I began moving into my new apartment on May 1 but the furniture did not get moved until May 12 because it took longer to get the state inspection of the elevator. After it was inspected, it stopped working for a while so the movers did not want to move furniture up to the second floor.
The house sale went through with no problems and it closed on May 23. I thought I had done a good job of minimizing but there was still so much “stuff” to either sell or donate it took more time than I had thought. I downsized from a 2,000 square foot house with a garage to a 1,000 square foot apartment. After selling most of the furniture I no longer needed, I just donated everything else and it was still a truck load (small truck). I just wanted it “gone”.
I am settling into the apartment. I had to buy a new sofa (the sectional in the house would not fit and new owners bought it) and a sofa bed for the guest room/office. I moved too much stuff for the kitchen and when I unpacked, I had to donate more stuff. I do like my new living arrangements. My biggest fear was noise from neighbors. The complex has 72 units but only 30 are occupied at present so I have no neighbors on either side but I do have a neighbor above me. The only noise I hear is their little dog bark once in a while and them walking in the kitchen/dining area that has hardwood floors. At night, it is perfectly quiet. I am very cognizant of apartment living and keep my own noise down as much as possible. For now, noise is not a problem. It may change when I have neighbors beside me but hopefully it will be OK.
I am glad I decided to get a garage with the apartment. I leased the first one which is closest to the complex and has extra storage space. I do not intend to store much but it is handy for the golf clubs. There is no way I can move them in and out of the apartment each time I play so now have plenty of space.
I picked up three bad habits in this move process. I got tired and lazy. I started eating crappy food, stopped going to the gym every day and began drinking way too much wine. I stopped for either fast food or food from the local grocery food bar and normally a bottle of wine. I drank the bottle of wine, ate the food late at night and then went to bed. Therefore, I gained some weight back. Now that I have moved completely and have a working kitchen, I am concentrating on getting rid of all three of these “bad habits”. The one that bothers me the most is going back to drinking wine. I love wine. Chardonnay. I love it too much. Being a breast cancer survivor, I should not be drinking any alcohol. So the first of these habits to break is stop with the wine again. I suppose the stress of selling the house and moving was the trigger. Now that I’m through all that, I will conquer the wine first. Today is Day 1.
And…..the woman that replaced me when I retired, quit last week and left without notice. They asked if I would return to help out until they found a replacement again and I said yes…..so I am back at work. More on this in another post.