Living alone is definitely not going to be the same as how you live with your family or friends. Living with other people doesn’t mean that you cannot be alone but if you live alone, that means you are ‘alone’ alone. If you are living alone for the first time, it may be a frightening experience rather than an exciting one. That’s quite typical. Things that appear to be easy to others may be more difficult for you. No one is going to be there with you and for you. You have to fully depend on yourselves and survive on your own. It can be both easy and hard, depending on how you manage your life. If you are used to taking care of things, this might be an easy journey for you.
Make a budget
If you cannot afford your previous living arrangement, make sacrifices such as moving to a smaller apartment. A smaller room will be considerably less stressful than a bank account that is empty. Living alone means you don’t have anyone to share anything with. Electrical bills, groceries, furniture and other utilities are the things that you have to add in your budget list. Since you are paying it all alone, you have to make sure that you do savings from your monthly income. This is because you might not know what is going to happen in the future. Any inconvenience will cost you a lot.
Make friends with your neighbours
Living alone is actually safe if you have taken the safety measures way before you move into the new place. But no one living with you means whatever happens to you or your house, your neighbour should be the first person to know. They are the closest means they get to help you as fast as they can. Be kind and have conversations with them. Let them know that you are living in that house, so they can look after your house if you happen to work across the country.
Decorate your house as you like
Make sure you have basic furniture for your house such as a sofa, a coffee table, a dining table, a bed, a wardrobe and so on. Since you are going to live alone, you get a full decision on how you want to decorate them. For small apartments or studios, you can actually find it from Pinterest because they have a lot of interior design ideas that you might like.
Stock up essentials
If you are living alone, you can save money on transportation if you only go grocery shopping once or twice a month. Buy everything in a bulk so that you can always have stocks of everything. Essentials are not only frozen food from Malaysia but can also be your shampoo, toothpaste, hair brush, sanitary pad, or maybe some snacks that you would love to eat during your leisure time. Stocking up your essentials also can be a big help especially when you are in an urgent need of something. Make sure you always have stocks of everything that you might want to replace regularly.