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{a new} Home Sweet Home May 1, 2014

Filed under: Sarah — Uncharted @ 7:38 pm
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I’m so excited to share with you all that we are officially homeowners!  Yesterday, we closed on an adorable single family home in Denver.  Now I can finally start making all my Pinterest decorative dreams come true.  It’s tough living in rented units sometimes, because even though apartment living feels urban-chic, you can only do so much to an apartment to make it feel like home.  Often you are limited with painting, and you don’t want to bust your budget on furniture that may not be ‘forever’ furniture.  When we moved to Denver, Jonathan and I meshed some of our own things, and bought some new together.  We were limited to very specific couch dimensions that would fit our square-footage, and were stuck with the wall colors as they were.  We did the best we could, but I’m ready to move on.

What I’m excited for:

  • investing in some quality, classy, grown-up furniture pieces
  • picking paint colors
  • wood floors!
  • a backyard (grilling, gardening, sitting in the sun!)
  • hanging as many pictures and paintings as I want and not worrying about losing any of my security deposit for making the walls holey
  • starting fresh and mixing styles with fun new pieces and not trying to force old pieces to fit together
  • having an excuse to purge (let’s be honest, moving stinks, but it’s nice when it’s all over to have been forced to shred old bills and donate clothes you haven’t worn since you moved in)

Needless to say, I’m also looking forward to posting our progress as we do a few touch ups to our new home before we move in and as we continue to really make it ours.



And I’m Back! November 13, 2013

Filed under: Karla — Uncharted @ 11:11 am
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Uncharted readers, it’s been a while. But I’m glad to say I’m back. Two major life milestone occurred in the last few months which hasn’t left me time to write. The first one happened on Friday, September 13, 2013. Yep, Friday the 13th. On that day fellow blogger Kelly and I parted ways after living together for five years from our apartment in Oak Park. Why? The reason for the move was caused by the second major milestone which I’ll blog about next week. I know, I’m such a tease!

Many of the posts you read on Uncharted took place or found inspiration in our apartment. In fact, you could even say this blog idea came to Kelly  and was developed around our dining room table. There are too many favorite memories to list (because I had an amazing roommate and awesome friends) but I’ll try to whittle it down to a few.

  • New Year’s Eve parties – from planning annually to remembering where we put the decorations the year before.

  • Finding out what is acceptable to have on the kitchen counter and what is not – apparently a tomato should go in the refrigerator at all times.

  • Random craft afternoons spreading out more paper than two people should have in one household.

  • The Blizzard of 2012 – actually finding snow in our first floor front landing.

  • Roommate date night – combine a home cooked meal with Say Yes to the Dress and you have a perfect girls night in.

  • Refinishing furniture in the dining room/outdoor porch – mostly Kelly reminding me to refinish outside or else.

  • Rocking out in the kitchen with fellow blogger Sarah when we first moved in.

  • Rushing home to tell Kelly all about my first date with my future husband.

We could not have found a better space for both of us. We spent five amazing years together and we’re still friends! Probably one of the most luckiest things that happened on the move date, was not having Kelly there. If she were, I think I would have cried the whole time.

I’m so glad I convinced Kelly that we could live together. To this day I remember signing our first lease which was locked in at two years and us both saying two years was such a long time and we didn’t know if we wanted to be locked into that timeframe. Low and behold we locked ourselves in for another three years! There is nothing I would change about my time spent in Oak Park, nor would I change our apartment – it spoiled us rotten on living space! But life moves on and my new adventure started with lots of boxes and a new place to call home with my husband.

Finding New Room in the Lombard House

Finding New Room in the Lombard House

The Oak Park Apartment

The Oak Park Apartment


Settling In October 1, 2013

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 11:55 pm
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I am so boring. I know I’ve been writing about moving forever…I just looked back and there are at least four posts related to me moving. That doesn’t even count my dad moving and that whole emotional mess. Now that I’ve pseudo apologized for my lack of interesting things to write about, I feel I can continue on with my moving saga!

Saturday I made the actual move, but I am nowhere near unpacked yet. Does anyone else feel like if you do all the work of packing and moving that everything should unpack and place itself in the perfect spot as a reward? That would be nice, not to mention magical. So far I have managed to unpack and put away everything in the kitchen as well as the bathroom. The kitchen seemed the most important to me because I was sick of eating out for every meal the past week and wanted to make a real dinner. The bathroom was just an easy win. I only had two boxes of stuff and since I had already purchased a new curtain and rug to match the tile in there, it felt like a large accomplishment, even though it’s a fraction of the size of everything else!

