How I Moved Across the Country in 3 Weeks
There are so many things I want to write here… you can expect a lot of posts over the next few weeks, to make up for my lack of posts all month! But I know I should start by answering some of the FAQ’s people asked before I left.
What are you taking with you?
My fall/winter wardrobe, a few books, and my laptop. And yes, that’s all.
What are you doing with all of your stuff?
First, I downsized. Because I didn’t have a lot of time, I made some executive decisions. If I wouldn’t move it across the country one day, it wasn’t going in a box. I sold shelves, a dresser, and two nightstands, and gave books, candles, etc. to friends. And then I moved everything I had left (bed, couches, TV, boxes) to my parents’ house.
What about your car?
I put storage insurance on my car and am also storing it at my parents’ house. (Thanks, Mom and Dad! xo)
Are you going to bring/sell your car one day?
I have no idea. I love my little Bandit, and would be sad to sell him, but I also know you don’t really need a car in Toronto. And until I get my own place, know what my routine looks like, etc. I can’t make a decision on what to do with it. I’ll probably try to decide in the spring.
Do you have a place to live?
Yes. And, to be honest, this move wouldn’t have been possible without my friend having a fully furnished spare room (and her willingness to let me stay in it).
Are you going to get a place of your own?
Yes. Once I know what my monthly budget will look like, and check out some neighbourhoods, I’ll get a place of my own. If I’ve learned anything in all of this, it’s that I don’t need a lot of space to live in and be happy. So I’ll probably start looking for a bachelor or small one-bedroom apartment, in a few months.
When will you be back to visit?
Next month! I am flying home on Saturday, October 20th to attend my convocation on Tuesday, October 23rd. And then I’ll be back again for a week at Christmas.
This post really only answered the logistics of my move. There is so much more to it, including the financial stuff, so I’ll get to that later this week. For now, just know that I’m unpacked, settled in, and am probably on my way to my first day of work as you read this!
Any more questions?