"Everyone hates their jobs! No one has money! Get over it!" Why? We started asking in return. And the resounding answer was "that's what it took to make it in our area," — an area which we didn't care for anyway. The timing was right. Our lease was ending, and so we had to commit: another six to twelve months stuck in place, or a scary leap which could wind us up skulking home to our parents, richer only in life experience.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of moving posts.
Ever since I was forced by circumstance to live in my car one summer, I have been obsessed with living in a tiny house. I would eventually LOVE to refurbish a bus, or a flatbed trailer, into a tiny mobile home. But for now, I am acting incrementally by moving into a cozy, 480 square foot studio/garage apartment. I am beyond stoked to be stepping onward to this process, but I have no idea where to begin planning for this move.
I'm breaking up with my partner of four years (cohabiting for two) and we're moving into separate spaces. How do I make the breaking up and moving out process as (relatively) painless and respectful as possible? Is there even a way?
Last year, we lived with family in New England for six weeks during Christmas, and we lived in China for a month for school. The last two years, we moved out of our school housing to rent an apartment for just four months until school housing would open at the end of August. Moving every few months is exhausting, especially when we know that every move will be just as short-term as the last, at least in the near future. Here are the six things I've learned to do, to make our constant moves a lot easier…
My fiancee and I would like to move in together, but the actual date of the move in has been pushed back. Both of us currently live with our 'rents and have never lived outside the 'rents home before, so we don't have any apartment stuff. I was thinking of purchasing some things for the apartment and keeping them stored in my current abode. My mother's advice was this: don't buy too much stuff, because it might not fit in to your apartment – aesthetic wise or space wise. So my question to Homies is this: what do you wish you had as soon as you moved in, and what could you have done without or what would you liked to have purchased AFTER you moved?
I was wondering how on earth you move with an outdoor cat. In our current home, we leave the window open and she comes and goes as she pleases. However, we're looking to move to an apartment about four hours away. She doesn't adapt to change well (was hoping to somehow have her asleep during the drive), but I know that a lot of outdoor cats try and find their way back to their old home. We were thinking of transitioning her to an indoor cat, at least for a while, but she's never even used a litter box before. When, if ever, will it be okay to let her out again?
I'm an engineering student, and as such have moved quite a bit between co-ops, internships, and school. Because my moves happen three times a year and my moves are typically over 400 miles, I have never actually moved into an apartment that I've seen beforehand — and I've lived in seven different apartments/shared houses. I'll admit, I went through some pretty crappy living arrangements because of this, but I have gradually learned how to make this experience better.
Here are some things I've learned to do when moving in blind…
Remember when fellow Homie, Dana, asked for your help in moving out of state? Well, guys, you should be proud — because of all your help, she and her partner successfully moved. Here's how they did it despite a flesh hungry dog attack, high-pressure interviews, and a failed credit report.