With those missions accomplished I vowed I’d unpack at least one box a day until they are all gone. Tonight, as of right now, I have no boxes unpacked. You’d think with no TV to watch (oh yeah I can’t find the power cord to the TV) I’d be more productive, but I find myself avoiding the unpacking. Instead I’m looking up inspiration for my new living room on Pinterest. That counts as productive right? I know it’s just procrastination. I’m going to have to unpack everything eventually. It’s just exhausting making so many decisions. First, do I keep this item I packed away and paid people to carry across a couple towns so that I could keep it? And second, if I am going to keep it, where does it belong? What makes the most sense? What looks the best? If I don’t keep it, then I need to gather it all up and chose where to donate it. Okay well it’s time I get some sleep, I promise I’ll get back into unpacking tomorrow!


Down to the Wire September 24, 2013

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 10:36 pm
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Hey all, I hate to be lame, but there is no time to write an actual post tonight. That’s because this is my current life:


Packing, packing, and more packing. For the most part I’m past going through things and trying to just pack. I have probably donated at least two cars full of stuff though which makes me feel better about getting rid of things. I have to say I have way
more stuff than anyone really needs and I have two new best friends. Let me introduce you:


There’s more where that came from, but I won’t bore you with stacks of boxes. Good news is I locked in a mover for this weekend and made an appointment with professional cleaners (thanks for picking up that Groupon Karla!) so this place will be spick and span for the next tenants. I’ve also sold 4 items that were for sale which is pretty good. I’m glad those things all got new homes!

I also made sure to change my address with the post office which you can now do online at: www.USPS.com. Just complete the information they ask you for and give them a credit or debit card to confirm who you are. They’ll charge you a dollar for their trouble, but you’ll get a confirmation email letting you know that everything was set up for you. Wish me luck on moving day!


Kicking it to the Krrb September 10, 2013

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 11:42 pm
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As of today, I have officially secured a new apartment!  Yay!  Now I can stop worrying about a place to live and start worrying about moving…which to be honest I had already started as illustrated in my post two weeks ago about Craigslist.  Can’t call me a procrastinator in that department!  I talked in that post about making an inventory of stuff, but now I have organized it into a spreadsheet that covers each room in my current apartment and then contains four tabs: New Apartment, Dad’s House, Sell, and Trash.  There is a tab called Dad’s House because he is nice enough to let me keep some furniture there that won’t quite fit in my new place.  I went through each room in the current apartment and recorded each piece of my furniture onto one of the tabs.  I’ve called a few moving companies and they like to know exactly what they’ll be moving so that was a helpful exercise.  We’ll see what ends up being the best option, but it’s looking to be a bit pricey since my things will be traveling to my new apartment and my dad’s house.

There isn’t too much to get rid of.  There are two pieces that are damaged and just plain worn out that will go in the trash.  There has been a lot of donating along the way.  It’s kind of scary how much stuff I had, but really didn’t need or want.  Then there are the items to sell.  After selling a rug and the wooden day bed (to a lovely home!), there are six pieces that I or Karla and I would still like to sell.  I know I wrote a whole post about Craigslist, but has anyone heard of a website called Krrb?  It’s pronounced like ‘curb’ and it’s a newer site that my sister introduced me to.  You can choose to buy, sell, rent, trade, or post something for free.  Here is how they describe themselves:

Krrb (pronounced ‘curb’) is a hyperlocal, curiously global classifieds made just for you. A most epic scavenger hunt at your fingertips where you can thrift, scavenge, rummage and discover local treasures – in your neck of the woods or over yonder.


I really like it a lot so far.  It seems simpler to post and they even have a phone app so you can take pictures as you are posting and check in at any time to see if anyone has inquired about an item you are selling.

krrb mobile

 Each item you post costs 1 credit, but the posting does not expire until it is sold or you remove it.  You can earn free credits multiple ways, but when you join you automatically get 10 credits, so that’s 10 items you can post for free right off the bat!  If you run out of free credits, you can purchase them anywhere from $1 – 50 cents depending on how many you buy at one time.  I just started using it and posted a couple items on there.  If you’ve used it before tell me what you think!  Hopefully I can get everything still on the ‘sell list’ sold so we won’t have to deal with it when we move.  Wish me luck!


Cleaning House with Craigslist August 28, 2013

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 12:02 am
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I started off very cranky crabby this morning! I think it’s the heat and the humidity. Mostly humidity because it messes with my sinuses. I woke up with a headache in the side of my head that felt like someone was nailing things in there. I made myself shower and lay down again and I felt a little better. Then I ate some toast so I could get something in my stomach and take some Advil. After about an hour at work I realized it had disappeared.

