It’s been two weeks since my last post. Things have been happening fast, and we have accepted an offer. We’re early in the process so I don’t want to share too much publicly until we have everything locked down. I’ll have another post once we are further along.
Today I am looking ahead with plans for our apartment. We are planning a few changes from the last time we rented. We’re planning to move into the same apartment community we lived in before buying this house, and likely with the same floorpan.
The first change we are planning is how we approach the closet. Our master bedroom has two closets. This extra storage space is a bit of a luxury in an apartment. One is a walk-in closet, and the other is a more standard apartment style closet with bi-fold doors. Last time, we stored our clothes in the walk-in, and used the other for storage and for the cat litter.
This time, we are going to flip that. We’ll use the smaller bi-fold door closet for our clothes. This will make it easier to access our clothes, and since we have downsized our wardrobe, everything should fit nicely. We may have to add a mid-height shelf, but that should be easy enough.
We’ll use the walk-in for storage, cat litter, and our off-season clothes. At one point, I thought about using the walk-in closet as small office. But, with a laptop, I can really work anywhere in the apartment, and I’d rather work in a room with a window.
Last time, our daughter had a small dresser in her closet. It’s a small walk-in closet. The walk-in is a little odd in this room, as the door barely opens without hitting the clothes hanging in the back of this small closet. The room would actually work better with a bi-fold door closet instead of a walk-in, but I suppose the walk-in was touted as an upgrade. In any case, the dresser didn’t fit well in the small space.
This time, we are going to do away with the dresser. We have decluttered her clothes and they should fit much better. We’ll hang her shirts, and store the other items in a box, like I am doing in my closet. When folded and stored standing up (sometimes called KonMari style), they should fit nicely on a shelf. Here’s a shot of my current closet to give you an idea of what we’re going for.
Cable TV is included in the rent in this apartment community. This includes two cable boxes. Last time we took advantage of this and hooked up cable in the living room and in our master bedroom. The problem was this: With TV so easily available, I tended to veg out on the couch watching stupid stuff. It was a complete waste of time, yet I couldn’t stop doing it. I tended to watch stuff on the Discovery channel and History channel. I often hear people use these “learning” channels as a reason to keep cable, but the reality is I learned very little from watching TV, even on those “educational” channels. More than that, I didn’t learn anything actionable. I may learn an interesting fact about sharks, but I can’t apply that knowledge in my daily life. My time would be better spent doing almost anything other than watching TV.
Our plan is, we will hook up cable tv in our daughter’s room, as she has requested it. I hesitate to hook up cable tv for her, but I doubt she’ll really even watch it much, as she is usually busy doing other things (computer games, playing with friends, playing with toys, etc.). We are not hooking up cable tv in the living room or our master bedroom. In those rooms, we’ll stick with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, where we can be more selective in what we choose to watch, and we can get it with little advertising (Hulu) or no advertising (Netflix and Amazon).
Those are the changes we have planned at this point. There may be more as we move in, and I plan to share any other changes we end up making.