Whether you have just finished your studies or are looking for a change in life, you may be considering the idea of living on your own. Buying an apartment and starting your own life can be an experience full of new challenges, such as independence and self-discipline, but it can also be a very rewarding and beneficial experience for your personal development.
No matter what you feel, whether excitement or stress, it is normal to feel some nervousness. That’s why, in this article, we’re going to give you a few tips on living on your own that will help you to accept your new life and find the satisfaction of living in your own home. Read on!
1. Set a Budget
Even if you’re used to managing your own finances, expenses can add up when you live on your own. This applies to regular purchases, such as new furniture, as well as recurring ones. Creating a budget that includes fixed and variable expenses will help you manage your spending and achieve financial freedom when you live alone. But how do you draw up a budget?
- Calculate your income (job, second job, passive income, etc.).
- Make a list of your fixed monthly expenses (mortgage, services, etc.).
- Set aside an amount for variable expenses (food, entertainment, etc.).
- Keep receipts and record your expenses.
- Adjust your budget after the first month.
- Save or pay off a certain amount of debt each month.
By following the steps above, you can easily create a budget to help you control your spending. We recommend using Excel, Sheets or Numbers to track your progress and record your monthly expenses.
2. Get a Spare Key
Having one or more spare keys is a good idea for even the most careful and organised person, as keys are easily lost. If you have several rooms, it is likely that you have a key for each one.
It is therefore important that someone you trust who lives nearby, such as a family member or partner, has a set of keys in case you forget them in your home.
3. Be Independent
Whether you are living alone in your 20s or 40s, it is important to become independent. This change can be very helpful if you’re wondering how to live happily on your own. There are many ways to become more independent when living alone at any age.
In general, you should adopt a healthy approach to dealing with problems and challenges. For example, when faced with a problem or difficulty, you need to identify, adapt, learn and then overcome the problem yourself. Of course, there are certain situations in which it is necessary to ask for help.
4. Know Your Neighbours
For many people, their neighbours can have a direct impact on their living situation. However, it is always a good idea to get to know them. These people may not become your best friends, but they can be an excellent source of advice or even just a friendly “how are you?
5. Keep a List of Emergency Numbers Handy
Yes, you live alone, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need help from time to time. An emergency can happen at any time, for example if a household appliance stops working. It is therefore a good idea to have a list of numbers for all kinds of emergencies on your wall or in your mobile phone. This list should include:
- The building or condominium manager
- Local police
- Local fire brigade
- Nearby hospital or clinic
- General practitioner
- Veterinarian (if you have pets)
- Friends, family, and neighbours
6. Appreciate Solitude
Enjoying solitude does not mean that you want to be alone all the time, but it does mean that you really appreciate having time to yourself. Living alone for the first time is a great opportunity to spend time getting to know yourself better. What do you want out of life? What are your interests? What motivates you? What do you want?
Here are some ideas to get you started: dance in your living room as if no-one is watching (because no-one is), organise a film festival in your room with all the films or series you like and haven’t had time to watch before.
These are the tips for living alone that will help you on your new journey! Remember that even if you live alone, you are not really alone, your loved ones are just a part of your life.