Moving When You’re Engaged

 

So once my husband and I were engaged and settled into our cozy one-bedroom townhouse in Baltimore, we got the wonderful news that he was getting a promotion and we would be moving to Rhode Island in less than a month!  We were very excited for our new adventure!  But to be honest, moving jobs and states while planning a wedding can get VERY stressful.  There were so many life changes going on at one time.  It was hard to think straight.  I was quitting my job and moving to a brand new place where I had no job-which again meant living and planning a wedding on ONE budget.  AHHH!  Not the best time to go down to just one income.  Once we moved to Rhode Island, I was able to live off of my savings to help with everyday living costs and wedding costs.  I was also able to substitute teach which was gave me a tiny bit of money.  We were also able to save money by eating in a lot and I exercised at our apartment (no gym membership).  I also didn’t shop AT ALL besides for wedding essentials.

Luckily, I got a full-time teaching job for the following year.  I was able to meet friends through my work.  My husband’s friends moved to Rhode Island and we met friends with them.  We also joined hot yoga together-my husband eventually stopped because he travels so much for work.  But between hot yoga and friends I have met along the way, we haven’t been bored at all.  And not to mention the traveling, my husband and I love to travel together.

Great tip for people who are single or in a relationship-bringing a dog to the dog park will get you friends in your new area very quickly!

Moving When You’re in a Relationship

Adjusting to couple life from single life is so exciting-you have finally found what you have been looking for all of this time!  Not only are you happy and fulfilled, but now you are moving in together.  Merging all of your belongings together can be fun and a bit stressful.  It can also be a bit challenging to adjust to couple life and building a social life together.  My husband had some friends in Baltimore when I moved in with him.  I was so lucky that not only were his friends so awesome, but a lot of them had a significant other.  This was lots of fun when we would go out to restaurants and bars.  While in Baltimore, my husband and I would bond by going out for delicious meals and traveling-these are our favorite two things to do!  My husband and I also did a good deal of cooking together in Baltimore.  He and I work great in the kitchen together!  I always like to exercise as much as possible, so while in Baltimore, I joined some yoga studios.  It is always special to spend time bonding with your significant other and continue to do activities that make you happy.

Moving When You’re Single

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Hi guys! I know it has been a few years since I was single, but I have some great tips on how to move when you’re single and have fun in a new city!
After I graduated from Penn State, I moved back in with my parents. So I literally had to cart everything that I had just moved away with back home. I had my old room back and most of my college furniture and decorations got stored in the basement. After living at home a few months, I knew I needed a change. I was living in New Jersey and really wanted to move to Hoboken. Unfortunately, all of my friends were living in different states at the time or unable to move out of their parents’ house. So, I got very brave and put an ad on Craigslist. I did this multiple times until I found someone who was also looking to move to Hoboken and go apartment shopping with me.

Once we found an apartment, I was ready to live it up in Hoboken. But where do I start? I don’t know anyone besides my roommate. So I quickly started to think of some networking ideas. I tried many different types of activities to get involved in my new city. I had joined hot yoga-which I absolutely loved and still continue to this day. I also joined ZogSports which lets young people who live in cities an opportunity to be a part of a team! My team was kickball-it was lots of fun! I also decided to get a part-time job as a hostess at a local bar. This is where I was able to meet a lot of people-and if you are single and living in a city-working in a bar is THE best way to meet people. I got to work with so many awesome and fun people at the bar. I also got to know the bouncers and bartenders in town which means skipping the line and occasional free drinks. Bringing friends out to the bars (once you meet them) is so much fun when you can get them in ahead of lines and know some of the people who work there!

My Moving Story

When I was living in Hoboken, NJ, I was still using some of my Penn State decorations my parents had bought me.  I also had some help decorating from Home Goods.  I was able to put aside some money to add my style and get a pretty cheap white bed set with a matching white dresser and nightstand from Ikea.  Another wonderful resource was my mom and grandma, I was able to use a lot of their old kitchen flatware and dishes.  Sharing a two-bedroom, one bathroom apartment with a roommate when you’re single in a city is a lot of fun, but it’s like being in college again.  The art of stretching a dollar and making a stark apartment look decorated is truly a challenge.  I was using old tv stands from college as a makeshift bar and the plastic rolling boxes under my bed as a wardrobe for my sweaters.

Moving to Baltimore was quite a change for me, I was literally moving into a bachelor pad with my hodge podge decorations from college and my single bachelorette life.  When I moved into my fiance’s one bedroom, one bathroom apartment, we had NO SPACE.  I bought two clothes racks to put in our tiny bedroom to hang my clothes on.  I also used the nightstand drawers for my extra shirts that didn’t fit on the clothes racks.  I was lucky to still be able to fit my plastic rolling boxes under our bed.  I also used hanging shoe racks to not only hold shoes, but also my scarves and hats.  We kept my finace’s bedding, which consisted on red sheets and a gold/brown comforter on a queen bed with no headboard-yikes!  The kitchen had everything from a “man’s cave” sign to a pink spatuala.  My future mother-in-law helped us by taking some creative pictures at the Baltimore Aquarium and framing them in brown and black frames.  I used the brown framed pictures for the bathroom and the black framed pictures in the kitchen.

Going from a tiny space of merging together our styles, decorations, and clothes in Baltimore to a two bedroom two bathroom apartment in Providence was really a step-up with increased space.  The catch was-we were now doing this on ONE income!  So, time to get creative again.  I was able to take my bedding and mattress out of storage from my parents’ house in New Jersey and use it for a spare bedroom in my new apartment.  I used all of my bathroom décor from the Baltimore apartment (which was brown) and spiced it up with my turquoise decorations from my Hoboken apartment.  I also decided to turn my amazing plastic rolling boxes under our bed once again, but this time as storage for holiday gift wrapping.  I used the nightstand from Baltimore as storage in the guest room.  I was able to use the Baltimore Aquriaum pictures to decorate the bathrooms.  The black framed pictures went from the kitchen to our master bathroom.  For our master bedroom, I was able to put aside money to get a new comforter and sheet set.  However, still no money for a bed frame or headboard, so I bought some VERY cheap oversized pillows to put on the bed look as if there was a headboard.  I used my white dresser and nightstand as a base for decorating our new master bedroom.  So all I had to do was get new a new comforter that incorporated white and another matching white nightstand and ta-da the master bedroom was decorated!

In just less than three weeks, we are embarking on a new move to Pennsylvania. We have bought a house with two and a half bathrooms and four bedrooms.  We are once again going to be furnishing an entire house on ONE income.  After we move out of our current apartment, we are moving into a hotel for about a month before we get into the house.  And so the next chapter of my life begins…