Freshman Move-In Day

Move-in day for college freshman is stressful, exciting, and hard work.  With careful planning, it is a lot easier.  My recent post, Preparing for Dorm Life is a good place to start, but here are more tips from my niece’s actual move in day.  Family took these pictures with cell phones. I apologize for the quality.  But, you’ll get the picture!

Organizing your packing
Organize your packing. Car #1

Organizing the Cars

Fortunately, my sister is very organized and each car is packed with similar items.  If you look closely, she even had a wardrobe bar installed in her car to keep all her baby’s fashion neat and tidy.

Car #2.
Luggage is loaded in the second car headed to college town.

The luggage is full of blankets, towels, curtains, toiletries and kitchen items.

Yes, it took 3 cars to move our princess to her miniature castle.
Yes, it took 3 cars to move our princess to her miniature castle.

In this car, she packed her brand new customized bedding, cleaning supplies and tools needed for this big day.

Having unloaded the carSSS, they are hard at work getting everything unpacked and set up.

Storage Containers
Unpacking on freshman move-in day isn’t a chore when organized.


A place for everything and everything in it's place.
Mom helps place everything into the dorm room.


My niece and her "other" aunt.
My niece (the happy freshman)  and her “other” aunt.


Brand new, customized, extra long twin bedding.
Brand new, customized, extra long twin bedding.

Decorating a Dorm

My sister loves to decorate and the two of them did a great job with the bedding. She purchased the comforter and sham, and then had pillows and bedskirt made to coordinate.  Sheer draperies accent.

My niece moved into her dorm.  They made the bed and hung the curtains. She put her clothes away.

Mom, on the way home.
Mom, on the way home.

The tissue box is handy. This is likely the end of every freshman move-in day.

I have a new project.  Once 007 retired and cleaned out his work office, we had a few too many items to display.  He received so many gifts and awards through the years, that we decided to focus on his accomplishments. He has worked very hard the last 36 years and I wanted it to show. I’ve taken a few before shots without even straightening the desk.  I want you to see it in it’s full disfunction.

Home Office Before

Organizing a Home Office Using Antiques & Collectibles

In its current state, it feels sloppy and disorganized.  The vine hanging down was an accident, thanks to Mr. O’haraRoo – our cat. That’s a story for another day.

Office BeforeI apologize for the poor quality photos. These were made with an old phone. One good thing I can say about this tho, it’s a “view to a thrill.”  The pictures on the desk are family photos taken in Disney World.

Home Office After

Using Antiques in Home Office Decor

Home Office

My retirement gift to 007 was an antique voltage meter which I placed on top of the credenza hutch.

miss electra

Alabama Power’s Miss Electra is an award he earned.


36 Years of Southernisms at Work.

His coworkers made this for him. It contains all of his repeated sayings. Such fun!

corner curio

Family photos were updated and an inbox added to keep us on our toes. Hehe! You’ll notice the baby shoes on the desk. They’re on the list to be bronzed. What do you think of the corner curio? Should I paint it? If so, I’m thinking of adding books, etc. for the office instead of storing our extra china.

family photos

Thing 1’s Wedding Day

antique suitcase speaker

This suitcase was a gift to 007 from his mom. She gave it to him the day he graduated from Auburn University. He packed his suits for interviews, swim trunks for vacations and steel-toed boots for plant visits. It was a great gift. He didn’t want to part with it when he changed to rolling luggage, so Wade at Dr. Music converted it into a bluetooth speaker for him. Now we can enjoy our playlist from any room in the house, including the office.

Home Office Before and After

So what do you think? Better?