So, you’re moving out on your own for the first time. And you’re excited. Of course you are. You’ve organised your furniture, gathered all your belongings and found a great place to live. But are you prepared?
Once you’ve signed a lease or secured a home loan and you’ve moved all your stuff in, you’ll realise that living on your own isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Here are a few of the things that suck about moving out on your own for the first time.
Cooking for one – Do yourself a favour and look up some easy meals to cook for one person. And then get used to making them. You may be tempted to just pick up some junk food on your way home from work everyday, but this is as expensive as it is unhealthy. You could also cook a little extra and take the leftovers to work the next day.
Dealing with maintenance – If you own your home this can be quite a pain. The geyser breaks? A pipe bursts? Some random electrical thing stops working? It’s your problem now and there’s no one to share the pain. And electricians and plumbers are expensive so get ready to pay through your teeth.
Doing ALL the chores – From vacuuming and doing the dishes to taking out the trash, it’s all up to you. Keeping your home clean isn’t easy either and it’s really time consuming. And you can’t avoid the mess or it builds up and you’ll end up spending an entire Saturday scrubbing the whole place. Of course, you will make this mistake at least once or twice, but try to learn from it.
Nobody to tell about your day – Yes, having no one to interrogate you about your activities will feel like bliss at first. But then you’ll have a really bad day and just want to whine about it to someone for ten straight minutes. Even if you call a friend, it’s not the same. sometimes you just need someone to ask you how your day was and not expect anything in return.
Living alone can be great, but it’s important that you manage your expectations before the reality sets in.