Saturday, October 1, 2011

whoa there.

A couple of weeks ago Rob and I were given an amazing offer- what is so amazing you ask? Free rent- thats what. At first I was SUPER stoked- I mean, who wouldn't want a $700 raise each month? So, with big smiles on our faces we went to go check out our new.... uh.... "apartment." Pretty sure I wiped that smile off my face quick as soon as I took one step in the door. 

We decided to take a quick look around the apartment, just to see what the general layout was. I say the apartment was designed by a blind architect- Rob said it wasn't intended to be an apartment. Either way, its awkward. The apartment itself is quite large (apx. 1000 sq ft), quite the upgrade from our tiny place we are in now. There are two large bedrooms and one smaller bedroom. Bedroom is a loose term in this sense because only one of these so called "bedrooms" actually has a window. There is also a large kitchen, living room, full bath, and one half bath. Not to mention, oodles of storage space. (one closet even has a secret passage way- more on this later.)

We decided to try and sell our contract now before we made the big decision to move out East- or at least 6 blocks more east than our current residence. We had a gazillion takers on our place, and even a few bites. Some weirdos from Maryland decided they were all game and told us YES WE WANT IT, and we want it for OCTOBER 1st. So, we mustered up all of our strength, packed our boxes, and moved pretty much everything we own to the new place; only to find out they decided not to take it after all. Fret not my friends, we did end up selling our contract and now we have until Oct 10th to move out. The only problem is we have a bed and clothing at our current apartment and EVERYTHING ELSE at the new place- needless to say we have eaten our fair share of fast food this past week. 

OK, so on to the new apartment. We decided it would be best to go over and start cleaning out the new place and get it ready to move in to. Well, lets just say we underestimated the amount of work we were in for. In one night, it took two people to clean one tiny bathroom. There was slimy stuff on the walls, the toilet had NEVER been cleaned, hair and feathers in the bathroom drawer, and we won't even start on the amount of cat hair in the fridge. Needless to say, I went through a few minor breakdowns over this new place. We did all the cleaning we could, and decided to put it on hold and start painting. My parents, bless their hearts, decided to come and help me paint while Rob was in SLC translating for LDS General Conference. We got rid of most of the green, mustard yellow, and navy blue today, but still have MORE to cover. Just as we were finishing with the paint, I realized we should have taken before and after pictures of this little chore, but fear not, I am going to start taking them now.

So, there is still a TON of work to be done, and I am trying to find the best way to make this place cute on the budget of an ophthamology technician supporting her husband in school. AKA- next to nothing. I have decided to have an attitude adjustment and turn this into a fun adventure and way to improve my crafting skills. So please follow me as I turn H E double hockey sticks into shabby chic. I welcome any ideas you might have for curtains, reupolstering couches, painting cabinets, and cute organization tricks. Guys, trust me, this is going to be awesome. Or at least I am going to keep telling myself that while I am having nightmares about the amount of spiders I found on the floor in there today. 

Look for my posts in the upcoming days as I attempt this new adventure! 


PS- for my own sanity, please clean your house tonight, you never know when you might be moving out and the new tenants will be crying over your cat's hair in their new fridge.

Just out of pure reminiscing, I have decided to post the pictures of our first apartment (that we have lived in for less than 4 months)


  1. Bahahahahahahaha! Love everything about this post.I am just hoping that you did not get yourself impregnated from that bathroom. Not sure how or why anyones walls should be slimy! PS I want to see this Hell hole you speak so fondly of!!!

  2. Oh Chels I am SO sorry... but you are right! It is going to be an AWESOME adventure! And at least you have extra space and a couple of extra bedrooms. That's going to be great. What are you going to turn them into? Our first place was disgusting as well, and I definitely had a couple of breakdowns. (Um, curry smell that WOULD NOT LEAVE, yellow slime on walls, mold in all of our cabinets, no dishwasher, less than 500 sq ft... NOT GOOD) but it was an adventure and we decided that if we could be happy there, we could be happy anywhere! :) And that's so good that they are letting you paint. It will look completely new! You have a great attitude. :) I want to see the pictures!

  3. You are a brave woman! Free rent is great though. Have you checked out Under the Relief Society tab and under Crafts, they have some great ideas about organizing and also one idea that I love about fixing up kitchen cabinets. They put bead board on the front and painted it all white.

    Way to be positive! An extra $700 a month is a whole lot of money.