Remember that feeling you used to get when you found out you had the house to yourself? That little buzz of excitement for what you could get up to while your parents were away. Maybe you hosted the obligatory house party or preferred to blast some music and have fun on your own. Well, imagine having that feeling all the time.
Living alone can seem daunting, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Having lived with my parents until my early 20s, then moved from flat to flat with various people, to settling on my own, I’ve learned to appreciate living by myself. Sure, it can be lonely, but let me share some of the best parts of having your very own place.
The bathroom is all yours
Want to have a bubble bath? Do it. Want to take a half hour shower and become a prune? Do it. There’ll be no one banging at the door to rush you. If you’ve ever shared a bathroom first thing in the morning with a house full of people, you’ll appreciate having your very own porcelain paradise.
No one steals your food
That’s odd, I could’ve sworn I had something in for dinner. Hmm, where has all the milk gone? WHO THE HELL STOLE MY CHOCOLATE? If this sounds familiar, then you’ll love living alone without a soul to steal your hard-earned food. If you’re still finding crumbs about the place, then you should probably do something about that mouse you keep ignoring.
You can be as loud as you want
Get your mind out the gutter, I mean music. Or watching TV, or chatting, or whatever you do that makes more than a decibel of noise. You no longer need to worry about your flatmate who’s trying to get some shut eye or the other who’s doing some really important work, okay? But, before you go getting an ASBO, remember you’ve still got neighbours.
There’s no strangers in the flat
Have you ever walked into the kitchen to be confronted by a sea of faces you don’t know? Maybe you’ve walked out of your room in the morning and bumped into that guy your flatmate brought home last night? In your own home you should (in theory) know everyone that’s in it. Bonus.
You can have whoever you want round
Speaking of, you have the freedom to invite whoever you want over, whenever you like. If you want your friend to stay for the weekend, you don’t need to ask permission. If you want to host a movie night with your nearest and dearest, you can. If you want to bring your date home, then why the hell not?
No cleaning up after others
This one is huge. You no longer have to do other people’s dishes or rid the bathroom of their facial hair. There’s no more cleaning rota or passive aggressive notes stuck to the fridge. When you live alone, the only person you need to clean up after is yourself… which can be difficult if you’re a sloth.
No one moves your stuff
I used to live with someone who would move my clothes horse every single time I used it. It’s in front of the radiator for a reason, woman! Living alone, you can leave stuff wherever you like and find it in that exact same spot when you return. Organised chaos.
No hiding in your bedroom
Don’t act like you haven’t done this. Sometimes you just don’t want to interact with other humans and would rather sit in your room until you’re sure they’re out of the kitchen before making your move. If you’re hiding in your bedroom in your own place, then you should probably call the police.
No one is using your Wi-Fi
First world problems, I know. But, when you live by yourself, you have your very own broadband and you better earn that password if you come to visit. Wave goodbye to buffering while three other flatmates try to watch Netflix at the same time you’re trying to watch Drag Race. In your own place, the internet is all yours to stream, download or troll to your heart’s content.
You can eat whatever you like
Is that another takeaway you’re having? Yes. Yes, it is. When you live alone, you can have a takeaway every damn night if you please (do not recommend). If you want to have a midnight snack, then there’s no one around to pass judgement. What about second breakfast? Go for it. You can eat whatever you like, whenever you like, with only your conscious as your guide.