While moving into your own home has its benefits, it’s not all easy sailing. A space of your own is what you’ve always dreamt of, right? Only, when you get it, you realise the responsibility that comes along with it. You’ll also be spending a lot of time alone, so your mental health could take a knock, I know mine definitely did. There won’t be anyone but you to cheer you up when you get home. It all falls on you. The change can be hard, but there are plenty of things you can do to turn your home into the sanctuary you’ve been dreaming of. Here are a few of the things that have made the transition easier for me.
GET ROUND TO HOME IMPROVEMENTS
With a home, comes home improvements. If you’re renting, these fall on your landlord’s shoulders. If not, you’re going to need to get to work. Putting home improvement off will lead to dissatisfaction. Make sure to take steps to get your home the way you imagined it. Whether you have to contact paving centres or builders, get to work. Knowing where to start can be hard when you’re doing things for the first time. Make a list of the jobs you want doing, and research who you need to contact. The good thing about this generation is our ability to use the internet. Get online and get searching!
STAY ORGANISED WITH BILLS
Having to pay bills can be hard, especially if you’ve never had to do it before. No matter how much research you do, your bills will probably be more than you anticipated. Even so, they need paying. The trick to coping with bills is organisation. Once you’ve got your direct debits set up, sit down and work out how much goes out of your account each month. That way, you can work towards clear goals. Take note, too, of what date each bill comes out. That way, you can take steps to make sure the money is in your account when it needs to be rather than ending up panicking like I have oh so many times.
ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES
Personal touches can be a huge comfort when you’re settling into a new home. They’re especially important when you’re living on your own. These are the things that are going to put a smile on your face when you get home. From posters on the walls to favourite childhood teddies, insert yourself into your home. You need to feel at home in your house. Otherwise, how can you be happy there? I did this largely by putting up a lot of wall art and fairy lights, and displaying things that make me happy from my past, like the box from the 1KG bar of chocolate my boyfriend won for me one a trip to Manchester a few years ago.
LEARN TO ENJOY YOUR COMPANY
While being alone can be one of the harder aspects of having a home, it can also be a plus. If you’ve always lived in a full house, it might surprise you how much you can enjoy your company. Adjust to your new situation by taking the time for rest and relaxation. Nothing beats a day in front of the television. You won’t even have to get dressed, because who’s going to see you? Learn to enjoy the silence. That way, it won’t scare you anymore! If that fails, you can do what I’ve done and have a radio on in the background just so you don’t jump at every little sound.