FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN NASHVILLE

This past weekend, the city of Nashville kicked off the Christmas season with its own version of the Macy’s parade. I got to experience the fun floats, the various, festive marching bands, the lovely Grand Marshall-Mike Fisher, and the magical Santa Claus. It was such a wonderful weekend to usher in the Christmas season and get in the Christmas spirit!

The holidays can be very expensive as we buy gifts for everyone on our list. To relieve some of the costs and stresses of the holiday season, I want to share with you some fun family events in Nashville to get in the Christmas spirit without breaking the bank.

Opryland Hotel

At Christmas time, the Opryland Hotel gets transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. You must bring your whole family to experience the millions of twinkling lights. It’s free to walk around the hotel and enjoy the lights, the 48-foot tall Christmas tree, and the life-sized nativity scene outside. It’s open daily from 4PM – midnight until January 1.

Music City Winterfest

Whether you’re trying to do some Christmas shopping, wanting to get in the Christmas spirit, or just wanting to get the kids out of the house. Music City Winterfest is filled with things to do for everyone. There are local vendors and artisans selling unique gifts, local bands to help you get in the Christmas spirit, and lots of games, crafts, and even a photo-op with Santa! This event is happening December 9th from 10AM-4PM at Centennial Park.

Warner Park’s Winter Story Walk

This event kicks off Dec. 5, and it’s an ongoing, self-guided activity all throughout the winter months from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Warner Park’s Winter Story Walk is the perfect event for the active little ones in the family. Start the hike at Little Acorn Trail and enjoy nature as you walk and wander through the trails to reveal many winter stories.

Now you have no excuses to sit at home. It’s time to enjoy some festive Christmas outings. If you need help decorating your house for Christmas or rearranging your house for family gathering or Christmas parties, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 615-248-6288, or visit our website for all the information. We would love to help you out with any holiday moving needs!

How Our Employees Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, a time to gather with family to eat delicious food and give thanks. We, at Two Men and A Truck, have so much to be thankful for, but we are most thankful that we get to spend thanksgiving with our family. Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and we cannot wait to spend time with family and eat delicious thanksgiving food.  We also want to share with you some of our favorite traditions.

Our general manager, Nick, loves to eat a whole pumpkin pie and spend time with his family. Chris, Keith and Korey, our operations manager, training manager, and sales manager respectively, also love to spend time with family members they have not seen in a long time and eat yummy food.

 

Patrick, one of our sales representative, loves to eat thanksgiving food and playing charade with his family. Mathew, another one of our sales representative, loves to eat thanksgiving food with friends since he does not get to go home. Another one of our sales representative, Bernicia, loves spending thanksgiving in her PJs all day with her whole family.

Our dispatcher, Darrian, not only loves spending time with family members, but also, he loves to play some friendly rounds of board games. As for me, I love being with my family and cooking for our thanksgiving feast. I love playing with my nieces and have some friendly competition of board games and card games. I especially love having all my family member together in one place since we don’t have the chance to get together often.

All of us at Two Men and A Truck want to wish you a wonderful thanksgiving full of family, fun, and food. After the thanksgiving feast, please give us a call at 615-248-6288 if you need help decorating or pulling out those Christmas decorations. We would love to give you a free estimate or check out our website for more details!

Tips for executing an office move

Whether you’ve outgrown your current office, you are merging with another company, or you’ve got a big new promotion, it’s time to get into that brand new office. Office moves can be stressful, especially, if it is your first time. We want to alleviate the situation by providing you with some helpful tips.

Have a game plan
First, make a timeline and checklist of everything that needs to be done to accomplish the move. Stay in constant communication with the managers to make certain plans are being carried out. For a small office move, you will usually need at least three months to prepare. For a medium to large sized office move, we recommend at least six to eight months. Next, find out the layout of the new office-get a blueprint of the new place and compare the two offices. This way you can troubleshoot any problems of the new layout. If there were any issues or things you disliked about the current layout, you can add plans to the new office to make certain it is move-in ready!

Rally together as a team

For a small office move, it’s a good idea to have at least one person to keep everyone organized. This person needs to stay in constant communication with everyone and make certain things are being accomplished as the time for the move gets closer. For a medium to large office move, appoint a few people to organize and coordinate the packing process and the move. Divide up the tasks and make sure everyone is aware of the timeline for the move.

