Whether you’re about to graduate high-school, university or just ready to move out on your own, make sure to consider these few things before making your move. Moving out is a big step and at first, it can seem fun and free but sooner or later you will realize your dirty laundry doesn’t magically end up in your drawer clean anymore.
Get Some Tips
Before actually moving out, a great start would be to ask your parent/guardian to show you some of their famous cooking recipes, or teach you how to do household things that you have never done like what to use when cleaning the bathroom or living room, or the best products to use in the washing and drying machine. These tips will definitely help you in the long run when the ‘holy crap I’m living alone’ hits you.
Find A Place Well Before You Plan On Moving Out
Finding somewhere that is the perfect fit for you is really important before you move out. This way it will give you a little bit of time to pack what you think you will need and be able to shop for things that would fit well in your new living space. Like pictures, posters, furniture, decorations, etc. because let’s face it, bare walls are depressing. It also gives you time to ask around your family and friends to see if they have any furniture hand-me-downs they would be willing to pass on to you to save you some money from buying new.
This is a big section when moving out. Remember if you’re living by yourself that you need to start shopping for one person, and I hate to break it to you but you are not going to survive on mac and cheese and ramen noodles. Buying vegetables and protein like chicken and pork are good. But, remember that unless you really love carrots, don’t buy a bag that has 20 carrots in it. It will go bad, trust me. Also, keep in mind that vegetables and fruit can go bad way quicker than you expect, so don’t buy more than you need. Don’t forget, a family member or friend is only a phone call away if you need advice on food preparation or recipes for a good meal.
Remember To Budget
One last thing to take into consideration is that you are going to have to start budgeting. You will have rent payments/mortgage payments, bills for hydro, electricity, internet, cable, cell-phone and if you have a car you will have insurance payments, plus you need to eat as well. Depending on your job, you may not have to worry too much about budgeting but it is always something to consider. No one wants to be late on paying a bill, rent or not be able to buy groceries, but don’t forget that going out and having a little fun every once in a while is perfectly healthy and something you should definitely do. This is one of the hardest steps to learn and it will take some time to become good at budgeting your money.
I am sure there are many other things that other people would say you should consider, but everyone’s moving out experience is different. These steps helped me when I decided it was time to move out and I hope they will help you. Moving out can be scary and make you realize how much you don’t know about ‘adulting’ but it can also be a really fun experience. You will learn a lot about yourself and learn a lot about things that you can take with you in the future. Take these few things into consideration and you will be on your way to moving into somewhere that is yours.