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Advice on living on your own

You’ve now made the decision to move out of your parents’ home. Although it can be exciting – you can finally live by your own rules, without curfews or restrictions, and do things in your own time and in your way. But it can be a little scary too, because for the first time, you are on your own.

Living on your own for the first time doesn’t have to scare you. If you prepare and have realistic expectations, then you can tackle this life-changing event in style. Here are some tips for learning how to get the best out of living on your own:

  1. trial it first – get someone you trust to let you stay at their place for a couple of months; pay rent and help with the bills. Or ask your parents to let you ‘run the house’ for a month or two, and be responsible for as much as you practically can. This will give you a much clearer picture of what you’re in for and help you be more secure
  2. budget – you can skip the stress and anxiety by setting up a household budget before you decide to move out. Have a look at the cost of rent or if you’re buying a house speak to your mortgage provider, and compare those expenses to your income. Set up a household budget – rent or mortgage, insurance, utility bills, food shopping and personal expenses (going out, travel etc.) Don’t forget about the cost of making your place your home – decorating, furniture, electrical items etc. Keep track of this budget and see what kind of changes you need to make
  3. clean your space once a week – it's healthy to keep a clean space and you'll feel more at ease coming home to an organised room instead of clutter. Make plans to invite friends over every now and again. It will keep you in check to keeping things clean and tidy
  4. make chores for yourself and do them – wash the dishes and take out the rubbish regularly, no one wants to live with a slob. Learn to do laundry and do it weekly
  5. learn how to cook – it is definitely more affordable than eating out 24-7. You can then show off your culinary skills to your friends
  6. keep a calendar – you're an adult now, you are responsible for being on time and keeping to commitments
  7. keep a spare key – in a safe place or with someone you trust close by. There’s nothing worse than getting locked out of your home on a cold night
  8. meet your neighbours - after you have given yourself time to adjust to your new surroundings, take some time to meet the neighbours. Having a sense of community really helps make your new place feel like a home
  9. keep connected to home – you may have moved away from home and living the independent life, but it’s important to keep yourself connected to home. Invite your parents round for lunch or even for the odd cuppa. This will help put their minds at ease knowing their ’baby’ has grown up and is doing just fine
  10. most importantly, pay your bills and rent/mortgage on time!!
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