How I Moved Across the Country in 3 Weeks

September 24, 2012

There are so many things I want to write here… you can expect a lot of posts over the next few weeks, to make up for my lack of posts all month! But I know I should start by answering some of the FAQ’s people asked before I left.

What are you taking with you?

My fall/winter wardrobe, a few books, and my laptop. And yes, that’s all.

What are you doing with all of your stuff?

First, I downsized. Because I didn’t have a lot of time, I made some executive decisions. If I wouldn’t move it across the country one day, it wasn’t going in a box. I sold shelves, a dresser, and two nightstands, and gave books, candles, etc. to friends. And then I moved everything I had left (bed, couches, TV, boxes) to my parents’ house.

What about your car?

I put storage insurance on my car and am also storing it at my parents’ house. (Thanks, Mom and Dad! xo)

Are you going to bring/sell your car one day?

I have no idea. I love my little Bandit, and would be sad to sell him, but I also know you don’t really need a car in Toronto. And until I get my own place, know what my routine looks like, etc. I can’t make a decision on what to do with it. I’ll probably try to decide in the spring.

Do you have a place to live?

Yes. And, to be honest, this move wouldn’t have been possible without my friend having a fully furnished spare room (and her willingness to let me stay in it).

Are you going to get a place of your own?

Yes. Once I know what my monthly budget will look like, and check out some neighbourhoods, I’ll get a place of my own. If I’ve learned anything in all of this, it’s that I don’t need a lot of space to live in and be happy. So I’ll probably start looking for a bachelor or small one-bedroom apartment, in a few months.

When will you be back to visit?

Next month! I am flying home on Saturday, October 20th to attend my convocation on Tuesday, October 23rd. And then I’ll be back again for a week at Christmas.

This post really only answered the logistics of my move. There is so much more to it, including the financial stuff, so I’ll get to that later this week. For now, just know that I’m unpacked, settled in, and am probably on my way to my first day of work as you read this!

Any more questions? :)

  • Rob September 24, 2012 at 4:07 am

    You made it! Welcome to TO, Cait. :-)

    • Cait September 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks, Rob!

  • Canadianbudgetbinder September 24, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Glad you made is safe and sound and that you have a nice place to stay. Good luck on your apartment hunting! Cheers Mr.CBB

    • Cait September 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      I have an amazing place to stay :) thanks!

  • seanbryant September 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

    That’s awesome that you had a friend there to move in with. It probably made this quick move a lot easier than it could have been.

    • Cait September 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Absolutely. I’m very lucky!

  • Britt September 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Moving is such a pain in the butt. Glad you managed to do it successfully! Best of luck to you in Toronto!

    • Cait September 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks, Britt!

  • ashlyandmonkey September 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    What are you doing in Toronto? I was hoping to meet you at some point on the West Coast! :)

    • Cait September 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      I got a new job! But I’ll be back a few times in the next year :)

  • Drop that Debt September 25, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Glad to hear you’re safe and sound !!! I would love to move again just so I could get rid of most of my stuff. Good luck with the apartment search. :)

    • Cait September 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Haha, it’s a good excuse to get rid of things, that’s for sure. Thanks!

  • Savvy Scot September 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    How exciting!! Look forward to hearing more about it.

    • Cait September 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm


  • Frugal Portland (@frugalportland) September 26, 2012 at 8:21 am

    You have such a good attitude, Cait — sounds like the right decision all around!

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses (@momoneymohouses) September 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    So exciting! Toronto sounds amazing!

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