About a month ago I moved into my 4th apartment since moving out of my parents house. One thing about moving. It sucks.
But it sucks in levels. First you're all excited about finding a new place. You see it and immediately envision your new life there. You sign a lease and your content. Then come the fees. Everyone seems to forget about the fees. Application fee, security deposit, pet fee, cable setup fee, parking, first months rent..etc etc etc. You basically drain your entire bank account before you even get the keys.
Then there's packing. There's levels to packing as well. You look around at all your crap and estimate that you'll need a certain number of boxes. Take that number and multiply by two because you WILL need them. Every time I move I tell myself I'm going to minimize. HA.
Pro tip: down a bottle of wine and throw away everything that reminds of you things you don't want to remember. Like that shirt you wore the night you got rejected and can now never wear again.
If you're moving into your first place or just want new stuff, you have the pleasure of getting to quickly realize how unnecessarily expensive furnishing an apartment is. Now I know what every one is going to say. "just go to Ikea, they have everything and it's cheap."
Umm yeah. Ikea sucks. You may think its like mecca for interior decorating but you're wrong. Unless you have a boyfriend willing to asseble everything from a couch to some storage bins (EVEN THE BINS DONT COME ASSEMBLED). THEN if you ever decide to move again...RIP to all the things you built yourself without really reading the instructions. Notice all the broken dressers in front of houses on your block? Those all belong to Ikea enthusiasts who thought their $100 MALM dresser would last through their twenties.
Here's what I can say about moving around a lot. If you need to stay in the same city, and you're young, move as much as you can. Explore new neighborhoods. But move for yourself. Don't move to leave your problems behind or to potentially be closer to someone. That never works. Your problems will follow you wherever you go so at least make sure you like where you're coming home to.
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