Living alone can be one of the most difficult things to do. If you need to come home and rant, you are greeted with the dull hum of your refrigerator. Internet is all yours to pay for, and if any of those things stop working, you have to figure out who to call. Also, how do you handle strange noises at night time? This was something that always scared me a little bit about imagining going off on my own.
Two years ago, I moved to a place I had never been to pursue what I thought was a dream at the time. Beforehand, I lived with my boyfriend of 6 years. I assumed that it would difficult to do everything on my own, but that it would come effortlessly as I settled in. Unfortunately, the stress was tremendous. I didn’t really know anyone in the small, rural area, and I honestly didn’t have the time to find friends with the amount of work I had to do at my new job. I suffered quite a lot within the first year because I was completely burnt out and anxious. After working, my routine was to come home and do absolutely nothing (except maybe eat junk food). This is all well and good for some days, but it became a habit for me. I was not doing anything productive or meaningful with my life, unless you count the ability to watch a complete series on Netflix in the span of a few days.
What Do I Know?
Last spring, I had a bit of an awakening after reading Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini. This book challenged me to analyze my lifestyle and make positive changes. It’s part of the reason I started a YouTube channel last spring. I am currently working on other projects, like this blog, but if I had not made those videos, I would probably not be typing this right now. All of these changes helped me to be more conscious of the way I spend my time, especially as a person living alone. Because of this, I have worked very hard this past year to live alone as happily as possible. Am I always happy? No. Do I sometimes think I’m losing it a little bit?(spoiler alert: the answer is yes).
I hope that my experience with living alone will help you in your personal journey! Here are 5 tips that I had to learn on my own:
I was so excited to decorate my house the way I wanted to. This was probably the first thing I thought about when moving. I made so many trips to Target and TJ Maxx in the beginning. I’ve said this in a previous post, but there’s truly a reason why Sims are happy in the game when you upgrade your furniture or add a candle to a room. My real focus was my bedroom because I wanted it to be a space where I could truly relax after a stressful day.
If you can’t afford to redecorate, try moving things around! I love how a room can change just by turning the bed in a different direction.
2. Get Yourself a Cat Right Meow
No kitting around with this. Companion animals are probably going to make almost every lifestyle post I write because of how dearly I love them. My cat, Giddy, is my family. Call me crazy cat lady if you will, but being able to cuddle, communicate, or play with this angel makes my day every single day. She also seems to have a sense about when something is wrong with me because she is all over my lap during those times. Your heart will be warm and your bed won’t be empty!
Living alone is seriously the best time to follow your passion. Really use the opportunities you have to figure out your life goals and take steps to achieve them. I spent so much effort complaining about how little time I had, only to realize that I was letting my negativity and binge watching habits eat away at my personal freedom. You probably have the time to do the things you want in life, but you have to structure your schedule.
Buy a dry erase board or create a vision board to get started on this! I love having reminders around my house that encourage me to stop being lazy. Also, you don’t have to worry about what anyone else thinks about your reminders! You can seriously put them anywhere you want!
4. Meal Prep
Feeding yourself is one of the most basic and necessary acts. You really have no choice in this matter. My days of coming home to purple Doritos and lean cuisines are mostly gone due to this very simple, important tip: Pick a day of the week that works for you and prep all of your food for the week!
This has changed my life, truly. Before I moved, I was so used to doing half of the work by cooking with another person. Meal prepping might sound like a lot of work, but imagine how much time you spend in the week asking yourself what you’re going to be eating next. If you plan ahead, you don’t end up wasting precious time and eating crap food (unless that’s part of the plan!). This also helps with your overall health because you won’t be coping with your loneliness by eating mindlessly! You can also save money, which is probably important if you are covering your utilities solo.
5. Clean Routine
I despise cleaning. There. I said it. I have always wanted to be a cleaner. Occasionally I do go through spurts of clean energy, but it’s not often. I really have to force myself to stay on track, especially since I have no one to split the work with. Establishing a cleaning routine has really helped me keep my house in order (for the most part). There are specific tasks I do on certain days, usually weekends (unless something requires my immediate attention). Obviously, I clean up in the kitchen after meals, but I don’t stress over the huge cleaning jobs until my personally designated time.
What do you do to stay sane at home?