Tips for living alone for the first time
You might think that you’ll be lonely when you’re living alone. But in reality, once you figure out a couple of basics, you’ll love the time by yourself. Here’s what you need to know if you’ll be moving into your own place soon. Don’t be scared It can be a little scary living alone for the first time. You’ll need to understand what you can do to feel more secure. Whether that’s checking all the doors one last time, closing all cupboard doors or looking behind the lounge suites before you go to sleep. Figure out if you’re going to need additional security If you’re still not feeling secure, you may need additional security. Do you need security gates on your doors or burglar bars on your windows? These are important decisions you need to make before moving in, or shortly afterwards Have some emergency numbers handy Keep some important numbers close by. This includes the police, fire brigade and ambulance. Also, be sure to have the number of a plumber or electrician so you’re not caught unaware when your toilet breaks or electricity goes out. Don’t leave your stuff everywhere There’s something so incredibly satisfying about coming home to a clean place. Don’t give in to your urge to be messy and make sure you clean up every once in awhile. Learn how to do things yourself You can’t always rely on other people to do everything for you. There are certain things you’re going to have to figure out. Learn the basics of how to use a screwdriver and how to install your electronics. You’ll really enjoy the feeling of being able to rely on yourself. Remember to get out occasionally It can be tempting to never get out. But you need to get out and see the world. So, when your friends invite you out on a Friday night, say yes. And when you don’t get any invitations, be the one to make the call. Get to know your neighbours This one can be a little scary at first. But start off slowly by waving and smiling when you see them. After a while, start to greet them and eventually you’ll know their name and can greet them when you’re both on the stairs at the same time. Make your new space look and feel like you You space doesn't have to be Pinterest-worthy right away. But after living there for a while, you should start to feel comfortable enough to make it look and feel like you. Get some posters you like and hang them on the wall. Add some photos of loved ones. Soon you’ll love coming home to your space. Learn how to grocery shop for one This can be tough at first. But soon you’ll get used to buying just enough for yourself. You don’t want to buy too much and end up wasting food. Figure out how much you need and only buy that much. Don’t be tempted by the other things you see while you’re in the store. Enjoy your alone time Once you’ve figured out some of the basics, you’ll learn to truly love being alone. Stretch out in front of a great TV show or curl up with a good book, and enjoy your own space.