Last weekend was probably one of the most stressful two days that I can remember.
We raced all around with a Realtor and also by ourselves. We quickly discovered that what they call a den in DC is about the size of our master bedroom closet here in Florida. We thought we could get a one bed + den and I could put my studio in the den and boy were we wrong!! Never ever could I get any work done in that "den", maybe one table could fit in there but not all my other art stuff.
Then we found a place that we liked in a row house in Kalorama and the person wouldn't rent to us because of our 2 cats and one dog. Which seemed ridiculous to me because the person who rented the other unit had a Cujo-esque German Sheppard barking all the time. Cats are very quiet even if there are two of them. And Toby, we practically carry him from room to room. Can't get much more quiet than Toby. We started to get worried we wouldn't find anywhere who would take us and our pets! I had a major meltdown when this place rejected us because of our furry family members!
In the end we ended up renting a place that a friend of Paul's lives in and they need to move back to Orlando. They literally just discovered they are moving back to Orlando and it seemed to be fate that it worked out. They need someone to rent their condo and we needed a place to rent. perfect! They don't mind about our pets and even better it's two bedrooms. It's on U street , (which when I lived there before you didn't set foot in that area) but now 11 years later it's very trendy with jazz clubs and cake and coffee shops. I even found the organic pet food store which made me feel at home just knowing I can get the pet food near by. And it's 3/4 of a block to the metro. yay! And it has garage parking and 24 hour security. Double yay!
Because we are moving from our house which is 1700sq feet to the new place that is 800 sq feet, we have to get rid of more than 1/2 our furniture to fit in the place. I keep telling myself "it's just furniture" still I am so attached to it. Which then makes me mad at myself for being so attached to objects. Letting go of all this stuff is really a lot harder than I thought it would be. A lot harder.
My mom and dad are trying to work as much of our furniture into their home as possible which is so sweet of them. We don't know how long we'll want to live in the city so we'd love to hang onto as much of it as possible for at least a year or two to see if we end up moving to the suburbs for more space.
Now praying that someone will come and rent our house!
So that was our weekend!! whew!!
Good luck on your next adventure! I think when we change things up, our lives become more rich!
Awesome you found a place! Moving is one of life's most stressful events! Hang in there! When I moved to Alaska from Seattle, I rented a storage unit for about a year, before bringing up all my stuff to my new home. It worked out well for me.
Your new neighborhood sounds cool!
Congratulations on making this wonderful, exciting move. I look forward to hearing more about your new adventure!
PS We have two storage units back in Texas since our move is only for three years. We still gave LOTS of stuff away. Actually, an appalling amount of stuff!!
When we decided to move from San Diego to MA, we did so with no jobs and no place to live. Our entire lives were in a U-Haul truck, towing my little red Datsun. We hooked up with a realtor we had met over the phone from CA, and he was relentless in finding us, and our dog, a home. (He and is wife are now among our best friends and we are the godparents to their first born.) This was twenty years ago this summer. At the time I was like you are now....crying, migraines, fear and panic. But, you know, things have a way of working out and I can see that you are already on that path with your new condo to rent. You have a world of blog friends who are thinking good thoughts for you. All the best, my dear.
We used to live a stone's throw from there. But after our last move, not so much anymore. It was a very bittersweet move.
It will all work out for you.
glad to hear things are starting to fall into place, always felt that pets and a 6' long dinning table helped us find the right places as we moved from state to state cross country!
hang in there!!!
Hang in there, life is about to throw you one heck of an adventure. It'll turn out to be great, just you wait and see!
So glad serendipity intervened for you, I can't believe that people turn away renters because of pets, trust me, kids are WAY more destructive than fur babies!
It sounds like a wonderful place, and you can make it work, sounds like loads of wonderful inspiration waiting to be found!
We did ask Paul's friend if they wanted to rent our house in Orlando but they want to be in another area of Orlando to be closer to her parents.
Hoping to get some foot traffic from renters this weekend!
Hi It's Katie, your assistant at the Inspired Conference in NC. Anyway, SO thrilled to hear that you will be moving to DC. I live three hours away and my husbands' family lives there. Would love to catch up with you,
Good luck, but so far, you have had lots of it in finding the condo in DC the fates are smiling on you. Go with it!
Remember the word---storage--you can store for a while and then sell later if you wish--it's harder to get things back. Also, when I get rid of things that have sentimental value but I know I will never use again, I take a photo of them so I have the image to elicit the happy feelings. Jood
P.S. Looking forward to seeing your new work @ ConvenZioNE in August
have a great week!