Apartment Living Has Been…..


I thought my life was crazy busy before starting this process…but let me tell you I was wrong. NOW I am living the crazy life for sure! With selling our home, moving to an apartment and making a kazillion decisions every day with building a new home I am finally sitting down to write all about the crazy happenings in my life.

At the end of the summer our house sold and we found a nice 3 bedroom apartment to move into.  It is on the 3rd floor though… so yeah..3 flights of stairs. Not so fun on grocery day, but I am grateful I have a home and feel so lucky for my blessings.




We put the majority of our furniture and stuff in a storage unit and kept basic minimum furniture in the apartment. Shipped the chickens off to a farm and our dog Comet is staying at a friends house for the whole 4-5 months. Yes..she is the best friend ever! So with me, the hubby and our 4 kids we live a bit more snug in this apartment but we have survived.

I have been also using my apartment living room as storage for items needed for the new house. Check out my living room – it’s filled with moving boxes and just so much stuff. Luckily I don’t have many visitors… hee hee.


Some pros about apartment living:

  • No yard work!
  • So cozy we spend more time talking together as a family.
  • The pool & hot tub – this summer while it was warm we took advantage of that awesome pool almost every day.
  • Close to shopping and great restaurants.


Some cons about apartment living:

  • No yard at all. My active kiddos need to run!
  • So cozy the kids fight more and us parents maybe get a little less patient. Hee hee, you like how I said that so nicely?
  • The kitchen is so tiny! It has very few cupboards, no pantry and the worlds tiniest freezer/fridge ever. I haven’t really had a huge desire to do much cooking as it’s cramped, and the freezer is so small. I will say that the Frigidaire dishwasher in this apartment worked better than my last house though, so I am considering getting Frigidaire for my appliances in the new house.
  • 3rd floor – those stairs are a beast. Moving in was no fun and grocery day just stinks.
  • I could think of a million more cons, but it may depress me…so lets just focus on the positives, right?


Even though I haven’t lived in an apartment since college, I have all been really happy for the most part. My husband and kids though are SO READY to get out of it and get into the new house.  I can’t wait as well.

We’ve made a few great memories this past 6 months such as…

The kids first day of school in a new school close to the apartments. And my teens are 16 so they could drive themselves to school for the first time ever as well. So strange to have driving teenagers. 🙂


And my twins went to homecoming too! They had a lot of fun.


All in all this process of building a house has really been a new adventure. The new house is supposed to be done near the end of this week (January 2016).  And I will tell you all about the house design on my 5 acres in my next post. Stay tuned. 🙂

I also wanted to give a huge shout-out to my amazing virtual assistants who have been stepping up to make posts and keep my blog running for me during this busy time for me. Thank you to Ruth-Ann Warren-Lines, Lori Smith, Audrey Gambrel, Ashleigh Ashby, Jen Harbertson, Erica Acevedo and Flower Savage. These ladies are so wonderful and have worked really hard on Happy Money Saver. I couldn’t have done this without them! So thank you…thank you… thank you wonderful ladies!! And thanks to all you readers for your patience with me as well. I cannot wait to show you my house and farm plans!5 Comments

Apartment Living Has Been….. was last modified: January 28th, 2016 by Karrie

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It is helping me to not feel so crazy for some of our decisions we’ve made in the last year. My husband and I sold our home in August and because of a housing shortage in our city, we moved into a 25 ft long RV at a month to month RV park. Like you, it is in such a convenient location (close to shopping and our daughter’s school), but we are starting to realize how a tiny RV sucks for our daughter who needs a place to run and space to play with her toys. (We have similar weather to you in Central Oregon.) The plus side is that I’ve joined a gym and have been going almost every day (to be able to take long showers). Thanks for sharing your life and being so honest about it. I can’t wait to hear about your new home!

  2. Can’t wait to hear about the farm!

  3. Whew! You will so love playing in the dirt again!

  4. “…so lets just focus on the positives, right?”

    Whatever works for you, but focusing on just the positives can take your focus off the real.

    For elaboration or illustration of what I am talking about there are or were one or more videos on You Tube called something like ‘Smile or Die: The Tyranny of Positive Thinking’. They have or had it as an interview and as one of those drawing animations.

    Another con to an apartment is that the landlord owns it as opposed to the bank, unless you’re among the elites that are leveraging this system that’s trashing the planet of course.

  5. Please, please, please read reviews on the Frigidaire products. We bought a very nice Frigidaire refrigerator and in 1 year, it has already had to be completely replaced, and the second one has had two service calls made on it already. I personally will never buy another Frigidaire product again, sadly.

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