Welcome to the new apartment

I’ve been meaning to write about my big move to my first apartment for quite some time now, but I guess three weeks in is as good as a few days.

For quite some time I’d been ready to move out on my own for a number of reasons. I finally decided to do it because I have a solid career, good (enough) savings, and I was ready to have that independence that can only come with moving out – oh and living in Scarborough and working downtown was taking its toll.

For months I’d been searching online for postings and contacting ones that stood out to me the most. Those got nowhere, so one day I went out with the girlfriend to physically look around for vacancies. We spent a few hours combing through midtown Toronto and saw a few places. Most (not surprisingly) were out of my price range, and offered too little in terms of space. Eventually I came upon my eventual apartment and though it was a basement (not my first choice) I really liked the space, location and price – it all worked.

After a bit of discussion I gave the landlord a call a few days later, and eventually that lead to a second, more detailed visit, then eventually me signing the lease and getting the keys. Within about two weeks, I was moving in.

Since this was my first apartment, I clearly had nothing to move, but of course I needed a lot of furniture, appliances, utensils.. the list goes on and on. For those two weeks my credit card got a workout unlike one it’s ever seen before. I’ve never spent so much time shopping than I did for this apartment and I am so happy it’s over.

While I don’t own the place, it’s a great feeling to have something of my own. Living so much closer means I have time to a) sleep, and b) live a little. I spent too much time on transit and it was draining. Now I spend time in the kitchen making food which I didn’t have to do much of before, but it’s much better being at home for so much longer.

Outside of moving out for school, what was it like getting your own place for the first time, and why did you decide to move out?

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