House Hunters

I have a very long mental list of stuff to do “once things calm down.” One of which is getting back to blogging every single day. I hate not being able to write regularly.

But then I remember that I’ve been waiting for this magical “calm time” for awhile now and perhaps it’s never coming. Maybe it’s just called life. And I should probably learn how to balance things sooner or later (or “time block” as Chris says) because it’s only going to get busier.

I look around at people my age with 2 or 3 kids and a four bedroom house and wonder how in the hell they do it. It’s a struggle for me to keep our two bedroom apartment clean on the regular and it’s just Chris and I. And Harlow. And in my defense Harlow insists on dragging every single toy from his basket to various places around the house every single day.

Speaking of houses, we’ve been on the hunt lately. Our realtor has jokingly told us he knows the producers from House Hunters and do we want to be on an episode? I jokingly bring it up every time we meet with him…Because yes, yes I do want to be on the show. And since I am a hustler I would just casually change the t-shirt I’m wearing every five minutes to showcase my entire collection during filming.

House hunting in Chicago is interesting. Houses get listed and sold within hours, often for above asking price. And when I say a “house” I mean the floor of a house, sometimes even just the back half.

We have our lists of “wants” and “must haves.”

After living in the city for five years my “must haves” seem pretty simple, yet also pretty dreamy after being without them for years.

*In-unit laundry.
A washer and dryer NOT in a scary dungeon basement that is also shared by 8 other tenants would be AMAZING. Every time I do laundry now I have to make sure we have quarters (we never do and the quarter fight is an on-going thing in this house) and then I have to fight off rats and spiders in a basement that feels like the Upside Down.

So to have laundry steps away from our bedroom and/or kitchen would be unreal. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Probably laundry all the time.

*A parking spot.
Doesn’t have to be covered (what do you think I am, a millionaire?!) but simply a designated spot where I know I always get to park.

Walking a block with eight bags of groceries isn’t as fun as it seems. Especially in January.

*Two bathrooms.
We’ve lived with one bathroom for far too long now. We have people stay with us A LOT and one bathroom makes everything so much harder.

For example my family is coming to stay with us this weekend and I’m already dreading the bathroom situation. I can’t wait for the day we’re living like fat cats with two toilets in the house.

I guess that’s pretty much it. Like I said, we’re not looking for anything too crazy here.

I guess I forgot one thing, I’d love to have a fridge that has an ice maker. I don’t feel like that’s asking too much, and yet I’ve gone my entire life without having this luxury. And I am so damn tired of filling ice trays.

Anyway, we’ve been looking for about six months and have already seen some crazy shit. I need to write more about house hunting in Chicago but it’s already 1 a.m. and I’m exhausted and need to head into T-Shirt Town for a bit.

The thought of buying anything is exciting and also very overwhelming. If you’re a home owner, have any tips? Give me all the tips, please.