Project Red would never have come in to fruition without Mr. Dapper and I sitting down to really think about what we needed versus what we wanted. We were in a situation where we didn’t know if our apartment would have a sudden lease end due to our landlord, so we acknowledged that we needed to at least look for a new place – renting or buying.
Bust-out the Post-its!
If my parents have offered anything in life lessons, it’s the use of the making lists! For the purpose of determining the type of living situation we wanted, I decided to color code using Post-its lying around the house to help in the matter. This system also became a great tool to hand off to our realtor when we were on the hunt for a new home.
We wanted to start with our absolute “musts”. We previously lived in ~980 SF and knew we really couldn’t go any smaller – especially not if we wanted family to visit and have a comfortable place to stay, or where we could live for a while. Transit was also a big must purely for the sake that I didn’t have any other way to get to work.
The nice-to-haves really came about after we wrote our initial list as saw there were things that could really float to something we could be flexible with. Additionally, we knew there were items, like the laundry situation, where we had a minimum request of it being in the building, but if we were lucky to have something in our unit – whoo! that would be stellar!
We didn’t get everything on our list, but Project Red has given us some tremendous opportunity. Although we don’t have a gym in our building, Mr. Dapper and I have a large enough living room to do yoga together or even something with weights. We also have access to fitness facilities, whether it’s in our office building, or close to home.
We also don’t have a yard for a garden… but our space has some great eastern and western light which gets me so excited for how we can integrate greenery into our home!
What other tools have you used to determine the home you are really looking for?