Whether you’re a college student, recent graduate, or just looking to find your way in the world on your own for the first time, one of life’s biggest and most exciting adventures is moving out on your own. Moving out is an exciting transition into adulthood that will be marked by many firsts – from cooking meals to doing laundry. With so many new experiences awaiting you, it can be difficult to know where to start when packing up and preparing for your big move. This guide will provide some helpful tips for making the transition as smooth as possible.
It’s always a big decision to move out of your parents’ house, but in many ways it can be a good step in growing up. You’ll gain more independence and responsibility, which will help you become more mature.
Here are some tips to help you prepare and make the most of your independence:
1. Find a place to live that you can afford
The first step in finding a place to live is understanding the cost of living in a particular area.
The cost of living varies depending on where you are. Let’s take London for example, and you’ll see that it’s much more expensive to live there than in Leeds. The next step is to think about what places you want to live in and where they would be affordable.
2. Get your utilities turned on ASAP
Regular utilities include such things as electricity, water, gas, and internet service. Living without these things will be pretty miserable.
3. Avoid expensive furniture, appliances, and electronics at first
See if you can source some items from friends and family. Often items will be sold or even given away for free on local facebook groups etc. After that focus on the most important items first.
4. Keep your things clean
Your new home will seem less than attractive very quickly if you don’t keep on top of the cleaning. Heavy use areas like the kitchen will probably need some attention every day. For other areas like the bathroom, you’ll probably find once a week is enough.
5. Prepare your food in advance and use up leftovers quickly
One of the easiest ways to save money is by cooking more than you need. Cooking for one person is not always necessary, and it also wastes a lot of food. If you are cooking for one, make sure to prepare your food in advance so that you can use it up quickly.
Cooking for more than one person saves time overall and reduces energy consumption because you usually only need to cook once!
6. Organize before you pack to avoid stress during the move-in process
It is important to be organized before you pack your items. This prevents the hassle of packing and unpacking when you get to your new home.
Before we start packing, it is important that we organize our belongings into piles so that each pile corresponds with a room in our new home. The wardrobe can be one pile, the kitchen can be another pile, the living room can be another pile, etc.
While we are packing for our move, it is also important to keep in mind which basic essentials we will need on day one when we arrive at our new home such as toothpaste, toilet paper, soap and dish detergent. It also helps if you make a list of these things before you leave your old place so that you are able to quickly find them as soon as possible when
7. Take time for yourself every day by practicing self-care rituals and indulgence
Looking after a home of your own can be hard work, so make sure you look after yourself too.