Sometimes I think to myself; “If I live at an apartment, and everything is lease-dependent, and I do not own the residence – what the hell is the difference between this place and a long term hotel???”
And it is this mindset that brings me a sense of ease, lightness, and non-permanence that I crave in my life. After being very much so tethered to my (crappy) apartment in Pevely, MO. with a dog with atrocious separation anxiety, leaving me friendless and immobile – I swore to the stars that I would never be in any type of over-burdened, stressed out, permanent nor quasi-permanent disposition of responsibility ever again. After ridding myself of the dog, the year spent zipping about downtown St Louis on the daily was a welcome respite from the lack of activity/eventless-ness of the three years prior.
This is why I will always rent. But to get more specific in terms of renting: what is “needed” in a “Hotel Home”? I am getting ready to move again, albeit just down the street to a TOP floor apartment (same complex) that has (or will be) refurbished/remodeled, and I think; “what stays? What goes?” Some necessary things stay, that I will basically always need:
bed (bed frame, bedding (pillow, blankets, etc.))
all possible toiletries and necessities for the bathroom (shower curtain, bath mat, etc.)
basic kitchen utensils (butter knife, paring knife, REI plastic spoon (that has been going strong for 10+ years now), fork, can opener, Coleman cooking pot (going strong for 10+ years also), small frying pan, baking sheet, enamel mug, single mason jar. (things got easier/simpler in the kitchen due to going back to instant coffee instead of a “fancy” brewing system)
living room essentials (easy chair/lounge chair (the same thing, not two separate items), simple rug, minimal but still kinda hi-fi stereo system)
WiFi router/modem (both of these things are a single item, combined into one unit with AT&T)
And that's it! That's the entirety of my apartment!
Other things that aren't “apartment stuff” and that are mobile, that I can/will take with me places are like:
- mini flashlight
- flash drives
I suppose I can count the computer as mobile, as I'll do the laptop thing sometime – and the computer chair as “apartment stuff”, but the desk is literally built IN to this apartment (and the future unit I will be renting, as well) so, that's different.
Crazy simple stupid basic, and I love it this way! :)
When I move, everything can fit onto the back of a small pickup truck. The MAJORITY of it can fit into a medium-sized backpack on my person. There is no effort ;)
So, I basically live in (a) “Hotel Home” – and I am keeping it this way.
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