So Saturday we finished unloading the Uhaul and that day we also went furniture shopping. We found a couch and a kitchen table (thank goodness!) and oh boy were those torturous in bringing up the stairs to the apartment! The couch we got is really huge and heavy and was seriously miserable to try to get upstairs!
Sunday we spent most of the day unpacking. And realizing how much we love having a smaller space… how close we felt… how easy it was to organize and feel in control of everything we own… but at the same time realizing many, many very bad things about apartment living.
Mostly, neighbors. Wow do we not like living close to people like that! haha
So after a few things going terribly wrong in the apartment (the oven and clothes dryer smelled awful when turned on, for instance) we eventually decided we just couldn’t spend the time like this. We’d be unpacking and our kids were playing, sometimes noisily (because my kids are never quiet) and we’d be cringing knowing the downstairs neighbors must hear every step. We couldn’t live like that! We for a few seconds debated getting a first floor apartment to solve the noise problem but with everything else going on it was pretty clear that we would go crazy living there!
We talked briefly about renting a townhouse or a house but in the end decided, we own a home, lets just live there! And because part of the reason I was going crazy in my house was trying to sell it… we’re taking it off the market!
We’re thinking that we definitely want to move but we’re just going to sit tight for another year saving money and then maybe next year we’ll try again. We just need a break from all the stress.
Moving back out away from all the main stores after living so close to them for three days was a disappointment for me. It is a pain in the butt to drive to get groceries. But I wouldn’t trade the privacy I have in my own home and the fact that I can almost never see my neighbors if I don’t want to… (but I actually love my neighbors in my neighborhood) it’s better. It’s a sacrifice but for now one I’m happy to make.
The move taught me to value what I have. I have complaints about it but now those seem less important when weighed against other options we currently have.
So Monday morning we rented a Uhaul trailer (again) and moved all of our belongings downstairs and back to our house. It took all day and I almost died. lol