I’m going to bore you with some details. My husband is a TV writer (he thinks this affords him the ability to not put away his clothes). He is mistaken. I mention his work because it has affected our lives in a major way the past two years. Remember this shoot for Real Simple? Well the next day, we had to pack up OUR ENTIRE HOME and put it into storage because Adam’s job had us relocate to NYC. And listen, I’m not complaining. Swear up and down. It was the experience of a lifetime and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I think that goes without saying (especially for a gal who grew up in a small southern town where the highlight of her days was going to The Prince of Orange Mall– A sad little shopping centre that had a Wal-mart and a Belk Hudson). I was sheltered. But then again, it was pre-internet and weren’t we all?! I digress…
By the year 2015, I had been living in LA for 15 years and was ready for a change. I had ants in my pants as they say. But here’s the thing. It was a shitload of work. Changing every single address and account, figuring out what to take and what to store, could we get it all on a plane? Where would we move back to? How long would we be going back and forth? Endless questions and no answers. Lucky for me (and you), it’s now 2017 and I can tell you what we did and how I made it work. Some things to note: The job is in New York for part of the year and Los Angeles for the rest of the time. Extra challenging. See bulleted list below for the skimmer in you.
- December 2015
- Packed up our entire home in LA and put it into storage
- January 2016
- Moved to furnished home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
- Took six very large suitcases. Did not need to take that much. Ugh
- Bought stuff in NYC because that’s what one does
- Mainly purchased winter clothes, kitchen and bathroom stuff, some organizers..
- August 2016
- Utilized the services of MakeSpace in NYC (more on that below)
Not having roots in the two places you are living (NYC and LA) is stressful. There are things to figure out. What made it less overwhelming were the services of MakeSpace. Since we knew we were coming back to Brooklyn in just four short months, we decided to store some stuff there. I calculated how much it would be to re-buy everything and financially, it didn’t make sense to sell and purchase over again. First of all, the time it would take to sell the items and then buy all over again would have been dumb. And I sure as heck didn’t want to raise my carbon footprint retracing my consumer footsteps. It was decided. I was gonna store some stuff. I called MakeSpace to set it up. They also have a handy app for those of you that loathe talking to people on the phone. They deliver the empty bins, you label them, they pick them up. They also take their own pics and upload them for easy reference. What I didn’t mention is how affordable it is. We paid $30/month for five huge bins. We stored things we didn’t need in LA (mainly winter gear and house related items).
- September 2016
- Moved back to Los Angeles to another furnished home
- Took our original six suitcases back to Los Angeles
- Stored two of those suitcases in our storage unit in LA
- January 2017
- Moved back to same furnished home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
- Only took four suitcases this time
- MakeSpace delivered our stuff that we had stored in NY
- March 2017
- Had a baby
- Acquired more stuff because of baby
- June 2017
- Moved back to Los Angeles to a furnished rental
- Shipped a lot of boxes back to LA
- Current status: Attempting to buy house because living out of suitcases with a newborn is crazy-making
Side note: A friend of ours works on the same show as my husband. His situation is the exact opposite (his home base is NY and he travels to LA for this gig). He ended up subletting his Brooklyn apartment but wanted to de-personalize the space so he could easily rent it out. I referred him to MakeSpace and he was a happy camper. We also got credit towards our respective accounts because we’re #winners but mainly because MakeSpace is awesome. They are currently in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
*I first posted about MakeSpace in 2015 when I tested out their services. This time around, the team at MakeSpace had no idea that I was becoming a client and I WAS NOT compensated with free storage or paid to write this review. I just wanted to spread the word because I’m glad they exist. Images via MakeSpace