We have been back home in New Zealand for approximately three weeks. To say it has been hectic in a sort of organised chaotic way would be an understatement. Most of that time has had us shifting our “treasures”. Though one of us kept referring to those treasures with a more descriptive word.
A new chapter in our lives has begun.
It is also the start of sharing snippets of life back in New Zealand.
So far so good.
It feels right.
Purchasing an apartment and living in it part-time, is a first for us both.
We are still in the process of finding out what will work and what won’t. Or more to the point where our “things” will go. Never ceases to amaze me how we can forget where we have placed objects or lose something in a small space! We used to have this issue while living fulltime in a motorhome and that space was more of a challenge to use efficiently and to lose “things”.
In this short period, we have readily embraced apartment living, which was aided by years of living in a 24sqm motorhome and living in Europe housesitting for the last three years. These alternative ways of living I think have helped us to adjust to living in an apartment and making that process run more smoothly. More than we thought it would and certainly more than the previous house that we had built. Though it is taking me a while to find a place for everything when all of the furniture that we have purchased hasn’t arrived!. It certainly takes time between making a decision, buying the furniture to the arrival of said furniture.
With the lack of furniture, it meant we resorted to glamping of sorts with airbeds and outdoor chairs being our only seating. It was preferable to paying out more money for alternative accommodation.
Getting back to the fun of the actual shifting, it seemed that each box was taking on the role of Jack in the Box. Bedlam occurred with the opening of each one. To be honest, I should be used to unpacking and sorting. Shifting never seems to get any easier.
This shift we have brought more new than used furniture, due to time restraints and having access to a vehicle. The downside of this is the vast amount of packaging that arrives with a new purchase. It has been an eye-opener for us, and it has now made us check any purchases for any over usage of packaging.
On the upside of unwrapping and opening boxes, it does feel like an early Christmas. With one big difference is that the boxes are stuffed with stuff that has sentimental value. Then there is the flood of memories as I unpack an item and remember which country we purchased it.
Welcome to shifting!
The big question that I know is forming on your lips is which teatowel was unpacked and used first. Here it is.
The warm welcome.
Invites to enjoy a cuppa and a natter.
A few neighbours living similar lives to ourselves.
A sense of community that looks out for each other and at the same time respects each others privacy.
We even managed during the first few days of purchasing our apartment to attend our first A.G.M. last month. Most people would think that is something to avoid. For us, it enabled us to meet our neighbours and get to grips with living in the apartment building.
You see the directors of the company manage this apartment block we live in. All of the owners are directors/shareholders in the company.
This system has a significant advantage in that all of us have a say in how we would like things to be done. As you can imagine this does not always go smoothly, and the process may not be as fast as some would like it. Everyone has an invested interest as it is home for us all. With all decisions based on a majority rule. Giving us the reward of low weekly outgoings, than most other apartment buildings that employ a “Body-Corporate system” to manage the property.
There ends my first small snippet about life at No.22, it’s a place where we can put our feet up and let out a big sigh of contentment. A place where we can relax, plan our next adventure housesitting overseas and say,
“Ah, life is good”.