Goodbye Sydney

The past two days have been hard. Really, really, really hard.

Friday was the last day of the lease on our Sydney apartment. We had to get all our things out and clean the whole apartment before 5pm, when our real estate agent was coming to check everything and collect our keys. On Friday morning our entire kitchen, wardrobes and various other piles of junk had not even been packed, and all of our furniture and the things that had been packed were still piled in the garage. Not good.

We got up at 6am, frantically packed what was left and hauled it down our building’s 3 flights of stairs, finishing at lunch time. We spent the entire afternoon maniacally scrubbing walls, cupboards and floors, cleaning the oven, bleaching the bathroom and laundry, removing cat fur from the vertical blinds and generally making the apartment spotless, to ensure we’d get all of our bond back. After handing over our keys at 5 o’clock, we still had to load all of the boxes (piled in the garage) onto the trailer, and dispose of all our furniture. Our furniture was all very inexpensive and it would have cost us more to get it moved interstate than it would to just replace it, so to keep costs down we made the decision to leave it behind and start from scratch. Luckily our apartment was just 2 doors down from a Salvation Army store where you can leave furniture and things for donation, so at about 10pm Friday night the two of us hauled all of our (extremely heavy!) furniture (up hill!) to the op-shop. By 11.30 pm we were finally done. The apartment was empty and clean, the furniture was gone and the trailer was loaded. Exhausted, we waved goodbye and drove until we were too tired to go on, finally collapsing into a motel room at about 3.30am.

Yesterday we got up, and set off on the rest of the drive to Victoria. Unfortunately it was a wet, wet day. We had tarps covering our things but they kept coming loose and letting rain in, so we had to keep stopping to adjust them. We also had some minor car troubles. When we finally arrived at Katie’s mum’s place at about 7.30pm last night, a lot of the boxes were damp. We were so tired all we wanted to do was leave the boxes on the trailer until the morning and go to bed, but the trailer was wet, so we had to get them off to prevent them from absorbing any more water. Miraculously, the water hadn’t seeped through any of the boxes containing delicate or papery things, so nothing has been ruined.

It’s days like yesterday and Friday that make regular days seem wonderful. Today we are tired, but relieved that the worst is (hopefully!) over. Now that we are here, we begin the rather daunting task of starting from scratch. In the short term we need to find work and a new home and new furniture. More long term, we have to get settled, meet new people and build a new life for ourselves. Despite the aching backs, the lack of sleep and the uncertainty of unemployment, we feel really, really positive. It was a big risk leaving Sydney but somehow we know it was the right thing to do. Despite how hard the last few days have been, it feels like a huge weight has been lifted from our shoulders. We are no longer tied to the city and jobs we were unhappy in. We don’t know what will come next, but we are free, and there is a whole wide world of new opportunities to explore and experiences to have. Despite everything, we are happy.

Katie and Reuben x

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Katie and Reuben

About Katie and Reuben

We are a twenty-something couple persuing a simple, mindful, beautiful life. We like crafty thing making, yummy thing baking and picture taking.


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36 Responses to “Goodbye Sydney”

  1. Jasmine August 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Ohhh that sounds like a nightmare! Each time I move I swear I will do it differently/hire cleaners/hire movers/never move again. It is such a big event and so so exhausting (especially for you two when you had to drive afterwards).

    Glad to hear the hardest part is over and I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavours! If it feels right to leave, then it most definitely is! Looking forward to hearing about your new life 🙂

  2. Zoe August 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    You’re so making me dread our move to Victoria! Moving in sooooo stressful, so I’m glad you guys made it. I hope you can relax now!

    • Katie
      Katie August 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

      Don’t dread it! Your move might not be nearly so messy! And despite all the chaos and the things that should have been stressing us out, somehow we’ve both stayed freakishly calm throughout this whole thing. There haven’t been any major meltdowns or tears, and even as we were carrying furniture up the road on Friday night, utterly exhausted, we were still smiling and making jokes. When you know you are doing the right thing, all the obstacles somehow don’t matter.

  3. deer donna August 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    you poor things, at least it is for a positive future, right? much love and if you need any help, seriously, i am available!! XOXOXOXO wherever you end up, i can come assist, or bake cupcakes, or whatever you need hehe.

  4. Jessica Ann August 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Oh my god, it made me exhausted just reading that! Moving has to be the suckiest thing that will happen over and over again in your life. The silver lining is that you know that the end is in sight. Moving into a new city and a new life is super exciting, well done you guys!

  5. Nadine August 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Uh, that’s so exciting! It’s really beyond cool that you did leave everything behind. I’m really looking up to you for being so brave!
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that everything works out the best!

