So just to keep things interesting, Nick and I are moving. Again. To give a little perspective, this will be my FIFTH move in TWO YEARS.
APRIL 2007: I move into my first apartment, in West Hartford.
OCTOBER 2007: Nick asks me to move in with him, I move into the Farmington condo with him.
MAY 2008: In a misguided attempt to save for a house, we rent out the Farmington condo and move in with Nick's mom. Nick's mom is absolutely wonderful. However, we quickly learned that once you have your own place? Forever after you will NEED YOUR OWN PLACE. Which led to...
JULY 2008: We buy and move into the West Hartford condo, intending to stay there until we had paid off some debt and saved some money to buy a house.
PRESENT: Looking to move back into the Farmington condo, probably the last week of April.
This most recent move is the product of a few different things sort of converging on each other. First and foremost, as of March 25th Nick and I will both be working from home full time. Our company is supplying each of us with 6' desks, desktop computers, 2 flatcscreen monitors and a comfy desk chair.
Important to note is that our West Hartford condo is approximately 560 square feet. It's possible that when we were first told that we would be working from home we considered this fact and rather than, say, taking measurements and moving furniture, we just said "oh well, it'll work".
It's not going to work. There is no way possible for it to work without our entire condo essentially being an (extremely crowded) office, with a bed and a dresser sort of shoved off to the side.
As we were coming to this realization, I got a call from our Farmington tenant, saying her hours had been reduced and she wanted us to let her out of her lease and find a new tenant. Nick and I stopped by to talk to her, and literally the moment we walked out the door, we started talking about moving back there ourselves.
As much as I HATE MOVING, OMG IN HEAVEN WHAT DID I DO WRONG IN A PAST LIFE TO DESERVE THIS MUCH PACKING AND UNPACKING AND DRAGGING HEAVY FURNITURE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, HOLY SHIT!! it just... makes sense. In a lot of ways. The Farmington condo is considerably larger than the West Hartford condo. It's laid out in such a way that Nick and I can set our desks up in separate rooms and not have our "offices" completely overtake the condo. It has a dining area, so we can have people over for dinner again with everyone crowding around the coffee table. The complex has a pool, and since we'll be working from home, we can spend our lunch breaks poolside and actually relax and get some use out of the pool this summer!
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I can get a puppy. Because unlike the West Hartford condo complex, Farmington allows dogs. Since I left my parents' house in 2007 I haven't been able to have a dog, and I've really, really missed it. Plus, spring is the perfect time to get a puppy because it's so easy to housebreak and train a dog when the weather is nice and you can get outside and be active with the dog. No to mention that we'll be home all day. So once we move in and get a bit settled, we'll be getting a puppy. Which I am... extremely, ridiculously excited about. Nick seriously already can't stand to hear one more word about local breeders or training classes or cute puppy names. NOT ONE WORD.
So! The move is a good decision for us right now. We've talked it out and we both feel good about it. Even kind of... excited?? And god willing, THIS really will be the last move before we buy a house. But still... GOD I HATE MOVING. Now that I know we're definitely doing it (and fingers crossed I THINK we have a good tenant for this place for May 1st) I just want to start packing and getting organized. I want the move to be as stress-free as possible.
I've also decided that since this time we have a little notice before we actually make the move, we should take the opportunity to weed out some junk that we seem to keep holding onto. We have stuff in our storage unit that has gone through multiple moves and never even been unpacked! Whole boxes could go missing and I guarantee we'd never know what had been taken. So I'm thinking this is a good chance to streamline things a bit. Weed out the
endless piles of crap stuff we don't need and either sell or donate it. The Farmington condo comes with a basement storage unit, so we CAN continue to store some stuff, but I want it to all be really organized and accesible so if we need something we can easily find it.
I'm absolutely dying to start packing and weeding stuff out, but until we 100% for sure have a tenant for this condo, I feel like we can't afford to have boxes piled everywhere. This place is small enough without being messy and crowded too. At the moment it's the cleanest it's ever been thanks to constant appointments with prospective tenants. But the second we have a credit check and a deposit? BRING ON THE BOXES BABY.
(Nick is just so damn excited to start packing, let me tell you. He loves that shit like he loves a good root canal.)
Pray for us, we tend to become crabbier, short-tempered versions of ourselves when packing and moving are involved.
Final thought? Skin cancer be damned, I am getting a tan this summer!!