How to survive moving away from your parents

8 years ago
3 minutes

There comes a time in almost everyone’s life where you have to grow up and take that giant leap into adulthood. 

No longer can you stamp your feet or bring out the tears to get what you want; now you'll have to fix it yourself.


Adult - hood
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1. having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature: an adult person, animal, or plant


2. a person who is fully grown or developed or of age.

3. doesn’t take their washing to their parents


So where better to begin, than jumping into your own apartment that won’t magically be cleaned by the fairies, and where mortgage repayments are serious and due.

Get yourself a laundry basket…a large one

Let’s be honest, and we know you mean well, but the chances of you being organised are slim to none.

Yes, yes you will be really good for the first 2 weeks, but just like those old school diaries, your laundry will eventually turn into something at the bottom of your book pile whilst you say ‘I don’t need it, they’re so pointless’.

So if we accept it from the start, then we can begin to rebuild. 

Buy a laundry basket that is large enough to deal with washing your local football club’s clothes.

Why? Because it is not only less constrictive, but it will also increase the chance that your clothes won’t just lie all over the floor.

Go crazy on glassware and crockery

You’ll be having lots of people over; maybe even someone over every single night.

So be prepared to go through lots of crappy wine, and also a lot of glasses.

Whilst we don’t want you to waste products, as budgeting is a huge part of your survival kit, again, it is better to prepare for the worst, than to break your final piece of glassware and are forced to drink milk out of the carton.

Get storage units that are off the ground

Storage can be a pain, but if done correctly, it can leave your apartment feeling open and spacious. 

Look for storage options that are lifted off the ground, and are as transparent as possible in structure.

If you can still see the wall through the compartments, then you are off to a good start. Don’t let chunky and bulky furniture make your well designed apartment feel like a shoebox.

Cushions, tufts and throws

We are going to assume you’ve bought a couch. If you haven’t, then stop reading this article right now, and go and buy one.

Cushions, tufts and throws can be some of the cheapest and most used products in your home. 

Instead of relying on your AC system to heat in your apartment, you can instead lay your worrisome head on one of your cushions, whilst simultaneously cocooning yourself in a couple of throws; this will ultimately save you a lot of money too.