5 Tips For Successfully Living Alone for the First Time

So, if you tick all the boxes as someone who is ready to live alone, here are a few tips to do that successfully.

Consider Your Income
The first thing you should consider when deciding to move out is, your take home pay at the end of the month. It is not enough to currently have the sum of N500,000 in your savings account and the apartment you are moving into, requires a rent of N450,000. If you pay the rent the first time, can your salary/earnings accommodate next year’s rent? Get a place which your salary/earnings can comfortably pay for.

Do not think you can always fall back on your parents when your rent is due. Apart from the fact that, you could lose the little respect you had hoped to get by living alone, your parents may not have such money at the time you would need it. If you earn a monthly salary of say, N100,000, it is advisable to get an apartment that requires an annual rent of N100,000 too. This way, you can comfortably save 10% of your monthly salary (i.e N10,000 per month) and by the end of the year, you would have your rent ready with some change (N20,000) to spare. If your landlord increases your rent, you would not be so hard hit by the increment.

Move Away From your Immediate Environment
It is not advisable to move to an apartment within the same vicinity as your current place of abode. This defeats the whole point of privacy and alone-time. Do not be surprised if you woke up one Saturday morning and saw your mum in your apartment. What is the purpose of her visit? Your kid brother has refused to do the dishes. Get a place that is distant from your current place. The aura of moving to a totally new place brings with it some air of freshness. This is what you need.

Choose a Place Close to Work
When picking an apartment, endeavour to pick one closer to your workplace. Whether you live in a place like Lagos or not, this saves you time, money and energy.

Have the Items You NEED
It is practically impossible to list everything you would need in your new place. However, some of the most important things you would need are:

A mattress, bedspread and pillows (with pillow cases);

Some kitchen utensils like pot (2), kettle (1), plates (a set), spoons, cups (2), tray (1), chopping board (1), spatula (1), pepper grinder;

A gas cooker (to reduce cost, you can a table top burner and a 6kg gas cylinder);

One or two gallons/kegs to serve as your water reservoir

Waste bins (2) (one for the kitchen and the other one, outside your apartment);

Curtains for your windows;

A foot mat for your front door;

Broom, parker and floor mop;

Buckets (2) (to do your laundry or when you want to clean your bathroom);

An outdoor cloth hanger to spread your cloths (depending on the compound you move into, this may not be so necessary);

Cloth clips and shoe rack;

Fan (standing or ceiling fan for hot days and nights);

Personal effects like cloths and towel (also, always have a spare cloth/towel for your guests. You never know when you will have a guest who will sleep over);

If your budget is a bit large, you can also get a TV set/home theatre/radio (to kill boredom), a table and chair, refrigerator and a generator.

Have the Contact number of someone Local
When you eventually move to your new place, it is important that, you obtain and store the numbers of your landlord (or property manager), your neighbours and at least, one local. The importance of having the number of a local is that, they can keep you abreast of new (security) developments in your new environment. Of course, you would have made friends with the local before getting their number. Do that as soon as possible.

I hope the above information is sufficient for your purpose. Good luck in your new single hood life.