I’ve been sort of quiet this week, but there’s a reason for that. This week, Joe and I made a big decision.
We’re moving! Again!
I know – I can’t believe it either. Thankfully, I have already make Joe promise that this is the last apartment we will have before we one day find our forever town/city and buy a house.
As you all know, we’ve been in our current apartment for about a year and a half, which is half a year longer than our first apartment. The truth is that we love living in this apartment but we’re not so lovey-dovey about the area. One (or both) of us always saying “I wish we could move this apartment to our old neighborhood!”. Too bad our landlord would not be cool with that.
Joe and I enjoy being able to walk to the store to pick something up or go out to eat but it’s difficult in this area because there’s a heavy level of car traffic (my walk to the train involves crossing three busy intersections) so we’ve never felt like we’ve belonged here. Aside from the traffic, there are other reasons why we know it’s time to move on:
- We really don’t need that 2nd bedroom (which is continually a place for junk, no matter how often we clean it out
- We’re paying more for rent than we should be
- My commute is somehow almost as long as when I was still living at home.
Of course, there are some great things about our current place:
- Our kitchen makes cooking so much more enjoyable
- It’s a month-to-month and we’ve never had our rent raised
- Our landlord is awesome
Ultimately, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy was what really encouraged us to start looking. Things around us were a mess (which I know was evident in the photos I shared) and while it’s slowly gotten better, there are so many people are still trying to put together their lives. Constantly seeing demolition and destruction has a way of wearing a person down.
During December, Joe and I casually looked for apartments online but ultimately decided to hold off on seeing anything until after the holidays (after all, decorating for Christmas is a top priority and moving would have ruined that). We would constantly email each other postings, though. Some because they were awesome and others we would email because they were ridiculous, ex. a room where every wall was covered with floor to ceiling mirrors (I wish I was making that up). The entire process was casual because we didn’t have to worry about an end date for a lease.
After Christmas we saw our first apartment but it did not live up to it’s posting so we moved on. A few days later, after the New Year, Joe sent me a posting he had found online in an area of Staten Island he really likes (which is near our old place so I was on board with that). The posting didn’t have any photos in it so I was a bit apprehensive about it but we decided to check it out anyway. No harm in looking, right?
Best. Decision. Ever.
We ended up stumbling onto a gem of an apartment! There are hardwood floors throughout, windows and closets galore, a huge bedroom, and a bathroom with a tub! Oddly enough, a tub was on our “want” list because after 1.5 years with the shower pod, we’re over it. There’s even a butler’s pantry! The only negative is that we’ll have to invest in a refrigerator (we’ll chat about that next week) but in the grand scheme of things, it’s really not that big of a deal to us.
What does this mean for us? The rest of this month will be spent packing and then in February, we’ll start bringing over the bulk of our stuff. It’s very exciting for us because this apartment feels more like us (especially the area it’s in). I’m not as excited about the packing, but we have plenty of time to do it and thanks to a 1/2 month overlay, I feel okay about it.
We’re going to try to stop by this weekend and do some cleaning (our new landlords have already given us the keys!) and while we’re there, I’ll be sure to snap some photos on our camera so I can share them with you next week (the phone pics I have are blurry and terrible).
Anyone else make a big decision lately? Have any tips on moving? Think we’re nuts for moving a third time? Do you like where you live or do you wish you could pick up your house/apartment and move it to a different area?