Hey guess what?! We’ve been living out of Airbnbs for one whole month! In the last 4 weeks, we’ve stayed in 3 different homes with 4 different hosts and 10 housemates from 5 unique countries, all while working full time jobs and hanging out with old and new friends around town. To sum it up, we’re exhausted, a few pounds heavier, and pretty damn happy.
But since we’re at the one month mark, we figured that now is as good of a time as any to check in and review what’s working, what’s not, and what we love about California. Because honestly, while there are some things about our new lifestyle that we love, there are certainly some aspects that I don’t think we’ll miss once we have a place of our own. Enough chit chat. Let’s review.
- Living With Less. Living out of a single suitcase has been an amazing lifestyle change. My wardrobe currently consists of 33 items total and a lot of those items are black and white. I use accessories, jackets and shoes to make outfits feel unique, and so far, I have yet to be bored with them. The takeaway: Spending less time picking out what we’re wearing has allowed us to spend more time nurturing new friendships and adventuring around San Francisco together.
- Cooking. We miss luxurious kitchen gadgets like sharp knives, potato peelers, and strainers. These things do not exist in most temporary housing situations, and therefore make cooking at home slightly more difficult.
- The Hills. Okay, so the hills? They are much steeper than we thought. Just walking to the top of our street a couple of times a day feels like the cardio workout equivalent of running a mile. I realize how pathetic that sounds and I’m working on getting in better “hills shape.” They’re just like really steep, you guys.
- The Fruits and Vegetables. The produce here is on another level. It literally takes up half of the grocery store. Also, have you ever seen orange cauliflower or white asparagus? It’s everywhere here. And the strawberries? They taste like candy. Getting our daily serving of fruits and vegetables has not been a problem thus far.
- Bike Theft. We’re glad we brought two bike locks, because there is literally no one here who doesn’t have two bike locks. If you only have one bike lock, your bike will get stolen and then you won’t buy another one because you’ll tell everyone it’s a sign from the universe that you’re simply not meant to own a bike in San Francisco. We’ll both know, however, that it’s just a super convenient excuse to not have to suffer through riding the hills. You know who you are.
- The Little Things: Like finding a piece of tape or an envelope. These things are hard to come across when you don’t have a designated “office supply drawer” in your life. It forces us get resourceful though. Like the other day I bought a 99 cent card at Walgreens just so I could mail a check to my accountant, and frankly, I think he’ll be appreciative of the “Just Because” card included with his payment.
- Internet. When you work from home and don’t technically have a “home,” you have to trust your Airbnb hosts to set up a reliable internet connection for you. While we’ve had pretty good luck in a majority of our stays this month, there was one where the connection was shockingly slow. Airbnb, if you’re listening: can you add a section in the host’s profile where they can run a speedtest directly from within their profile, so that their upload and download speed can be displayed?
- Cleaning. Hey, so guess what we don’t have to do every week? Clean! Aside from keeping our room neat and tidy and cleaning up the kitchen after we cook, we aren’t obligated to vacuum, mop, dust, or spray anything clean. Most of our hosts handle the cleaning on their own or hire a cleaning service. Either way, I’m not the one doing it and that is something that I will not take for granted even for a second.
- Public Transporation. It’s all good until it’s 40 degrees and 11pm. I forgot how much I hated taking public transportation home at night. I’m the kind of person whose mind switches off when I decide it’s time for bed, and unfortunately that doesn’t fly when you have a 45 commute ahead of you no matter which way you’re headed. #cityproblems #sorrynotsorry
- Routine. I’ve been taking routines for granted. Living out of so many different places makes building a routine difficult and life without any sort of routine makes my brain confused and my reactions emotional. Shit isn’t good. But I’m working on making it better. We’ve realized that we just need to look at routines in a different way now, and that’s a part of the journey that we plan on sharing.
So while this month has certainly had it’s ups and downs, we’re here, we’re alive, we’re happy, and we’re SO ready to move to our next neighborhood, West Portal! This Sunday (two days away, but who is counting?) our new Airbnb host is coming to pick up our bags so that we can take the journey to our new Airbnb by bike. How cool is that?
Stay tuned for a thorough review of our month in Ingleside and follow me on Instagram for snapshots of our new digs in West Portal!