An Apartment of One’s Own

My mom is a pretty smart lady. Throughout my life, she has offered guidance, support, and wisdom. One of the best pieces of advice she has ever given me was to make sure that I got a place of my own before settling down.

As Ben and I get closer and closer to the day when we actually move in together (and I get more and more excited), I can’t help but feel glad that I decided to live alone this past year. Most of my adult life had been spent splitting rent with roommates up until I got my current apartment, because it’s way cheaper to split rent with someone than to live by yourself.

Taking my mom’s advice, I decided to get a place of my own this past year. And it certainly has had its benefits! Check out the list below:

  1. You have a place to yourself. All of that space is all yours. You get to do with it what you will and can decorate it however you choose! No one will tell you where to put that odd piece of art you love.
  2. No more dirty dishes that aren’t yours. I’ve lived with messy roommates and I’ve lived with neat freaks. Both are not fun to live with. But there is something majorly irritating when you look in the sink to find a mountain high pile of dishes (that are not yours) waiting for you after work.giphy.gif
  3. You are responsible for the well-being of your home. No longer can you blame your roommate for the utter chaos of your home. If you’ve got dirty laundry lying on your living room floor, that’s your dirty laundry. If the trash hasn’t been taken out in weeks, that’s your trash to take care of. Living by yourself makes you take responsibility for your own actions.
  4. No worries about who did or did not pay their rent. I have lived in a 3 bedroom apartment with 5 other roommates before. Whenever we got a notice of “past due payment” from our landlord, it was crazy trying to figure out who did or did not pay their portion of the rent. Save yourself the stress of that situation and live by yourself as soon as possible.
  5. Peace and quiet. When I get home there are no roommates waiting to talk to me about their day or ask me for advice. There is just complete and total silence, and there is nothing more beautiful than that.

What are your thoughts on living alone?

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