Perhaps I’m just stressed about moving? As I may have mentioned a few {hundred} times, Karla and I are moving out of our apartment in September. After watching my dad scramble to get everything packed up for his move, I have really tried to get started early for my own move. Last weekend I went through the apartment and made lists of all my furniture in each room. An inventory of sorts. Then I highlighted any item that will not be coming with me. I called my dad to talk about the highlighted items. To see if he wanted any of them for himself or if he wouldn’t mind storing some things that I won’t come with me, but I want for the future. He is very generous with all his new space and told me I can put anything I want into his new place. Then there are the items I have just decided to sell. I already went through the garage sale thing and I’m not about to hold another one, so I’ve decided the best avenue is Craigslist.

I don’t know how many of you have used Craigslist as a seller before. They try to make it simple, but it can be a little bit of work to set up a listing. You first answer a few questions:

-What type of posting (For sale by owner)

– Choose a category (Furniture by owner)

-What part of Chicago are you located in?

Then you fill out the title, price, and specific town. There is an open space for a description and a place to enter your email so you can receive emails in regards to the ad. I always check the box for using craigslist mail relay which means people won’t see your actual email address. You can also chose to add a map so people can see where they would need to travel to to pick up the item. The next page you are able to add photos. It is important to choose pictures that are not too large (data-wise). If they are too large, they will never load. Also remember that whatever picture you load first is the main picture people will see when they are looking through ads.

Here are just a few of the items I’m putting up for sale:

wooden couch

Sleigh Daybed- We’ve been using it as a couch, but add a twin mattress (which I also am seeling) and it becomes a lovely twin bed!

rug 1

Adorable Flower Pattern Rug- sure to brighten any room!


Folding Shelves- perfect for a home office or dorm room


Armless Slipper Chair- needs a bit of repair, but I saw a cute Pin on Pinterest that covered a ripped couch with lace. Get creative!

If you or anyone you know would be interested in any of these items or want to see some other furniture for sale, please leave a comment or email me at unchartedchicago@gmail.com If not, wish us luck selling all this stuff! Whatever doesn’t get sold will be donated or placed on the FreeCycle site, which is pretty much like donating…people just have to do the work of coming to get it.


Moving on Out March 24, 2011

Filed under: Sarah — Uncharted @ 1:39 pm
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If you’ve ever moved out of somewhere before, you’ll be able to relate…

Ever noticed that most things in life look a lot easier than they end up actually being?  It’s true.  My students are always looking at someone else doing something (that as an adult with much more life experience, I can recognize actually takes quite a bit of effort) and exclaiming, “man, that’s so easy!” Then they try it and quickly find it’s really not.

In anticipation of my move to Colorado this summer, I just moved (heartbreaking) home with my parents for a few months since our lease was up.  This was a move I definitely was not looking forward to.  Months ago I was already mourning my loss of independence and the ability to do whatever I damn well pleased on a daily basis.  More recently, this past Friday I came home from work only to be reminded by the intense clutter surrounding me in my apartment that I had not packed a single thing yet, and was supposed to move the next day. 

I started packing, and quickly came to the realization that was initially stated in this post.  At first, I had somehow misplaced my memory and forgot how painful moving had been several times in the past, and thought to myself “I only live in a 2 bedroom apartment, there’s not that much stuff in here, this won’t be so bad.”  What followed the next few days was a real-life comedy of errors. 

First, I decided to drink a bottle of wine while I was packing, to numb the pain of losing my amazing apartment in the city, partnered with the death of my independence.  This was a bad idea. I can’t remember what boxes contain what when I wake up the next morning.  Oops.

Next, once I’ve rediscovered what is in what box and what needs to go to which location next, I realize I have far too many boxes and my dad and brother are going to kill me, seeing as they think they are coming over to ‘move a few larger items.’  Uh oh.  Fingers crossed we survive the day.

Then, I discover that I have the wrong key to the storage unit I am supposed to put half of my stuff in.  But it’s already been packed in the truck that I’m supposed to return tomorrow, and the people who have the correct key aren’t in town this weekend.  Thank goodness for house sitters, or my dad would have lost it.

While I’m retrieving the correct key, my dad decides to not open the truck all the way while unloading my belongings in anticipation of my return to the storage unit.  This results in him being careless and trying to finish things too quickly, and gashing his head on the truck door.  My brother calls me from the storage unit as I’m being flipped off by a lady in a minivan to tell me that my father is bleeding from the head.  It may not sound funny, but since it wasn’t really all that bad in the end, now we can all laugh about it (well, my brother and I can…my dad, not so much).

At this point, my seemingly simple one-day moved has promptly turned itself into what mirrored a situation the Dunfeys would get themselves into on Modern Family

Lesson learned: never say something is going to be easy before you try it.  If you anticipate that it will take work, you’re better off because you won’t underestimate the difficulty of a situation and then be disappointed because it turns into a comedy of errors.  I’ve also learned that next time, I’m retreating back to hiring movers…and I will appreciate them!


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