two weeks after

Moving weekend went shockingly well thanks in large part to my amazing friend Laura and her helpful moving kit. She made things super fun and kept me from freaking out too much.20120826-182706.jpgWhen we got to the new place, #fatcat found the smallest place he could squeeze himself into and stayed there for several hours. Eventually, he did come out, and now he’s doing just fine. And after it was all moved (Moore Moving did a really excellent job) I said goodbye to my old apartment. And hello to the mess at my new place.Things are a little more organized now, but I still have a lot to do. I feel good about this bookshelf table combo though!


Everything else is still too much of a mess to show you. But I’ll have more things together soon. I can’t believe how great moving went! HUGE thanks to Laura and my mom, who came up for a few days to help me get things together. I can’t imagine how people do this by themselves.

countdown to moving day: 2 days

Yikes! Two days you guys.  This is the view from my couch

Yes, that is a jar of cookie butter on top of box 13.

This has been my door for the past two years

It’s full of pictures and post cards and good times and I love looking at it. I am very sad that everything is white and blank right now, but luckily everything is all packed away and waiting for me to take it out at my new apartment. Feel free to mail me things to add to it. And wish me luck! I’m getting nervous.



ok, well

mellow yellow

Ok, you guys saw this coming right? Whenever I get a new bottom, pretty much the easiest outfit I can make is to match it with this top because I long ago decided that this top goes with everything. Here I paired the top (Lands End) with a skirt from Penny’s that you saw last week, shoes from Zara, necklace from Dannijo, watch from Target and clutch from Banana Republic.

Other things I wish I could wear with that skirt:


brb while I go pack this outfit in a box. Speaking of, it’s now 10 days until #movingday. Here’s my (almost) empty kitchen cabinets


and the boxes in my now very full kitchen


I’m getting there. Slowly.

countdown to moving day: 11 days

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Pretty soon I’ll be leaving my apartment. Affordable and cute, it was the perfect place for my first apartment, and I’m quite certain I’ll never find another like it. It was exactly what I needed when I moved in two years ago–I’m sad to leave it. But I am excited for a new place and new opportunities.

I’ve been checking out catalogs and design books for new ideas on decorating. For the kitchen and living area, I think I am going to stick with the colors I have now. Which is, well, white with bright color accents. But I am really excited about the idea of merging modern design with different textures you might not associate with a modern look–like knitting and crocheting. I love the idea of making a lot of things for my new place myself, and taking the time to find some really fun, bold, pop culture-y decorations.

things I want to make

Follow my brainstorming on Pinterest and Instagram @raenudson. I can’t wait to get started! But I must because my knitting needles are packed away.

countdown to moving day: 13 days

I keep putting things in boxes, but so far my apartment does not look any emptier.

so many boxes


Believe it or not, this is when I was halfway done with my kitchen. How do I have so much stuff in an apartment that’s only 300 square feet?

costs so far:

  • $12.50 on newspapers
  • $20.99 on boxes and shelf liner
  • $20 on cars to take home boxes and drop off clothes at Housing Works
  • $150 on my credit card to reserve movers

So far I’ve gotten rid of clothes and books, and I’ve gotten an alright start on packing up some boxes. With 13 days to go hopefully I’m on the right track.

I also started this box log that I’ve read a lot about. I have been numbering each box as I go along and writing what is in the box on the side of it. But I’ve also started a google doc that lists each box with the number, what’s in it, and what room it should go in. The idea is that when I move and am looking for my travel coffee mugs, I will know they are in box 5 in the kitchen, and I can go and fish them out. (True story, they really are in box 5 in the kitchen.)

Moving is a lot of work, guys. My arms are sore and I haven’t even MOVED anything yet. Time for a break?

countdown to moving day: 14 days

I’m moving. Just to another place in Brooklyn, but you guys it has three closets. THREE. And a bedroom. A BEDROOM.

I’m excited. Moving is always stressful so I handled it appropriately by crying to my mom, eating lots of oreos, and then (finally) bucking up and getting busy. (ps, thanks mom.)

But now that I’m onto the getting-busy part of the program, here’s whats going on.

I booked movers

Movers are expensive, but what are you going to do, carry your Ikea bookshelf down 4th Avenue all by your lonesome? I think not. I got a recommendation from friends, and that recommendation was worth it to me to not shop around too much for other places because I believe they are trustworthy people who do a good job. I’ll let you know how it turns out on moving day.

I got boxes

I went to Lowes, picked up some boxes, and made it one block down the street before I called a car. Eventually me and my boxes made it home and I am honestly the most excited to use my colored duct tape for color coding said boxes and using fun sharpies to write on said boxes than I am for just about any other part of this process.

duct tape

I started clearing out my stuff

I have several bags of clothing and a few boxes of books that are waiting to be brought to Salvation Army or are on the sidewalk waiting for fellow Brooklynites to pick them up off the street. This weekend I’m going to focus mostly on clearing out and packing up things I don’t use very often. On this note, the Rae’s Days shop will be on pause for one month until I am settled in my new place. Thanks for understanding.  Also if you are walking down Prospect Park Southwest and see a bunch of books, please take some, they are for you.

take one

I’ll keep you all posted on moving (duh) and if anyone has any questions about moving in New York, let me know. I need all the help I can get and would be happy to help anybody else with information or commiseration any way I can. Also if you have any moving tips, please share. Please, please, please share.