I was ready to stop moving.
However, it is time. Although I am a firm believer that we westerners claim too much space for our homes, 540 sq.feet is a bit much.
You know what the funny part is, my priorities for our new space. You'd think cost would be number one (well it IS a limiting factor hah). Here is my list:
- Balcony so we'll be able to 'move' our urban garden (which we are planting this weekend!). Also, if the balcony isn't south facing that will be another red tick. As long as it can support my container garden, I don't care what it looks like.
- Building has organics and recycling bins readily accessible. Now this *shouldn't* even be here, since it's illegal NOT to compost or recycle in the city... but lots of places simply ignore the provincial law. It's great.
- Is within walking distance from my work and other stuff, like the grocery store (or farmers market would be even better!). This is also a combo of I can't afford downtown parking at my work... but really I actually *like* walking (weird, I know!).
- Has a place to store my new bicycle. Cuz right now it's hanging out in our living room.
- Hardwood or laminate 'lick and stick' flooring. I really don't want carpet, with all the chemicals in the glue and the energy that will be required to clean it. I like my broom. It works and doesn't plug in.
- Lots of light so I can keep growing my indoor plants.
- A dishwasher, since it uses less water than washing by hand (which we currently do).
Yep, those are my priorities. Thankfully I think they're Andrew's as well. I expected him to scoff (I have no idea why) at my comments that no space for an urban garden would be a deal breaker. Except he's been bringing it up. We saw one space that I seriously considered even though the actual space itself was terrible... because it had TWO raised beds in the backyard that we could use and a place for a clothesline.
I keep getting this feeling that other people aren't THAT concerned about these things while apartment hunting (except my few 'eco' friends here in the city).
You would think that with all the movement from three universities in the city would make for lots of availability. When most regular sized places go for 1100, 1200$ it makes for a stressful search. Especially since our apartment is already claimed for July... lol.
What about you, my 'eco' bloggy friends? Have you an 'essentials' green list for your new apartment or spaces?
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