- Joyce Maynard
I've been thinking a lot lately about where I'm going to live in a few months. As much as I love my family, I can't stay here forever. Nor, to be honest, would I want to. I've tasted the sweet flavor of independence and the craving is becoming irresistable.
With the new job, I should be able to buy a house much sooner than my 30th birthday, which is both an exciting and petrifying thought. Me, owning property? Having a mortgage? Are you serious? No way, man.
But first, I'll need to find an apartment. It's fun to think of living on my own, but at the same time, I'm kinda freaking out about all of the things I'll have to buy to have my own place. I've got the things to stock a kitchen fairly decently, even though it's college-grade stuff and not the grown-up quality that I yearn for. But as long as I can physically make a mean for myself and have actually plates to eat off of, I'll be alright for now.
However, I can't very well move into an apartment without any furniture. Literally, the only "furniture" in my possession is a bookcase and a metal shelf. I don't have a bed to sleep on or a couch to sit on to watch tv. Oh wait, I don't have a tv either! Problem solved!
I guess what I'm getting at with this entry is that it's going to take a lot of work for me to be able to live on my own - with some true sacrifices made along the way, I suspect. I'm going to be making a list of absolute necessities that I will need before moving out, in hopes of collecting them as I see good deals.
What are some things that I'll probably forget that I need? Do you know of anyone who has some furnishings they no longer need? I'm not really in a position to be picky, but pieces that are still decent quality/condition are appreciated. At this point, the pattern doesn't matter. Or if you know of stores that carry good merchandise at great prices, please share that information!