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Movin' on up!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog front lately. Maybe not post wise, but I've been bad at responding to comments, emails, and everything else in a timely manner. Why? I'm moving! I'd been looking for a new apartment since around mid-summer. I wasn't hunting too seriously up until recently but I had been keeping my eyes peeled for things that fit my criteria. I wanted out of Lakewood, to be closer to downtown, in a specific neighborhood that offers bike lanes, and a bit of a more friendly, down to earth atmosphere. Every time I'd find something that looked perfect, I'd end up scrolling to the bottom of the post and seeing those two awful words - "no pets".  It's 120% not even an option to move without those three goofs so the hunt went on. At times I was almost positive I was going to be stuck in this apartment for another year. It's not like it's all bad, that apartment was exactly what I needed a year ago, moving to the city for the very first time. But I've outgrown it, it no longer suits all my needs.
The night before Christmas eve I found the place! I was hunting craigslist, as had become habit every night, and there it was! I immediately emailed, explained I would have called but it was late and I didn't want to interrupt any family get togethers but welcomed the landlord to interrupt mine as soon as they got a chance because I was beyond interested. She called the next morning while I was on my way to my parents and we set up an appointment for the day after Christmas. I was filled with butterflies. What if this was it? Would I have to move immediately? What if the place was a dump inside? What if they changed their mind once they saw photos of Klaus or when they saw my hair and tattoos?
All my fears were erased when I walked in the door and saw the place. It was perfect. Wait, back up a second, I lied. All my fears weren't actually erased, they just changed. Now I worried that it was too good to be true. What if they were scam artists? What if someone else jumps in and rents it before me? The take home from that story? I'm the queen worry wart, or maybe just princess. Queen title goes to my mother! (Hi Mom!)  I hate having to make quick decisions that will affect my life for a long period of time, and dang, moving is scary. But hey, the best things are always scary at first. A few days later I signed the lease and I'm actually already staying over at the new place!
Packing up my things left me full of mixed emotions. I'm obviously beyond excited I finally found the perfect place for where I'm at at this time in my life. But at the same time, I'm sad to leave this place. I'll miss the free heat that was always set WAY too high, sometimes frustratingly high, and the huge windows that filled the space with tons of natural light.* That apartment will always hold a super special place in my heart for being the very first place that was MINE. Despite the fact I was a homeowner before moving to the city that apartment is way more special and holds way more amazing memories than that home ever did. There couldn't have been a more perfect place for me at the time than that one!

So, you'll have to forgive me if I'm a bit slow getting back to you or if the blog seems a bit slow for a day or so. But once I get things in place, these next few months will be full of new room tours, new adventures, and so much more! I can't wait to tell you all about my new place! Now I'm back to unpacking and trying to figure out where to put all my dang globes!
xoxo

* I will not miss living on the third floor, carrying groceries up ALL THOSE STAIRS, expensive laundry in the basement, and the lack of air conditioning! BUH-BYE

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  1. Congratulations Kaylah! Excited to see your new home, I'm a sucker for room tours, and I love to see all your collections in display, your home is always so full with your personality, which I admire :) I laughed with your story about worrying, before-during-after ;) I can relate. Hope the moving is smooth and your three goofs are quickly adapted to the new place.

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  2. Good luck with the move, Kaylah! Can't wait to see photos of the new place. Hope your fur babies adjust well too. x

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  3. I carry my groceries up 3 floors too in a 1900 era building in a city where AC is rare though to be fair our summers are basically spring weather conditions in Ohio. Everything here is expensive too. Congrats on your new venture :)

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  4. Yahhh! Congrats on your new place! My hubby and I (and our two bunnies and Chow Chow) rent too and we move like every other year. It's a running joke with our friends, but we quickly outgrow places and that's one of the luxuries of renting. Can't wait to see what your place looks like!

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  5. its always sad to move on, but the best is yet to come. I felt sad a couple of times when the landlords decided to sell places I have lived in, and always said I would go back, but now I know I never would. I always found a nicer place in a better location.. always forward :)

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  6. Wow, congrats on the new move! I can't wait to see the new place. I love your decorating style, so it'll be quite a treat! :D

    Celestralite.blogspot.com

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  7. You could put all those globes (or some of them) in my new apartment! They fit the theme we are trying to create so well. We have been having a danged hard time finding them for reasonable prices though.

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  8. what an adventure!! i'm so glad you found your dream place!! i hope the move goes smoothly!! xoxoxo

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  9. I can't wait for the future "room tours' posts. Good luck with moving and everything! x kayleigh // mylittlejeans

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  10. Hehe, it's good you mentioned it in your last paragraph because all I kept thinking was "ooh, new room tours!" :D So excited for your new adventures, and I can't wait to see how you decorate your new place!

