How to survive: Living out of home

Living out of home sounds like a tough gig right? It shocked me the first time I learnt that my clothes don’t actually wash themselves, iron themselves and magically end up back in my room in a nice neat pile. And dishes don’t wash themselves either. What’s up with that!?

After living out of home for almost 3 years now (it’s amazing I’m still alive), I’ve definitely learnt a thing or two on how to pull through.

  1. Living in a share house is a good idea

Living in a share house can get pretty frustrating at times. Whether it’s that one roomie that plays his heavy metal tunes way past midnight, or the other one who only does their dishes once a fortnight, living with other people won’t be fine and dandy 24/7. But there is one massive upside to living with housemates, and that is saving on bills. Living in a share house means that bills will be cheaper as expenses will be split between you and your roomies. Does $80 a month for internet seem too pricey? No biggie, you and your flatmates will split the costs, meaning you won’t be spending a fortune on living costs.

2. Shopping for groceries can actually be cheap

One word; Aldi. Aldi is basically a supermarket heaven for people (like students) who don’t have a never ending budget to spend on food. Shopping at Aldi saves me a ridiculous amount of money. I can get away with spending $50 on food that will last me an entire fortnight. Buying food in bulk and freezing small portions saves you money in the long run. More food for less money, who could complain about that?

Another trick I’ve developed is doing my grocery shopping late at night. Shopping at Coles and Woolies past 8 o’clock = bulk discounts. Supermarkets greatly reduce the prices of food that may be expiring soon. This is the prime time for picking up some cheap snacks to eat over the next couple of days.

grocery

3. Having to do your own cleaning isn’t so bad

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your house doesn’t actually clean itself. But seriously, cleaning ain’t even that bad. I have developed a habit of cleaning my house whenever I find myself procrastinating. I can avoid studying and do something productive at the same time. By homework may not be completed but at least I have a clean house to procrastinate in. Procrasta-cleaning. It’s actually a thing.

But on a more serious note, if you do happen to live with roomies, chose a day where you can all chip in and do some housework. More helping hands = less work for you. Plus the job gets done in no time and you can retreat back to your room sooner for another Netflix binge session.

4. Your house may become the new hangout spot

If you happen to be the only one in your friendship group to have left the nest, chances are your place will become infiltrated with visitors in no time. Who would want to hang out at their parents house when you have your own place for your friends to trash? But really, all social events will now take place at your house. Need a place to have pre-drinks? It will be at your house. Want to have a movie night with your mates? It will be at your house. Want to have a nice dinner with your friends? It will be at your mate’s parents house because cooking kinda sucks right? Just get used to the fact that having your own place is totally awesome, and your friends think so too.

5. So. Much. Freedom.

The best thing I learn about living of home is that I now have so much damn freedom. Living out of home literally gives you the opportunity to do whatever you like. If you want to eat an entire packet of Tim Tams in one night and stay up until 4am googling Harambe memes, then you can do just that. You won’t have your parents nagging you to make your bed or clean the bombshell that is your bedroom. You can absolutely trash your room and leave it for a week and no one will even question you (as long as you keep the door closed).

freedom

So there you have it, just a few things I’ve learnt whilst living out of home. Do you have anything else to add to the survival list? Leave a comment down below!

Until next time,
Sophie.

 

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