Hear me out, living with your parents can be great. Although you can contribute, you are not obligated to worry about paying for rent, food or any major bills. However, it can also feel restrictive, and you may feel like you aren’t adulting properly.
If you still have second thoughts about fleeing the nest, here are 7 key signs to help you make that decision.
- You cannot do anything on your own: If you are in your twenties and still need your parents’ help to perform basic adult tasks like making a doctor’s appointment, cooking your meals, telling you when to clean your room, managing your finances and planning your future, you need to move out tomorrow. You’re lacking major life skills and are denying yourself the opportunity to grow and mature. The only way to properly adult is to start living like one, and sometimes, this is not possible when you live within the comfort of your parents’ house.
- You are sick and tired of house chores: If you work remotely, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you are tired of washing dishes, doing laundry, picking beans and washing cars, it may be time to get your own space. You would still do house chores, of course, but at least they’ll be on your own terms.
- You need permission to go out and still have a curfew. Your twenties are for creating memories, maintaining relationships and forming new ones. A lot of times, doing this means you have to go out most weekends and keep late nights. Sometimes, parents are not understanding of this fact and rightfully so - they worry about our safety. But if the ‘where are you now?’ and ‘why aren’t you back?’ calls are getting frequent, then it’s time to move out.
- You can’t bring your friends or partner home: If every visit by a guest of the opposite sex is followed by ‘so, is that my in-law?’ or you’re in a relationship but cannot even as much as hug each other in front of your parents or having your friends visit is awkward, it’s time to move out.
- You desire privacy: If you have to constantly remind people to knock before coming into your room or you cannot have private phone calls without pretending to take a walk, it is definitely time to get your own apartment.
- You can afford to.
If any of these points apply to you, you need to start planning how to move out of your parent’s house and get a place of your own. If you are not sure you want to live on your own at first, consider starting with a roommate or two.
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