!

6. Try to be out of boxes as quickly as possible. Better to slave for a night or two than to have those beasts sitting around. It gets harder, the longer you wait.

Good luck with your move! Exploring a new town is very exciting! :-)

Smart Tips for People Who Move Frequently
6/11/14 08:25 PM

Buying "only one", sofas for $1900 & upholstering - I love you dearly, Apartment Therapy, but I've noticed before that "budget" is a relative term around here. :-)

My two-cents-worth on the topic: Prioritise! Not all my towels have to look flash, but I have a set of good ones for guests; don't care about high-end kitchen appliances, but have a set of knives & pots that will last me forever; will put a sheepskin on the dingy chair, but have invested in a much-loved retro dresser. Likewise, our wardrobe is a very solid Ikea shell from ebay, but we saved on the hyper-expensive doors and put up curtains instead.

My favourite way of personalising a room cheaply: Potplants! You can even paint cheap(ish) terracotta pots for a more stylish look.

On the vexed sofa question: go neutral on a high-end Ikea couch (they do last forever) & personalise with a throw and self-made cushions.

Decorating on a Budget: 20 Tips from the Pros
6/4/14 07:36 AM

When we picked our cat at the shelter, my only condition was that she not be white precisely because of the hair. Our little evil-in-residence is now black and black hair on dark clothes is - luckily - not too much of an issue. In spring, however, she sheds like a golden retriever and the only answer is brushing and more brushing. A friend of mine vacuums her cat, but our cat has firmly established that we not come near her with that thing. Will definitely try the Furminator next spring!

How To Remove Pet Hair Everywhere: From Furniture, Floors and More
5/21/14 07:29 AM

We have an arrangement with our cat: Since she is a 4am riser, she now sleeps in the living room two doors away. While she can't have the bed at night, it's hers during the day. She put a little fleece blanket on it, and that is her special spot. She sometimes comes under the sheets in the morning for a few minutes and that's a kind of special treat for all of us. Happiness all round. :-)

Pets in the People Bed: Tips for a Cleaner & Cozier Pet Pajama Party Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
5/21/14 07:02 AM

It looks great! However, I have had bad experiences with using cheap pine pallet wood for outdoor projects. Made a table top that turned all bendy after the first rain. I had treated it with a water resistant outdoor stain, but unfortunately it didn't work. We now have a table resembling rolling hills. Hope your deck will do better!

Before & After: A Bunch of Old Pallets Gain Purpose
5/7/14 06:29 AM

Agreed! It's good to see this lovely piece being treated with respect instead of a try-hard-oh-so-out-there paint & stencil job. (Nothing against the latter, just not all the time). Beautiful work!

Before & After: An Art Deco Dresser Is Restored to Its Former Glory
5/5/14 09:14 AM

While I have a good eye for style when I see something, I find it hard to create a "vision" for my own living room. Hence, when I saw a very cool dresser of distressed wood drawers in a red shell, I decided that this would be ideal for my old ikea chest of drawers. Oh, the wrongness of it all! I spent hours sanding back the terrible original paint. Then spent hours agonising over the shade of red, bought the wrong one, went back, bought the right one. Then ordered in special knobs that now look like nipple piercings and topped it all of with a lackluster walnut stain for the doors. The result was a cheap looking (but by no means cheap) drawer for a children's bedroom. It was so discouraging. This weekend I am going to sand it back again and spraypaint it all white to go with Billy shelf in the hall. Neutral metal knobs this time. For the time and money invested in this chest of drawers, I could probably have bought something really nice and stylish. Live and learn ...

Share the Pain: What Was Your Biggest Paint Mistake? Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/14/14 02:33 AM

After living in Australia for 9 years, I still can't get used to Christmas in summer. Seasons seem to be the one thing that is hard-wired into your heart somehow. After trying ex-pat dinners, baking cookies in 30 degree heat and singing carols in a t-shirt, I must admit that - sadly - I have given up. We are spending xmas with my partner's family. They are lovely and I will happily contribute to the festivities on the understanding that real Christmas it is not.

How to Celebrate the Holidays When You Live Abroad
12/12/13 08:06 AM