Moving – It is said that moving is one of life’s most
stressful endeavors. Yes, it is fraught with stress – I can vouch for that –
but I have to admit that being single makes it much less troublesome. I cannot
imagine trying to move a whole family and pets. The mind reels at the thought.
I have just finished moving out of my beloved Marina Towers.
However, it is a happy move for I am now a homeowner. The real estate market
was incredibly inviting and I’m now paying less for my monthly mortgage, condo
fees, and taxes than I was for rent. I now reside in a condo on Lake Shore
Drive and actually have a nice view of the lake and its shore.
The thing that made my move relatively easy was that I wasn’t
rushed. I began hoarding office-paper boxes from work months ago when I first
began snooping around Chicago’s real estate market. By moving time, I had over
thirty of them squirreled away.
I had also winnowed my belongings down to the essentials by
that time. I subsisted on groceries that I had on hand; less to move later. Graduate
school theology notes and VCR tapes went down the trash chute. Ugly shoes (what
was I thinking?) and clothing that will never fit was chuted as well. My old clunky
TV and microwave was given to other residents in the building. It was time for
new ones anyway.
I had also utilized the services of others. U-Haul will ship
moving supplies to you free of charge, including boxes. A co-worker highly
recommended some apartment movers to do the job at minimal cost (which they did
splendidly.) A friend with a car graciously delivered my new TV. After moving,
the last thing I wanted to do was to clean the apartment that I’d left behind.
A professional maid service left the apartment gleaming within two hours; again,
at a bargain.
These movers and cleaners perform such backbreaking work and
I don’t imagine they get paid much. They all received very generous tips, as they fully
Moving from the 50th floor of one high rise to
the (paltry) 7th floor of another presents some unique challenges.
One must reserve freight elevators at both buildings at specific times which
costs a pretty penny. If movers are late, everything gets thrown off; you might not even get the freight elevator. I began
worrying about that several months ago.
Helpful hint: Clean underpants are great for packing dishes.
Just put a pair between each plate and bowl. However, I had to unpack the box
labeled “kitchen” in order to have clean underpants to wear. That was weird.
I’m now situated in my new condo and I love it here.
I never have to move again.