Java Talk: What We Do To Make A New Space Our Own


When you move to a new place, what is one of the first things you do to put your stamp on your new home? Do you put a welcoming wreath on the front door? Put your name on the mail box? Start bringing out your collections to display?

Well, here is one of the very first things I do that makes me feel like I'm truly home. I pick up some cheap but strong coffee beans at the store. I wash and dry a vintage mason jar. And then I fill it with the aromatic coffee beans, and stick a tapered candle in it. Then I light it. 

That's how I know I'm home. No matter where I hang my apron, that first scent when I light it is so delightfully wonderful. Because I love the smell of coffee. I enjoy my coffee every morning. 

This is my ritual. 


I unpack boxes. Put books in the book shelves. Hang my clothes and set up my kitchen and bathroom. But that's what everyone has to do. 


The candle is my treat to myself. It will sit on my stove and from time to time I will light it. Especially on rainy days when storm clouds are hovering and rain pounds on the roof. A lit candle makes a place seem so cozy. 


Okay, it's your turn. How do you make a house your home? What little things are so important that you tend to repeat them in every new dwelling? 

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102 comments

  1. I too like candles and some pictures of my family, friends, and dogs. Even if I just hang a few on the fridge it makes a difference.

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    1. Putting up photos of family makes a house feel like a home too. Makes it all suddenly familiar. Great idea!

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  2. My friend Ann thought me this: completely set up one room so it will be a sanctuary from the chaos. It may not stay that way but finish one room to you can receive guests, have a place to rest from all the clutter, and enjoy your new surroundings. It energizes you to see something complete.

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  3. Hey, I've almost got the living room done. Well, there is still a box or two of stuff I haven't found a place for (small decor), but I got a lot on the walls of this room yesterday. So I'm feeling better about sitting here because no more blank walls where I sit the most! You're right. It does indeed energize you and spur you forward to those other rooms to have one inhabitable. Otherwise, it seems so overwhelming.

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  4. I like setting up the front entrance, so that it looks welcoming from the outside even if it there is still disorder on the inside.

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  5. Great idea! At least welcoming neighbors and friends bearing housewarming gifts see you've put your best foot forward as soon as they walk in the door.

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  6. I haven't moved in years so I haven't a clue! we used to move all the time when hubby was in the navy, but in the last 33 years we have been in one place - I do think though that if I ever moved again I would need my hand quilted quilts all out on display as they normally are - that would welcome me home - all my quilting supplies ready to use while I think of how to decorate and arrange furniture

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  7. I always want my quilts on display. In fact I've hung one behind the couch already.

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  8. Love the candle and the coffee beans. I'm so allergic to fragrance but I could do coffee smell! First thing I do is get my kitchen unpacked. It's like if I have coffee and can cook a meal then I'm home. Then comes my bed! LOL!! First room I got really 'done' was my living room where I spend most of my time also. Moving is so hard! I hope to stay put now for awhile, well once I get my Mom settled.
    hugs, LInda

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  9. As I walk throughout my new-to-me small space, I can smell the coffee beans in the kitchen. And this just makes me smile. Buy yourself some coffee beans, say, at Target, where I bought their brand and only paid $5 for a bag of beans. You will enjoy it so much!

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  10. I just moved 10 months ago so what I did was had all the containers and boxes put in the garage when the moving men unloaded the truck. (I know you can't do this if you don't have a garage, but you could pick another room). Most of the boxes were labelled so I opened them one at a time. The first thing I did was set up my bedroom. No matter how chaotic the house is, it is so nice to be able to shower and fall into a clean bed at the end of the day. Lord knows how tired we are after moving! So back to the boxes in the garage. (This was AFTER I had arranged the furniture. I did not want to unload my books, etc. and then discover I wanted to move the bookcase!) I also made sure my CD player was plugged in - I work better with music in the background. I love your coffee candle idea. My favorite is patchouli incense. When I burn it I feel very tranquil.

