Monday, 12 January 2015

10 Things I've Learnt About Living Alone


Since moving out of my parents' house in September, I've learnt a whole lot about what it's like living on your own for the first time. Here's ten of the things I've learnt....

1. Previously 'menial' tasks will now become a big deal. The lightbulb goes? Damn, this could take some doing. Like seriously. *calls Dad*

2. Cooking isn't easy. I mean, cooking is REALLY hard. You know your mum can just throw a load of vegetables in a pan with some sauce and voila - gorgeous meal? Yeah. You can't do that. Did someone say pizza?

3. Bills will make your blood boil. Pay day comes round - YAY money. Two days later - Oh, bye money.

4. Any even remotely odd noise will make you question everything. 'Am I safe?' 'Is there a masked burglar?' 'Where's the frying pan for self-defence!?'

5. You'll start to talk to yourself. It won't be all the time, but occasionally you'll find yourself commenting on something that happens on TV, or else laughing to yourself about something - and then feel like a complete weirdo when you realise there's nobody there.

6. The dishes won't wash themselves. That big pile? You better go do that.

7. You will start putting on regular broadway performances in your pyjamas at around 9.30 every night, complete with hairbrush microphone and the Wicked soundtrack. It will be fabulous.

8. Tidying the house is a rare once-in-a-blue moon occurrence. You will learn to accept this.

9. Your parents will ring you to check you're still alive at least once a day.

10. Netflix will become your best friend, with the two of you only ever occasionally falling out when you start to get a little too self-involved after all those binge-watches and begin to think you're actually a real-life meth dealer/prisoner/vampire-witch-werewolf hybrid.

If you live by yourself, let me know what you've learnt about living alone - can you relate to any of these?
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34 comments

  1. I totally agree with absolutely all of this! I always try and blame any random noises on my cat.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

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  2. Cooking is hard and I don’t even live on my own!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  3. haha number 5.... me like e'ryday!!
    www.styleandbeautyforless.co.uk

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  4. I don't even live on my own yet but whenever I cook it just ends up as an utter fail, yet my mum doesn't even have to think to put together a tasty meal!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

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  5. Haha! I started living on my own at 16 and a lot of these are definitely true for me. I live in uni halls now yet I still do the whole "am I being burgled" thing.

    Btw talking to yourself will become a regular occurrence. I do it all the time these days :')

    Angi | iidifferentworlds.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Aha I can relate to a lot of these and I'm at uni. The hearing a noise thing is so true, you instantly think the worst. I loved this post :) xx

    KMales

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  7. Are you stalking me? This is currently my life!

    www.emilyroseperrin.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I can relate to most of these. I have been living on my own since 2010 and I still get scared every now and then. It does get easier!

    blogsandpearls.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Oh god the bills - total killer.
    And can so relate to hearing noises! Sometimes after hearing a strange sound and it's time to go to bed I'll run upstairs and get into bed and hide under the covers... yes I still feel like I'm 7 years old when I do this.

    Really good post :)

    Fee x

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  10. Oh yes! Pretty much all of these. I'm living back at home for now, but when I lived out of home, things like cooking (and going grocery shopping), doing the dishes, and talking to myself all became An Issue. And laundry too! I was so bad at doing my own laundry even though it's so easy?! Despite all that, I still prefer it.
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    Emily | MISS BLACK

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  11. I don't live on my own any more ( happily married cat owner:)) but when I did it was the case. well, maybe I was a bit too lazy to try to cook and every weekend I stocked up at my parents' not too mentions dropping my laundry off at mum's.

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  12. You've hit the nail on the head with this one! I also check everything is locked/switched off multiple times just in case every night.

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  13. I moved out of my parents house with my boyfriend in October. And although I don't technically live on my own, it feels like it - and I can 100% relate to each and every one of these things lol! Especially the light bulbs thing - spotlights are a nightmare to change!

