At this point last year, I was actively searching for a new apartment. I still had a few months left on my old lease, but I was ready for a change. I was living in Northern Virginia (Ballston) at the time and had grown tired of (among other things) the $25 cab ride that it took to come home after a night out. Not to mention the difficulty in doing anything truly impromptu (what? I’m totally spontaneous) with friends in the District.
And thus, after much searching, checking of bank accounts, hemming and hawing, and requesting of second opinions, I settled on my current apartment. A cozy little studio on the cusp of three different neighborhoods and a beautiful and manageable walk to work.
BUT, even after living here for 10 months, part of me still feels like I’m just moving in. I have pictures that still need to be hung on the walls. I have boxes of desk supplies and I-don’t-know-what-else languishing underneath a vanity that I plan on getting rid of anyway. I’m not even close to maximizing my kitchen and closet spaces. And when I eat, I’m either sitting on the floor or on the bed, but always with the plate/bowl/paper towel in my lap.
So I’m on a mission. A sort of spring cleaning mission, if you will:
- Finally post the vanity on Craigslist (Unless someone here wants it? It’s dark wood, three drawers on each side and one longer one in the middle – doubles well as a desk. Let me know; we’ll chat.)
- Hang ALL the pictures – if the kids next door can run screaming up and down the hall, then the neighbors shouldn’t be too concerned with a little hammering
- Resign myself to the idea that any space saving doodads and a dining table (plus chairs), will cost money – repeat the mantra “it’s an investment” until I believe it
- Appeal to wiser souls who have tips on making my apartment look like it belongs to an adult, and not a college kid still in transition (that’s where you all come in…please)
While everyone else is away for the upcoming long weekend, lounging poolside or on the beach, I will be turning my house into a home. A project that is long overdue.
And an excellent excuse to break out the tool kit.
Bring it on.