February 3, 2005 in Personal

Time to move on

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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. February 4, 2005 at 3:01 pm


    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.

  2. February 4, 2005 at 2:30 pm


    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!

  3. February 4, 2005 at 8:23 am


    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*.

  4. February 3, 2005 at 5:01 pm


    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!

  5. February 3, 2005 at 2:47 pm


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

  6. February 3, 2005 at 1:41 pm

    Andrew Hecht

    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.

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