7 Tips for Living on Your Own

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Moving out on your own is an exciting and scary experience. Luckily, you’re not the first person to do it. You may feel like you’re taking on more than you can chew, but trust the process. There are countless new things to discover as you set out on your journey to living without the constant supervision of your parents or guardians. There will probably be things in the future you think about and say “I wish I had known that before I moved out.” To help you on your way, we’ve put together this list of seven tips for living on your own so you can focus on the exciting stuff.

1. Buy Some Candles

Scented candles are such a versatile way to enhance your new home. Tons of different scents and styles exist for every unique individual and occasion out there. If you’re feeling a little homesick, ignite a Memories candle to remind you of home. If you’re planning for the holidays, pick up a candle with your favorite bakery scent. They even make Zodiac candles inspired by your zodiac sign! It may sound silly at first, but nothing makes you feel happier than your favorite smells wafting through your very first home.

2. Take Security Seriously

Security isn’t something to take lightly, especially if you’re moving to a new area. It can be particularly nerve-wracking the first few nights in your new home alone. Putting your mind at ease is completely worth the investment in some security features. Installing a few security cameras is one way to ease your fears. Used mostly as a deterrent, they can also provide proof of theft in an era where “Porch Pirate” is a full-time job. There are many affordable systems available, which means the right one for you is out there.

Door and window alarms are another great security feature. Typically they involve sensors on doors and windows that are set off when the entry point opens. There are some, however, that you can place at your door that are shaped like a wedge and go off when the pressure of the door opening is applied to them. 

Renting can be difficult when it comes to security since you typically aren’t able to install new security devices. The good news is you can get a system retrofit lock to fit your apartment’s current lock system so you don’t have to worry about someone sneaking in while you’re sleeping. These are easily removable and portable, making them a great investment that you can even take with you traveling.

3. Plan Meals

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In the age of food delivery services, meal prepping can seem like such a hassle. It has very distinct health and financial benefits, though. Planning out your meals ahead of time can save you time, save you money and ensure that you’re nourishing your body with healthy food options — not living on a steady diet of takeout. Planning your trips to the store ahead of time will allow you to go in knowing how much to buy. 

Planning meals with similar ingredients cuts down on food waste too. There’s nothing worse than realizing you wasted ¾ of a bag of green onions because you bought way too many for one meal. Prepping your meals for the week can also save time in the kitchen. Portioning your ingredients and even pre-cooking them can ensure that you always have enough time to prepare meals without taking away from your busy schedule. Designate one night a week for meal planning so the rest of the week is easy.

4. Thrift

So, you need some new furniture to fill up all that new space? Thrifting is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to find some great new additions to your home. Upcycling someone else’s furniture and decor is the perfect way to add new touches to your home without breaking the bank. There are tons of unique and quirky items you can use to decorate your new home in a way that will leave an impression on your guests.

You can even try your hand at some more DIY projects by refurbishing or repurposing thrifted items for your home. Maybe you’ll find a solid piece of wooden furniture that has a lot of scratches. That’s no problem; it just needs a facelift! Break out some sandpaper, dust it off and repaint or re-stain the surface. You’ll be amazed at what a little TLC can do for older or well-loved items.

5. Save as Much as You Can

You’ve heard it time and time again, and there’s a reason for that. Unexpected expenses can really mess up your plans. That’s why it’s so important to do your best to prepare for them. Start by saving a little every month. It adds up faster than you think!

6. Be Prepared

Along with being prepared financially, there are countless other things you’ll want to be prepared for before they happen. Make sure you have a set of tools in your home or garage in case you suddenly need a particular one. Have a first aid kit on hand in case of minor injuries. You definitely don’t want to be left hanging if you suddenly need tweezers or disinfectant. Fire extinguishers are often forgotten about but are life-saving in many small, accidental fires. Also, make sure you buy a plunger. You really don’t want to wait until the moment you need one to go get one.

7. Don’t Sweat It

Nobody expects you to know everything right out of the gate. Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for help or advice. You’ll get the hang of it, and having a good support system will definitely ease the growing pains.

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Moving out on your own for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Navigating a new situation like this can be stressful, but keeping these seven things in mind will give you a great deal of peace. Good luck with your new adventure!