Tips For Your First Time Living Alone

Living alone for the first time is a huge transition for many and can be pretty overwhelming. For some it might be exciting or even scary, and it’s completely normal to feel all these emotions. Living by yourself is a major change and can take a while to get used to. There may be a sense of freedom at last or a sense of loneliness. Below we’ve listed a few tips to help if you’re living in an apartment alone for the first time.

Look for some extra security — Taking extra measures to ensure your safety is important. Special features like living in a gated community, deadbolt locks, alarm systems or an interior door chain may help your sanity in feeling (and actually being) more secure when you live alone.

Learn some handy skills — Living by yourself is the perfect time to channel your inner handyman. Learning some handy skills will make it easier on yourself when you experience your first repair problem.

Stick to a budget — This is essential now that you’re paying for your rent, groceries, electricity and other things on your own. Once you have set up a budget, you will know how much rent and household costs you can afford. This will also help with your stress level!

Go nuts with the décor — Decorating is one of the most exciting things when you finally get your own place. This means you get to call 100% of the design shots. It can really make the experience of living alone feel more “homey” to you and that much greater.

Get a pet — Pets are great if you’re up for the responsibility of taking care of them and don’t want to be lonely.  They can soothe your nerves, keep you company and even provide protection (depending on which pet you choose to get). Coming home to an empty apartment may feel less lonely if there’s someone waiting for you to get home.

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