Throughout our entire lives, many of us have been living with someone else. Whether you roomed with a sibling, lived with just your parents or had a variety of roommates, there hasn’t been a time when we didn’t have to consider if someone else was home before deciding to walk around naked.
Moving into a place on your own can, therefore, be quite a shock to your system—and your routine. We have some tips to help you make this adjustment as easily as possible.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make New Habits
You may not realize it, but a lot of your habits exist because of your co-habitating. Once those restraints are gone, you may realize new habits that fit more naturally into your life. I found that I really enjoy doing chores at night. When I don’t have to worry about waking a roommate up, I like to start cleaning at 11 p.m. Try to embrace these new habits, rather than sticking with “what you’ve always done,” to see if they make you live better or more efficiently.
Don’t Be Disgusting
As great as it is to build new habits, don’t disregard all of your old ones. Like, the ones that keep the health department from knocking on your door. Just because your living room is no longer a shared space doesn’t mean that you should let it get messy and dirty. Remember to keep up with the responsibilities that make your place habitable, and if you’ve never picked up a toilet brush before, now’s the time to give it a whirl.
Don’t Become a Recluse
Don’t get me wrong, I definitely need alone time. I live for it. But don’t fall into the trap of only being alone in your place. Use at least a portion of your free time to go out and hang out with friends, walk around your city or explore a new hobby that gets you out and about. At least you know that when you’re tired—or just tired of other people—you have that sacred space to go back to all alone.