It’s official. We have a place to live!
As you know, we’ve been crashing at my mom’s house since August. She was so incredibly accommodating and we had a wonderful time with her! But our commute from the suburbs to downtown Chicago was a bear. Also, let’s just say living with your mom doesn’t exactly make for the most romantic time with your fiancé (sorry Janimal!)
So now we are relieved and grateful to have found a place to call home.
We looked at about 10 listings before we found our place. At first the process was exciting, but eventually it became tiresome. Scheduling viewings after work, contacting real estate agents, browsing Craigslist and padmapper 24/7…not fun. I actually found our place on Craigslist. It was everything we were looking for (2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, balcony, parking spot, and washer/dryer in unit!) and we told them we wanted it on the spot.
As you’ll see our place is still completely empty. We got the keys from the landlord and decided that we wanted to paint the space and give it a deep clean prior to moving all of our stuff in. It was a heck of a lotta work, but we painted that bad boy in 1 weekend, and it now looking oh so fresh.
Over there you’ll find our fireplace and mantel. Yes, we have a fireplace. No, it does not work. Oh well…I’m sure I’ll have fun styling up the mantel and Finn is happy to have a large spot for his TV.
As you can see we have A LOT of work to do. We need to move all of our stuff in (more on that tomorrow!) and then it is time to shop & decorate. The funny thing is we’re downsizing and getting rid of a lot of our belongings. But, we actually need to buy a few big things too (kitchen stools, small bed for guest room, lamps galore, etc.)
Making our new place into a home is going to be a long process, but I’m so happy to have you join me on our little journey.