I feel like I’m on MTV’s “Cribs” minus a few million dollars.
I moved into my apartment about a month ago now and it’s starting to really feel like home (and look presentable enough to share with you all.)
I looked at two other apartments before this one and I knew pretty quickly that this was the one. What I really like is how I feel like I’m inside of a house, not an apartment. I have tons of windows and so much space! The community is also very green and full of trees, so it’s a nice place to take walks around the neighborhood rather than being in a large apartment building surrounded by a parking lot.
I decided to put the kitchen table in the living room because there was so much space there and the actual kitchen is pretty small. I also have my yoga mat and weights set up on the right side of the room, but the community also has a great gym, pool and clubhouse that I’ve been using.
After moving in, I still needed a lot of furniture. I started looking up TV stands online and realized that I wasn’t going to be able to carry one myself. And because I live on the second floor, I would have to get it up the stairs if delivered, which also wasn’t going to be possible due to weight. This realization was very frustrating to me, but the next day after moving in, my boyfriend Chad and I went to Target and I got this bookcase for a steal of $35.
When I first moved in, I ate off my sister Katie’s old chair and the free coffee table from my neighbor. I ventured off to Ikea and found this table and chairs. They were all boxed separately and very light so I was able to carry it myself and also fit it in my tiny car.
I found my sofa at Big Lots and it even came with the decorative pillows. The sofa was difficult to get up the stairs of my apartment — or at least it looked difficult. Chad and Katie’s boyfriend Cam did all the heavy lifting and it was delivered for free thanks to my dad’s trailer. (Also shout out to Cam for building the kitchen table and bookcase and possible future furniture).
The kitchen is tiny but gets the job done. I really like the black appliances, counters and cabinets. I also have space against the opposite wall and am hoping to get a rolling island in the future for more counter space while cooking.
Also small, but cute and functional.
I love my new bedroom! It’s super spacious and my bedspread combines my favorite colors, yellow and blue. My mattress in from Raymour and Flanigan because they had next day delivery and it arrived the day I moved in. I literally told the salesman that I wanted to see the cheapest mattresses available but it is super comfortable and has been a nice upgrade from my twin bed at my parents’. The ceiling fan is also a nice bonus.
My desk is to the right of my bed. I also finally hung up my DeSales diploma after two years in the box.
Thoughts after one month in…
So far I’m enjoying living here a lot. It usually takes me about 8-10 minutes to get to work, which is so convenient. And I’m really liking my new job, but I’ll write about that another time. I also like the freedom to do whatever I want. I can have music playing throughout the apartment and not have to worry what anyone else would want to listen to or watch on TV. I also think it is good for me to live alone and know that I can do it.
It does get lonely though, especially eating dinner alone, which is why I usually listen to podcasts while I eat so I feel kind of involved in a conversation. I LOVE talking, so it is hard not having anyone here to talk to.
I miss being able to bug my parents whenever I want at home. Even if I didn’t hang out with them all the time, I knew they were there or coming home later. If traffic is okay, I can get to my parents’ house in an hour, so it is still relatively easy to visit them. And when I go to their house, where I lived for almost 24 years, it will always be the home in my heart.
So to me I have two homes — my childhood home where I am always welcome, and my new apartment where I am paying rent and learning how to live independently. There are still a few more things I want to do here like hang more of my artwork and pictures on the walls, but otherwise, I have everything I need.
“Home is the starting place of love, hope and dreams.”