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  11. I tried to do this as much as I could by having boxes go into the closets. However there was only so much room and a LOT of boxes. But most of it is done. Some boxes still in the closet but I have the essentials and much of my decor out and waiting for me to find a place for it. If I had a garage, this is DEFINITELY what I would have done. I also made sure I had bedding and medication and such at the forefront so I could make my bed and fall into it at the end of the day!

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  12. Before my late husband and I even moved into this house in 1967, we painted the walls a lovely celery green color.. There was green "shag" carpet on the floor in the living room, hence the green walls.. Even before we went to settlement, we painted.. We were 27 and 26 years old and were clueless about buying a house.. Luckily nothing went wrong at settlement. We had lived in apartments for six years before we bought the house.
    We hadn't accumulated the "stuff" that is here now, so the move was fairly easy. July 1 will mark 47 years living here. .

    I really don't know what I'd do if I were to move anywhere now.. I know I would have to do what you did, Brenda. Lots of things would have to be sold, donated, given away to friends or just thrown out.

    I like your idea of using coffee beans with candles.. Nothing smells better than coffee brewing and bread, cookies or pie and cake baking. I love the fragrance of a lemon scented candle too. There are so many delicious smelling candles now days it's hard to choose..

    I think getting curtains hung makes a house cozy too. A room sounds so different with curtains at a window.

    I hope you'll be able to get rid of all of those boxes soon. I know you're ready to decorate your outdoor living space
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    It's windy and chilly here in Virginia today.. I'm staying in. I put my Easter bunnies etc. away and am now thinking about Americana things for Memorial day. I like to decorate for special holidays but don't do as much as I used to.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your living room and how you've made it cozy.. Enjoy your day.
    Charlotte

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  13. I will be showing some of it tomorrow probably. Still a mess in here. I'll have to clean it up (coffee table piled high) a bit before I want to show it again. I can't even imagine living somewhere 7 years, much less 47. Charlotte, I can tell you it is freeing to have the smaller space and especially not worrying about the grass and trimming of trees and such. Even though I have two trees at one end, though I think they're actually much on the other side. And one at the other end where I have placed my chairs to get a bit of shade in the afternoons. That tree is in another yard also, but the branches come over my fence. Even though I dearly miss my washer/dryer, it is worth it to not feel so overwhelmed by things going wrong and a yard to keep up. I'm just going to have fun on my patio! I tell myself this as I'm trying to wring out towels in the kitchen sink!

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    1. I can tell that you're enjoying your smaller space.. I know there is a weight lifted off of your shoulders not having to worry about having grass cut and repairs made. Money out of your pocket !
      It's nice that you get some shade from the tree.. I hope no one ever cuts it down.
      If it gets too bad with the wringing of clothes, try the laundry that is connected to your new place. Even if you just took the heavier pieces it would make a big difference in the wringing process and your wrists.
      I KNOW that you're going to be in "seventh Heaven" working in and on your patio.. Have fun, fun, fun.
      Thinking about you !

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    2. I am currently checking into portable washer/dryers, which I didn't know existed before beginning my research. Might possibly buy one at some point so that I could manage much of my laundering needs in my home. I am currently washing by hand, but the wringing is very hard due to much arthritis in my hands. I am hanging my washed items on an expandable shower rod I placed in my bathtub.

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    3. I hope you can find that washer/dryer combination at a reasonable price.. I've just started having arthritis in my left thumb. For what reason, I don't know, but it's very painful.. They say that women suffer from that more than men. Again, for what reason, I don't know..

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  14. Oh, and I want to add that all of you were right about one thing: once I started getting my things on the walls, I felt so much better! Just started on the walls in two rooms, but it makes me feel immensely better.

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  15. I too always made sure I could have my bed made and ready for when I could force myself to stop. I've always had dogs and cats in tow, so I always made sure their sleeping spaces were ready for them. Seeing their beds, bowls and toys used to help settle them down. I guess they felt they weren't being left behind if their things were there. Always candles and music helped with all the work. Even without a move, at the end of the day, candle light signals the evening and time to rest to me. It's already getting so warm here in TX I admit I'm using the candles with timers often now. It's nice to look up and see them "lit" and giving off their nice glow without adding heat to the room.

