After decades of living under the same roof as your family, it could be tiring. Every move you make is tracked. You have to share bathrooms and the TV. You also have to deal with messy and loud siblings. The obvious solution is to live alone, but it’s easier said than done. If you live alone, you’re responsible for everything from the pricey utility bills to the electrical condition of the house. It can feel overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time to move out. To make the transition easier for you, here are some of the dos and don’ts of living alone:
Do put your security first
One of the biggest question marks of living alone is the security risk. People without roommates are considered primary targets for home invasions and burglaries. In an interview with almost 100 burglars, it was revealed that they strike in the middle of the day when no one’s home. Without any other household members, it’s easier to monitor your routine and break in.
One of the best things you can do to deter thieves is to install a home security system. The great news is that security systems have become cheaper over the years. In fact, you can get a decent home camera for as low as $20. If you have a bigger budget, you can get a security system that’s monitored by professionals. With WiFi-enabled devices and smart controls, you’ll be alerted by any suspicious activity even when you’re at work or vacation.
If you live in a pet-friendly apartment or a stand-alone house, another great option is a big dog. They bark and bite which is a big deal breaker for burglars.
Don’t neglect your health
It might not seem likely but companions can indirectly help you eat healthier. A study by the University of Queensland found that people living alone tend to have bad diets compared to people who have roommates. It can be because of lack of cooking skills, higher prices of food, and loneliness. No matter the situation, you health should always be the priority.
To improve your diet, it’s best to start by developing healthy eating habits. For example, you can gradually incorporate fruits and vegetables into your meals. Harvard Medical School recommends dividing your dishes into four parts: proteins like chicken and fish, whole grains, vegetables and a piece of fruit. This way you can get various nutrients that you’ll need in a single day. If you’re too busy to cook because of your job, you can prepare your meals in advance. Spend Sunday by making large batches of pasta or soup that you can freeze and eat later. You can also mix and match so you won’t end up eating the same thing every day.
Do clean up from time to time
One of the best parts about having no roommates is the freedom. You can watch whatever you want on the TV whenever you wish. No more waking up extra early to shower with hot water. You can use the bathroom whenever you feel like it. You can even also go home at any time of the day without worrying about waking up your parents or roomates. The problem is that it’s easy to let go and live like a slob when you’re alone.
You don’t have to be a minimalist and get rid of everything you own to clean up. To get things started, set up a regular schedule for your laundry, sweeping, and dusting. It won’t feel as overwhelming when you divide the tasks over time and it will still keep your place in top shape. If you need to be motivated to start cleaning, remember that cleaning has several health benefits. Asthmatic or have allergies? Avoid triggers using your vacuum.
Don’t isolate yourself
When it’s your first time to live alone, the freedom and the independence are the two best benefits. You can do anything you want at home without fear of being judged. If you want to decorate a room or two, you can do it according to your style. The downside is the loneliness. After a bad day at work, going home to an empty house can make you feel alone and isolated.
It’s important to stay connected to your friends and family even if you’re living independently. Make regular plans to catch up from time to time. If they live in the other side of the country, you can try video calls. You should also try volunteering or joining a local club to make friends with the locals.
Living alone presents many challenges but with fulfilling benefits. But before you make the big decision to move out, make sure you’re ready. Think of all the challenges that you can face and ensure that you’re prepared to take on them.