  6. Kelly August 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Well luckily happiness is worth more than anything, and you two seem the sort of people to land on your feet. fingers crossed you find jobs quickly and love the new life you build. x

  7. Liefgeval August 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Oh my, what a day(s)!
    You guys are so brave though!
    I’m happy that you are happy and I want to wish you all the luck :)!

  8. Misty August 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    That sounds exhausting (!!)
    But I wish you luck with future adventures :]

  9. Chris August 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Best of luck, and more importantly – congratulations! Cheers for being brave, taking chances and heading out in a new direction.

  10. Sara August 8, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Happiness is the most important thing. Over bumps and obstacles, you’ll find the way, so long as you all stay happy and in love with each other and the world. I can’t wait to see what comes to be for you all. It’s such an exciting time with so many possibilities.

    • Katie
      Katie August 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

      So true Sara, happiness IS the most important thing! 🙂

  11. mother of purl August 8, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    Keep going- it will all be worth it in the end. Good luck xx

  12. Christine August 8, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    i love what you guys are doing. I want to do something similar as soon as i finish paying off my debt. How did you decide where to move? Sorry to hear things didn’t go as smoothly as hoped. But glad to know you are both in high spirits and staying positive. Congratulations!!

    • Katie
      Katie August 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

      We decided to come to Victoria because we have some family and a few lovely friends here, we have always loved Melbourne and it’s a little bit more affordable than other nice parts of Australia. Plus, it was just somewhere new and it was time for a big change! Good luck paying off your debt and pursuing your dreams – you can do it! 🙂

  13. Christine August 8, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    I’m not sure if the previous comment posted. I just wanted to tell you what you are doing is a huge inspiration. I hope to do the same in the future.

  14. Angelica August 8, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    many of lifes adventures start off crazy…I love how u guys arevl embracing that!

  15. Sabrina August 8, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Sounds horrible, but I think moving to another city always is a bit like this. But it’s always worth the hassle, I reckon.
    I wish you all the best for your “new” life.

  16. Sarah August 8, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    That really sounds like a lot of work!
    But it’s awesome that you two are still happy! 🙂
    I really hope that you will be comfortable there and that you’ll soon find jobs and everything you need!

    And I wish you a nice day and a little break!
    xoxo, Sarah

  17. Peppermint Mocha Mama August 8, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    … and happy is the most important thing! Everything else in life, is just gravy. Good luck and I can’t wait to read about all your new adventures.

  18. Kat August 8, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    You guys are so brave, stay strong, you made the right decision. We did the same thing 4.5 years ago, we moved from a town with too many memories, travelled for 3 months, settled in a new town, found new jobs, a home, had a baby and couldn’t be happier…trust your hearts. Lots of luck.xx

    • Katie
      Katie August 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes everyone! It really means a lot <3

  19. jane maassen August 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    so happy for the two of you….i love your blog and spirit!! cannot wait to hear how the future unfolds for you…although i am already sure it is going to be wonderful!!

  20. Carissa August 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Cheers! And to a future of all the beautiful things. Way to go on the moving bit. It’s our trials together that make strong bonds between people, isn’t it? Well the good things create bonds, too, and it appears you and Reuben have that figured out a lot more than most people. 😉

  21. Joanna August 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    How exciting, and very brave of you! The worst bit is over now and you have the fun stuff to look forward to. Good luck with it all, I am looking forward to reading about your new adventures! xx

  22. Chelle August 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    Moving is such a nightmare, so many things always seem to go wrong! But, the rewarding part is getting to where you’re going. Congrats on your fresh start, and all the best of luck!

  23. hannah August 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    whew! glad to hear you made it through! so excited for you both and all the wonderful possibilities that are sure to come your way……. xo

  24. Deidre August 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Glad you made it to Victoria safely. Moving is always really stressful and more so when there is a bit of an unknown at the other end. Good luck!

  25. Lyndall August 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Oh my, I’m having bad flashbacks to the pain of moving last year. Like when we moved our wardrobe and found the whole wall behind it was covered in black mildew that we had to clean off. Yuck!

    Moving can be so stressful, but having a fresh start can be really good too! I wish you both lots of luck finding a lovely new home and great new jobs! ♥

  26. Cassie August 10, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    you’re so brave to make the big move! i hope you find everything you’re looking for and that God blesses with you this exciting fresh start 🙂

  27. knitxcore August 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    oh no!!!! that sounds like the worst day 🙁 i’m sure it will all be worth it shortly. until then, i think both of you deserve a few days of rest!

  28. Annie August 14, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    Wow how inspiring, good luck to you both on your new life.


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