I'm going to be driving recent college graduate and proud owner of first real-life job down to Georgetown to help her move into her first apartment! She found and rented the apartment, organized the paperwork for the new job (with health care--yay!!!) and has started to pack. Her job/internship is for one year only because she'll be applying to grad schools for the following year, so she found a furnished apartment with utilities included to avoid the trouble of setting everything up from scratch. Weeeeelllll. Remember Murphy's Law? Being understandably inexperienced, she mistook the photos of the beautifully and fully outfitted apartment as evidence that it was being rented beautifully and fully furnished. Not quite the case. It's an empty shell. Cupboards bare, windows naked. You get the picture. This wouldn't be such a problem if she were staying longer. Or if she hadn't already splurged on a higher rent so she would feel safe alone in a new city and be near her place of employment. We need to outfit her from can opener to curtains in a hurry and on a shoestring. Since she won't have a car until her boyfriend arrives in the fall, we'll probably have to do most of it while I'm there.
The frustrating thing is, I've been carefully saving extra quilts, blankets, dishes, etc. for years for just this kind of occasion. But because we are ourselves in a period of transition, having just made a cross country move, our belongings are ---say it with me---in long term storage.
Life doesn't always have perfect timing.
Any tips? It's been sooooo long since I've done this. The thought of hunting down a mattress and boxspring in DC in July is making me break out in hives.
But just look at the rooftop terrace!
Sue/the view from great island