After over four months of anticipation, the day had finally arrived – the day we moved to our new apartment in Jersey City!
Although I certainly had plenty of time to prepare and plan, it’s still super stressful to make sure everything goes smoothly. Between changing locations for the utility bills, cancelling wifi service at one apartment and starting it up at another, arranging for movers and “no parking” signs, changing your address… it starts to add up after a while.
So, needless to say, I was counting down the days until May 31st. Matt moved all of his things to my Hoboken apartment so that the movers could just get all of our stuff from one location and bring it over to the new place. Since my other apartment was super small (less than 500 square feet) it was definitely pretty cramped for a few days, but totally worth it to have everything consolidated. That meant that Matt wouldn’t have to be driving his things back and forth from Queens to Jersey City on the day of the actual move.
There were definitely a few bumps along the way on moving day (a few issues with the movers, but I won’t bore you with the details), but once all of our things were moved in (by 8:30am that morning) it was pretty much smooth sailing. We hadn’t seen the apartment fully finished yet, and it was even more beautiful than we had remembered.
A friend of mine who I’ve known since pre-school also lives in the building, and she and her boyfriend gave Matt and me a bottle of champagne as a welcome gift – so sweet! By the end of that (very long) first day, we ABSOLUTELY needed a drink… or a few. The champagne was much appreciated and the perfect start to our new life at the Soho Lofts.
The first morning waking up in our new room was almost surreal – we were also still pretty sore/tired from the day before, which may have contributed to our overall daze. My parents were coming out to take us to lunch and take us shopping (to my favorite place – TARGET!!!), so we did our best to get up and become functional human beings.
My parents kindly took us to Grimaldi’s in Hoboken for pizza, then to Target (TARGET!!!) to pick up some essentials. Mind you, my mom had taken us to Target the day before as well, but we needed more more more!
That night the building held a party for the grand opening of the pool deck, also known as the Soho Summer House – but I’ll cover that in another post. Needless to say, we had a great night of free food and drinks, and each had about 7 Narragansett Del’s Shandies. They are amazing, by the way. Although I didn’t taste the alcohol in it at the time, I definitely felt the repercussions the next morning.
But the hangover didn’t stop us from heading to Target – AGAIN!
Truth be told, we went again because we were missing a few items on our receipt (turns out we left a bag – oops). But while we were there, we saw just a couple of things on our wishlist and figured we might as well get them while we could…
So, yes, we got a few more things. Some more, uh, essentials.
While we walked to Target on the way there, we opted for an Uber XL back to the building. Our Uber driver was super helpful loading and unloading the car, and we were able to use a shopping cart that the building uses for move-in days to bring everything up to our apartment. Easy peasy!
A few of the items we got – including the lamp and mirror – were things that had been in my Top Target Finds post. It was super exciting to see them in the new space and bring my visualization to life.
Matt did a great job assembling and/or hanging everything – he even persevered through building our extra bathroom storage unit. Having two of us in one bathroom works, but having only one vanity, no medicine cabinet, and limited storage space sure doesn’t. This unit gave us more space for towels and linens (and yes, I hid the “uglier” towels in the lower part behind the door… need to keep up the aesthetic) and it actually isn’t too obtrusive or bulky in the small space, since it’s so tall and narrow.
I definitely recommend this storage unit – if you’re interested, you can get it here from Target.
Although we definitely got a lot done in the past few days, there are a few more things we need to get – bar stools, a dining table and chairs, an arm chair for the living room, and a mountable TV. Eventually we’d also like to get a desk for working from home, as well as a few other odds and ends decor-wise.
This is a great start though, and we’re already feeling so happy and at home in our new apartment. I’ll share more photos of how the place looks once it’s more of a finished product, but you can follow along our progress on my Instagram stories via @jillsahner!