On my husband’s first official day of work, I began my own “day of work”. After a weekend of trying to traverse the space between where we could park our car and the apartment in which we would be living for the coming weeks, I quickly realized that I needed some help of my own.
The reason? Our new apartment *does* have an elevator, however there is no way to access it from a “fifth floor parking spot”. This means that we have to park on the fourth (or any lower) floor, go into the building, take the elevator up a level, and then walk the 1/8 mile corridor (about 100 yards) to our individual apartment. I watched M as we moved in, carrying items back and forth over the two+ hours it took to bring everything inside. The weather was gorgeous and the apartment is spacious, but we had packed our cars to the gills (including 11 cases of wine) and we couldn’t figure out an easier or simpler way to move everything without something akin to a bellman’s cart. NOTE: I found out on Monday that the leasing office has *one* cart for the building, but since we arrived after they had closed for the day, this wasn’t an option.
I also had a bit of a challenge to hurdle when we realized that the apartment had only given us one key fob (the electronic “key” used to enter the building or any of its amenities) and one gate remote (used to re-enter the building, if I drove off the property at any point in our stay). This was going to have to be handled before I could take care of my “shopping challenge”.
The leasing office was helpful when they opened at 10AM – a key fob was given when asked and they “called to authorize” the gate remote (which took an hour) so I would be able to come and go as needed. Now all I needed to do was come up with a way to carry things from the car to the apartment since any purchase that might require more than a single trip or anything that is relatively heavy (think a gallon of milk plus a bag of kitty litter) would require multiple trips between the apartment and my car. I couldn’t go shopping during the day and then expect M to bring in my items on his way home, so I needed to be creative… I needed some sort of portable shopping cart.
My first thought was to use Google. The items that first came up reminded me of an “old lady shopping cart” – the one pictured here is apparently available at Staples. Wal-Mart had something similar, as did Crate and Barrel, so I gamely headed off to the local store to make my purchases and pick up my “old lady cart”. I wasn’t happy with it, but the cost was reasonable so I headed out and started picking up all the items I needed (previously mentioned milk and kitty litter included). All was going well until they told me that the wire cart wasn’t available… they had all been sold. Color me crushed. I had no idea where to look now. I hadn’t actually seen that they carried them at Staples until today, so I asked the cashier for some guidance. Her suggestion of checking at Target proved fruitless, but the idea of checking with the local Kmart was a winner. After calling Kmart (and remaining on hold for 15 minutes while the guy in electronics waited on a customer in front of him), they located a “shopping cart” and offered to hold it for me until I got there.
I was thrilled. I had been given a way to get my purchases from my car to my apartment without relying on anyone else. This may seem like a little thing to others, but when you have difficulty walking, this is a monumental game-changer. While the cart I found was almost triple the cost of the one I’d been eyeing earlier, the freedom it was going to afford me was worth every penny. It heavier and bulkier than I’d wanted but it’s sturdy, with big/wide tires, and can carry up to 150 lbs. It’s my very own Little Red Wagon and I love it.
As you can see, I was able to carry all my groceries and move-in staples (kitty litter, milk, cleaning supplies, chicken and meats, as well as veggies) in one trip from car to apartment. What a gift! It could have been a disastrous day of hauling bags after bags from one place to another, but this simple cart made my day so much brighter.
Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.
NOTE: The relocation company with whom we’re working have been extremely responsive and helpful with regards to any and all concerns and frustrations throughout this move. While the leasing office personnel are kind, they have been much more reactive than proactive, resulting in most of the challenges we’ve faced, IMHO. It’s a journey… and I’ll continue to do my best to focus on the positive… this really *is* where we’re supposed to be… so I’ll focus on our blessings. Hope you’ll do the same!