Moving out of home is one of the biggest milestones of adulthood.
You’re officially confirming to yourself, you family and the world that you’re now an adult and you’re ready to take on the responsibilities that come with being a grown up.
The transition won’t be entirely easy though.
Here are 25 things you’ll realize about moving out of home by 25:
Finding a place that suits your budget and your needs will be a huge mission
Don’t think that you’ll move into a mansion that’ll be featured on MTV Cribs (unless you’re from a rich family). Your first place will be as big as the bedroom you had at your parents’ house with a fitted stove and bathroom
Your parents will probably pick a fight with you when you tell them that you’re moving out, and you’ll think that they are not supportive of your decision. They are, in fact, struggling with letting their little baby go into the big, bad world
You’ll know how to read leases, which is important because they are binding contracts. Ask your parents, a trusted friend or lawyer to help you with this process if you’re not sure what you’re reading
You’ll realize how expensive a bed, fridge and microwave is. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself sleeping on a single bed because it’s all you could afford
You’ll quickly realize the importance of budgeting. There’s no more running to mommy and daddy for pocket money when you blow your salary on things you can’t account for
If you want to be on good terms with your landlord, pay your rent on time
Yay! You can finally do as you please! No more curfews and explaining where you were and with whom
The first night by yourself will be super weird. You’ll have no idea what to do with yourself
After living with parents and siblings all your life, you’ll find that it’s great to come home to a quiet house
No more chores from mommy and daddy! But chores don’t necessarily go away
You’ll take cleaning seriously once a big cockroach waltzes across the room
You will take massive care of your crockery because replacing a broken plate means unnecessary money out of your pocket.
Oh you can’t cook? You’ll either gain massive weight from eating take-outs or you’ll burn a couple of food items here and there while trying to sharpen your culinary skills
And by the way, you have to buy your own food. It won’t magically appear in the your fridge
You’ll realize the importance of buying in small quantities because you’re only feeding yourself. Nothing rotten food in the fridge to make you feel like you wasted money (which is what happens in essence)
If you don’t do your laundry, you won’t have any clean clothes to wear.
You can’t ask anyone to get you toilet paper when you’re on the toilet and realize that you’ve run out
You have the shower all to yourself!
Your cellphone is the only form of communication you have
No one is there to cart you off to the doctor when you fall ill. Don’t worry though; it’s easy to drive yourself to the doctor with a stuffed nose, pounding headache and backache and never-ending sneezing.
Just pray and hope that your neighbor is a civilized person who has respect for their fellow man.
Surprisingly, your survival instincts will kick in and you’ll feel more in control of life.
You’ll have time to sort yourself out and figure out what you want in life.
*image from Huffington Post.