Whether you’re an empty nester moving from a house into a condo, or a renter trading in a two-bedroom for a studio, you’ll end up having to say farewell to some of your stuff. Stressed by the prospect? Don’t be. Jason is a recently separated, thirty-three year old attorney here in Philadelphia. Jason moved from a 3-bedroom row house into a one-bedroom apartment. Not surprisingly, he had way too much stuff for his much smaller apartment. He was getting fed up with the chaos of stepping over boxes when we met him.

JASON’S STORY

“I decided to move to my apartment after my ex and I broke up. Part of me felt some relief living on my own again and being in a new space. But for the most part, there was just crap everywhere. I had way too much furniture for my small space, I was living out of boxes and suitcases, and still there was a ton of necessary home items that I didn’t have like frying pans, plates and cleaning supplies. Being at home felt more stressful than being at work.

I started with Pad Porter’s unpacking services. In the process I discovered they could also help sell some of the furniture I had crowding my space by taking pictures and posting it online for me. Some of the furniture was cheap (an ikea table I had since I was a freshman) and I realized that I was keeping it because I always had it, rather than because I really liked it. The hardest part was actually deciding that I was okay with getting rid of it, but Chelsea (my Pad Porter assistant) helped me visualize what my dream living room would be like and it was clear that I could not have room for the new items I wanted and the old ones I had been holding to. Then the team put away all of my items that I never found the time to unpack, found a utility shelf for me so I could better store my sports supplies and then picked up some of the dishes and supplies I was missing from Target. Clearly, I had a lot going on in my life, but having my space 100% box-free relieved a ton of my anxiety. It felt good to let go of the items I wasn’t really using and have help putting away my things so the items I loved all had a “home” in my new home. The next week I noticed my mood shifted because I actually enjoyed be at home. Letting go of the old and putting away my items really helped my feel not so tethered to the past.”

 

NEW HOME: LIGHTNING ROUND 

  • Favorite aspect of your new apartment: Definitely the roof deck.
  • Favorite new item or piece of furniture: I put a rower in my living room… does that count?
  • A challenge that came from living in your new apt thus far: I haven’t lived alone for awhile. It takes a lot of energy to keep the place clean and habitable.
  • The happiest moment in your new apt thus far: I put a rower in my living room 🙂
  • Something you’re looking forward to in bachelorhood: I guess using all these new dating apps. I’ve heard a lot about the online game from friends but was never able to participate before now. So we’ll see!