So it’s been over a year since I moved into my own place after living at home for 26 years! I was never one of these people that was ‘ashamed’ about living at home even though I was in my twenties; it made sense for me. I was lucky to get on really well with my parents, I had my own space and freedom, and the financial outgoings were minimal.
Living at home whilst working full time allowed me to save a chunk of my wages every month to put towards a deposit, but I still didn’t think I’d ever be able to buy a place alone. Milton Keynes is known to have the fastest growing house prices in the UK (apparently house prices have gone up 50% in 5 years) so I never thought I would be able to catch up with the increasing costs, and I still wasn’t sure I was quite ready to move out on my own.
So I waited until I found somewhere I really loved, in a good location, which was modern and also affordable for me and I made sure I was 100% ready to move on. I viewed my flat in May and got the keys in September, and I never did any other property viewings, so I was sure that this was the one for me! I spent a little while doing it up so it was more my style, check out my before and after photos to see how it looked before!
A year on and I am still very happy here and I absolutely love the place and have very much made it my home and have put my stamp all over it. I’ll be sad when the time comes to move on as it’s just so cosy and ‘me’ here! But a one bedroom flat doesn’t come with huge amounts of space which I assume I will one day need! If you want to find out more about being a first time buyer then check out my blog post on my house buying process.
So with my newly found knowledge of moving out, I thought I’d put together a list of things I’ve learnt since leaving home:
- I never realised quite how quickly I go through milk and bread and am constantly having to buy more from the shop over the road.
- I miss my cats much more than I thought I would, but luckily they’re only a 10 minute drive away being pampered at my parents’ house.
- Cooking is boring and difficult. I can’t cook very well, but rather than living off toast and cereal which is what I did as a student, I can cook better than I thought! Although it is boring AF. Nothing I make ever tastes as nice as my Mums cooking!
- Moving out makes you fat. Being healthy can be a struggle; I feel like I never have time to do any kind of exercise because there’s always stuff to be done at home, and sometimes I’m too busy/exhausted to make a healthy dinner so just end up scoffing junk food. Definitely need to change this!
- Paying the bills isn’t so bad really. I thought I’d be receiving a constant stream of bills through the post every month but thanks to paperless billing and automatic Direct Debits, I just have to watch the money disappear and not deal with any paperwork!
- Budgeting can actually be kind of fun. I set up a budget spreadsheet where I put in all my outgoings and match it up against my income and it works out how much I have left over and I can easily see where my money is going and what date it comes out each month. It makes it a little easier to keep track of things!
- Washing up is the worst chore ever. I so wish I had a dishwasher! Those plates just keep piling up!
- I am still not 100% sure how to use my washing machine. I use a different setting every time and just hope for the best! And there’s so many different times of detergents/liquitabs/fabric softeners. Why?!
- You’ve got to make time for housework. Whether you do one little task each day or save it all up to do on one day, you’ve gotta keep on top of it unless you want to live in a pigsty and have your mum give you a lecture every time she visits.
- Aldi is great. It’s literally the best shop ever. Once you go to Aldi you will never again do your weekly food shop in Tesco/Asda/Sainsburys. It’s so much cheaper in Aldi (Lidl is good too!) and there’s everything you need for a full weekly shop. Because there’s only their own brand it means that choosing is quick and simple! Iceland is worth a look too!
- And last but not least – I have learnt that realistically it would have been a real struggle to do the whole moving process on my own and I needed help from Mum and Dad. My parents helped me out with almost every aspect of moving, from reading over my solicitors letters to letting me store all my furniture throughout their house before I even had the keys. Once it was all complete my Mum helped me clean the flat from top to bottom and my Dad put up my new wallpaper and all the little things like mirrors and pictures to help make the place more homely. Maybe they just really wanted to get rid of me! ?
In a way I kind of miss living at home as I have such a good relationship with my parents that I miss chatting to them when I get home from work. But I also love having my own place with my own independence and I feel quite lucky to be able to have a place to call my own, even if it is just a little flat in Milton Keynes. It’s my flat and my home now ❤
Have you learnt anything new from moving out?