Moving is really tiring, not to mention expensive.
On top of the 100,000 yen I paid to cover the first month's rent, plus various fees (real estate agent fee, "key money", etc.) I've probably shelled out between 300,000 and 400,000 yen on appliances, furniture, cleaning supplies, dishes, etc. @_@
But I think it's worth it to have a place that truly feels like it's my own (even though at most I'll only be spending another 4 years here).
I didn't realize how much work packing and unpacking would be, however. Well, the packing wasn't so bad. I got all of the stuff from the old house moved into the apartment in about 6 car loads (remember, my car is very small!). The unpacking and organizing, however, is insane. I can see now that I was being hopelessly optimistic in thinking I'd get it done within the weekend.
And of course, the place is so small that as soon as I buy anything, it'll become messy again. ^^;;
Oh well. I'm teaching tomorrow, so it's time for me to go to bed!
Check out the pictures of my apartment (through various stages of moving in) on Facebook here.