I am living alone again and I am beyond happy about it. There’s nothing like having your own space to do exactly what you want, when you want and at what time you want. You can drink beer with your friends late into the night, come home whenever you want to and it’s totally acceptable to walk around in the nude whilst your fake tan dries. Curtains shut, of course.
Late at night is when I get the best part of my cleaning done, midnight tidy ups are the best. I can’t always sleep because my brain thinks of a hundred things at once and won’t relax, so I always get up and clean in my pj’s. I love staying up to the early hours listening to music, lost in the internet or even getting up early to have a super long bath whilst I watch an episode (or three) of my favourite Netflix series. I am so excited to be able to do all my “weird living alone” habits again.
Living alone isn’t always fun, it can be a little scary and hard work. You’re the only person responsible for the rent and bills whilst trying to have a social life and put food on your own table. If you don’t empty that bin, no one is going to do it for you. Don’t even get me started on the feelings I get when I am going to bed after watching another documentary on serial killers…
Overall, living alone is amazing and I wanted to share 5 tips for doing it!
If you’re about to move out into your own place, budget like mad. Practice living off your wages when you consider rent, bills, wifi, council tax etc to come out of it. What you have left is what you need to buy food from and attempt to have a social life from too. If you can do that successful, living alone and budgeting won’t be a problem for you.
Things that go bump in the night.
If you’re anything like me, you could have an overactive imagination after watching something scary (although saying that I don’t even need to watch something scary to be scared…). I tend to avoid anything that scares me anyway but more so when I live alone. The last thing you want to be thinking about is serial killers knocking at your door when you’re trying to go to sleep. Not that they’d necessarily knock… but you know what I mean. If you’re a tad wimpy, avoid watching scary movies because you will regret it when your friends go home and you’re left alone. Trust me. You have to become brave when you live alone and that’s easy to do once you’re comfortable in your house/flat… and when you’ve planned your escape route (I’m not even kidding haha).
Don’t buy food you aren’t going to eat, simple. Throwing away out of date food is the worst of the worst. It’s wasteful but also, you’re just throwing your own money away. I used to always over buy food but meal planning and buying from the reduced section in supermarkets made an impact on my budget and I wasn’t being wasteful. Buying food for one person isn’t necessarily cheap but if you meal plan and you’ll laughing. Probably not literally though, food shopping isn’t fun.
Buy things from charity shops.
Kitting out a new place is far from cheap, especially if you’re moving from your parents house into your first place as you own nothing. If you can store items, collect things over time. It spreads out the cost and doesn’t hit your bank balance too hard. Buy things from charity shops, second hand websites and even ask your friends/family if they have things they don’t need. You’ll need everything from the pillow you sleep on to the fork you eat your meals with and everything inbetween (which is alot!). I am an avid charity shopper so I am always looking for a bargain and something that I need/could use in my home. Furniture is the best to get from charity/second hand shops because even if you don’t like the immediate colour – you can change it. Which is exactly what I’ve been doing. Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan paint is a hero product for turning old ugly furniture into something to suit your style. It’s very easy to fall into the “lets buy everything from Ikea trap” but it can be very expensive. Mix it up and buy something second hand to make your own.
Make friends with your neighbours.
Your neighbours are the ones who will be your immediate support system. You don’t have to be best friends or swap ‘incase of emergency keys’ but it’s good to be on first name terms and to atleast say hello when you see them. This way you have a mutual neighbour-relationship of:
- telling eachother when the other is being too nosey next door
- that one will support the other if you burn your kitchen down and need to ring 999 or if you get locked out and it’s raining, they’ll atleast let you stand in their doorway whilst your landlord comes to rescue you.
- if they see suspicious behavior around your property, they will tell you about it
- They’ll tell you when bin day is and the latest gossip in the neighbourhood, which is always useful information to have.
Do you have any tips for living alone? Let me know!