"I haven't moved in a year and a half." That was my witty come back to a friend's crazy accusation that I seem to move quite a bit. Okay, maybe I do move more than most. I don't have the numbers, but I suspect my average stay at a given residence is about 3 years. The fact that I would have to guess is probably a sign as well.
When my roommate and I moved into the place we're at now, we decided to spend a little more on a place with lots of amenities. These are amenities that we never use. We weren't inclined to use them as much as we thought; that's true. It's also true that this place was sold right after we moved in, and went downhill rapidly after that. So these amenities became less appealing. We also found out pretty early on that the utilities, and associated fees, were higher than we expected.
So, we're moving, and I'm excited for a number of reasons.
1. I will be saving $150 to $200 a month. Part of this is fewer amenities, but also rent prices have gone down in my area.
2. We have decided to spend some of that saved money on a cleaner. So many people have said, "you're that lazy..." If their homes were perfectly clean, then they'd have a point. They way I see it, I'm paying for cleanliness, and they choose not to.
3. I'm even closer to work. I'm literally down the street. It will be maybe a 10 minute walk.
4. I'm getting a new bed. I've had a queen for I think 17 years. What I really want is a loft bed. It's going to come with more space. But also, I think it will be easier to control the climate and lighting in the enclosed area. Plus there has been some advancement in mattress technology in the last 17 years.
5. It's time for a new office chair as well.
6. Finally, there are a few changes I have been reluctant to make to a place I'm renting, but I'm just going to go for it. Changes like hanging hand sanitize and paper towel dispensers. I might even spend a little on sound absorbing panels.