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    1. I've really got to try those. I just have so many candles I want to use them up first.

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  16. I hadn't moved in almost 13 years until last April. Moving into a home with a new husband was new to me 13 years ago. Two step children and so much stuff! It took me months to unpack and I only re-call wanting to wake up very early to see our new little farm that included goats and chickens. 13 years later, sans the husband, I moved and gained my independance after staying much too long in a verbally abusive relationship. I did not turn on television for a few days and nights in my little rental home. It was just me and the quietness of it all. No noise, no shouting, no name calling...silence at last. So, that was my ritual...silence that I so very badly needed and I still do at times.

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    1. You know, having been in your situation, that I understand completely. I keep noise machines tuned to rain going in the living room and in the bedroom to provide soft sounds that keep the pupsters and I relaxed. Silence, my friend, as you know, is truly golden.

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    2. where would I find those machines...I would love to listen to rain.

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    3. I bought one at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It has several settings.

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  17. I've been in this place for about 14 years now....looking back and trying to remember, I think that after the main issues, which were how to make this galley kitchen work and how to arrange the furniture, then getting my knick knacks and pictures out was a priority and picking up some much needed things ( replacing the ugly metal medicine cabinet in the bathroom with a mirror...that sort of thing ) was what I was focusing on and what helped to make it start to feel homey, or like "MY home".. then the next spring, since there was nothing here whatsover...I think I blew my entire income tax refund on flowers and bushes and chairs for the front porch, and for years every spare cent was spent up at Lowe's garden center :)

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    1. Well, Deb, that is "garden therapy" and it is very effective. I will be spending some of my money there as well, as flowers and plants give me such joy.

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  18. Good morning Brenda and ladies. My daughters and I moved many times and we always followed the same plan. Our strategy was similar to Lana's. We completed our bedrooms first, including pictures on the walls. We could then shut our doors to the turmoil of the rest of the house, and enjoy really restful sleep. I think we were more productive that way, and had our homes completely set up in a week.

    I love your candle idea! What a wonderful tradition!

    I'm really happy that you're feeling so much better. No more upkeep and repair worries! Now you can relax and thoroughly enjoy your new life as it unfolds...

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    1. Yes, I must admit that I am more relaxed. The setting here is pretty quiet. Inside I do not hear the neighbors. And I've found no one outside gardening yet. So that may not be their thing. In fact outside it is pretty quiet too! The maintenance man's shed is about twenty feet from my front window, and I mostly hear him with machinery now and then. I can see that this unit is perfect for me in that I can park in front adjacent to his shed, and being where I am, I am a little more isolated from traffic and such. So far loving it!

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  19. I agree, getting the house to smell like home is both energizing and inspiring. Great idea Brenda.

    Jen

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    1. Well, if you don't like coffee, it wouldn't be so great I guess. But you know how much I love my coffee!

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  20. Brenda, I have an LG washer/dryer combo that plugs into 110. Takes a while to dry but works wonderful. Plus you don't have to have 2 units! Love it!

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    1. I am in fact checking into that companies products as we speak! Would you mind telling me where you purchased it and how much it cost?

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    2. I lived in an apartment where there was a portable washer and dryer in the kitchen. The washer was on castors and I wheeled it over to the sink where it hooked up to the faucet. A hose going from the washer drained into the sink. The dryer was on a stand that the washer fit under when not in use. It worked pretty good. The only thing I did not like was the dryer vented into the kitchen, which made a lot of dust and heat. Does your landlord allow portable washer/dryers. Better check first, you would not want them telling you it's not allowed after you have already bought it. Mine was already in the apartment when I moved into it. This is also 30 years ago so I am sure they are more efficient now.

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    3. I have been checking into them. But I had not thought to ask the management. I can't see why they wouldn't be allowed. But you're right, I'd better check.

