Things No One Tells You About Moving Out

12 Things No One Tells You About Moving Out On Your Own, Because Let's Face It, Then You Never Would

It turns out that it takes more than an 18 pack of Budlight to stay nourished. Who knew?

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By the time most of us graduate college, our parents are practically begging us to get out of their homes. It's about time we left dishes in our own kitchen sink and made a mess in our own living room.

And most young adults can't wait to get their first apartment or house. It's a step to being a full-fledged adult

But over time, most of us realize that living on our own isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Apparently, being an adult comes with unanticipated responsibilities.

1. Doing dishes is basically a full-time job.

If you're fortunate enough to have a dishwasher in your first big-kid apartment, God bless you. The rest of us will be forced into the realization that washing dishes by hand takes up at least 25 percent of our adult lives.

2. The bathroom doesn't actually clean itself.

And as if this discovery isn't heinous enough, you'll also find that you're a lot grosser than you ever realized.

3. It doesn't matter how much money you make. You'll never see any of it.

Whether you're living on a $30,000 salary or a $60,000 one, I'm convinced that none of us actually see the majority of that money — not after your landlord, cable company and debt collectors have their say.

4. Savings accounts are sort of like unicorns.

Have you ever seen a unicorn? Once you move out, you'll probably have a better chance of a unicorn sighting than of seeing money in your savings account.

5. A refrigerator full of beer isn't exactly nutritious.

Remember when your college mini-fridge was your pride and joy? Well, it turns out that it takes more than an 18 pack of Budlight to stay nourished. Who knew?

6. Groceries are expensive as heck.

After a few grocery bills, you'll start to miss coming home to a house full of goodies courtesy of good 'ole mom and pop. And no one ever buys your favorite Oreos for you anymore...

7. Laundry is seriously a project.

If you grew up with a washer and dryer downstairs from you, you're not going to like this. Unless you're lucky enough to snag a laundry unit with your first apartment, you're probably going to have to dedicate actual hours of your life to washing clothes.

That's right, no more binge-watching Netflix series while your underwear dry. Woe is adulthood.

8. Decorating is harder than it looks.

We've all daydreamed about designing our own living space. But between the high cost of furniture and the stressful decision-making that goes into choosing home decor, you'll quickly conclude that your daydreams were a tad on the optimistic side of things.

The reality is that decorating is a headache, especially when you can't decide if your curtains match your carpet. And wait, what do you mean you were supposed to measure things before buying these?

9. Half of the things you own need to be repaired or replaced at some point.

Remember when your mom used to stay home so that the plumber could come over? Or your dad used to buy lightbulbs and patch up the ceiling when it leaked?

Well, kid, you're on your own now. Have fun.

10. You still need permission for everything.

Just because your parents aren't always around anymore doesn't mean you can do whatever you want. Your landlord is sure to have a few rules for your new living arrangements — and sadly, they're far less likely to be susceptible to your pouty face than your parents are.

11. You won't want people over unless you've cleaned your mess.

Well, there goes your social life. And to think, you seriously believed that getting an apartment meant throwing parties and having people over all the time.

But hey, at least Netflix won't judge you for the growing pile of laundry in the middle of your floor...

12. Actually, you won't want people in your clean house either.

If you've ever cleaned your entire apartment, just to have friends litter it with pizza boxes and soda cans a few hours later, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

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A Letter To High School Seniors On Graduation Day

The rest of your life begins today.
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Dear High School Senior,

Today's the day you've been waiting for your whole life. You'll wake up a little earlier than usual, brush your teeth and go downstairs for your last breakfast as a high school student. Your mom will look at you with tears running down her cheeks wondering how her baby grew up so quickly. Your friends will be texting your group message non-stop with words of disbelief, wondering where the time went. You guys made it to the day you've been counting down to all year long.

You'll start to reminisce on things like your first pep rally and the dorky outfits you wore freshman year. You'll laugh at things your old teachers did and remember the ones who left to teach somewhere else. You'll wonder how the guys in your grade actually managed to grow up and laugh at how young you all looked when you had just begun. You'll remember all of the football games you attended and consider how strange it will be seeing other people wearing your guy friends' numbers when the Thanksgiving game rolls around. You'll drive by the soccer field and think of all the blood, sweat and tears you gave to it over your high school career.

You'll recall your first real kiss and joke about how upset you were when the first boy broke your heart. It'll feel like yesterday when you walk through those doors for the final time and look around at all of the empty lockers. You'll gather with your classmates together in the same place for the last time and think about how you're all going to be in different places next year. You'll be excited but nervous because in a few hours, life as you know it will change.

So before you sit down to hear the Valedictorian's speech and walk the stage to receive your diploma, make sure you take the time to appreciate the memories you made in those halls. Thank your teachers, even the difficult ones, because when you're sitting down in your first college class, you'll feel grateful for the work they made you do. Thank your parents for supporting you. It's not easy raising a teenager, but they did not give up on you regardless of how brutal puberty was.

Thank your friends. They're the ones that got you through your first heartbreak and made sure that you were going to be okay. They listened to your complaints after a big fight with your mom, even if they thought you were wrong. They forgave you when you were wrong and understood your bad days. They stood up for you when you got yourself in a bad situation. They brought you coffee when you didn't have time to get it yourself. They took you home when you couldn't make it there alone. They celebrated your good news and helped you through the bad. They made you laugh uncontrollably and created memories that you'll hold on to forever. They made you who you are today.

After you receive your diploma and throw your cap in the air, make the most of the time you have left with your high school friends before you all head off to college. You only have a few months before you're sitting in a dorm room surrounded by unfamiliar faces. Work, but don't forget that memories last longer than money. Go to the beach, take lots of pictures, go out on Friday nights and enjoy the days that summer has to give. Trust me, college will be awesome, but you'll never be the same person that you are today.

Sincerely,

Your College Self

SEE ALSO: 11 Pieces Of Advice All High School Students Need To Hear

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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.

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I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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