We sold our house and moved into an apartment one month ago. We were aiming to simplify our lives while saving time and money. A month in and things are going well.
The Good and the Bad
I find myself missing something unexpected about living in our house – the sound of rain falling on the roof. That sound is so soothing and always felt happy to me. Now we’re on the first floor of a three story apartment building, and I hardly noticed the downpour yesterday.
The 15 minute drive to work has been fantastic. I’m barely using half a tank of gas per week compared to the two tanks a week I had been using. That is a huge savings in time and money.
The maintenance aspect of apartment living has been great too. We had the pest control come by once to take care of some ants. We just had a few meandering about, but since pest control is included we took advantage of it.
Even better is that we had an air conditioning problem that we didn’t even know about. Normally that would be a bad thing, but the maintenance guy was checking another A/C unit and noticed a problem with ours. Apparently the outside unit was running all the time, even when our inside unit was off. They ended up replacing the outside unit with a more efficient model. The air conditioner was something we always worried about in the house. It was only a matter of time before it broke completely and needed to be replaced to the tune of $4000. Here in our apartment it was done at no extra cost to us.
I’m sure not all apartments are the same, so we consider ourselves fortunate to have one with good management and a great staff.
Cooking vs. Eating Out
The first couple of weeks we were eating out a lot as we got settled in. The cost of dining out can really add up quickly, so we are paying attention to that. We live just minutes away from dozens of restaurants, so it’s easy to slip into a habit of eating out. Now we are back in the groove of cooking meals. It was really nice to get back to home cooking, those few weeks of eating out got old, and I was really craving some home cooking.
We managed to get most of our boxes unpacked in the first week. We had about five boxes that took a little longer. The lack of storage is noticeable as we try to make all our stuff fit. We purged a ton of stuff before we moved, but we still ended up getting rid of even more stuff as we unpacked.
We ended up buying some plastic storage drawers to put in our closet. These are housing our office supplies and our daughter’s art supplies. We also bought a tall skinny bookcase which we put in our bedroom. It is holding our daughter’s books, the few books that I kept, and a basket to stash my collection of cables.
Now we are down to one box of stuff that need a home. It is full of kid type stuff. Things like puzzles, flash cards, and coloring books. We hoped to put some of that stuff in the bookcase, but we ran out of space.
I also have a few things that I’m trying to sell on craigslist, and I’ll be happy when they are sold and no longer taking up space. One is a subwoofer that went with the speakers that we sold with the house. The speakers were mounted to the walls and the buyer asked to buy them. I was going to replace them when we moved into the apartment, but we decided we didn’t really need them, so now I have an unused subwoofer. I also have two LCD computer monitors that I don’t need anymore since I’m working from my laptop on the kitchen table. The last items is some old amps from a car stereo I had several cars ago. I hung onto them in case I ever wanted to build up another car stereo system, but I’m really not planning to do that, so it’s time to sell them.
Clutter and cleaning
I find that the smaller space gets cluttered much faster. There is less space for things to accumulate, so it’s more noticeable when it does. On the plus side, it’s also faster to clean up.
Overall, things are going well. I’m looking forward to summer when the evening grow longer and we have more time for outdoor evening activities.