Adulting can be hard ya’ll. It can also be hilarious, awesome, fun, confusing and frustrating. I’ve lived on my own (out of my parents house) for about two years now and feel like I’ve learned/realized a lot in that time. I also have a lot still to learn!
1. You realize how lazy you can be about some things and what your willing to live with. I will literally let my bath tub fill up when showering because I’m too lazy to unclog it. Yes, I eventually do it… eventually. I also realized how much my parents did growing up that I never knew about. They just kept everything running so smoothly!
2. Remembering everything on your grocery list is a task. When I remember everything I feel like I need to reward myself. There’s always one little thing, no matter how many lists I make, that gets forgotten.
3. Money management is everything:
– Remembering to pay bills and not only pay them but pay them ON time
-Remembering you can’t go out every single day & making smarter choices when you do go out
-Picking what you like to spend your money on. This was a big one for me! What’s important to you?
– Understanding what credit is and just how important it is. That can be a very confusing and scaring thing when you don’t completely get it but recourses like Credit Card Insider are a great source to figuring that out! Credit is something that’s important for your future and the earlier you pay attention to it and understand it, the better!
4. Asking for help. Let’s get real. I’ve asked my mom and Nick’s mom, heck even my friends mom how to do things around the house that I have no clue how to do yet.
5. Realizing what you look for in a place to live. I will be able to pick the next place I live sooooo much better. I had no idea all the things to ask and cover when looking for a place! Like: deposits, animal fees, special policies they might have, parking, etc.
6. Understanding health and what to cook because the freedom made me eat all the pasta. I had to remember balance is key!!
7. Realizing all those childhood dreams of staying up late and eating candy and ice cream 24/7 is unrealistic and sometimes that still makes me sad! Sometimes when its 11pm (my bedtime) I declare “ I could stay up all night if I wanted to!”. I never do though… because reality is not kind and that 6am alarm comes way to fast!
8. The moment you realize there’s really no going back home. This new home is home now, and I like it that way! Not that I don’t love my family but I love my freedom and the little family I’ve made for myself.
What are some tips you guys have or any funny things you’ve realized when moving out on your own? Happy Thursday!