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 No.9553

I'm going to be moving out to an apartment soon. I'll be living on my own for the first time. What are some tips and things I should do to get ready?

 No.9565

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>>9553
First few days will be really weird and somewhat scary but full of freedom.

Then everything will be normal.

 No.9566

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It gets lonely on your own.

 No.9568

>>9566
Therefore get a cat! Meow! :3

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>>9566
I don't know. I was never so lonely and miserable as when I had to stay with other people for a while after living alone for years. Maybe having to be around people who were always pissing me off made me feel more alone.

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>>9568
too much work :(

 No.9573

>>9572
I am incredibly lazy and even I had one for 12 years. Having a cat is very easy and rewarding. It takes you 5 minutes a day.

 No.9574

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plan meals before you buy groceries
start a spice garden if you want, it's easy and relaxing and cheaper than rebuying them in the long-term. really all you need is a spot next to a window
>>9573
5 minutes of actual chores, hours of pets and headscratches

 No.9576

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I moved out on my own for the first time too this past summer. If you've seen the place already (and can see it again before moving in) take measurements of the walls and floor so you have an idea of what you can do in terms of furniture. You don't have to rush to furnish the place either. Outside of the essentials, take your time and make it homey little by little.

I haven't really felt lonely since I moved out. Maybe it'll feel off for the first few days if you've never lived away from your family before, but it starts to feel normal very quickly. It's peaceful- you do everything you want to on your own schedule, and you control who's allowed in.

Definitely stock up on things you'll want to have before you actually need them (think plunger, bandaids, the like).

 No.9580


Just moved out recently too. It did wonders to my mental health. I'm alone most of the time, but I don't feel lonely, and I can visit family and friends exactly as much as I feel like, instead of seeing them all the time.

I spent a bit too much money on furniture, when I could've been just as happy with cheaper used furniture. Can also buy kitchenware over time on sale, instead of everything right away. I agree with >>9576 Take your time, every little piece you add makes your home feel more and more homey. For me a cheap Ikea plant was what I needed to get that warm homey feeling.

I can definitely recommend getting a plunger early on too (I didn't…).

 No.9584

>>9580
Yeah, for me living alone isn't lonely. What's lonely is having no control over when and how you interact with people, be it online or in person. I think it's ok to get nice furniture if you're willing to spend on it. It's important to surround yourself with things you like. I feel like people especially overlook comfort in beds and chairs, considering the amount of life they intend to live in them.

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Buy a 13 in one cooker, air frying, slow cooker, and etc all in once, or something of the ilk. They can be pretty handy

 No.9627

Thanks for the advice everyone!

>>9565
I'm living with a roommate at the moment and I manage most of my own things so that isn't too much of a problem. What is scary is that I'm moving to a completely different part of town that I'm not familiar with. I don't even know where to get groceries yet. The freedom I'll very much enjoy, though. Feels like a new start.

>>9568
I'd love to but no cats allowed…

>>9574
I'm pretty good on the food situation. I already do plan my meals but a spice/herb garden sounds like a really cool idea.

>>9576
I have most of the furniture I need besides maybe a couch but I definitely want to make the place feel like home. Other place's I've lived I never felt like I had control over my environment, even my room, so here I'm going to make it as comfy as possible. For the moment though I'm going to just manage with what I already have. I am however making a list of small things to buy and plunger is near the top.

>>9586
I'm going to need to get a lot of kitchen stuff since I've been coasting by with my roommates stuff. I'll look into this.

A few of you mentioned loneliness and I think the freedom will outweigh that. Most of my interactions are online and anyways, not like I'm going out anytime soon with winter and carona. I will miss the steps of other people moving about though, makes the place feel more lively.

 No.9638

>>9627
moved out my parents' place last year into my own apartment with my girlfriend
a few things that have helped tremendously over the last year being here:

>buy an electric kettle if you don't have one for when you're short on time and want oatmeal, ramen, tea, instant coffee, cocoa, etc. without having to wait for a pot to boil or prefer using boiled water over microwave for certain food.


>if you have a thrift store/goodwill in town, check their furniture section. sometimes, goodwills especially, thrift stores get "corporate donations" from stores like target that include brand-new or like-new furniture (such as lamps, shelves, chairs) that were either under surplus or acceptable quality returns.


>use storage organizers like mad. if your bed frame is tall enough, under-bed bags (the non-vacuum ones) are cheap and can fit comforters, extra blankets, pillows, and more. buy racks for your cupboards to separate dishes or food and get more usable space. "furinno" brand on amazon is a good resource for decent budget shelves and other furniture if you don't mind the cheap looks.


>if you have an on-site laundry room and it requires quarters but there's no change machine on the premises, look for a couple reliable places to exchange for them as soon as possible. there may be times where you need to wash some clothes/towels at 11pm when most places are closed and you lack enough change to do a load or don't know of any alternative places when your usual place is closed/out of order.

 No.9646

Lots of good advice in this thread.
I would say it's good to have a first aid kit on hand so you don't have to go out to the store in case you cut yourself.
A flashlight or two for if the power goes out.
Also, packs of wet wipes are great for wiping down pretty much anything that's dusty or dirty.

 No.9647

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I moved from a not so big but very modern city to the countryside some years ago to do medicine college. In the end I didn't like it, but there were some important developments on my life and learning to live by my own in a house with strangers was valuable, but holy fuck what annoying deceptive people, it gets worse that at the countryside people think they have to take care of your life. It got lonely that everybody valuable was far away and controlling strangers were near, but the freedom was good, with time i learned to not care about the countryside silly social customs.
Living on your own is good to understand your own agency over your life. It's always good to take hobbies that will help you decorate your place and fill it with things that make you happy. I made the mistake of living on a plain white no personality undecorated room for 3 years, because I had to manage money tightly. Nowadays I live with this agency i learned there, but at rooms family lend me while I don't finish my college course.

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Spruce up the apartment.



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