The semester is coming to an end and whether you are finishing up high school, college semester, or simply moving out – you start to wonder what it will be like when you move out of your parents house. This post is for everyone because that time will come when you will move out of your parents house.
You may remember my post on how to move out of your parents house I wrote before for a step-by-step conversion to which you can refer. In any case, you may soon realize how comfortable you have been all these years living in your parents house.
Hate to say this, but you will soon find that moving out is a big step into your adulthood and there are going to be a lot of responsibilities that will come with it.
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If you want the moving out part to feel less stressful, then you must nail down these life skills below:
1. Paying Your Bills & Budgeting
Managing money is crucial in life success especially if you are just about to move out. You need to make sure that you have your “necessities” bills all squared away like months rent, gas, insurance, phone bill, and many other things that are necessary to support your living.
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Make sure you figure out the paying bills on time system, which means you need to know when your bills are due and how much is due or you will be faced with costly fees or even bad references.
You don’t want to be on the bad side of your landlord either and be known as not paying your bills on time. This will most likely go down the line for next time you move and use your previous landlord as a reference. You can read tips on budgeting as a student which can help you get a head start on managing your money right.
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You need to have some basic cooking skills nailed down before you move out. Good old $.20 ramen is one thing, but it will get old real quick. Eating out every night will also get old, and will also leave you broke.
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3. Grocery Shopping
Yes, cooking and grocery shopping go together but different in ways. If you never thought about this or never grocery shopped before, then you need to start preparing yourself.
Grocery shopping is not very fun especially if you are going unprepared, you will spend so much time just walking around and questioning whether you need this or that (sounds familiar? 🙂 ).
The two main secrets I believe to grocery shopping are: One, never go grocery shopping hungry, and two, have a plan for whatever time frame you are shopping for. I would recommend printing out a weekly sheet and on one side write what you need to buy for the week and other side have daily planner for the week and what you will be cooking.
4. Car Maintenance
I hope you know that car maintenance is not just getting gas and changing oil. You need to know how to properly maintain your vehicle or it can actually leave you broke because if you delay or don’t fix one thing, thus leading to more problems down the line. See, engine is also a chain of things where not taking care of one thing could lead to many other problems.
You should know some basics like changing a tire, opening hood, jumpstarting the car, or changing oil if you trust yourself enough (at least know when to change oil, or the interval). Keeping the routine maintenance is very important for your vehicle’s life and not taking care of it will cost you much more if something fails in the engine.
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5. Your Laundry
Ok, I had to touch this subject. If your Mom or Dad still doing laundry for you, then you really need to grow up!
Unless there are reasons behind it like sometimes you have nice shirts and don’t want to mess it up or no laundry on site and other similar reasons, otherwise you HAVE to learn how to do your laundry, what temperature to use, sorting your clothes, also learning how to iron and treat stains because they happen and it is a necessary skill.
I mean do you want to be walking around stinky or going to a date with wrinkled up shirt? Nope…
6. Keeping Your Place Clean and Tidy, as well as Basic Maintenance
Keeping your room clean will be your responsibility now and not your parents. Make sure you set some time out of your week to clean shelves, vacuum, clean the bathroom, sink, etc… Your landlord is responsible for repairs but you should also be able to fix things like changing a light bulb, unclog a toilet and other basic things.
7. Time Management
You will have multiple things going on at once on your plate and ability to manage it will be crucial.
Keeping track of everything is difficult unless you start writing it down or setting reminders. Doctors appointment? Cleaning your room? Roommates weekly chores?
If you create a schedule with times and dates like a Friday for room cleaning, Sunday for grocery shopping, work out every other day at 5 pm, or if you can every day dedicating your time to working out can really improve your life. See my post on realistic ways to get fit.
8. Solve Your Own Problems
Lastly and very important skill to have is ability to solve your own problems. If you are now adult by which I mean 18+ you really need to start considering solving your own problems yourself.
What do other people do when they are faced with a problem? Simple, they solve it. If you fail exam, turn your paper in late, paid your credit card bill late, you know there are consequences and for each one there’s a way to try and solve that problem.
If you fail exam or turn your paper in late, you go and talk to your professor if there are ways to make up your grade for it. If you forgot to pay your credit card bill, then you call the bank and explain the situation and many times IF it’s your first time they will waive the fee for you, now if you are consistent with turning in your papers late, not paying bills on time, you will face the consequences.
Who do you blame for that? Yep, yourself.
Have fun after all, you are going independent and your life will change but it is only going to be for the better and in the end up to you what you make of it.
Also remember life is not just about the job, marriage, kids, a mortgage, and retirement. Be happy and live your life to the fullest as you make this large step to becoming independent.
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