As soon as the entrance exam passes, many young people find themselves facing the same life change, either because they are going to study in another city, or because they want to have more independence: leaving their parents’ house and starting college . However, this new stage is not always simple, especially when there is no planning or adoption of strategies to adapt more easily to this experience.
For this reason, we decided to help you with some personal training tips for adulthood. This way, you will be able to plan for the challenges, news and surprises that await you when living alone or with colleagues. Prepared? So let’s get to the tips!
1. Take the opportunity to re-educate yourself financially
When living with their family, many young people are not aware of household expenses (rent, condominium fees, gas, internet, electricity, etc.) or their monthly costs — and how much they impact people’s budgets. On the contrary, when they have an income, it is used for other things, especially leisure and entertainment.
However, when you become responsible for a house or apartment, the situation changes. You need to not only be familiar with expenses, but also learn to prioritize these fixed costs to avoid problems at home or even the suspension of services at the location. Therefore, start now to re-educate yourself financially on how to use your income.
2. Learn to cook
A second tip that helps a lot for those who are planning to leave their parents’ house is to learn how to cook. This will be useful not only for you to maintain a good diet (or even acquire new eating habits), but, above all, to avoid excessive expenses on meals out and food delivery. Expenses that may seem irrelevant when they happen once in a while, but that, when recurring, weigh heavily on a student’s pocket.
To achieve this goal, you can read recipe books, watch channels of amateur and/or professional cooks on YouTube or simply rely on your parents’ advice and guidance on what to do in the kitchen. In fact, this could be the ideal time for you to write down the tricks and make that fluffy rice. What about?
3. Prepare yourself psychologically
If you are going to leave your parents’ house during the pandemic period, it is important to be aware of your psychology, thinking about alternatives so that your emotions are not on the surface and it is possible to make the most of social isolation in a productive and even beneficial way . for your mental health.
To do so, think about exercises that you can do in your new home, environments ( reading , drawing, painting, embroidery, growing plants, etc.) that you would like to create at home and activities that can be carried out to optimize your free time. and improve your CV — such as extension courses .
4. Have an emergency fund
In addition to what has already been said, it is important that from the day you decide to start this new stage of life, you start making an emergency fund, as having money available in your account, in case you need it, is essential in adult life.
This is because, as you will realise over time, unforeseen events happen. Sometimes these are simple things that can be easily overcome. However, in others — such as infiltration, damaged electrical wiring, wall repairs, etc. —, there is nowhere to run: expenses will be necessary to resolve the situation.
In other words, the reserve comes to your aid precisely when you need it, helping to quickly put an end to the problem and preventing unwanted debts from being incurred.
5. Choose a good place to live
Regardless of whether you live alone or with someone, look for a well-located place, as this will make all the difference in your quality of life. For example, by living close to college , you will have the convenience of walking to and from campus and taking just a few minutes on the journey, eating your daily meals at home and having better time management available to exercise, practice hobbies and to study.
Furthermore, if the property is in a good neighborhood, you will have other advantages, such as more public transport options, proximity to useful commercial establishments (pharmacy, bank, supermarket, etc.) and easy access to outdoor areas. (squares and parks).
6. Have a well-organized routine
To conclude, have a properly organized routine in your new home. To do this, create a schedule of household activities to be done regularly, thus preventing the place from becoming messy and dysfunctional and affecting your quality of life, your mood and even your ability to dedicate yourself and concentrate on your tasks. studies. Below are some to-do examples to inspire you. Look:
- determine one day a week for washing common clothes (items from your wardrobe) and another for heavy clothes (bed, bath and upholstery items);
- set a date every 10 days to clean the bathrooms;
- get into the habit of washing dirty dishes, pans and cutlery daily, if possible, immediately after using such utensils;
- Start preparing your meals for the whole week on Saturday or Sunday, thus saving your time on weekdays and, as a bonus, making the kitchen less dirty.
Following our tips, leaving your parents’ house will not be a last-minute decision or one that is taken without thinking about the pros and cons. On the contrary, it will be a very well thought out, organized and, above all, put into practice change. Therefore, pay attention to your planning for this new phase of your life, improving the things you already know how to do (such as cooking) and learning new activities (such as carrying out small home repairs) in order to avoid possible setbacks in the future!