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  21. I like the idea of the candle and the wonderful scent you can enjoy while you work. I always make the bed up with all freshly laundered linens and set up the bedroom first. I can't stand boxes everywhere so I designate one area in the living room for all boxes. Not matter how much you get done each day.....you need the bedroom to rest and sleep. Love reading the comments and getting new ideas my friend! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  22. The candle smells wonderful even when it isn't lit. But then the beans are fresh. Later I'll probably have to light it to release the aroma into the air.

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  23. I paint. Those harsh, stark white paints builders and landlords always use are far too cold feeling for me to be comfortable. I 've been getting
    Behr " Swiss Coffee " , a creamy off
    white, in a 5 gal bucket and doing
    the walls. You know how some
    lightings can make you feel strange?
    That stark, harsh white paint does
    the same thing to me. Then it's
    setting up my bathroom: lovely
    towels, soothing art, candles, a few
    fresh flowers and all all of the
    products that help me to
    feel human. It's my non negotiable
    ritual for all of my many moves.

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    1. I can't paint here. But once I got started decorating yesterday, I found that the white walls are a perfect backdrop for my quilts, etc. Looking at the glass half full!

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    2. I see many beautiful country rooms in the magazines that have white walls. I think of it as like an art gallery where you can display your things. And I know you, Brenda. By time you get all your collections and pictures and quilts on the walls there won't be much white wall space left anyway. Haha!

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  24. Hey brenda. I havent moved in some time but I think the first thing I did was hang family pictures up. Ny hubby says nothing like putting holes in the walls seconds aftervwe move in or I paint a room. Good luck in your new place...welcome home.

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    1. Thanks Laura! I love your home and land. But I'm never going to have that. And that's okay. I really like small spaces and you have a husband to help out with all that. Different strokes for different folks. I feel a little odd. Most blogs I read have these huge houses, and here I am in this small space.

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  25. The first thing I do is make my bed with nice clean sheets and my quilts. I immediately feel like I'm home. xo Laura

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    1. I need to get move lavender spray, or learn how to make my own. I love to spritz my clean sheets with lavender, which induces relaxation.

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  26. My thing is to stick a beef casserole in the oven to slow cook. The smell of comforting home cooking really screams 'home' to me, and when it's time to collapse after the removal men have gone, you can sit down and recharge the batteries with a good meal. Sigh xxx

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    1. Oh, I so want to have some good food, and I'm just eating sandwiches and crackers and cheese. Only so much energy and standing up I can do. And right now it has to go to getting things put up. I want to buy a crock pot and smell that aroma all day long.

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  27. I've only moved a few times but I think candles are a great idea but for me it is getting something growing in the garden. Have to have my veg garden.

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    1. Yes, Elaine! I just got rid of all my wet boxes in the back yard, which about did me in because the humidity is awful and it's going to rain tonight again. And now I have my space and can figure out how I want to design my container gardens and decor. Too bad my chickens are decorative. They don't lay eggs like yours do.

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  28. Love the smell of coffee! Off topic, but coffee grounds saved the day for us last night. My husband became severely ill with a stomach virus and had to go to the ER to get IV fluids and medications ( he is home now and much better BTW). Anyway, a clever nurse on duty came in the room with a paper coffee filter full of fresh coffee grounds and put it on the counter. The smell totally overtook the other not so nice smells going on, what a lifesaver for my daughter and I in that tiny room! Next shopping trip, I am getting a bag of coffee for emergencies! It was almost like it absorbed the odors.

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    1. You can also use coffee grounds around certain plants. My neighbor in Tyler use to go to Starbucks and they would save her lots of coffee grounds for her garden.

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  29. The best thing , to me, about your blog is that you make the best of a small space! I think we are all going there eventually, and I go to bed at night and think how I would organize/decorate a small space. When your family is grown, I think we all crave a "cottage", and by definition a cottage is small. Pretty, homey and welcoming, that's what home means, and nothing is cozier than small.

