Moving out is __________
Things I learned within the first month
of moving out on my own for the first time
- Whatever amount of money you think is sufficient (or reasonable) to save for moving ISN'T.
- Moving trucks are really expensive if you're not moving across the street.
- You will get ghosted by possible landlords. Did they hate you? Did they die? You will never know.
- If you're moving to a relatively close area (driving wise) you will put SO MANY miles on your car. Pray for it! If you're an atheist, just give it a pat on the bumper.
- Once on your own, if you leave something somewhere it will stay there until you pick it up. Simple concept unless you've lived with your mom all this time (like me).
- If you're living with another human (partner/roommate) there will come a time when they take out the trash without you knowing, and when you mindlessly throw something in the bag-less trash, you will wish they hadn't been born for at least 30 seconds.
Waiting for anything to defrost when you're starving is a method of torture.
Trying to remember your new address will make you think you've acquired Alzheimer's.
Your relationship with your parents will revolve around them asking if you're still alive and whether you've eaten. This may only be applicable if you're Hispanic.
- Shopping in a new grocery store will stress you out more than finals. NONE OF THE AISLES MAKE SENSE.
Your bedroom, once a private sanctuary, will be replaced by the living room– because it's closer to the kitchen.
You will incessantly check locked doors and the buttons on your stove. But don't worry, this is not the beginning stages of OCD.
Receiving mail with your name and new address is a sort of victory.
This one was advice given to me by a friend: if something doesn't get done today, you still have tomorrow. Don't panic. Unfortunately, the dirty dishes aren't going anywhere.
If you moved in with someone else, teamwork is your friend! Play on each other's strengths. For example, I can't cook, but I will wash the dishes like it's my job (because of you can't cook, it kind of is).
You will be surprised by all the waste you produce. Taking out the trash will become a part-time job.
Wi-Fi is very important, don't procrastinate buying it as soon as you arrive.
You'll love your new freedom, but it will come at a very high price: BILLS.
Don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry. Sincerely, your Bank Account.
No matter what happens, your own motivation and determination to live on your own will help you get through the tough times when you doubt whether moving out was the right decision.