Guest Post: On Moving

Hi everyone, happy May! Update:: 1 exam down, 4 to go. While I'm off studying my life away for finals, my lovely friend Kristyn at Poppy is going to take over for me today. She's getting ready to pack up and move into her first permanent apartment & wanted to share a few tips! For anyone about to move in or out of a dorm room/apartment, these are great things to think about-- xoxo.
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Hey One of Five readers! I'm Kristyn and I blog over at Poppy! I love writing, traveling and design. You will find all of this and more on my lifestyle blog, where I tackle everything from faith to feminism. This week, my boyfriend E and I are moving to a cute little apartment in downtown Tampa--a big transition into the adult world, I guess you could say. While I'm super excited to be moving into our first apartment together, it's bittersweet at the same time. My family lives in Pennsylvania and I'm in college in Florida--now that I've decided to make the transition permanent, the apartment is the final step. Over the past year, I've shifted my life down here and it takes some work!
If you're moving to a new state any time soon, here's some advice: Simplify your life, shop smart, and keep family close.

Simplify your life.
This is a big one. I have a large collection of books and clothes that I unfortunately can't afford to house in my new home. I cut down my collection to about 2 shelves of books and cleaned out half of my wardrobe. Be choosy. It's hard to do, but it's important to make sure you keep items you truly need and want. Anything questionable? Donate to a Goodwill, have a yard sale, or sell online! Plus, it makes Moving Day so much easier (Note: Invest in movers. They will save your sanity).

Shop smart.
As first-time renters, we obviously can't afford high-end furniture. Rather than hit up the local thrift store, E and I shop at Ikea--a great, budget-friendly compromise for someone like me who loves modern, fresh designs. You don't have to fill up your home in one week either. Be smart about what you can buy. Take your time accumulating furniture and decor pieces; this gives you time to decide what to invest in, and it makes the purchases so much more satisfying. We couldn't afford a couch for awhile, so we were using folding chairs or watching Netflix in bed. Last week, we finally purchased our couch and we can't wait to lounge on it :)

Keep family close.
My family is so important to me, and it's been hard going months without seeing them. So, we often utilize Skype! While it's not the same as face-to-face, it does help lessen the distance and keep us all in the loop. Just because you live far away doesn't mean you can't still be close to family. As someone who loves to travel, I think finding a balance is key. Discover your independence but stay grounded and embrace your roots, too.

Happy Wednesday!

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P.p.s. A Before-You-Moveout Checklist.