Last week I moved into my new apartment and while I had 3 suitcases of clothing and 6 different pairs of heels (plus 3 pairs each of sneakers and sandals), all of my essentials were still in storage - in Nashville (read: over 50 boxes + 3 rooms of furniture). 

On my first night, one of my best friends, Jenny, came by with an air mattress and whatever items she could grab in the 20 minutes it took for her to change between work and departing to meet. Her thoughtfulness to try and supplement my lack of necessities was a blessing - and while making a late dinner after some last minute grocery shopping the other night, I could have kissed her when I realized I needed a can opener and found one in her stash of goodies on the counter.  

Unlike me, Jenny is a nester - once she moves into a new space, it will look like she has lived there for a year within the first weekend - and I would have never thought to bring such useful items to someone when they first move in. Her act of kindness has redefined the housewarming present for those like me, who are starting over from a blank slate. Next time I show up at a friend's new home fresh after moving, I will make sure I pay her generosity forward by bringing some carefully curated items that may yet to be unpacked in order to make the settling in process easier. 

Not only was it amazing to see Jenny's face and have a little girl chat, but instead of spending hours (and dollars) running out to several stores for basics, I got to spend my first night at my apartment enjoying sushi and wine on the floor, while listening to stories from her epic weekend in Palm Springs.

Items Jenny Brought (in no particular order):

  • Toilet Tissue

  • Paper Towels

  • Tea Lights and Tea Light Holder + Matches

  • Sage

  • Tourmaline

  • Chopping Knife

  • Steak Knife

  • Flatware Set

  • Can Opener

  • Whisk

  • Wine Opener

  • Cooking Utensils

  • Disposable Coffee Cups

  • 2 Wine Glasses

  • Small Sauté Pan

  • Large All-In-One Cooking Pan

  • Pyrex Baking Dish

  • Air Mattress, Mattress Cover, Sheets


Billie June


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