680 Square Feet in San Francisco

Last week we finally unpacked, with the exception of one small box which is full of pieces of mail that need to be shredded. Yes, we packed a box of junk mail and paid to have it moved across the country. Don’t ask…

It definitely feels good to be settled in, however, even after giving away half of our things we still have too much. I honestly can’t buy a single additional item. There is literally no where to put anything at this point. There’s barely room for us. For the last 4 years we’ve lived in at least 1200 square feet of space and at one time (that horrible loft) we even had as much as 1700 square feet. We now reside in 680 square feet with two cats and have tiny paths to walk through. I suppose I’ll get used to it. In the interest of remaining positive here are the top 10 good things (in no particular order) about our small abode:

1. It takes no time at all to clean and I don’t even have to unplug the vacuum. Yes, you can reach all of the rooms via one outlet.
2. The trash shoot is down the hall as opposed to across the community. No need to get wet, cold, or even get out of your pajamas to take out the garbage.
3. There are zip cars right downstairs.
4. The grocery store is across the street
5. The mani-pedi place on my block is pretty good and when you get a mani/pedi two people work on you at once. It makes me uncomfortable but you get out of there a lot faster. They also have a no cell phone policy which rocks my world. Everyone has to be quiet. Mwha ha ha ha
6. It’s quiet. Knock on wood but I don’t hear my neighbors at all and therefore this is the quietest apartment I’ve ever lived in.
7. We get free Giants tickets.
8. Four words: Mint-Mojito-Iced-Coffee
9. The concierge emails me when I get a package. I love those emails.
10. The gym. We have two gyms. They are clean, bright, and I go almost every day.

An Empty Apartment in San Francisco

I'm Sailing Away...

Chris and I have been in San Francisco for 8 days now (including a 3 day stay in Houston for Hänni’s wedding). In that time I’ve had lots of requests to see our apartment. I think everyone has forgotten that our things are somewhere out in the world on a big bad truck right now and we are actually living in what essentially amounts to a high rise camping expedition.

This Kitchen is Teeny Tiny

I get it. Usually I have my apartments whipped into shape in a matter of hours but this time I have a window of 7-20 days to wait for all of my cute things to come back into our lives.

Unnecessarily Large Bathroom. Can We Take Some Out And Give It To The Kitchen?

In the meantime we started out with a floaty toy to sleep on (that’s how I refer to the lame and very uncomfortable air mattress we’ve been using), lots of paper plates and plastic forks (see what I mean — totally camping), and a suitcase of clothing each.

Oh Goody: Work!

Since then we’ve upgraded to having a chair and desk for me to work at and two, yes two chairs for the breakfast bar. Thanks to IKEA we’re living large!

The Cats Dig The Raft

Also, with the exception of one very fun day that I spent with Lilly, which I will post about briefly on Erin Cooks, I haven’t really had a chance to explore the city very much. I’m hoping that CK and I will have some time to get to know our neighborhood and the area a bit more over the long weekend. Stay tuned!