Another year, another move.
Once again, I've upped sticks and moved house, this time only one block away from where I was living with Sarah. And honestly, for the amount of hassle this move caused, I might as well have been moving 5,000 miles away.
Sarah and I lived together for almost 2 years, and the move was prompted by changes in both of our circumstances -- she with a job in Johnson City and me with having a bit more funds allowing me to move out on my own.
As with any big change, this one came with negatives and positives:
1. Con: As we've already established in a previous blog post, I am not a good packer. I started off well, beginning my packing a whole month in advance in an effort to have a no-stress experience, cull a bunch of unwanted and unneeded things along the way, and move into my new home with neatly labelled boxes that could be unpacked in an easy and organized manner. Umm, no. Apparently I am delusional. Because instead I had about three boxes that were packed in this manner and the rest were done in a complete frenzy and panic the last couple of days and until the early hours of the morning the movers arrived.
2. Pro: Because I am now living alone, it means the spare bedroom does not need to accommodate another person but can instead accomodate all of my stuff in piles and therefore act as a "staging area" for the rest of the house.
3. Con: The spare bedroom is a staging area, which means it is in danger of becoming a hoarder's paradise and I already can't open the door due to stacks of stuff.
4. Pro: I officially entered real adulthood and bought a NEW couch. Almost every other piece of furniture I own is a hand-me-down so this was a pretty big deal. More importantly, it is NOT from Ikea. I also bought a new vacuum cleaner, a Dyson. And despite its Ikea-like pictograph directions was put together with minimal cursing and actually works.
5. Con: I miss my roommate and her silly dog.
6. Pro: I am going to get a dog of my own in November!
7. Con: I am now responsible for all household tasks and bills. And I no longer get to share the cost of Amazon Prime.
8. Pro: Despite what I said earlier about not cooking a lot, I now have a kitchen with lots of cabinet and counter space, which *might* just give me the oomph to push me into culinary prowess. Plus, I now have an entire fridge and freezer to myself -- this hopefully means that I'm less likely to forget food at the back of these spaces and therefore unholy science experiments that develop into possible mutated vegetable pets.
9. Con: Because I am no longer living like a student, I actually need to think carefully about where to place things so that they are arranged in a pleasing manner that encourages social interaction. (A bottle of wine handed round a group of people sitting on the floor is no longer enough...).
10. Pro: I'm actually quite enjoying doing this. I bought a table runner! There is an accent rug in my living room space! My books are finally fully on display, and color coordinated in a rainbow fashion! (Interestingly, based on my books, publishers use blue covers more often than most other "real" colors, i.e. not black and white.) I have walls that don't require climbing crampons from which to hang pictures! And, in a slightly non-adult manner, I bought Moomin decals to decorate my kitchen area!
11. Con: I can't find anything. I know for a fact that my Roku was packed, but for the life of me, it cannot be found. This is also true of many other things, including my electric toothbrush (which was lost after the first move, found when I packed for this one, and promptly lost again). And despite not being a prolific cook, I had to go through six huge boxes of kitchen stuff before I found a dinner plate or a cup.
12. Pro: I did, however, have the incredible foresight to pack my clean underpants in one of the last bags out of the house and thus one of the first bags in. Which meant I actually found the clean underpants early in the unpacking process. This is a good thing. In fact, it might be the most important thing.