Give everyone a job
Meet with the move coordinator and discuss timeline for the move and what all needs to be done before the big move. Give everyone a specific job as you prepare for the move. This will not only be more efficient as you make the move, it will also make everyone feel important and included in the big decisions around the office.

Let the world know
Whether it’s notifying your clients, suppliers, or business partners, it’s very important to get the word out about your move. Assign this job to one or two people to specifically reach out to all the business partners and clients to get the word out about the move. Let them know when and where specifically you are moving and how the business will operate during the move. Moving can create a lot of lost in businesses and clients, and by personally notifying your clients and business partner will minimize that risk.

We have over twenty years of knowledge and experience helping hundreds of Nashville businesses, and we would love to help your business make that big move too. Give us a call at 615-248-6288 for a free estimate or visit our website for more information.

Paw Patrol Halloween Boxtumes

It’s that time of the year again, Halloween time. It’s time to dust off those fun costumes and bring out the yummy treats. Whether you prefer tricks or treats, it’s a fun time for everyone in the family to get out to make some new friends and load up on delicious treats.

We, at Two Men And A Truck, love Halloween because we get to showcase and participate in our annual tradition of making boxtumes! What might you ask is a boxtume? Well, it’s a costume make out of our boxes, of course! This year, we decided to make the Paw Patrol gang, Marshall, Chase, and Rocky.

 

Materials needed for boxtumes:
• Two Men And A Truck medium boxes
Multi-colored construction papers
• Glue sticks or spray glue
• Scissors
• Crafting knife
• Spray paint
• Foil
• Ribbons

Steps to make the boxtumes:
• First, I found some templates for the badges and the wheels
• Next, I found some inspirations online for ideas on how to make each of their accessories.
• Then, I moved onto cutting and trimming all the accessories to prepare for each of the costumes.
• Subsequently, I cut out the boxes for fit a person inside.
• Finally, I glued the accessories onto the boxtumes and added ribbons for the shoulder straps.

We can’t wait to show them off at one of the local Trunk and Treat next Friday. Meet us at Our Savior Lutheran Academy, October 27th from 5PM-7PM. We can’t wait to meet you and give you some yummy treats!

For your boxtume needs, feel free to give us a call at 615-248-6288. We will even deliver the boxes you need right to your doorsteps for free! We would love to help you out with any boxes or moving needs to make your holidays stress-free! Check out our website for more information on other services we offer.

SO YOU’RE MOVING TO THE BERRYHILL NEIGHBORHOOD

Home to 40 recording studio – Berryhill is located just south of Nashville. This up and coming neighborhood offers some refreshing choices for food and fun. Berry Hill is the perfect neighborhood to get away from the city life and appreciate the charm and diversity that Nashville offers.  With its ever-growing food and entertainment scene, Berry Hill just keeps on surprising us with every corner we explore. Here are some of our favorites.

Morning Java: Our favorite coffee shop is none other than, Sam and Zoe’s. You must check out this cozy coffee shop offering many options such as coffee, smoothies, breakfast, and lunch. You can also check out a fun little pancake house right down the road, The Pfunky Griddle, if you are up to the challenge of cooking your own breakfast. This will surely keep your little ones entertained!

Best Playground: We love Sevier Park. It is located less than 10 minutes from the Berryhill neighborhood. The outdoor playset will sure to be a hit for your little ones, and there are also lots of trails for running or walking your fur babies. The indoor community center is another a great space to use for those raining days. Coleman Community Center is also a great option for those seeking fun after school activities.

Casual Eats: Baja Burrito, you know it’s good because there’s always a line out the door. Not only do they have amazing burritos, fish tacos, and chips and queso, the prices are very reasonable. For a lighter and healthier option, I would highly suggest Calypso Café. It has yummy and healthy option for those who also need to pinch some pennies. Another healthy, new establishment is Vui’s Kitchen. It is a fresh Vietnamese restaurant offering fresh and delicious food from Pho Noodle Soup (YUM!) to Bahn Mi Sandwich.

Family Fun: One of the first Escape Game in Nashville opened its door right in the heart of Berryhill. The Escape Game is such a fun place to bring the family together for some wholesome and mystery solving fun. If your family love movies, you must take them to check out the fun, colorful lit theater, Regal Hollywood, to catch a movie.