    Good luck in your new adventures,

    Susan

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    1. Susan, I often wonder how the bloggers with these gigantic homes call them cottages. I agree, a cottage by definition is small. Not spanning 4000 square feet. I would not even want any of these homes. I can't imagine what it costs to heat and cool them, much less clean them. I will be writing now, when it comes to decorating, exclusively about decorating in small spaces. Not just ones I find somewhere online that are cute. But now it will actually be my own digs. I'm going to do various series on organization and making the most of your square footage, etc. I have so many ideas and I can't wait to get started on them.

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  30. I always start in the kitchen and after all the cooking related items are put away, I add personal items to the counter tops, coffee maker of course, and add my favorite magnets and personal photos to the fridge. It's just little touches that make the space feel more personal. I make sure our fridge and pantry has the essentials to last us for a few days. I also add scented candles unlit, since we are sensitive to lit candles, and add fresh fruits to my baskets I keep on the counter.

    I enjoy living in small spaces and our kitchen is the smallest we've ever had, so it was a bit of a challenge, but it all worked out since we have downsized with every move.

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    1. I've been doing the counters, and then I redo them. I can't figure out what I want where. The microwave is now off the coffee bar, at least. So far I haven't even had to use the cabinets in this space except a few times! I'm managing with my furniture! I have one door off and don't want to put a bunch of stuff in only to have to take it out once I figure out what I'm going to do.

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    2. It does take awhile to decide where to put things on your counters. I know I changed my mind several times, but I knew what I needed to have on them, just had to decide where. Also, a microwave can take up valuable counter space if your kitchen is small. We have limited cabinet space too, so we had to add a pantry to our hallway for food storage. I think it came together for me easier this time because kitchen storage was so limited and I had fewer choices where to put things. I also got rid of a lot of stuff I discovered I didn't need or want anymore. I know it will come together for you Brenda, and you'll have a charming place to call home!

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  31. I start with my pumpkins and fall decor. I just moved last year. First time in nearly 30 years. When I try to do things like you it just makes my mobile home look old and junky. I don't have the magic touch like you. No pics on any of my walls. They the walls, all have that slant. Brenda I just got my Medicaid today!!! I can finally go to the Dr or hospital. I hope they help with meds. I had to stop taking my insulin. I couldn't pay $200 a m month!

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    1. Oh, I'm so happy for you! It's a tragedy that people have to go without life saving medication in any country.

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  32. Hi, Miss Brenda! There are three things I do first to make my place my own. 1) Plug in my CD player. 2) Clean it, and no place is clean, in my opinion, until it becomes "Carol Clean!" 3) I paint, even if I know I have to paint it back to the original color, if and when I decide to move, which is the case with my apartment.

    Good luck in your new place, Miss Brenda! I just know it's going to be so pretty when you get everything done!!

    Carol

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    1. I worked like crazy today. Will be showing pics tomorrow.

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  33. Oh- We have moved so many times over the years. I will immediately hang ALL my pictures-even if I know they might be moved later I can do a temporary set up and my paintings make me know that I am "home".Can't wait to see you truly "settled in" your new home-xo Diana

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  34. It's flowers for me. Favourite vase or whatever is unpacked, but fresh flowers absolutely essential. Some people gamble, I buy flowers a- too much and too often. I think it's because I can't paint. Every arrangement brings new and fresh colours and a creative outlet for me. And, if it's scented flowers, a welcoming floral aroma when the front door is opened.

    I see the bones of a beautiful house already, Brenda. Don't get despondent. It will happen. And please, keep the coffee table!

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  35. I haven't moved in 30 years! But I remember our movers were fantastic as they put everything in the family room like I wanted and set up my bedroom! That night I sat down in the living room and sighed a big sigh of relief that the move was over! Boxes weren't unpacked, but it was over. I always found frying bacon would make everything so much better, get rid of any paint smells. I can't wait to see what you've done tomorrow. I know it's coming together nicely. You sound so happy!

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    1. I am happy to see my home forming more and more every day. My home. Like the sound of that.

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  36. The last thing loaded onto the moving truck and the first thing off and set up is my bed. I make it right away, put some of my dirty flannels in a small pile, then set up the cats in that room. After that the door is closed until all the movers are gone. To make sure to put my stamp on a new place I make a nice meal of spaghetti, garlic bread, etc., finished off by baking a chocolate cake. That means my new place smells like home.

