Everyone knows there will come a time when you will have to move out of your parents’ house and begin life on your own. The transition from being entirely supported by your parents to being on your own is difficult no matter how far away from home you are. Here are a list of things that could help anyone make their transition easier.

 

Where to go…

The first and most important question you need to answer is: Where are you headed? Having a plan is the first step in moving out. Once you have your plan, you’ll be halfway there!

 

(Flickr/VainillaDolly)

(Flickr/VainillaDolly)

Packing your life into cardboard boxes…

Now that you know where you’re headed, think about space. Will you have enough space in your new apartment or dorm to bring everything? Usually, the answer is no. In this case, it’s time to start deciding which items are essential and which ones you’ll be able to live without. Don’t overlook the option of storing those items that may not be needed. There are plenty of tutorials all over the internet that give tips on optimizing the space you have and packing efficiently.

 

Managing money…

Figure out how much you spend on groceries, gas, and bills per month. Create a budget and stick to it! Try not to spend any more than the amount you allotted yourself and make sure to put any extra money away in the bank.

 

Staying on top of your schedule…

It’s always exciting to be on your own and many people take advantage of that in the beginning, but just because you can do whatever you want doesn’t mean you should. Keep track of where you have to be and when you have to be there. If you have an early morning, don’t stay up until 3am the night before. Invest in a planner; it’ll help you stay on top of things.

 

Exploring your location…

Learn where you are. Take time to explore the area and determine where everything is. Pick up some maps and figure out how to get around, whether it’s by car, public transportation, or by foot. Find the grocery store, a park, and some fun places to hang out. Once you know where you are in the world, you’ll have a much easier time getting around.

 

Finding your people…

You will always have your family and friends from home to fall back on, but while you’re out and exploring the world, try to pick up some new friends as well. Say hi to people you see while you’re out. Take time to knock on some doors in your building or on your block. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself; everyone’s looking for a new friend.

 

Congratulations! You’ve successfully moved out and are now on your own! There will, of course, be other things to learn, so keep your mind open. Don’t forget to make time for yourself while you’re out there discovering all the new pathways that have just opened up.

 

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