    Great post! Laura x

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  14. Can totally relate to all of these although I'm not totally alone as I have my own little family but each of these are still a killer 7 years later x

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  15. Can totally relate to this! I moved out in September for university, definitely missing home cooked meals.

    Great post!

    Madeline x

    konfettiroses.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Haha this made me laugh! Living alone can be fun too, you don't get told off or asked to do your chores yay!!

    Leannewinters.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. whenever my boyfriend goes away i worry about burglars. I check the wardrobe and under the bed (thanks to an episode of Luther) and then I shut all the doors in the house. If i come back and one is open, there is an intruder (smart). the fact that i wouldnt know what to do in this situation is totally irrelevant!

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  18. Lovely post!!!! Great photos. Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!
    xx
    Tanya
    What makes you beautiful & bloglovin

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  19. I don't live alone but the bills coming out and having very little money left is still a reality! And I do all the cooking, and as much as I enjoy it, some nights I just really don't have the energy and would rather do anything but wash, cut, chop, cook, clean up etc.! xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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  20. Enjoy living alone while you can! I would sometimes love the chance to have all that peace and quiet again, to make my living space as pretty and clean and organised as possible without anyone messing it up or moaning that they don't like a pink, lilac and gold colourscheme (um, why? C'est belle!) or eating all your nice food, or saying they don't want to watch Celebrity Big Brother... sigh... yes, definitely make the most of it!!

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  21. This sis such a great post and even though it seems not so glamorous sometimes I want to live alone soon and this makes me want to do solo pajama performances alone.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  22. I think I can relate to most of these things and I don't love alone! I moved out of my parents in May, but live with my fella and baby, yet still relate to all ten haha :)
    xx

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  23. I moved out to uni nearly four years ago and can totally relate to all of these. I'd add a number 11 though - it's totally worth everything. :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  24. I can relate to all of these! Washing up and dirty clothes are my worst enemy! Haha
    Loved this post :)
    Kirsty x
    www.kirstylikes.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I can relate to all of these, especially cooking! Tonight I had microwave pizza and I'm not even ashamed (okay, I am a little)

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  26. I can relate to all of these! I talk to myself all the time and then I am like "OMG, am I weird?" and I can't cook neither, I don't know how my mum does it!
    xx
    prettyassummer.blogspot.fr

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  27. This made me smile, I've lived alone for over 3 years and I do love it but the other day someone rang my doorbell by accident and I almost died of fright! x

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  28. Haha, yes! I moved out from my parents to go to uni and man netflix has been there a lot either it's 6pm or 3am. Dishes and fixing things has also made me realise how much growing up sucks... But it's kinda nice too :) x

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  29. I don't live alone but number 10 and number 7 are so true.

    Beth
    www.hellobeth.co.uk

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  30. I can relate to all of those! After a year and a half of living alone I still can't cook (although it's getting better) and I talk to myself a lot more, like all the time. The out loud laughter just gets more and more frequent. I think my parents now know I can survive on my own and I only speak to them on the phone once a week (yes I feel guilty).
    I have discovered that changing the sheets on a double bed on your own is a massive challenge. The first time I did it, I ended up inside the duvet cover trying to fight my way out. Don't ask me how.
    Maria's Adventures.

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  31. Yes, I can relate to most of them, including the NetFlix binge-watching. I can't believe those dishes in my sink didn't wash themselves yet. I miss the more secure feeling of having parents alive to check up on me now that they're gone. I love your dark nailpolish. Do they have "Lost Girl" on NetFlix in the U.K. and have you watched it yet? I must have forgotten to tidy up the last time a blue moon rolled around because my house is quite untidy all the time. I can relate to making mountains out of molehills when it comes to things that should be relatively minor projects. Best wishes for adjusting to living on your own. It's not easy at all. What I've learnt but still fail to do sometimes is doing first things first and taking one day at a time.

    http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/

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  32. I loved this post, i can relate to all of these especially the odd noises and money mine always seems to be spent before i even get it.

    Diana x
    www.aretrobombshellsloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. Aaaaahh so true!
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