04
Jun 18

5 Things to Do in Your New Kitchen Before You Move In

So you’re moving, huh? Congratulations! While moving itself is stressful, the prospects of a new place are usually always exciting. It’s a fresh start — a chance to reorganize and redecorate! But where do you start?

I’ll tell you: You start before you move in — especially in the kitchen. Here are five things to take care of before you unpack that first kitchen box.

1. If you want to paint, paint now.

If you know you want to paint the kitchen, it’s best to do it before you get settled into your new-kitchen-new-cooking grove. Even better? Hire someone to paint for you. Painting is so time-consuming, and a really good job makes all the difference. So save yourself the headache, and consider it a good investment in your new kitchen!

2. Deep-clean the cabinets, drawers, and refrigerator.

You know when you don’t want to have to clean your new kitchen? Right when you’re ready to unpack the dozen or so kitchen boxes stacked up in the middle of the room. Get the cleaning done ahead of time so you can jump in and get things set up the way you want.

Doing the cleaning ahead of time also ensures you give your kitchen the deep cleaning it deserves. You’re more likely to skimp and settle for a quick wipe-down when you’re anxious to get everything put away, but unless you know exactly what’s been in those cabinets before, you’d be wise to take your time and scrub everything thoroughly!

3. Check that all the appliances and outlets work.

If they don’t, contact the landlord or hire an electrician immediately to make repairs. It’s easier for them to pull out appliances or dig into the wiring when they don’t have to maneuver around boxes. And you don’t want to discover that the fridge is broken at 11 p.m. after a long, stressful day of moving.

4. Measure cabinets and drawers for organizers.

Take the opportunity while your cabinets are still empty to measure the interior space for shelf and drawer organizers. You may discover you finally have a cabinet roomy enough for that pull-out drawer you’ve been lugging around (as I did), or that you’ll need to get a wire shelf or two for the cabinet by the dishwasher to really fit all your plates and bowls.

5. Plan out where things will go.

The final thing to do before you officially move into your kitchen is to think about where everything will go. Take a look at your kitchen and divide it into work zones. Think about where you’ll store your cookware, whether there’s enough room in the cabinets or if you’ll want to hang a pot rack. Assign storage tasks to your drawers and plan out your cupboards. Put Post-It notes on everything if you want! That way whoever gets the lovely task of unpacking the kitchen boxes will know exactly where you want things to go.

Do you have any advice to add?

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11
May 18

4 Stress-Busting Things You Should Do Before You Move

You might not think an empty house or apartment as an especially beautiful thing. There’s a reason why houses are staged when they go on the market, and that is because people usually think of empty houses and apartments as sad and lonely. But, after you’ve signed on the dotted line and the home is yours, the emptiness can be a spectacular vision. Instead of loneliness, the space is a blank slate for all the happy memories (and awesome decor) to come.

But don’t get ahead of yourself: That blank slate also offers you ample opportunity to do the things that can cause massive headaches after move-in. Before you pivot the couches and cabinets over the threshold, take advantage of those empty rooms with these stress-busting tasks you might not otherwise think of doing.

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06
May 18

5 Lessons I Learned from My Cross-Country Move

On May 1, 2017, my partner and I squeezed all of our remaining belongings into an overstuffed Hyundai Elantra and departed on a one-way trip from Toronto to Vancouver. I say remaining belongings because an 2008 Elantra is no U-Haul. Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco but we left all of our furniture in the Salvation Army loading bay. We had decided to leave our apartment, jobs and almost a decade’s worth of friends behind to start over on the other side of the country purely for the experience. With our late twenties calling, we wanted to pick up and try something totally new before we lost the nerve. As we just marked the one-year anniversary of our big, crazy move, here are the top five things I learned from moving across the country.

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05
May 18

Here’s What It’s Really Like To Move To Austin

As a long-time New Yorker with over a dozen years in the Big Apple under my belt, the idea of moving to another city always seemed pretty laughable. Why would I bother when the best of everything can be found in NYC? Of course, crippling rents, frigid winters and soon-to-be-defunct subway lines can also be found in NYC. For these reasons, I decided it was time to give another city a try, but I knew that I didn’t want to give up the fantastic culinary, nightlife and shopping scenes I’d become used to in New York. I had to find a warmer, cheaper but equally-vibrant city, and my search ultimately led me to the most eclectic spot in Texas: the capital city of Austin.

