I’ve been living in my own place for about 6 months now and I looooove it. Of course, there are pros and cons (glad my parents are always available for a quick maintenance FaceTime question). Living alone means I’m a legit adult now, owning my own place and working on fully stocking a bar cart.
One massive perk is getting to decorate however the heck I want (although it is only my poor wallet paying for it.). I can fill my little apartment with whatever girly, gold, pink things my heart desires. I mean how many throw pillows are too many throw pillows? I’ll give you an easy answer…there’s never too many!
I’m finally putting those hours spent on Pinterest to good use and am enjoying hunting for those perfect pieces. Basically the queen of Facebook buy and sell sites and Kijiji (Canada’s version of creepy Craigslist). Living alone gives me the freedom to pick out exactly what I want.
A downside to living alone (not including Lucy of course) is it can be a bit lonely. Luckily I’ve got a lot of friends who live close by and are always up for a hang out so it’s generally not too much of an issue. Winter, in general, is boring for me and I end up not doing a lot. But now that summer is en route I’ve been busy and not too focused on the whole alone aspect.
I do try and take notice of when I’ve been spending too much time alone and do something about it. It’s easy to get into the routine of just work and home and start getting a bit of cabin fever. I mean Lucy is great and all but not much of a conversationalist.
It can be hard shouldering the entire financial burden alone. Everything adds up super quickly, from mortgage and strata fees, my beloved throw pillows and decor to just the everyday expenses like groceries, clothing and cell phone bills. It’s so easy to spend money, not so easy to reign it in.
I do try hard (start over every month) to stick to a budget that I make that I think is pretty reasonable, but it’s tough! Adulting is hard people. There’s always going to be something that needs replacing, something you want to fix up or just fun things to do on the weekend that costs money. I am working on a budgeting post to show you guys what works (I mean that I work at) for me. There’s no other person’s income to fall back on and I need to make sure that all the bills get paid every month.
The last and besssst part about living alone is total freedom. Do I want to leave dishes out on the counter after dinner, go for it. Maybe I feel like watching TV with no pants on at 3:00 in the afternoon, no problem there. On the other hand, if I get the house completely clean there’s no one whose going to leave their dishes out or wet towels on the floor. Maybe it’s a Wednesday night and I want to have some friends over, all for me to decide.
I can’t say I’ll want to do it forever, but for the moment living alone is the bomb. I’d better wrap this up, HomeSense is calling me to check out some new throw pillows…I mean no…I’m on a budget.
What’s your thoughts about living alone, yay or nay?