Getting your own place for the first time is a rite of passage that we all go through and it can really change everything. Exciting and terrifying in equal measures, living independently is a huge life move to make and even if we feel prepared about the whole process, the chances are that we are going to feel a little unsettled at first. Taking time to adjust to a new way of life is completely normal but when you’re moving out, there are a number of ways that you can make your life a whole lot more easy. Who said that moving out couldn’t be fun?
- Get A Good Bed
Good furniture, especially in rooms that you’re going to get a lot of use out of, is essential should you want to feel happy in your new home. And the most important piece of all? A good bed should be at the top of your priority list. Investing in a good quality mattress and frame is a great idea, particularly when you’re buying for the first time and if you get your purchase right, your bed can last you for years. The internet has a huge range of choices, so make sure you do your research before you commit to the perfect piece.
- Enlist Help When You Move
It might seem like a good idea to move all of your things from one place to another but when you’re in the thick of it, surrounded by heavy boxes, you might regret your flippant nature. Paying for a moving team to help you install yourself into your new place can save you a great deal of time and effort. Better yet, getting professional movers to take care of your things means that you will be less likely to break any of your precious possessions. You can have peace of mind, the whole time.
- Splurge On What Matters
Setting up home for the first time is an exciting process and while you’re thinking about your new place, you might consider how you want it to look. While kitting out your home to match your style is all well and good, make sure you’re not spending all of your money on expensive home items that will eventually go out of style. Investing in pieces like a sofa, a bed, carpets and curtains is a good idea but when it comes to the rest, look for cheaper options. You can still find a great deal of amazing choice in other shops, it just won’t cost you a bundle.
- Set Up A Budget
Before you get going, it’s a good idea to have an idea of how much you’re going to earn per month, how much your rent costs and how much bills will take out of your pay packet. As well as this, getting into a food shopping routine can save you a great deal of time and worry and, by planning meals in advance, you can ensure that food waste gets cut to a minimum. It might take some time to get right but after a few weeks of experimenting, you might find slipping into a budgeting routine easier than you had imagined.
- Use Your Freezer
Whether you’re living alone or with friends, your freezer can really help you when you move out for the first time. Learning how to cook for yourself can be an uphill battle at first and in order to make your life a little more easy, you can try cooking larger batches and freezing individual portions to eat later. After a long day at work, popping a pre-cooked meal in the oven or microwave will save you a great deal of time and help you to stay healthy in the process.
- Make A Cleaning Rota
Living on your own is all about learning to organized and for the first time in your life, it means being responsible for everything within your home. Keeping things clean can be the biggest challenge of living solo and while it can feel like a huge task at first, if you schedule your time, you can make the whole process remarkably more easy. Making a cleaning rota is a great way of knowing what to clean, when and it will help you to stay on top of the mess. The more often you clean, the less work you will have to do!