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04
May 18

The City Guide to Malibu

Yes, Malibu has a reputation for being economically extra. But here’s what most people don’t realize: Beyond the displays of wealth—from billion-dollar beachfront homes to YouTube’s targeted ads for spendy rehabs and private-gate installations—is a rustic chaparral and chill country life in the canyons. The beaches are so close, the hiking can start from your backyard and the stars and moon seem so much brighter out here. (Plus, there are world-class amenities like Mr. Chow and Nobu for when you’re feeling fancy.) If you look, you can find a place to rent for not much more than what you’d pay in Los Angeles—a surprising discovery that brought me here three years ago.

Of course, living in the sticks means no late-night bar runs. And forget popping into the corner store for toilet paper—Malibu’s switchback-loaded canyon roads and 27 miles of scenic beachfront mean the closest provisions may be a 15-minute (or more) drive away. Another bummer: The population lacks diversity. What’s more, overhearing a legendary 55-year old musician talk about Tinder with two very young models outside Sunlife Organics or witnessing confused actors try to navigate the market without their assistants can be nauseating or funny, depending on the day. But for those who can hack small-town life and are charged by nature, Malibu is as gorgeous as it gets.

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03
May 18

The Neighborhood Guide to Echo Park

I have called Echo Park my home for nearly a year and a half. After spending an unhappy year in a hardly-walkable area of Los Angeles’s Mid City, I decided to move to the east side neighborhood. I felt desperate to find an apartment from which I could stroll to the nearest restaurant, bar, or bookstore. Thankfully, I found that in Echo Park.

I like the neighborhood not only for the walkability, but for the creative energy. There’s always a show going on down the street at The Echo, or a new independent shop or coffee house opening their doors. Echo Park is the younger, independent, DIY-loving sister to her neighbor, Silver Lake, and I love it. What I don’t love is that my rent has gone up twice since I’ve lived in my apartment.

Echo Park, to me, is typified by the nights out that I’ve spent with my roommate at an old French restaurant and bar on Sunset Boulevard. One evening, while drinking our cocktails and minding our business, a horde of gorgeous, long-haired people who looked like extras in a Father John Misty music video filled the space. We were completely confused, but also entertained. Another night, we walked in expecting the place to be fairly empty, only to be kindly invited to join the gay men’s mixer going on that evening. You never know what might happen on a night out in Echo Park and that’s the fun of it.

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02
May 18

Here's Why Millennials Are Leaving New York (and Where They're Headed Instead)

Don’t get me wrong— I love New York City. The caliber of cuisine, the convenience of cabs, the irreplaceable energy of eight million pavement-pounders who are craving to shake up their industries. But after living there for years and sucking everything I could out of the place, what I wanted more than designer sample sales or expertly crafted cocktails or spontaneous adventures in the city that never sleeps is, well, sleep. I was tired of the town and ready to relocate.

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02
May 18

12 Home Depot Finds (Under $30) Every First Time Home Buyer Needs

So you just bought your first home—congrats! Now comes the fun part: settling into your new digs by filling it with necessary items. But after you spent all that money on securing your new home, you might not want to spend any more on the boring organization and maintenance tools homeownership requires. Save your dough for nesting, and get moving-in done with these essential 12 finds from Home Depot, all under $30.

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01
May 18

The $1.30 Item You Must Pick Up at IKEA Before Moving

Between 2014 and 2016, I moved six times: Into a studio with my boyfriend, then to a summer sublet alone. Next, to a garden apartment, then a fourth-floor walk-up Brooklyn sublet, then back in a two-bedroom with the same boyfriend above, then back out again to my own apartment where, thankfully, I am trying out single living with no intentions of moving for at least the next couple of years. While this was all physically and emotionally exhausting, I did have one thing I could rely on each time to make this all so much easier (and if you’re using context clues, it was NOT my boyfriend!): The Ikea FRATKA.

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20
Jan 18

Moving Day: Mandy Moore Is Giving Her Insta Followers A Sneak Peek Into Her New Place

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that moving is stressful, even if you’re a big time celeb like Mandy Moore. The This Is Us star shared a sneak peek into the process of setting up her new place via Instagram.

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