What's Your Moving-in Style?

Take this quiz to find out!

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: IKEA USA (Main Photo)

You've just acquired a new property and you can't wait to move in—while packing can be such a challenge, it's a milestone that you surely won't forget. Trust us, once you start unpacking and putting things in the right place, you'll feel accomplished and ready for a new adventure. But have you ever wondered what's your moving in style? Are you the type who brings everything with you or the type who lets go of some pieces? Relax and enjoy this quiz: 

1. You are going on a three-day out-of-town trip, so you will pack:

A. Two check-in bags filled with separate travel organizers of outfits styled right down to the jewelry and sunglasses—you don’t want your OOTD to go wrong.

B. A tote bag with a bikini, a pair of shorts and a bottle of sunblock. You can buy an extra dress, a t-shirt and pajamas when you get there.

C. A hand-carried bag with slacks, a skirt, and two shirts—all in black—that you can mix-and-match in various ways.

2. Your office desk has:

A. Neatly filed paperwork, sticky notes in all sizes and colors, two kinds of staplers, an emergency overnight kit stashed in the bottom drawer.

B. A corkboard decorated with office memos and beach photos, a desk calendar, a receptacle for pens— half of which have dried-out ink.

C. A slim pencil case, a black notebook, and a cup of coffee. The new office recruit thinks you’re resigning soon, even if you plan on staying until your retirement.

3. At a buffet restaurant, your plate is:

A. A sampling of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes with a small mound of rice. You don’t believe in excluding any food group.

B. A study in unlikely pairings: pasta and sushi, kimchi and roast beef.

C. A homogenous canvas. It can be all-sushi, all cold cuts, or all desserts—depends on your craving. 

4. It’s payday and you feel entitled to use your spending power, so you…

A. Whip out your carefully crafted shopping list and proceed to the first store in your itinerary.

B. Scour the shops with sale items first, then reward yourself for saving some cash with a sweet treat.

C. Only buy things as you need them.

5. You can’t leave home without…

A. Your trusty planner. Even if your schedule is in your phone, there is still nothing like having a hard copy.


B. A bottle of your go-to perfume. Although it makes more sense to transfer it to a small vial, you fancy the bottle too much to leave it at home.

C. An eco-bag in case you need to pop by the grocery.


If your answers are mostly As, then you are The OC Nester. You’re the type to move in with every detail figured out—from what goes to which drawers to which duvet covers to use on your first week. So you won’t get too stressed out during your big move, create a shortlist in an excel file of each box as you go. Make copies for yourself and for the movers. 

If your answers are mostly Bs, then you are The Impractical Patty. You’re most likely to move in with the big-ticket items like a sofa. However, you’re fine with the idea of having to live with an improvised dining table just because you still haven’t found “the one.” But don’t settle for this “just moved-in” look forever—give yourself deadlines for purchasing other items. Set a deadline for buying a big piece perhaps two months later and one décor every payday.

If your answers are mostly Cs, then you are The Minimalist Mover. So long as you have the bare bones to get you through the day, you’re cool. You like your home all fixed up and tidy when you move in. Don’t get set in your super strict ways all the time, though, or your home will look like a cold model unit. Allow yourself to trawl a bazaar or a flea market—you might spot something to add personality to your space.

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