Grown-Up Fun:  If you are a craft loving person, you must take a trip to The Beaded Bungalow. It’s a crafting person’s paradise. You can take classes on jewelry making or you could take a group of friends. For the beer connoisseurs, be sure and check out, The Sutler, a laid-back bar with yummy food, or The Black Abbey, a brewery with over 25 beers to try.

Staycation Attractions: So you’ve worked a long week, now it’s time to unwind and enjoy your long weekend. For those who love shopping, I highly recommend checking out Nadeau or Gas Lamp Antique. These stores are packed with unique furniture finds and antique decorations that you cannot find anywhere else. For those wanting more of a relaxation experience, I recommend checking out Float Nashville, it is a salt water floating experience, where you are lured to deep relaxation.

Unique Spots: Gilchrist Gilchrist, a family owned shop with loads of shabby chic decors and furniture, winning even the approval of Taylor Swift. Another funky spot to check out is Supreme Kreme. This rolled ice cream shop has instantly become a hit with the locals. You must check it out! For those who are health conscience, check out The Herbal Heart. In this funky little shop, you can find countless herbal remedies for relief instead of taking harsh medications.

Moving Help: And of course, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is always here to help you move into your new home. Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, and we will gladly take care of the hard parts; so you can have all the fun exploring your new neighborhood and finding your new favorites.

Free (and Fun) Events this Fall in Nashville!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's top fall events that are free in Nashville

If you’ve just purchased a new house, you’re saving for your next home, or you just prefer to pinch your pennies, you may be looking for some free outings you can enjoy this season! Since the first official day of fall was last Friday, we wanted to share some of the free local events we’ll be taking advantage of between now and December. Hopefully we can help you plan your next stay-cation adventure!

September

Nashville Frist Center has free admission on Museum Day LiveOn Saturday, September 23rd, we’re excited about the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day, where you can download free tickets to visit any of their participating museums. Here in Nashville, you can enjoy free admission to the Frist Center that day. You could also go to the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery or Tennessee State Museum, but these never charge for admission.

But maybe museums aren’t your thing. In that case, you can spend the 23rd on the edge of your seat as you watch local aviators show off manned flying machines they have actually created themselves. The Red Bull Flugtag first came to Nashville ten years ago, and we can barely contain our excitement about its return!

The following weekend, the Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson) is hosting its annual Fall Festival across its beautiful property on September 30-October 1. The festival always has a great musical lineup, arts and crafts vendors, and of course, history lessons. Just don’t forget to print your free tickets!

October

Nashville OktoberfestBetween October 5-8, Oktoberfest is coming to town again in the Germantown neighborhood! Our festival is the 2nd largest Oktoberfest in the entire country, with eight draft beer stations, a beer garden, and over 100 other vendors spread out over ten blocks. Bring the kids for face painting and games, and let your fur babies join in the fun with the Pup Parade and Dachshund Derby. You can also get your exercise on when you join the 5k Walk/Run and dance to authentic German folk music! Our Dispatcher Darrian is especially excited about going to Oktoberfest because it’s an annual tradition he keeps with his wife.

We recommend taking a break from the beer on Saturday, October 7th to enjoy the Celebrate Nashville cultural festival at Centennial Park. Your whole family can enjoy various international dancers, musicians, and food, plus tour the Parthenon’s interior museum for free. Before you go, be sure to check out their schedule of events so you don’t miss your favorite performers on each stage.

Nashville always has a free Barktoberfest for dogsThe dog lovers of our office are usually more excited about Barktoberfest on October 21st than they are about the traditional Oktoberfest earlier in the month. You and your dogs can both attend in costume and win fun prizes for creativity or group costumes. There are tons of games to play with your pups, plus vendors to shop and win more prizes from!

Those without dogs, like our Marketing Assistant Cara, might be more excited about the Nashville Symphony’s annual Free Day of Music. Throughout the day (and night!), you can tour the Schermerhorn and enjoy popular musical acts, including the symphony itself. Every year, the Free Day of Music changes, so be sure to check out the Nashville Symphony’s website to confirm the date and times!

And to round out the month, you have to check out Historic Franklin’s annual Pumpkinfest on October 28th. Your kids can show off their costumes while they enjoy trick-or-treating, bounce houses, pony rides, and games. And none of you will want to miss the Leiper’s Fork Carving Club with their intricate and impressive carved pumpkin faces. Before you leave, don’t forget to guess the weight of the giant pumpkin grown by Franklin’s sister city, Carleton Place in Canada.

