Time to move on

For the last 10 years, I have lived in the same apartment. Luckily for me, my rent only increased by $165 throughout all those years. However, that is only because I negotiated each year. Now, I no longer wish to negotiate with the property management company. It is time to move on. I wanted to do so a couple years ago, but I stayed put. I figured, why move when I live in a really cool neighborhood. Plus my current apartment is less than a block from the Chicago lakefront and is in close proximity to lots of restaurants and major retail shops. In addition, I did not want to move to another apartment. I did consider purchasing a condominium but since I also did not want to be tied down, I continued to rent. Now I am definitely moving. I am tired of my apartment. I want to live somewhere else. I need to make a change. Having made that decision, I have been sorting through my things and let me say that I am overwhelmed by it all. I am amazed by how much stuff I have been able to pack into this apartment during the last 10 years. As I work my way through each room, I am trying hard not to get emotional about every item. I need to let many things go. Do I really need to hold on to Newsweek magazines from 92? Or term papers I wrote in high school? Or clothing I haven’t worn in 5 years? I think not. Therefore, I have been throwing some things out. I have also recently sold some items on Ebay. However, with the recent announcement that they (Ebay) were raising fees, I can no longer be bothered. So I plan to donate a ton of stuff to The Brown Elephant Resale Shop which should help my taxes for next year. And looking forward, I am going to think twice before I buy something and bring it home. So no more yard sales/garage sales/estate sales for awhile. I have enough junk collectibles of my own that I don’t need to add any more. Plus I need to make a commitment to do spring cleaning each year.

  1. 10 YEARS!!!?!
    That is so unfathomable to me. I haven’t lived in the same place for more than 2 years since I graduated high school.
    Goo dluck with the move.

  2. Thanks. I’ll need all the good luck wishes that come my way as it will be quite the move. More on that later.

  3. Congrats on your impending big move. I moved last fall after being at the same place for 4 years. It was a hard decision, but I’m so glad I did because I love my new place and new neighborhood!

  4. Your neighbourhood looks lovely, but I guess that when it’s time to move on, it’s time to move on.
    I have a tendency to accumulate clutter myself, so to counteract that, I make myself be fairly ruthless about throwing things out. I do a big clean and dump about three or four times a year, and I do minor toss-outs at more frequent intervals. I have never once missed anything that I’ve thrown out, and I like not having a lot of unnecessary *stuff*.

  5. I know what you mean, I’m a packrat too. I’ve been trying to go through my drawers and things and weed out the things I don’t need either, it’s kinda tough!
    So where are you moving? Looked at Edgewater or Andersonville yet? Both up and coming, and rent’s still affordable!

  6. Michael: I think being a packrat is some sort of disease. I am constantly throwing things out but apparently not enough.
    As for where I’ll move to, no it’s not to Edgewater or Andersonville. Where exactly then? Well, I am not prepared to say yet. Perhaps in a few more weeks when I work out some details. Sorry to be tease.

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