Living alone comes with an unparalleled sense of liberation and independence. You are free from your parents’ strict house rules or from your roommates that have no concept of personal boundaries. If this is your first time living solo, you are probably feeling excited to step into this new phase of your life, but also a little nervous about taking on new responsibilities.
Just like most circumstances in life, preparation is key and will put you in the best position to feel secure in your decision. We compiled a list of things that will make you feel more at home in your new space.
Get a Spare Key
When you are moving into a new place, it is a good idea to get the locks changed and a set of spare keys cut. The last thing you want is to lock yourself out after a tiring day of work. Choose a place to hide your key or give them to a friend that you trust that can come to the rescue. You can also keep a local locksmith’s contact in your phone, just in case you need it.
Keep First Aid Kit & Fire Extinguisher
Injuries and fire accidents usually spring out of nowhere. While there is no sure-fire way to completely avoid them, you can minimise the damage by being prepared. Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit and a fire extinguisher in your house and also remember to regularly check if your smoke alarm is working.
Track Your Household Expenses
There is no authoritative figure who will regulate your expenses, you are the adult of the house now. Keep a budget that will allow you to monitor and manage your everyday expenses. If you find that your bills are adding up, compare electricity plans and switch to a more economic provider.
Say Things Out Loud
Anyone who lives alone has doubts, like whether they locked the door, switched off stoves or turned off the hair straightener. To avoid these anxieties, whenever you turn something off or lock the doors, say it aloud. You are more likely to remember it if you say it out loud.
Keep Essential Medicine & Soup
Always keep a few essential medicines in your house, in case you are too sick to go to the pharmacy. Additionally, it is also a good idea to stock your kitchen with frozen meals and canned soup if you are unable to cook or too weak to go to the supermarket.
Master a Few Simple Meals
For some people, cooking is therapeutic, but for others, it can be a stressful endeavor. However, whether you like it or not, learning how to cook is an essential part of becoming an adult. You do not have to become a Masterchef but you should master a few simple meals. Bangers and mash are an easy go-to.
Get a Flashlight
From an unexpected power outage to finding something under the bed, a flashlight always comes in handy.
Try to Clean Everyday
A lot of people do not find cleaning enjoyable, but you cannot let your home become a complete mess. Cleaning a little every day ensures that the mess never gets out of hand. The longer you leave it the bigger the job becomes.
Introduce Yourself to Neighbours
Say hi to your neighbors if you see them in the hallway or knock on their door and introduce yourself. If you are ever in an emergency it is helpful to have neighbors you can ask for help.
Invite Friends Over
Just because you are living alone, doesn’t mean you have to feel lonely. Invite your friends and family over for dinners and game nights.
Learn Basic Handyman Skills
Learn some basic handyman skills so you can keep your home in tip-top shape. From hanging pictures to assembling furniture and fixing leaky faucets, these are all helpful skills to have.
Enjoy Your Own Company
If you’re an extremely extroverted and social person, then living alone will be an adjustment for you. Instead of going out every day, make an effort to enjoy your own company at home.
Living alone is not always easy, but by taking proactive measures, you can make ita truly pleasurable experience.