Since moving to Auckland, Waveney and I’ve been housesitting which has been heaps of fun. However, with summer approaching we’re keen to get away ourselves during the weekends so are now looking for a place to rent.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about the best place to live considering where we work, I’m on the North Shore and Waveney is in Three Kings which is south of the city – so yep, opposite directions! We’re keen to use public transport and so think an apartment in the city could be the go. That way we can both wander down to the bus station and go our separate ways, against the traffic, and with pretty reasonable commuting times. Besides we’ve always been curious to see how we’d go living rubbish free in an apartment – the experiment continues!
So, now we’re in the midst of checking places out, and it is occurring to us that the difficult thing with apartment living and being rubbish free is a lack of space. One of the keys to avoiding rubbish is being prepared and buying in bulk. That way when friends drop in suddenly and you want to give them kai, in the freezer are some sausages that were purchased rubbish free from the butcher, saving a quick dash to the supermarket and the resulting styrofoam. But, a lot of these places don’t even have freezers, often just little beer fridges, let alone space for lots of baking soda, vinegar, flour and all the other staples of a rubbish free life!
On the other hand, being rubbish free is once again making the search a bit simpler. In a previous post I wrote about doing a late night dash to a supermarket to buy curry powder where I was confronted with four different brands all about the same price. But there was only one I could buy rubbish free – decision made! It is a similar situation with apartment hunting. With 301 apartments available in our price range in central city, being able to disregard a fair few because there is no space for a freezer or storage is actually really handy! We’ll let you know how we get on.