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    1. I wish I had the energy left over to cook! I'll get there. Chocolate cake I haven't made in a long time.

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  37. I just moved, 6 days before thanksgiving.. I was very blessed to have a terrific moving service this time. The put all the furniture, plants and cartons right where I asked them too:) they set up the electronics- tv's -we's and cables boxes in 3 rooms. I brought the coffee pot, creamer, sweetner, coffee and plastic spoons with me in the car:) a person has to know their priorities lol.. while they worked I sat on the porch wrapped in a quilt and had coffee. about 7 pm lowes showed up with the new fridge, washer and dryer and set that up to work. I made my bed, basket of bathroom essentials in both baths and at 11 I showered and off to sleep. pretty much the easiest move I have even made and I have made 14 since I was 19 years old.. If I ever have to do this again I hope I get movers who are as professional. They made this a breeze.
    I agree, the smell of fresh brewed coffee make it feel homey right away, and a blueberry muffin helps too:)

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    1. I couldn't afford to have that luxury. But I loved the movers. The young men were from Two Men And A Truck, and they were wonderful.

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  38. For me it's the bedroom first - I can have a cozy bed to fall into at the end of the day. I designate a room for boxes, if there's an extra one. Definitlely I work on the kitchen as quick as possible!
    I can't wait to see all your beautiful quilts and your patio. It's such a wonderful space and you have such creative ideas.

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    1. I just got home from buying many plants and 10 big bags of potting soil. I don't like to shop when it is humid, but it was really cool outside and I knew it was going to rain. So I can't wait to get out there and plant my pretties!

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  40. When our girls were young the first thing I'd do was set up their rooms-beds, drapes, books in shelves, toys in their usual places, night clothes laid out and the book we happen to be reading at the time ready for bedtime to roll around. I'd try to make their little world safe and cozy feeling. Now that they are both in their 30's it just my husband and I that have moved the last 3 times....we set up our bed and crash for the night. The next morning it's on! Unpacking like we are on-fire! I find moving to be an exciting adventure. Crazy I know!

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    1. Well if you find it to be an adventure, I sure wish I'd had you on hand to help me! The adventure for me is placing the furniture and starting the decorating process. Then I'm on fire!

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  41. My bed and a bathroom. Uncluttered sleep and bathroom keep me from stressing out Then its the books - crazy I know but it it sure makes me feel better.

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    1. I got some books in the bookshelves pretty quick. But the majority are in my bedroom and I just haven't had time to get in there and straighten things up and get the shelves pretty. But the books are all out! Going out and buying plants and soil this morning was far more important!

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  42. Brenda,

    We have moved 4 times in the last 6 years and for me it's setting up our beds, putting fresh, clean sheets on and getting the coffee pot ready for the morning, oh, the smell of coffee is the best smell in the world!!

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    1. I so agree! That's why the candle in the coffee beans. Then I can smell it all day.

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  43. Like many of your readers, the bedroom comes first. It's been refreshing to walk into it each night and find a clean and organized space. On Tuesday we moved all the boxes to the downstairs rooms, so at least one part of the house is livable. After the bedroom the kitchen is the first room that we organized. I like to cook plus the cabin is somewhat remote so the days of calling for takeout are over, I'm finding it's making me more aware of not being wasteful. Instead of throwing out a chicken carcass the other day, I made chicken soup.

    I've had those coffee candles and love them too! Nothing like the smell of coffee beans :).

    I finally have my computer hooked up and hope to get a post up today or tomorrow. It's been a rough week and I'm looking forward to somewhat of a routine again.

    I'm glad to hear your space is coming together Brenda. It sounds perfect for you and I can't wait to see how you worked your magic!

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    1. I'm falling into bed at night worn out from doing and doing, but it's a good kind of worn out. I look forward to your next post and seeing how you decorate.

