Our apartment is home now

When we first found our Washington apartment when we were back home in Illinois, we had only signed on for a six month lease. Since we were ‘shopping’ for it long distance, we had no idea if it would pan out or not and we lucked out with the short-term lease.

We’re officially coming up on the end of our lease. For the last month, I bounced back and forth on whether or not we should move elsewhere. We have some small cons for the apartment that’s been bugging us.

Noise pollution is the biggest offender. We live near a fire station and a police department, so sirens are a daily thing as they also tend to drive on the street right under our window. There are also a crapton of cars out here that think they need to have the loudest exhaust possible, so every time they speed by you can hear their fart can backfiring and echoing on the complex.

Our upstairs neighbor is also currently work-from-home and has been since the end of March. They have no concept of how to walk lightly but it seems to have improved slightly enough that I can tolerate the stomping when I do hear it. The first couple of months were rough and we were banging on the ceiling a lot.

As far as the actual apartment itself, it lacks any sort of storage/closet/pantry space. We have 1 closet in the entrance hallway that’s not really feasibly accessible and has enough space for hoodies and our shoes. Then the other closet is the one in our bedroom which has 1/3 of it taken up by the water heater. There is another “closet” built in here but it’s taken up by the full size (stacked) washer/dryer unit. I guess it’s an okay trade off to be able to do laundry in our unit.

The bathtub drain frequently clogs so we’ve grown accustomed to throwing some cleaner down it to try to do something to it. I guess we should just finally call maintenance since we’re going to stay here for another year, lol. The toilet is also kind of a piece of shit, no pun intended. If you ever have to take a large dump, you’ll end up flushing twice because the flushing power it has is pretty mediocre.

The kitchen is a little cramped for cabinet space. There’s a cabinet above the fridge that’s super hard for me to reach and I’m 5’10”. Even Joe has a hard time really getting into it! The cabinet above the stove is a farce since the exhaust fan takes up 90% of what could have been utilized.

For all those cons, there are a lot of pros. I love the way this apartment looks. It has a large living room that we currently utilize for our computer setups, our TV, and a corner of it has my comfy chair and charging station. I can sit there and read or nap in my chair if I want. The flooring is also your typical fake wood laminate so it just looks nice and it’s easy to keep clean. The kitchen has a sink and counter space the extends out so you can use it to sit at. We have no need for a dining room table due to buying chairs to sit there.

The kitchen, while it has some downfalls, is cute. It has a blue tile back splash and the appliances are stainless steel. But the stove is an older electric model and it just flat out sucks. Only 1 burner is truly really reliable for cooking but I can deal with that.

My most favorite part is that we lucked out with our unit. It’s a corner unit that faces southwest so we have tons of windows! We have four windows (2 in bedroom and two in living room) that face south and receive sunlight ALL day long. Then we have two windows that are west facing and get sun pretty much all day as well. It has helped us save a ton of not needing to utilize a lamp or light since the sun has been setting around 9:10pm PST for the last few months.

Since we moved here when COVID-19 was starting to get bad and eventually caused the state to shut down, we didn’t really attempt to make this apartment our home. We didn’t buy a coach, or new bed frame (we have an old simple one), decorate the place, or even fully unpack some stuff. But now that we know we’ll be here for another year, I feel more motivated to get all of that taken care of and make this place actually feel like home and not just a temporary place to crash at.