I moved out of my mums house in 2013 to attend university an hour and a half away and let me tell you, living without parents is really not what it is cracked up to be. Responsibilities that I was not prepared for came flying at me. In first year I lived with my boyfriend in student accommodation, second year with a friend from uni and now, in my third year, I live with my boyfriend again and another couple. So I definitely have had a variety of different experiences.. here is what I have learned:
- Bills, bills everywhere
They are a massive pain aren't they? Just when you think that everything is covered, another pending payment pops up. The sad thing is there is no avoiding them.. no matter how hard you try.
The piles do not just jump into the washing machine, dry and then turn up back into your wardrobe themselves which is extremely sad. Furthermore, just as you empty the basket it fills up straight away again. Thanks mum is all I have to say.
- Different levels of cleanliness
Not everyone is OCD with cleaning as much as me, this is definitely the biggest thing that I have learned. I definitely think that it is something that I inherited from my mum. Also, I have realized that not everyone sees 'mess' (something which my mum keeps reminding me of). That gratings of cheese on the counter tops may stand out to me and play on my mind but others may not even see the microscopic crumbs.
- Homeware wishlists never end
There is constantly newer and better homeware being offered yet I can never buy any due to my tiny budget. I could literally hunt in stores like Dunelm, The Range and B&M for hours on end. I am definitely going to become a hoarder.
- Problems with the flat are my problems
When I lived at home, I did not have to deal with problems such as damp or even little things like a light bulb going. However, now that I do not have my mum to take care of these things I actually have to pretend that I know what I am doing.
What have you learned since moving out?