7 steps to get you adulting and out of your parents house
Moving out for the first time is an all emotional roller coaster! It’s all good when you’re thinking of having no one around to tell you what to do, but then thoughts like ‘Why is my drain clogged?’ and ‘Do ants have wings?’ start to sneak in. It’s true, moving out of your parents’ house is a big step with lot’s details to think about- but seriously, take the time to read this and share it with the ones that are about to venture out on their own. It’s always better to have some warning of what’s to come!
1. Get your finances in order
While you’ve been living at home with the parentals, you’ve probably had a few safety nets thrown your way (I know ours has). Now that you’re heading out on your own you need to have a better understanding of what a budget is and how it works. First- get a pen and paper (yes, I said pen and paper) and write down all of your monthly expenses if you can’t find either a pen or paper grab your phone and download a super easy (FREE) app called, DollarBird. Make sure to include the non-negotiable payments like your car, groceries, phone bill, and so on. From there you can break down what you’ll need and how much you can afford and want to spend on rent. Next, plan your budget for moving out- the cost’s will include, moving company or friends that like pizza, security/pet deposit, first month’s rent, and always if you can- tuck away some extra cash in the weeks/months leading up to your move. btw- I’m not a financial provider.. I had to learn the hard way.
2. Nail down a steady job
Congratulations, You’re adulting! It’s no picnic, and no place will teach you this faster than the workplace. Most young adults who first head out into the world start their climb to the top in some sort of entry level position. In most industries, such positions aren’t famous for heavy paychecks- don’t let this stop you! Instead, use this job as a way to show your ambition!
3. Find a suitable place to live
This is when you call me- DUH, it’s what I do 😉 I’m a trained professional that went to school and made this my career. We’ll meet up…. exchange some words…. blah blah blah- and BAM you’ll have great options to pick from of places to live. After you tell me which ones you like, I’ll call them up and get my special “I know you!” pricing. It’s really good- I can normally score you a free month or waived fee!
4. To Roommate or Not to Roommate
Moving in with someone is (almost always, fingers crossed) the more enticing choice. On an emotional level, it can relieve some of the anxiety of moving out for the first time, especially if that person is someone you already know. Also, plan ahead and start collecting things you’ll need for your new digs- like furniture; for example; a futon (pictured below) is a fun choice- it’s a couch and bed!
5. Practice good habits before you move out
If you’ve been living the easy life without having to do many chores or watching your budget, start changing those habits now. Pay close attention to your cleanliness habits and step them up a notch. Pick up after yourself! Make a daily/weekly/monthly budget- now- and stick to it!
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6. Don’t be afraid to ask your folks for help
I’m pretty sure everyone has to pay bills- just they’ve probably done it way more than you. They could give you tips on what you’ll need, including the little things you might not think of like a shower curtain, plunger, or even utensils to eat with. P.S. they’re going to miss seeing you every day- TEAR- so giving them the opportunity to help you out, will make their day!
7. Get the party started!!!
Time for your very first NO PARENTS house party! Make sure to take it easy- you’ll always have tomorrow, but not with a hangover. Whether you’re moving locally or across the country, that first step out of your parents’ home is an exciting one!
I would love to hear from you, comment below if you have any other really good tips!