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  44. Since we are a military family, we move too often. I love potted flowers, and since we cannot take them with us when we move the first thing I do is buy a small potted flowering plant. No matter what time of year it is, you can always find one. I love to see it bloom every year and watch it grow. It is how we know that we are home. Usually our household goods arrive within a few days of our arrival to our new residence, but for this move to Germany we had Army Furniture, cookware, and dining ware for 2 months. The Hyacinth plant that I bought the day we "moved" into our quarters made the place feel like ours even though we were not surrounded by our own things.

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    1. A girl after my own heart! Well, if you weren't moving too far, you could dig up plants and leave enough soil on them and place them in plastic grocery sacks. That's an easy way to move them. When I moved to Tulsa, I can't tell you how many wonderful bloggers and readers sent me plants from their gardens, from all over the US. They wrapped them in wet newspaper and sent them in boxes, and most lived. You could try mailing them to yourself.

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  45. I am taking a moment, this a.m., and will read thru all these suggestions. I am like Lana. I set up my bedroom first. One of the very last things I pack is a box of freshly sheets and towels. I always carry this box in the car so that once my bed is in place (by the movers), I can make the bed, hang the fresh towels and lay out a fav bar of soap. That way, when I go to bed and waken, it will immediately feel like home.

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    1. Yes, I agree. I take all my toiletries, hair dryer, etc. in my car. I also pack a suitcase like I am going on vacation with a few days worth of clothes and pajamas and a few kitchen necessities since the furniture sometimes arrives after we do. When we moved to Florida from NY it was 5 days before our stuff got here! So we had to have a mattress delivered (we were getting a new one anyway) so we had something to sleep on. Of course that does not happen if you are not moving long-distance. We need a new coffee pot so that was the first thing we bought! It was also nice to have some basic kitchen necessities so we were able to make breakfast, too. When the movers finally came it only took a short time to get the bedroom and bathroom set up. One thing I must add is even though I labelled all the boxes I should have had an inventory list of how many boxes and what was in them. The movers lost/misplaced a box and to this day I don't know what was in it, except when I can't find something I think "Ah, it must have been in the missing box"!

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    2. I too made sure I had fresh sheets and a blanket ready to take with me in my car, and toiletries and medication. And of course stuff for the pupsters.

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  46. I am still trying to learn your posting method here. I had a tad more to say, but could not get the letters to come out onto the post.
    Right now, my hubs and I are trying to figure out how to make a move to Kansas City. We are in Central FL. We have a lovely home that is 4 yrs old..........but I am missing my kids horribly. We are retired folks.........living on a budget. We know if there is a will, we will find a way. We have total faith, tho we do not quite know, yet, how we will pull this off. It's based on prayer, faith and tremendous kids that want to help us buy a house in KC, where we lived for 11 years. It will definitely be a family effort. And yes, I have already started packing.........tho have no clue how we will do this. I just know it is something we are meant to do. Now that is FAITH, is it not???? We will fill a 53 ft. Truck/trailor, so this is no small move! Nuts???? No, we don't think so. :-)

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    1. I am so glad you have a family willing and wanting to help you. That is worth its weight in gold. Good luck with your move!

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  47. 31 years now in my little house. We had lived in two other apartments before we settled here. Our house is up for sale right now. Our first two moves we were newly weds and really didn't have anything. Lots of great suggestions on these posts.

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    1. Yes, I find that readers have so many wonderful suggestions! It's like mining for gold!

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  48. You have gotten some great feedback in all these comments. That alone should reinforce that we are all trying to help you adjust, even if it is in a virtual sense. When I was moving a lot years ago, I was single and broke, and I only had two days, usually the weekend, to get the basics straightened out before returning to work. For me, the first thing was to set up my bath, closet and bed, because sleeping and personal grooming had to come first. After all, the rent had to be paid! During that first week in the evenings, I got my kitchen organized, then made sure the furniture was where it needed to go, then last, organized my books.

    When my son was a little boy, I always set his room up first, too, so that there would be a little upheaval for him as possible.

    Fresh flowers or a plant, and your coffee candle are great ideas. I have one other idea: Pick up a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough (or a roll) at the grocery store and bake off a few for yourself to go with that coffee! No work, and they make the place seem like home! Treat yourself.

