This sounds so rude, but it is true! Since last winter, I have had the joy of living alone. It has completely changed my life. I love having my groceries, I have an OBSESSSION with Homegoods dishware, and I really love silence. For years, I had roommates, and took the adult-life plunge into living alone without thinking about what it would be like, or what I would miss from not having someone around. If you are considering living alone, or in your first year as well, my reasons may ring home with you.
Living alone is a way of life, but…
I don’t know how many times I would spend a ton of money at the grocery store, only to not have any food left in three days. I was in college when I had roommates, and we were some big eaters. Late night study sessions, bar hopping, and just the desire to snack would make groceries disappear. While I have loved every roommate I have ever had, I did not love having my groceries vanish. Luckily, living alone eliminates that problem completely. If you buy food, it is always there. While this seems relatively petty, I like to eat! The far back of my closet is a proven shrine to my love for food.
*Side note, having a stocked bar cart at all times! I never knew that it was possible to actually keep a bottle of alcohol in the house for longer than a week without someone touching it*
Homegoods is a whole new world when you live alone
I never knew my obsession with dishware until I moved out for college. While that was ten years ago, nothing has changed. I would buy some great mugs or plates, and they would get broken within just a month or two. After quite a few dishes broken, I decided that I should just pick up regular dishes, and save my amazing dishes for a time when I can take care of them. Well friends, the time came! While I do have a set of plastic dishes (they are crazy nice, and palm print, hello!), most of my dishes are breakable. Shout out to Homegoods for my amazing Kate Spade dishes, my unneeded hand wash only glasses, and my insane collection of mugs. Also, Target has been a key player in my dish game as well. I never knew that I needed gold silverware until I actually owned it.
Lastly, I cannot stress this enough. Being able to go to sleep at a decent hour, and having no one wake you up. I live in a pretty old building, and the walls are relatively thick. I have a pretty wild downstairs neighbor who really loves Kid Rock around 6pm everyday, but I am usually out and about at that time, so I will let him slide. There is no one rolling in from the bar at 2am (sorry to all of my roommates I did that too!), and there is no one going through a breakup and blasting Leona Lewis in their room. If I want to go to bed at 10pm, it is happening. If I want to go to bed at 5am, I am not disturbing anyone. Also, I can walk around naked! Double Win!
Living alone does have some negatives
Something I do miss is having someone to talk to. Two of my closest friends live on the other side of town, and I can call them to hangout or just to chat, but you know what I mean. The others live everywhere between Nashville and San Francisco. Sometimes when I am having a bad day, I just do not feel like going anywhere, and wish I had someone in the other room to spill my feelings to. Neyland and I have a lot of mother and son chats.
Horror movies are my go to genre, I know, not the best thing to love while living alone. Living alone in a downtown area, and I have never had any problems. While I am not walking around at night, I still have always felt pretty safe. I have had some instances of being creeped out, weird knocks on my door, or walking through somewhere without a light on. I have a pretty ridiculous fear of the dark, and my mind does go all over the place. Living alone can be risky, but as long as you take precautions, you should be okay. Plus, Neyland will alert me to anything that is happening, and he has a pretty ferocious bark as well.
You need to get out of the house!
I work from home, so I do not really have a reason to leave very often except to take the dog on a walk, go to a football game, or run to the store. Something important to do is to always make time for living your life. I can get very wrapped up in sitting at my house, mainly because I love pajamas, and then I will get a text from someone saying they have not seen me in two weeks. While nature is not my favorite thing to deal with, I do need some sun and fresh air.