So I realized I never gave ya’ll an update on the apartment situation. As you know, Girl Ninja and I applied to be tenants in an awesome condo unit earlier this month. It was the first place we saw that we both loved. Unfortunately, we got rejected. We were heart broken. Apparently another applicant was not only interested in signing a 1 year lease, but was looking in to buying the place. Last time I checked, I didn’t have $400,000 sitting in my bank account to counter his offer. Thankfully, we ended up finding another unit in the same condo complex, with an INCREDIBLE view, and a bigger kitchen for the same price. We submitted applications, and are super excited to say WE GOT THE PLACE!!!!
I move in a week from Thursday and will live there, alone, until after the wedding when Girl Ninja moves in. That means for a little over a month I will be flying solo. Living the bachelors dream. Walking around my place butt naked. Drinking orange juice, Listening to “Born to be wild” on repeat. Ahh yes, I can’t wait.
While I am super excited about 34 days (not that I’m keeping track) of me time, I’m starting to realize just how big of a process this moving gig is going to be. I currently live with an old college roommate in a two bedroom apartment. Needless to say, I don’t really own any great furniture. Nothing GN and I would want to use in our new place that is. I decided to make moving out really easy on both me and my roomie. I sold him ALL of my stuff for $100. When I say “ALL”, I mean it. The only thing I will be bringing with me is my twin size bed (which I’ll get rid of once GN moves in obviously) and my clothes.
I’ve spent the better part of the last week browsing craigslist and Ikea to get a feel for how much GN and I can expect to spend when furnishing our place. Fortunately, it’s pretty tiny only 630sq/ft so we don’t need much. We are pretty confident we can make the place look like the inside of a “West Elm” catalog for about $1,500 (maybe less, maybe more depending on what wedding gifts we get).
Figuring out the furniture should be pretty straightforward. The tricky part, however, is trying to figure out what to do about all the “odds and ends”. GN and I need to sit down and make a list of all the crap we have to buy on, or before, I move in. Ya know, the things you never think about, i.e. toilet paper, paper towels, paper towel holder, trash cans, trash bags, granite counter top spray, stainless steel spray, sponges, dishwasher detergent, duct tape, plunger, blah, blah, blah.
This is the part where you all can help a ninja out. I’ve never had to accumulate all of these things in a one-stop shopping spree. I plan to head to Target, Big Lots, and Ross on July 1 and drop about $400 on all these tiny little purchases, only problem is… I don’t really know what all I need. Any of you know of a resource (or have a spreadsheet) of all the random knickknacks and household items one needs for day to day living? I’m even talking things like vaccum bags, and bathroom spray. I’d love to get my hands on a SUPER thorough list that will help make this shopping extravaganza a little smoother. I would hate to be sitting on the toilet, ya know…doing my business, only to find out that I forgot to buy toilet paper. Talk about a crappy situation (pun intended)
What are some super obscure items that you can’t do without in your house? Anyone know of any great “household hacks” that can save me some moolah? Hit me with ANY and EVERYTHING you think I need!!!!