Moving out for the first time can be a slightly overwhelming experience. On top of the emotional rollercoaster of leaving your parents’ home for the first time, one also needs to get on top of ensuring that they have the right furniture, perfect living space and everything else that is needed to lead an independent life. In today’s article, we take a little of the moving stress and jitters away with our top 7 tips for those who are moving out for the first time. Read on to find out more!
- Focus On The Essentials
When it comes to moving out, focusing on the essentials should be top priority. Things like decor, accessorising and personal style can wait till you have settled in, but the essentials, on the other hand, cannot. Some essential items that you will want to get as soon as possible include a washing machine, dryer, bed, mattress, couch and basic cleaning supplies that will help the transition into your new home be that much easier. Fancy wall decor is something you can live without, clean clothes every day are something that you can’t.
- Hire A Mover
Throwing everything into random boxes and hitching a ride with a friend to your new place may sound like the easiest option, but trust us when we say it isn’t. In fact, one of the most stress-free ways of getting all your belongings and items to your new home is with the help of a professional mover. Movers have the expertise that most of us are lacking in, and their job is to ensure that your belongings get from point A to point B in the quickest, safest and most efficient way possible. Movers can also provide boxes, tape and other packaging material as a part of their service, saving you endless trips to the store to gather supplies.
- Get On Top Of The Chores
Moving into your new place and living a rule-free life can quickly lose its charm when you realise that there are endless piles of dirty laundry, unwashed dishes and clutter strewn around your home. This is why it is so important that you create a chore schedule and stick to it. Break down your major weekly chores and create a routine that allows you to get everything done by the end of the week. For example, you can assign vacuuming to Sundays, laundry to Mondays and dusting to Wednesdays. By breaking things up, you won’t get overwhelmed at the end of each week and you’re more likely to get chores done than you would without a plan.
- Learn How To Cook
Living at home comes with certain pleasures, one of them being the fact that you probably never have to cook and always have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home. Things change when you move out on your own, which is why it is essential that you learn how to cook. Takeout every day can add up to a fortune, so equipping yourself with some basic cooking skills will not just save you money but also help you lead a healthier lifestyle (PS: Instant Ramen is not cooking). Mastering the basics such as Pasta, Rice, Stews and Curries along with weekly meal prep is a great way to stay on top of a healthy diet.
- Start Paying Attention To Your Finances
Moving out comes with certain responsibilities, and one of them includes paying rent on time each month. This is why it is so important that you get on top of your finances, ideally a month or two before moving. Make a list of monthly expenditures such as rent, utilities, food, vehicle and so on. Ensure that these finances are taken care of before allocating money for pleasure or fun. You will also have to think about things such as bonds and deposits if you are taking on a lease of your own, so always remember to tuck away some extra cash in the months prior to your move.
- Finally, Personalise Your Space
Once you get the moving, furniture and essential bits out of the way, the time has come for you to finally add a little character to your new space. Personalising your space is obviously something that is unique to each individual, but now that you have a home of your own, you can feel free to express yourself in whatever way you like (without mum and dad yelling at you for painting their walls black!). Head to thrift stores, get some funky pieces of art and inject some pizzazz into your new home to celebrate the fact that you’re now an independent young adult!
Moving out for the first time can be a nerve-wracking process even for the best of us, but don’t let that scare you. In fact, by putting a solid plan down prior to your move, you’ll find that moving out can be more exciting than it is frustrating!