What’s the Tea: Spring Planning


Happy Thursday, friends! Wow. Where did the week go? I need to apologize for my silence this week. In fact, things may be a bit quieter around here over the next month. Let me explain.

As many of you know, in the coming weeks I’m “moving” to Pittsburgh. In preparation, I’ve been purging my current home. The amount of “stuff” I have hidden away in my garage, attic, and basement sort of makes me feel like I have hoarder tendencies. Part of the problem is that when I bought this house 8 years ago, it came fully furnished. And that included an already packed basement and attic.

Anywho, over the past month, I have been making a lot of progress in getting rid of unused and unloved stuff. While I’m not selling my current home, I want to get it to the point where it’s free of excess so that when the time comes, I’m ready. I realize that I’m not going to be done with this process before I make my way to Pittsburgh, but I’d still like to get as much accomplished as possible. Even though that’s been taking up a lot of my time, but it’s not really “blog material.” (Trust me, you don’t want to see my jam-packed basement.)

York, PA - What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

In other news, this past weekend my mom, brother, and I went to visit my other brother and his family. I was somewhat hesitant about going given all the things on my to-do list, but we had a wonderful weekend, and I’m so glad I took time off. During the last year, I’ve let work dictate my life in many ways, so it was nice to have a break and not stare at a screen for a few days.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

Over the past month, I’ve also been working on an exciting brand partnership. I can’t share much just yet, but if you are in or near New York City on May 17, I’ll be at a fun event where you can come hang out and say hello. Be sure to follow on Instagram and Facebook. I’ll be sharing all the details soon.

I also have an update on the flower planting situation at my current home. Earlier, I asked for advice on an irrigation system so that I could still plant flowers even if I’m not here to water them. Well, my friends at Grandin Road and Frontgate came to the rescue.

After doing a bit of research, I found out they sell self-watering planters! Genius. The planters are double walled so they can hold gallons of water between the layers. Because of this, the plants can go 2 to 6 weeks without watering.

Grandin Road Square Devon Planter - What's the Tea | Inspired by Charm

Frontgate Camden Planter - What's the Tea | Inspired by Charm

I ended up getting two of the Square Decor Planters for my front porch and a couple of the Camden planters for my back porch and deck.

While there will still be lots of activity at my house when I’m not here, I won’t have to bother my house sitters with plant watering. I also plan to buy a few succulents and cacti which likewise won’t require frequent watering. Once I get things planted, I’ll show you how the planters look and work.

I also found a solution for my mail delivery since I won’t be able to check the mailbox daily at my current house. (Thank you for all of your great suggestions, by the way.) I decided not to forward my mail because the US Postal Service will only do that for so long, and then I’m out of luck. I also didn’t want to change my address for all of my mailings.

So here’s my plan: a larger (and more secure) mailbox!

It turns out, you can buy large capacity mailboxes, similar to what the USPS uses to collect mail, but for a home. I purchased this one from Amazon.

Large Metal Package Mailbox - What's the Tea | Inspired by Charm

Although it’s a bit pricey, I think the investment is worth it. The quality is excellent, and it’s big enough to collect at least a week’s worth of mail. It’s also secure. The unit bolts to the floor, and there’s a guard inside so no one can reach in and access the delivered mail. I plan to be home a few times a month, so I can just sort through my mail and pay bills when I’m here. I think it will work out well.

In other news, I’m making some progress with the design plan for my apartment. I still need to take measurements of the space and get a feel of the flow, but I hope to share some ideas and thoughts with you soon. Stay tuned.

In addition, I’m spiffing up my current house so I can share a late spring/early summer home tour with you. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve been having a bit of a design dilemma lately. However, my new apartment has given me a confidence boost, so I’m excited to tackle my current space with renewed vigor.

Trophy Succulent Planter for the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Thank you in advance for your patience with me over the next month. Again, I’ll still be here, but maybe not quite as much as normal. Before I sign off for the day, here are some other goodies from around the web:

20 random facts about me.

The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies, so I tend to love anything inspired by it. This video isn’t for the easily offended, but I’m totally in love with this song and video by Todrick Hall.

Speaking of tunes, do you need a good playlist for exercising? Check out my RUN playlist here. I also love this Tuesday Tunes 10 – You Are Amazing playlist for extra encouragement.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Visit my series from last year for festive ideas and delicious recipes.

Kimmy Schmidt is back for another season. Hasbrown No Filter! Check out the new trailer here. Troll the respawn, Jeremy.

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  • Heidi at

    Jenny must be working…you look adorable in the family photo! Great idea to take time off for family or anything else you enjoy doing. Balance is key.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. She is! Thank you. 🙂 Down 15 pounds!

      xo Michael

  • Stevie Storck Design Co. at

    So cool that you have family in York! Not a creeper, I promise. Just recognized the photo of Cherry Lane 😉 I’m from York and I went to college in Pittsburgh. I’m so excited to see what you do with your new place there!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! 🙂

      xo Michael

  • cindy at

    I certainly wish you well in your new home.
    May I ask where the trophy planters are from?
    Many thanks,

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I got them from Michael’s Craft Store.

      xo Michael

  • joannamatt@mightyessays at

    Glad you took time off. Family times are the best times. Self-watering planters are new to me. I have never seen or heard about them.

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