Oh, it is so on…

Boom. Look at that.

That is a living room wall freshly painted with color samples. And it’s mine, all mine.

The paperwork has been signed, the rent has been finalized (and lowered! Hey, that’s what I’m talking about!), and the keys are in my hot little hands. So now I begin the process of prepping the new apartment for the move. One of the benefits of staying in my neighborhood is the ease with which I can gradually move my things to the new place. My current landlord was very accommodating given the delay getting the new place ready and they’re letting me stay put until May 2nd instead of booting me out today. This meant that I was able to get into the place today, paint mockups of colors in the living room and bedroom, and drag several bags of things over to make the big day a bit less stressful.

The schedule as it stands is that tomorrow I’ll make a quick trip over to the new place, pick my favorite colors in the light of day, and then take a trip to Home Depot to get everything I need so I can paint all afternoon and evening. I’m ridiculously excited about it and dreading it at the same time.

The packing itself has gone fairly well, or at least I think so. Who knows what the movers will say when they show up. I may have overloaded every box and they’ll be furious, or at least grumbling. The only conclusion I’ve come to is that despite the amount of purging I’ve done of extraneous things, I still have a ridiculous amount of STUFF. It’s been incredibly therapeutic getting rid of clutter and sorting the good from the unnecessary, but when faced with just how much you’ve acquired in 8 years in one place, it’s also slightly horrifying. I’m thinking that I may need to adopt a “1 in, 1 out” rule for specific items and really focus on curating my belongings so that if I buy new things, it’s because they’re the best example of what I’m looking for.

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Slowly but Surely

This:

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Has become this:

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This:

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Has become this:

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Not digging the cheesy ceramic tiles or the still grungy tub in the bathroom. And the generic cabinets… well, they look an awful lot like THESE GUYS:

I guess there’s only so much you can expect from NYC apartment renovations, but here’s hoping they don’t use the hideous bathroom tiles for the kitchen backsplash (like they did in my current place).

At this point I’m a little more than a week from my move-in date. The updated photos above were taken by my realtor about a week ago, when the Super informed her that the work would be completed by this week. We hit a bit of a snag when my realtor informed me she’d be on vacation for the next few weeks and passed me off to one of her colleagues, who would handle the rest of the move-in process. I’m a bit concerned because New Realtor doesn’t seem to have a good grasp on where things stood before that, despite a pretty detailed email from Old Realtor to both of us outlining the next steps. But I spoke with NR and she said she was checking out the apartment on Friday to make sure things had progressed to the point I could do my final walkthrough before getting the keys. So fingers crossed I get word from her this weekend.