    Don't know if you have a tub, but a nice bubble bath at the end of a long day is very restorative.


    My son's fiancée is Chinese and they stay at her place in Beijing when they are over there. He said people have those small washers in the bathroom, but not dryers. They have dry racks which pop out of the wall and dry over the bathing areas. You have a patio, so what about a clothesline? Is that allowed? Nothing like fresh-air dried clothes!



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    1. Oh, I had a nice soak last night. The great thing is that I have fantastic water pressure here. Whereas at the little blue house, it took about 30 minutes to get enough water in the tub to actually bathe. Last night I doubt it took five minutes. I leaned my head back and let the water soothe my aching body. Felt great!

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  49. I haven't moved in thirty years so this is a tough question for me. I know when we bought the lakehouse it was important for me to get some art on the walls as it looked so bare and unlived in. Toilet paper is always good!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Oh, I am a fanatic about toilet paper. If I only had one package of four rolls of toilet paper, I'd be in a panic. I order these humongous things of toilet paper. So I had toilet paper in here way before I ever moved. That and paper towels.

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  50. Well, this might seem delicate but, I go out and buy a new toilet seat. Or seats, if there is more than one bathroom. It really seems like a fresh start!

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  51. Great tips. Coffee candles smell so good. I also love vanilla scented candles. My priorities are beds ready to fall into,bathroom essentials,meds,pictures and quilts on the wall a.s.a.p. I use my kindle for a noise machine at night. Campfire is my favorite sound. Rain makes me have to potty hah. So glad you have accomplished so much. I can't wait to see. Sad about Claudia,'s mother. Xo

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  52. You have accomplished so much in just a week!! Wow! Plant shopping must have been fun. It has been close to 30 years since we moved, so I can hardly remember it. I think the bedrooms, esp for the kids, was done first and then, of course, the kitchen. The coffee beans and the candle would certainly make the whole place smell wonderful and help make it home!! How are the pups doing? Have they adjusted pretty easily? Do they have as much to bark at now at your new place? Glad it is relatively quiet for you in your new "hood"! Looking forward to pictures......

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  53. Yummm, the coffee beans with the candle sounds so good. Will have to try that, great idea.
    I was so enjoying reading all the comments almost forgot to leave one myself.
    We've moved a few times ourselves. If we could sell our place we'd be moving back to Tucson. Can buy a house there for lot less than what we paid for this place, with nice walled back yard for our dog. Our place here west of Grand Junction, CO is underwater as they call it. We'd still owe way too much over what county valued it. Makes us really mad as our place was valued according to a really run down place few houses over. We have half acre which is most likely worth more than our single wide mfg. home is. Grand Junction is an expensive place to live on SS.
    We have relatives and good friends in Tucson, it's where hubs and I met also. We'd have to get used to living closer to people but at our age having friends around is better than anything. Our daughter and family want to move somewhere else so we'd be here alone anyway. Never hear from youngest son/family as his wife doesn't like us at all, we don't have money. They live in upscale neighborhood in fancy house in G.J. Two oldest kids live in San Diego area. If we moved to Tucson we could visit oldest son and his boys when they're there with him. His boys live in KY with their Mother.
    I sure agree with getting beds and bathroom habitable is most important thing to me.Interesting topic to explore.

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  54. You haven't had time to decide what to do with the blinds? Are you sitting on your bottom popping bons bons? Joke. You have done a spectacular job in what seems like five minutes. It looks cozy, coordinated and just plain lovely. Congratulations on your move. I hope that you will love it.

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  55. Brenda, I looked this up for you online. Of course, they list my area's stores but they also list all stores that carry this unit off to the right side. They are ventless dryers, which is good, but they list that one for $1600. Worth it if you know you will always move it with you. Good luck. http://www.lg.com/us/products/wtb?modelName=WM3455HW

    Cate <><

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  56. A bouquet of fresh flowers says home to me! Enjoy your new home....Rebecca

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