November

Nashville Christmas Craft FairAlthough Christmas won’t be coming around for another 2 months, we recommend checking out McGavock High School’s annual Christmas craft fair on November 4th! Unlike the main Christmas craft festival in Nashville, McGavock’s fair doesn’t have an entrance fee. If you have strong enough will power, you could walk out without spending a cent…but if you do find something you just have to buy, all proceeds benefit the school directly.

The following Saturday, November 11th, you can take the whole family to the Berry Hill Street Festival! Kids can ring in the holiday season with free ornament crafts and cookie decorating, not to mention storytime and the annual parade full of seasonal characters. You can even enter your pets into the Pup Parade to show off their talents and physique while helping raise money for Crossroads Pets.

Did we miss your favorite free fall celebrations? Leave us a comment to let us know! And if you’re looking for help moving this season, please give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, or visit our website for information.

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How to Move with Your Pets

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Since we’re in the middle of our annual Movers for Mutts charity drive benefiting the Nashville Humane Association, we wanted to share some of our tips for moving with your pets! Supporting your pet through the moving process can be challenging because they don’t speak English fluently, so you aren’t able to explain, “Don’t worry Fluffy, we’re packing everything away now, but it’ll all come back out once we move into our new home!” But there are some things you can do to make your pet more comfortable and ease their anxiety about the upcoming change.

Ease your pet into the move gradually.

If you have a cat or anxious dog, you know they hate change of any sort. It can take some pets a month just to deal with a new rug in the hallway! So when you make the decision to move, start easing them into the change right away. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests getting your packing supplies early so they’re used to having boxes around the house. Then relocate their pet supplies, such as their bed, toys, and food/water dishes, into the room you plan to pack up last. This way, your pet can feel like she has a safe place where everything remains steady while the rest of the home is packed up and rearranged.

If your pet isn’t accustomed to spending much time in their crates, start to add crate time into their normal routine. Place treats in their crates, feed them in their crates, and leave the door open so they can walk in and out as they please. This way, your pet won’t feel punished by being locked in an unfamiliar, small space during Moving Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Plan ahead for Moving Day.

If you’re moving to a location which will require you to get a new vet, follow up with your current pet clinic to get a copy of all his records. While you’re there, check to make sure your pet is up to date on all his vaccinations and check-ups before the big day arrives. Then research and choose a new veterinarian before you actually move so you have time to send your pet’s medical records to the new clinic and familiarize yourself with their location.

It’s also important to prepare for the worst case scenario–your pet getting lost in a new neighborhood. Just in case she dashes out the door unexpectedly, you’ll want to make sure your dog or cat’s tags and/or microchip information is updated with you new address and phone numbers. If she has a microchip, remember that you need to update the information online manually because your vet doesn’t have access to update it for you.

You may want to consider scheduling a “Doggy Daycare” appointment for pet for your actual move date so you don’t have to worry about him getting underfoot of your movers or slipping out of the house without someone noticing. Keeping him at a kennel will also prevent him feeling anxiety from watching his surroundings constantly change throughout the day as movers load all your belongings into their truck.

Finally, make sure you pack and set aside a “pet kit” away from the rest of your packed belongings that will be loaded onto the moving truck. This kit should include food portions for the next few days, medical records, any calming sprays you may have, a leash (if you have a dog), bedding, and litter (if you have a cat). Setting this kit aside from your other boxes will prevent it from getting lost in the shuffle of movers loading your belongings onto the truck during Moving Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Make sure your pet feels at home.

You may be tempted to set your pet down and let her explore her new home as soon as you step foot inside the door… But remember, she may not be as excited as you are about her new home! To your dog or cat, an empty house cluttered with boxes and wrapped-up furniture will feel foreign and can cause anxiety. For the first few days, it may be a good idea to limit the space your pet has access to. For example, on the first day, try keeping them in one room set up with their bed, dishes, and toys which also contains familiar furniture pieces she’ll recognize. Gradually open up more doors around the house as you unpack more belongings so she knows she’s home.

If you’re used to letting your pet go off-leash around your yard, you may want to give him some time to adjust to the new location and get to know your new neighborhood before allowing him free range again. For the first few weeks, only let him outside when you can be with him to make sure he stays safe and avoids running away.

With a little forethought and sensitivity, Fido or Mr. Whiskerkins will be at home in no time at your new place!

And as you’re planning for your move, don’t forget to call or text us at 615-248-6288 for a free estimate. You can also visit our website for more moving information and tips!

