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life lately : apartment update

Thursday, December 01, 2016


This last month the only thing I've been able to think about is moving. It's basically all I talk about, and it's definitely all I dream about. I've had multiple nightmares where we move in and the claw foot tub is missing. Hah! I'm currently in the beginning process of packing. My last move I packed everything in one day. This time I figured since it's an option, I might as well get a head start. I've been boxing all the non-essentials like knick-knacks, books, and movies. I'm not crazy about living alongside random boxes but slowly packing has given me the opportunity to really evaluate what I need keep and what I don't. I LOVE getting rid of things. It feels awesome.

Sooo, the new apartment! Let me tell you all about it and why we aren't already living there! My landlords, a sweet husband and wife team, bought a house that needed completely gutted. Both units were available when she first told us about the house but we were particularly interested in the upstairs. Living in the city I feel much more secure on the second story. The downstairs unit was completely finished but the upstairs is still in the works. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. My current apartment is nice but there are lots of little things I definitely wouldn't choose for myself. The carpet is weird, and the paint colors are... interesting. These clearly aren't things that would stop me from renting though, especially in the perfect location.

The plan was she'd show us the downstairs unit to give us an idea of what to expect and then we'd go check out the layout of the upstairs unit to see if we'd like it. The second we walked in I was just kind of in shock. Jeff was immediately exclaiming how much he loved the kitchen backsplash and I wasn't even sure what to comment on first! My mind was basically already made up within minutes that I wanted to live there. We toured the downstairs unit with mouths agape. It was GORGEOUS. They did an amazing job!


My landlord seemed kind of reluctant to show us the upstairs. I think she was afraid of scaring us off. Basically at the time of us viewing it it was no different than any abandoned house I'd ever been in. If she only knew we hang out in places like that for fun. Heh! They showed us around and told us about all the things they were working on up there. Like I mentioned in the post when I announced this move, I was so excited it's all a blur. I can recall the general layout but the details aren't there which considering the state it was in is probably for the best. Before the tour was even over I announced "We're movin' in!"

Sooo, yeah, Jeff and I are getting completely re-done apartment exactly where we want to live within the city. It's still so hard to believe. I feel like at any second something could go wrong or that I completely overlooked some huge deal breaker just because it's so perfect. When we went to see the place they estimated it would 4-6 weeks until it was finished, which puts our moving date anywhere from here to December 12th. To further corroborate this date, when my apartment that I'm living in now was listed on craigslist it said "available December 15th".

It's basically taking every single ounce of self control for me to not constantly text my landlord for updates. It was finally too much for me to handle and I reached out to see how it was going on Sunday. She said they had made lots of progress and that it was really starting to look like a home. It sounds like all the really hard work - drywall, electrical, etc - is done and now it's time to paint and get the appliances in there.

I wish I had photos to share in this post of the new place but obviously, I really have no idea what it's looking like right now either. You can count on seeing photos as soon as we the keys, which hopefully shouldn't be too far off.


In other moving related news, I sold my lockers a couple weekends ago. When I bought them I knew they'd never move with me. They were incredibly difficult to get up my stairs, and as awesome as they were I hated that they were so heavy. I'm huge on rearranging furniture and it just wasn't possible to move them around. Getting rid of them made this move feel even more real especially since I was kind of worried they'd sit on craigslist for a while. I was sad to see them go but happy to have sold them for the same price I bought them for. They were perfect for this apartment. Maybe there will be space in the new apartment for a much smaller set of lockers. They're sooo nice for storage. 


So yeah, that's where I'm at right now. I kind of feel like I'm in a weird limbo state. I'm very, very excited to move but also obviously, quite nervous. I can't wait to finally put a date on this whole ordeal and start the process for real.
xoxo

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  1. How exciting! I can't wait to see your new place! :)

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  2. I'm excited to see the new apartment! Moving is terrible but putting everything away/up in a new space is worth all of the pain of heavy boxes/packing, etc. I would have bought those lockers in a heartbeat if I lived closer or actually had a place to put them :)

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    1. Yeeeah, definitely not looking forward to carrying boxes but I am SO excited to decorate.

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  3. I stumbled across your blog yesterday and it's my new favorite thing. I love your writing and photographs! I live in Michigan, so finding other Midwest bloggers always makes me happy. Keep up the great work! :)

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  4. Hello, excited to hear about your move, it sounds really perfect! I was wondering if you had any tips for moving plants? I'm always afraid of hurting them during the move. How do you manage with so many?!

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    1. Nope! Just kinda cross my fingers and hope for the best. I'm certainly not looking forward to moving them all.

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  5. I've read your blog for a while now, but have never commented, but I just had to say that I love reading your posts about moving, mostly for selfish reasons because I'm getting ready to move to Tremont, too! (I'm going to be in the southern portion, though, near the Christmas Story House.) I'm a first-time buyer and there have been a few frustrating speed bumps that have taken away some of my excitement, but your excitement has been contagious and has helped me become excited again, so thanks for all of these awesome, positive posts about your move.

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    1. What?! What a small world! That's awesome!!! Congrats on your move, and becoming a home owner.
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    2. Thanks! I am getting more and more excited about the move and, though I loved a lot of things about renting, it's the right time in my life for me to own.

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  6. I totally get where you're coming from girl! I've been wanting to move for a bit, I'm just anxious about it. But please share before and after pics (because you are a seriously cute decorator)

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  7. i love hearing (reading!) about the new place!! my cousin is also in the process of moving and it thrills me to see such joy in the world over a fresh abode. thanks for keeping us up on what's happening!

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  8. 'handle my teeth with care please' hahah

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  9. Good luck moving! I can't wait to see new photos. I saw the Mary Roach book in the box, and it reminded me that I started reading Grunt based on your suggestion. I needed a book for my current travel and it was perfect to read on the airplane.

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  10. Congratulations on the move and welcome to the neighborhood! Looking forward to seeing how your new place comes together and good luck with all the preparations :)

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  11. Super exciting times ahead! Congrats again to both of you guys on the move! I am very looking forward to see your new place and see all your belongings combined in a new home :) how are the furry ones with changes? Do they detect something with the packing and boxes? Juno tends to be very perceptive even when we take the suitcase to go on vacation :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm not sure but they're certainly enjoying all the boxes they get to play in and on. :P

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