You’ve been living with your family or college roommate for as long as you can remember. You have finally graduated from college and are now ready to face the unknown. You’ve got a great job that pays well for a fresh graduate. You decided to get your own place so that you can start to learn to live independently.
Then finally, that first day of living alone is here. What should you do? Should you fix the place? Should you dance around naked in your apartment (because, yes, you can finally do that)? Should you chill and watch movies? Should you invite friends over?
This affordable condo is a dream come true for you. Who would have thought you’d be living alone at 23 when many of your peers are still struggling with their college degrees or trying to find a job that pays well? You’ve struck gold, and you’re finally here. You shouldn’t waste a moment dilly-dallying about what to do and get to business.
Check the Locks
Always check the locks on your doors and windows. It isn’t enough to trust the building management that every corner has a security camera or that a 24/7 guard is roaming around your place. Trust only yourself when it comes to your own safety. Before dancing around your apartment in your birthday suit, check that all the doors are locked and the windows securely fastened.
Do the Grocery
This is your first day living alone, right? Have fun moving around the kitchen. But wait, what are you going to do in the kitchen if you don’t even have groceries? Go to the nearest supermarket and grab a couple of things you can whip up in the kitchen. It’s time to stop ordering fast food because you have to save up for the costs of maintaining your apartment anyway. Learn to make your own healthy meals.
Organize Your Things
If you don’t do this the first day, you’ll be too lazy to do it the other days when you have to work or do other things. This is the best day to be one with your things and decide where to put them. Hopefully, you didn’t bring much useless clutter with you from home. Moving to a different place is the perfect opportunity to let go of things you don’t need. Ask your parents if you can move some of your extra stuff in their garage. You won’t have that much space in your apartment to store keepsakes anyway.
It’s time to know about this new neighborhood of yours. Where should you eat if you’re super lazy to whip something up? Where’s the laundromat? Where’s the nearest car mechanic? How about a convenience store? Get to know your neighborhood so that you don’t have to panic when you need something and couldn’t find where to get it. Walk around and try to take in as much as you can.
Revel in Your Privacy
Finally, the day is done. You’ve done more than you could think is possible. It’s time to savor the fact that you’re completely alone in your own space for the first time. Take that long luxurious bath. Marvel at the peace you feel simply because you have this space for yourself.
Living alone doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Take it one step at a time. There’s always your phone or social media to reach out to friends and family when you feel lonely. But living independently is something everyone should try at least once in their lives.