Although she cleans up well, once you check under the surface...
January 3, 2014 7:28 PM Subscribe
I just moved into a furnished apartment (in Ontario, Canada) that I knew would have some of the owner's knick-knacks and belongings... but I didn't realize just how much stuff would be here. This is for a (relatively) short-term stay. How can I politely (and does it need to be polite?) request that I need some of her stuff cleared out?
posted by vernondalhart to Human Relations (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I agreed to rent the place, I knew that there would be some stuff left behind. When I showed up, it was clear that was the case, but it seemed that it would be no worries when I got the keys. However, now that I've started unpacking my stuff, I realize that the problem is much, much worse than I thought.
Some of the shelves have books on them which is a bit annoying, but not the end of the world. If that were it, I'd be fine. However...
Places that have too much stuff:
The desk drawers are crammed full of papers and the like. The storage space above the entry-way is full. The space under the bed is packed full of boxes. The bedroom closet has a bunch of old shelves from some dresser (with no obvious dresser in sight). There are some chests in the den that are full of stuff as well, including quite the collection of (empty) mason jars.
The place is pretty clean, otherwise, and in part this is "my fault" for not checking each of these areas first. But seriously, who actually checks that the desk drawers are empty in a furnished place? Most of these places are places that I think were perfectly reasonable to assume would be vacant and so never bothered to check until I started putting things away.
I think that this is really a miscommunication on our parts: She told me that she is a bit of a packrat and that some things were going to be left behind. I assumed that she meant the things that I could actually see on the shelves, not that which fills all of the other spaces.
My partner and I will not have room to store all of our stuff here, unless we're willing to make it even more cluttered, which neither of us want. So what can we do? Should I even worry about being polite? Considering that she lives in another (~2 hours away) city, how do I get her to deal with this mess?