Moving out of your parents’ house and having to be an adult can be extremely overwhelming. For me, it had been something I had aspired to do for as long as I can remember. Not because I didn’t want to live with my parents, who are the most wonderful humans I ever shall meet. No, purely because I wanted to look after myself, not be reliant or dependent on other people to help me stumble through life.
It definitely wasn’t something that happened overnight, I spent about 6 months searching for the perfect place, and at last I finally found it. I can jump in the car and be in Brighton in 15 minutes, or back up at my parents’ house in 25.
In my whole life I have never felt more disorganised than in my first few nights here. Thankfully, I’m in a shared house, and I have some lovely people around me to chat to when I feel like I might just be going mad. Having someone to come home and watch tele with is also an added bonus!
I’m still learning, obviously, but here are my five tips for when you first move into your own place:
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
I exhausted myself in the first couple of hours after I got the keys, I wanted my room to be perfect and immaculate, but there’s really no rush. As if moving out isn’t enough stress, you don’t need to be worrying about arranging your DVDs in alphabetical order. Take your time and ease yourself into your new life.
- Remember, you need to eat.
If you’ve been lucky enough to have been relying on your parents to keep your fridge stocked, then you’ll need to get into the habit of writing out shopping lists sharp-ish! Buy some bags of pasta, or tins of soup and keep them tucked away for those lazy days when you just can’t be bothered to go to the shops!
- Get some dates in your diary!
It can be pretty easy to isolate yourself and hole away in your room, especially if you’ve moved away from where your friends are. Make a point of calling and checking in, make some plans and meet up. Have a flat / house-warming party and get all the girls round for Prosecco and Pringles (my personal favourite!)
- Overhaul your wardrobe
Moving out is the perfect excuse to de-clutter. You want to keep your new pad looking cute and organised, right? Sell some clothes on Depop, or wait a charity bag lands on your doorstep and fill that bad boy up! Out with the old and in with the new!
- Learn some recipes!
Niomi Smart’s ‘Eat Smart’ is like my food bible at the moment. Living alone and having to cook for yourself presents the perfect opportunity to try some new recipes and improve your cooking game! As tempting as it is, eating takeaway every night is not good for your health or your bank account! Get a load of ingredients and make an evening of creating something delicious.
I’m so glad I overcame my nerves and took the plunge into my new life. It can be extremely daunting, but just take it one step at a time, there’s a whole wealth of resources out there to help you; Google is your friend! Trust me!
Love Aileen x