UPDATE: October 2018 I decided on a completely different apartment in a different town. I moved into a handicap apartment with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s only 1 story so I don’t have to trudge up and down stairs every day and I couldn’t be happier. Follow my journey on http://apartment8a.com.
Well, where do I start? After my failed back surgery, I realized that I needed to downsize. You see, I’m a clean freak. If something is out of place, it stresses me to no end. I couldn’t keep up with a 3 bedroom home, so, I took the plunge. I live alone so I thought this would be super easy to do.
I found a one-room duplex that I liked for the simple reason it had wood floors and high ceilings. That did not work out. After almost 4 years, I was going crazy over the lack of storage. I was going through my belongings on a monthly basis and giving everything away. I even ended up giving away all of my furniture to buy small pieces that might make it feel bigger. And ended up with the most uncomfortable furniture I’ve ever had. After realizing that living tiny wasn’t the cute romantic picture I painted of it, I was on the hunt for a small apartment, on a bigger scale.
A year later and I’m facing the same challenges I did at my first apartment. I just don’t have a single space to spare. Every inch of my apartment is filled to the brim. I purged over the summer and gave away half of my wonderful kitchen appliances that I really loved but had no room for.
I can’t do this another year.
So, as of last week, I’ve decided on another move. This time, I am going to apply for 2 bedroom apartments only, which is still considered a small dwelling in my opinion, and it gives me more closet space. After having no kitchen cabinet space to speak of, this time I want a galley kitchen. After walking on cold floors, I actually relish the idea of carpet provided it’s new.
The kitchen is divine. The counter space is so spacious compared to what I’ve had. I even have a window over the kitchen sink which was a selling point for me. I’ve not had one in my last two apartments.
Not crazy about this color carpet but at this point, I don’t care. I have tons of large shag rugs that will do the trick.
I put in an application at an apartment and I’m waiting to hear back from them. I provided them with the rest of my information and I should know something this week. It’s my first choice so I don’t want to put in any more applications until I know something one way or another including how long the waiting list is. It’s basic by any means but it has a galley kitchen, a laundry closet (just off of the kitchen but no more washing dirty clothes in my kitchen lol), 2 bedrooms with extra closet space in the hall, a dining room, albeit a small one, which I’ve not had in my last two apartments, a dishwasher which I’ve not had in my last two apartments (boiling water to wash dishes has lost its appeal), carpet in the living room and bedrooms (new), a fresh new paint job in the walls in white so it looks bigger and brighter, a nice big tub for soaking this aching back, and a few other perks include a covered patio out back with a woodland view instead of more apartments (hurrah I can sit outside at my bistro table and blog), and a nice roomy storage room attached to the apartment which I’ve also not had. I don’t even mind if it’s an upstairs apartment.
The two hall closets sold me as well as the walk-in closet in the master bedroom. *swoons* Basic or not, some things are just more important.
As soon as I know something, I will either get my first choice apartment which is in the perfect area; it’s within a mile from my mom, sisters, and my daughter, in every which direction. It’s also in a larger town and for the first time ever I’ll live in the same town as a Walmart. It’s the little things, lol.
Also provided are two parks for the kids, a picnic area with a grill that we can use at any time. A community garden which I’ve not had these last 5 years, and a nice area to walk Peanut.
Regardless of if this apartment will be my new home or if I have to find one that doesn’t have such a long waiting list, I’m MOVING and it’s time to start packing. Downsizing, in my opinion, is not all it’s cracked up to be. I’m over it.