June and July are supposed to be lazy vacation months but for many, they signify the beginning of something new – new homes, apartments, residences, dorms. Of the estimated 40 million people who move each year (in the US) 80% of them move between May and September – and I think at least half of that 40 million is in the midst of moving onto and/or away from my street.
I know a bottle of wine or a batch of muffins are sort of typical housewarming gifts, but if you’ve ever moved yourself then you know that the last thing anyone wants to do is entertain their new neighbours while in the midst of trying to find a drinking glass.
I wanted to drop off a little basket to our newest neighbours and decided that I would put together a housewarming gift that included things you typically look for, but can’t find when you’re moving.
- tape measure – for centering sofas and pictures
- felt furniture feet – to protect new flooring and/or old furniture
- extension cord – until you figure out where all the new sockets are located
- picture hanging kit
- super glue – because something is going to break, it’s inevitable
- scissors – to open boxes, packaging and as an impromptu screwdriver if you’re desperate
- cleaning sponge and dusters – because no matter how clean the previous tenants/owners were, they aren’t you.
- fly swatter – it’s summer and the in-and-out of moving men guarantees that a few flies will move in with you
- I usually include a copy of our local garbage schedule with a welcome note and if I were smart (and had thought of it sooner) a gift card for the nearest pizza delivery joint.
I tucked all of these little nigglies into this cute cotton basket that can be used to store anything and everything.
It’s cute right?
Handy, helpful and inexpensive since most of these items came from the dollar store.
Our new neighbours were in the midst of un-packing, so I left it on their front porch to surprise them when they get a minute.
A nice way to make someone feel welcome to their new community and a neat way to help them settle into their new home.
Have a great one!