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  11. Aww, congrats on the move! I'm excited to see the new place and enjoy you sharing your little story and feelings about it. :) Finding a pet friendly place was always the bane of my existence, too. I once had to beg a landlord and get recommendation letters for her to allow my 5 pound pomeranian haha.

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  12. I can't wait to see the new place! Congratulations!
    Jordyn
    Pretty Lovely

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  13. Hey! Congrats on finding a new place! Look forward to seeing some pics when you're settled in. I know how long that can take, I bought my first house the week before Christmas, 200 miles away, and then spent most of Christmas elsewhere, so now I'm back to work but still unpacking boxes! Definitely starting to feel like home though, and we have a huge wood burning stove to snuggle up in front of now - the dogs and one of the cats love it!

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  14. Congratulations! I remember when I moved into my first place I never expected I would be moving again so soon! I only ended up staying a year in my apartment before moving into a bigger space, it's amazing how quickly you can outgrow a tiny one bedroom apartment. Haha. Anyway, I absolutely cannot wait to see pics of your new space. :)

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  15. i am so happy for you! it is really tough to find the right place and you did it! i hope you have no troubles moving and a nice time settling in ... can't wait for photos ;)

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  16. Congrats on your new place! I've been moving every year since I was 19 because of school or roommates or weird things happening with my apartment haha. When ever summer comes around I get an itch and start looking at apartments haha. Even though the packing and actually moving is a lot, it's nice to be able to do that now when it's just you and your pets or even one other person. One day I don't think I'll be able to move once a year so I don't feel too bad now about it.

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  17. Very excited and happy for you! I can't wait to see pictures of the new place once you're all settled in. Best wishes! I assume Cleveland is just as cold as Erie has been this week -- so stay warm!!
    -Mandi (www.lifeinbeta.com)

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  18. I'm so happy for you that you found somewhere! We've moved home 4 times in 6 years but we love(d) every home for very different reasons, and they were right for us at those points in our lives.
    It all sounds so exciting for you though! I can't wait to see all the new adventures moving into a new home can bring!
    xo Amy | I Am Adorkable

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  19. How exciting! Glad you found somewhere great. It's so frustrating trying to find somewhere that will let you have pets - my current place it says you just need permission and i'm wanting to adopt cats so fingers crossed! Good luck with your move :) x

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  20. Congrats on finding a place! You can just mail one of those globes to me and I'll get it out of your way. lol! just kidding x)
    You have so many lovely trinkets, I can imagine how it must feel to move out to a new apartment. I moved out of my home when I was 19, but I don't let myself get attached to the apartment I live in now. It's no pets allowed which kills me, but so glad that you found a furbaby friendly place. :)

    vegcourtesy.blogspot.com

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  21. Ahh! Congratulations on finding a new place, what an awesome start to the new year! I am so excited to see pictures!

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  22. Congratulations that's so exciting!!! My apartment was on the 3rd floor too, and I was SO happy to not have to carry groceries and kitty litter up and down those stairs anymore! Best wishes for you in your new place!

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  23. Congrats on finding a beautiful new spot to call home! Home hunting + leaving behind old places with memories can be a rough process for sure... but it's worth it once you're all moved into a new place full of possibilities. :)

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

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  24. I am very excited for you! I was like 'you're moving again?', but time just flies :) I really loved the tour pictures of the other apartment, so I am very looking forward to the new place!

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  25. I'm having a very similar moving situation over here in Ogden, Utah. Terrifyingly perfect in every way! It's been a bit chaotic. My blog is SLOOOOOW as I've been hustling here and there to move into my perfect, butler, basement apartment. It's funny how one place can be so perfect one year, and then come the next and you need a new style, a new fit, a new space. Oh, and moving right at the start of a new year? It's great, but I'm ready to settle in already! What about you? Congratulation Kaylah!

    XO,erika wynn
    www.walkingwithteal.com

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  26. So exciting, Kaylah. You've been so much happier ever since you got your apartment. I can tell just from the way you write!

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  27. Congratulations to you! Making a place your own is always so exciting!

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  28. Yay! Congrats on the new move. Love seeing you grow!

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  29. Good luck with the move. You have some really awesome cool stuff. Happy New Year!

    http://heidepadilla.blogspot.com/

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  30. "The best things are always scary at first" - So true. I hate it when people don't allow pets. It's their right, but I would never leave my sweet dog behind. Good luck with everything!

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  31. Congrats on the new place! I agree on those dreaded words: "No Pets" My current building doesn't allow pets, and it pains me greatly! Although, there is free laundry in the basement and a little library down there too...and valet parking....but I still can't handle living a pet-less life for another year! This is the year I move out into a place that actually allows pets!!

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  32. I know all about the "no pets" annoyance when looking for an apartment. With two cats, it's maybe one of the most frustrating things. They're just cats! They don't cause damage!

    Regardless, congratulations! New homes are the best!

    xo
    Diana
    http://unusuallylovely.com

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