Picture this. You’ve been living with your family after college to save up enough money to move out and embark on your new chapter. You have a well-paying job that you love, and you’ve made the decision to get your own place. You can nearly smell the freedom and independence.
Moving day comes and passes and suddenly, you find yourself alone on the first day wondering what to do. Should you sleep in? Stay in bed and watch movies? Have friends over? Well, here are five things to get you started to conquer your first day of independence.
- Check the Locks – The first thing you should always check is the locks on your doors and windows, now that you’re in charge of your own safety.
- Go Grocery Shopping – Before you have friends over, you might want to think about having food and drinks you can offer. Or more important, you need to have food for yourself because no, fast food every day isn’t a realistic option. Make a list and head to the grocery store, but remember to give yourself a budget. Your living independently now you need to stay on top of your finances.
- Organize – Start organizing the second your move in because if you don’t your new place will fall into an unorganized mess very quickly.
- Go Outside – Take a walk. Familiarize yourself with the neighbourhood. Check out your local coffee shop and other local amenities. Seek out the Friday night hotspot or upcoming local events. This is your new stomping ground, embrace it.
- Enjoy – Before the day is over, make sure you take a moment to take it all in. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are, so enjoy it!
Living alone doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Remember to reach out to friends and family if you need help or if you’re feeling alone. But just remember, this opportunity is also giving you the time to work on the most important relationship there is – the one you have with yourself.
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