How to make DIY chairs of moving boxes

How to make diy chairs out of two men and a truck moving boxes

Did you know that every year, on the 3rd Friday of September, cities all over the world turn their metered parking spaces into actual parks for the day? The worldwide movement is called PARK(ing) Day, and anyone from a participating city can reserve a spot to turn into a little miniature park. You should check out some of the parks from last year’s PARK(ing) Day here!

As you may have guessed, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK will be creating a “parklet” this year on September 15th, and you can find us in The Gulch in front of the e.Allen boutique and Bar Louie. Like most organizations, our park will have an eco-friendly theme… We plan to make our whole park out of cardboard boxes! Our ground cover, planters, and park benches will all be made out of recycled cardboard boxes from the office. And you may be wondering, how in the world can you make a sturdy bench out of a cardboard box?

Here’s what you need to make a cardboard chair that can actually support your weight:

  • 2 Large and 1 Medium TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Anything you’d like to decorate your chairs–we used colored duct tape

how to make a chair out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK cardboard boxes

Step 1: Cut your two large boxes down to size.

Each flattened moving box can be taken apart into one flat piece with the seam at one corner. When you lay down the fully disassembled box, you can cut the top and side edges to adjust the size of your final chair. Our chairs are about 1.5 feet tall, with the large boxes each about 5 feet long, but you can modify these measurements to your preference. Be sure to use the boxes’ folding corners to your advantage by keeping each folding corner an equal distance from the two cut sides of the box surface.

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck moving boxes

Step 2: Cut the slits that allow your two boxes to fold into one another.

In total, you’ll be cutting 8 slits that will allow your two side pieces to fit into one another.

The red slits in the photo above show how to make the center cuts. On your first piece of cardboard, find the midpoint of the two end trifolds, and cut from that midpoint out to the top edge. On the second piece, cut from the midpoint of the two end trifolds down to the bottom edge

The final blue cuts need to be made on the end sections of the trifolds as well. The far left trifold sections need a cut from the bottom edge up to the middle of the piece, and the far right trifolds need a cut from the top edge down to the middle. We positioned these blue cuts about 3 inches away from the edge of each cardboard piece.

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck moving boxes

Step 3: Use the box folds to create two triangular side pieces.

You can slide the two blue cuts into one another to secure these triangular pieces. You’ve just made the sides of your chair!

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck cardboard boxes

Step 4: Slide these two triangles into one another to create the outer shell of your chair.

Now you’ll use the red slits to connect the skeleton of your chair’s sides and provide stability for the person sitting on the chair. To add to the comfort level of the “sitter,” we added some extra pieces of cardboard in the center square.

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck cardboard boxes

Step 5: Cut out the top piece of the chair.

You’re almost done! Now it’s time to take your medium box apart, the same way you did with the large boxes. Cut out one of the four folding sections and set it on top of your chair sides to figure out how big you’ll need the top piece to be. Trim it down to size so you have a rectangle with four corners matching the four outer corners of your chair (see the green marks in the photo above).

how to make a chair out of cardboard moving boxes

Step 6: Cut out the top and bottom slits you need for the seat.

Use the orange marks in photo above to note how you’ll make a slit from the top and bottom edges of your seat up to the corner point in skeleton of your chair. These slits will allow you to make triangles to fold into the sides of the chair and secure the top. You’ll need to make your own fold marks along the dotted purple lines to finish up the seat.

chair made out of two men and a truck cardboard moving boxes

You’re done! Now you can decorate the chairs as you’d like, or just leave them the way they are!

We hope you’ll come see our park on PARK(ing) Day, or even create your own parklet! Find all the directions and reserve your parking space online.

Do you need help moving your park supplies to your space, or just help moving into a new home or office space? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or check out our website for a free moving estimate.

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Sales Manager Chris Makes a Career Move

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville operations managerComing back from our Labor Day Weekend holiday, we have some exciting news to share about growth in our company! Our Sales Manager Chris has just earned his latest promotion to become our new Operations Manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville. Chris has been working with our company for over three years now, and we’re so proud of all his accomplishments as part of our team.

