Camping in

Since moving in on Saturday, we have essentially been camping out in our apartment… or rather, camping in.

You see, when we moved to China, we left behind of all of our possessions.  Upon our return from China, we had even less due to the demise of both one suitcase and approximately half of our clothes.  What we had left is all that we owned aside from my wedding dress and a few sentimental items stored at my Grandma’s house.  It is absolutely freeing and totally awesome to travel so lightly and live so simply!  However, it does make a for a bit of camping in our apartment while we scour Portland for free and/or dirt cheap furniture.

Camping in has been quite an adventure.  We got the bare essentials for our apartment at Target on Saturday when we moved in: soap, toilet paper, plastic dishes, pillows, and a down alternative comforter.  Let me tell you… the carpet was rough that first night we spent on the floor.  Since then, a friend has graciously let us borrow her air mattress until we can obtain a mattress, which will definitely be one of the first items of furniture we attempt to acquire.

Along with a mattress, we will also be searching for chairs.  Sitting on the floor only is not always the most comfortable thing in the world.  Eating on the floor can also be a tad awkward, especially when I’m afraid that I’ll splash Ramen noodles all over.  Thankfully we do have a refrigerator and a stove, so we can finally cook our own food!  I love cooking and am super stoked to begin experimenting with recipes!  Now to find some cooking utensils and dishes to add to the saucepan I found at the Salvation Army… 🙂

Camping in aside, we have our own apartment!  I can deal with a little discomfort; I’m just grateful to be in a place of our own!  Being semi-homeless for the past three months has taught me a lot; I can’t wait to share my apartment with others who need a place to stay.

If you had to pack all of your belongings into one suitcase and a backpack, what would you pack?


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