15 Things I Learned After Moving Out

I moved out of my parents’ house and across the country at 17 years old. Let me tell you, moving from California to New York is hard enough as it is, let alone doing it all alone for the first time ever. I was in a new home, in a new city, at a new school and all by myself. So needless to say, I learned A LOT. Negativity aside, moving out was one of the best decisions I ever made, I was forced to mature quickly and learned a hell of a lot doing it. Below are the 15 most important thing I learned when I moved out.

      1. Grown up things are EXPENSIVE! Like seriously, $300.00 for a plain white book shelf, $150.00 for a vacuum, and $200.00 for a Keurig… WTF?!?!?!?

      2. Within the first month of living on my own, my search history mostly included things like “How To Use a Drill”, “How To Clean Hard Wood Floors”, and “Plants That Won’t Die Without Water”.

      3. You need to learn to cook. Spending over $100.00 a week on takeout is not good for your bank account.

      4. If you want to eat dessert instead of dinner, go ahead. No one is going to stop you. Treat yourself.

      5. Grocery shopping is actually fun.

      6. Ikea things are a lot harder to put together than you might think.

      7. You can hang your clothes in the bathroom while you shower if you’re too lazy to iron.

      8. You’ll find out what time management is.

      9. In addition to that last one, you’ll find yourself being 100x more productive. Cooking and doing the dishes at the same time? You got this.

      10. Parents are the best and you’ll miss them if they are not close by. Seriously…

      11. You actually have to remember to stock your pantry, buy shampoo, get toothpaste, remember you need toilet paper, and buy paper towels.

      12. The first time you get sick you’ll want to give up on everything. FYI you have to be 21 to buy Nyquil in New York!

      13. Having nice things is important and by “nice things” I don’t mean clothes and jewelry. I mean plates, pots, pans, dish towels, bath towels, and linens. Splurge on this stuff. I got cheap pots and pans when I first moved into my apartment and ended up having to buy a whole new set within a month, bye-bye $200.00… Some of my favorite items are below this post.

      14. Candles, Febreze, and vacuums will become your new favorite things. Because no ones likes a messy apartment.

      15. Finally, don’t forget about yourself. Moving out comes with 100’s of new responsibilities which can be crazy stressful, so don’t forget to do things for yourself once in a while! (check out my post on how to make yourself a priority here)


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