Chris started working with us as a Mover in 2014 after moving here from his home in New Jersey. Our General Manager Nick was very impressed with Chris’s ability to plan ahead and prevent potential issues on the job site, so Chris was quickly promoted to our Driver Team Lead position. As a Driver, he was responsible not just for leading each move, but also for inspecting his truck every morning, walking customers through their moving day paperwork, and communicating with the dispatcher in our office throughout his jobs. Chris was a great communicator and always received high customer satisfaction scores, so one year later, Nick offered him a position as a full-time Sales Representative in the office.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville salesChris’s experience in the field as a mover helped him relate to customers as they called in to schedule their move and ask for moving advice. The rest of the sales team naturally started asking Chris for help when unusual moving circumstances arose, and he became the “go-to” sales person for working through complicated situations. A few months after his transition into the office, Nick promoted Chris again to the position of Sales Lead. We weren’t surprised to see Chris really take ownership of his new role and prove his leadership and training capabilities! Everyone saw his next promotion coming in 2016 when he was named the Sales Manager.

Throughout his time as Sales Manager, Chris continued working closely with our Operations team to ensure every customer’s move went smoothly in the field. He would volunteer to help out in the dispatch office when we were incredibly busy during the summer moving season, and he stayed late several evenings to make sure moving crews arrived safe after their last jobs. We all know Chris will do great as he takes over responsibility of all our Mover and Drivers’ training, safety procedures, and dispatching duties. Congratulations Chris!

If you’re looking for an exciting, customer-facing job with room for career growth, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK may be the place for you! Visit our careers page to see our current opportunities, or call or text us at 615-248-6288 with your questions. We look forward to adding you to the team!

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Clothing Capsule: Your entire closet can fit in one wardrobe box

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK marketing assistant Cara in NashvilleA couple weeks ago, our Marketing Assistant Cara starting tell everyone in the office about how she was able to cut down her entire wardrobe to fit in the space of just one of our Wardrobe Boxes. Cara has been working to simplify her life and remove non-necessities, including a huge closet stuffed full of clothes! When she decided to take the leap and make her own “Clothing Capsule,” we asked her to write a blog about her experience. We hope she inspires you!


I recently watched a documentary called The Minimalists, by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. In the film, Josh and Ryan are just average employees working in corporate America, and they decide to really examine their lives and adopt the minimalist lifestyle to find true happiness in their lives. As I pondered more and more about this topic, it drove me to really examine my lifestyle and how I am utilizing my resources. One thing I have an abundance of is clothes. I love shopping for new clothes and wearing new clothes. But this documentary drove me to try the wardrobe capsule project to help me think about how we can really embrace what we have and be content in knowing it’s enough.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK clothing wardrobe capsule wardrobe box

​The wardrobe capsule project is rooted in the movement of minimalism. It’s a project where you pick out 30 pieces of clothing, including shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, or shoes. Your total of 30 clothing articles are worn interchangeably for 30 days, and you really have to use all of your creative juices to utilize what you have. Ultimately, you realize what you have is enough.

The capsule really shifted my mindset on how I usually think about selecting clothes to wear. I typically dread getting dressed in the morning since I never know what to wear. With the limited choices I had, I realized it was easier and faster to make a choice for selecting an outfit. I really enjoyed the different combinations I was able to come up with. Here are some of my top tips for making your own wardrobe capsule:

  • Make a capsule for each season of the year you experience. In Nashville, we mainly have Summer, Fall, and Winter weather. Spring feels very similar to the summer here.
  • Use layers! Cardigans and sweaters can help mix it up.
  • I picked out a lot of neutral pieces, especially the cardigans and outer layers so they would be able to mix and match.
  • I was able to mix and match a colorful top with a neutral cardigan or a colorful cardigan with a patterned top, which created all kind of variations.

The wardrobe capsule is a really interesting project to try out if you’re even slightly curious about the minimalist lifestyle. This project will no doubt make you more conscious about the choices you make in life, and also helps you de-clutter your life. Minimalism can be helpful if you travel a lot for work, have a small apartment, or just want to experience a new mindset about life.

Jumping into this challenge was a particularly hard for me, since I loved new clothes and shopping so much. I learned to really embrace what I have in my closet and think outside the box to be creative with what I do have. I learned life is not about having the new best thing–it’s about how we use what we already have to its full potential. The minimalist lifestyle can give you more time and resources to devote and chase after what you truly enjoy in life.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK clothing wardrobe capsule wardrobe box

Are you ready to adopt minimalism? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for help deciding which charity to donate your belongings to, and to schedule a pick-up for the donation delivery! We would also love to help you with your downsizing move!

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