Well, I did it. I took the leap, and moved into my first apartment at the age of 20 in Kitchener, Ontario.
On Saturday, October 1 with the help of each of our vehicles, his mom and her vehicle, my parents and their truck plus a trailer all loaded full of our things, Jake and I were on our way from Belleville, Ontario to our new home of Kitchener, Ontario.
Back in August, Jake attended an interview at GForce Custom Fabrication and Installation Inc. in St. Clements, Ontario – just outside of Kitchener – for a welding apprenticeship position. I took the trip with him and we explored the area before and after the interview. As you may recall from a previous post, I was definitely not sold on the area. I didn’t like the drive, the fact that the area had no body of water and how far from home I was. So, when Jake got word that he received the job, I was less than ecstatic. But of course I was willing to move with him.
So the search began. The whole month of August was spent looking at apartments, hunting for a place to live. When a very promising place came along we invested all of our hope, only to be let down shortly after. At this point, we were convinced we would have to live in our cars. Luckily, while we were visiting my cousins in Ottawa, my cousin mentioned how she works for Timbercreek Communities, a building management company, and we looked into their properties in the Kitchener area.
And so we found our home.
At the end of August, we visited the building to fill out an application and view the apartment… And fell in love. Before returning home, we explored Kitchener a little bit more this time and realized we were just in the wrong part of town last time. This time, we wound up at Kitchener City Hall, the main downtown strip and Victoria Park. Talk about gorgeous!
So, naturally, when we found out we had been accepted to move in to the apartment October 1, we were extremely excited.
While Jake moved to Kitchener the beginning of September to stay in an AirBnB so that he could start working, I began the task of packing up our lives for the big move.
Finally October 1 came, Jake came home to help move, and we were all packed and ready to go.
It has almost been a week in the new place now and only two boxes remain unpacked. We have decorated and grocery shopped, and finally got Internet installed. I have obtained a job at Chapters in Kitchener for a seasonal position while I apply for Public Relations jobs, and it finally feels like we are settling in.
I cannot imagine making this move without Jake, and just in time for Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the opportunity to start our lives together in such a beautiful city.
Stay tuned to find out how we furnished our apartment for under $150, as well as my decorating tips.
Until next time,