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.