Trending: ‘Just Moved-In Look’. Check out the latest in moving and storage trends here.
Stagnant wage growth and the ever increasing rental market is changing the way Americans move, and decorate. In Cambridge,Watertown and around Hudson, MA, a new survey finds many are opting to not even unpack after they move, preferring to keep that ‘just moved-in look’ year round. One respondent to the survey said “With such a busy life I just can’t find the time to unpack,” writes Kerry P. “and I’m really counting on getting a job somewhere other than here, eventually, fingers crossed.”
Interior designer Noelle Palicki says that it is very common for economic factors to determine styles. A common example is that dresses get longer in recessions, and get shorter during boom times. Palicki says “With every rent increase notice that shows up in the mail, people are anxious to get packed and move to more affordable areas. They just stay packed to save time and for pure convenience. But, if you and all of your friends are living out of boxes, it becomes the new trend.”
Tips for that ‘Just Moved In Look”
-Palicki recommends using an 18″ tall medium box for a coffee table. Put two together for a longer coffee table. Coffee table books? They are neatly stored inside the medium box you are using for the table.
-Book boxes, 12″x12″x”12″ laid open, on the side, make great shoe cubbies.
-Scatter packing peanuts around the house, as you would potpourri. They don’t smell, but they are symbolic of packing and moving.
-Cover your sofa with a sofa cover. You’ll get responses like “oh, are you remodeling?” Your guest will think you are a person ready for change and with disposable income.
-Furniture pads have dozens of different uses. They are incredibly durable, and they just scream “Moving!” Place them on couches, chairs, or in the corner as a dog beds.
Storage fads come and go, but storage trends stick around. Only time will tell if the ‘just moved-in look’ is here to stay.