10 Things To Remember When Moving Out

Whoosh - here I am again. My recent blogging schedule hasn't been a regular one and I apologize for that, but my head has been in the clouds and my body has been at IKEA - as I'm currently in the process of moving out of my parent's home. I'm extremely excited to share pictures of my new room, experiences and discoveries with you but that's something for later - for now I have a little list of things to remember when moving out (and things I actually forgot).


You'll have to do laundry
Yup. Throwing your dirty laundry in the hamper and waiting for it to magically re-appear in your closet won't work anymore.

Living on your own is expensive
Even if you share your flat with others, living on your own is damn expensive. You have to think about food, items like shampoo, detergent - and you still want to visit the cinema and buy something nice for yourself every now and then. And oh, did I mention you also need to pay rent?

Your new place probably won't live up to your expectations
Expectation: 'I'll move to Paris, rent a cute apartment next to the Eiffel Tower where I'll drink wine and eat croissants in my patio with my new Parisian amis every day' - Reality: Moves to Paris, realizes renting an apartment isn't an option because it's too expensive, finds a shared flat in a shady neighborhood and still can't afford a single croissant. Okay, even though this might be a bit exaggerated - your new place (probably) won't live up to all the expectations you have. You probably won't be able to afford the most beautiful and centrally located place to live - but remember that doesn't really matter, because..

You're free!
And even though freedom is one very important basic human right, freedom comes with more negative sides as well, such as..

Your parents won't be there to make the decisions for you!
Even though I've always tried to be independent (my mother reads my blog and I'm sure she'll confirm this with a kind-of-annoyed but happy smirk on her face), getting immediate feedback on important life questions from your parents - who only want the best for you - is great. You're only a Skype call further away now, but still - there's a difference.

The fridge doesn't automatically refill
And that's a sad fact any fresh out-mover will realize is true - sooner or later.

You have to keep track of what you spend
No matter how supportive your parents are, how good your job pays or how rich you are - keeping track of what you spend on food and other expenses never is a bad thing, and it might just save you from a few hungry days at the end of the month.

There are many things you still need to buy
Even if you think you don't. Forgetting about basic things you share with family members is easy - think about scissors, nail clippers, makeup remover.. (all the things I forgot about). 

It's going to be hard
If you're moving out and are on good terms with your parents, that's the perfect situation (a situation I'm lucky to find myself in), but even when that's the case, things are going to be different than you expected. It's going to be more expensive, more alone/isolated in the beginning and more intensive than predicted but that's fine, you'll adjust to the change. 

Take as many things from your parents home as you can
You'll need it! And even though the items you can take with you might not be the items you would've gone for in a store, you'll be thankful for that extra money you can spend on better food later.



Don't see this list - which might sound a bit negative, I realize that - as a discouraging thing. Moving out is great: you'll learn so many new things, the constant struggle of who and what you are as a person gets easier as you discover yourself more and more, and the connection with your loved ones will be even better because the time you have together now is more valuable. All good things have a bad side as well, and even though moving out seems to have more negative sides than positive sides, I think more freedom, having a better connection with your loved ones and being more independent are more important than a mundane thing like 'you have to do laundry'. Good luck if you're moving out, and please let me know something about your experiences if you already have. 

have a beautiful day

32 comments

  1. I still live at home with my parents and probably won't move out until after next year once I've finished uni, I've got so many friends who have moved out and they've said it's just like another chapter of life - another adventure :) Em xx

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  2. Oh man, this hits me! I moved out to a dorm last year and this reminded me how I felt back then. I'll be moving out again this year but instead into an apartment...and I keep thinking of all the different things I need to remember! Utensils.. pans... a toaster... gosh the list goes on!

    Peace & Love // celestralite.com

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  3. Love the article! I'm still living at home but that might change soon so this came in handy. And true, I'm envisioning myself in a fancy appartement in the center of Paris when I think of living on my own, but a person can dream, right?

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  4. Loved this article! :) It has made reality hit hard as I'll be moving out in September and despite being very excited, I think our expectations are always far grander than the reality with these things! It will certainly help me grow and develop as a person though :) X

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  5. I'm not sure if me moving out guarantees freedom from my parents...I'll hopefully study abroad in the UK next year, and my parents have already planning on setting up CCTV and renting an apartment...Hahahaha <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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  6. I'll be moving out at the end of this Summer for university and these are some things I really need to consider so these tips were very helpful for me!

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  7. Moving out is such a big step! Thanks for all the tips, and I hope your move goes well!

    Angelina Is

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  8. what a lovely post! love your cup!
    following you dear<3

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  9. Very beautiful photos!
    I love this whole styling!
    Any chance you'd be interested in following eachother on GFC?

    xo from Italy,

    Sonia Verardo

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  10. What a lovely post. I think you can definitely get carried away with the excitement of moving out, but these points are definitely important to remember! x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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  11. Amazing post,my dear!
    Antonella xoxo
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  12. This is daunting as I'm off to Uni in October, but a good reality check that I need to prepare myself!

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  13. thanks for your Blogpost. Few things i already new because i planning to moving out but first i need a education and because we live in a little town. i must search in a big city, what need more than 1 Hour to arrive, i planning moving with another people, but i am excited. But i miss my mum and my siblings. :)

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  14. I feel like my life went full circle, I moved out of my parents house when I was 20 for 9 years and then I ended up moving back.
    xo
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  15. Thanks for sharing the tips :)
    have a great day! <3


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  16. I moved out from my parents last year, and I live with a roommate in a large apartment. This is cool, I'm lucky, I know. But when I come home the weekend, I feel like an intruder in a family I do not know ... At the same time, I like to come home and see them again, but I feel apart, I do not understand conversations ... This is really weird and annoying!
    I think I feel like this because I have a big family (I have 2 young sisters and 1 young brother), I'm not the center of attention ^^

    Anyway, live on his own is really great, so much freedom!
    Thanks for all this tips :)
    Have a lovely day!

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  17. Congratulations on your moving out and I find the list insightful.Great post
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  18. Great list! Believe it or not I love to do laundry x

    Florals&Smiles
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  19. It can be hard as much it will be amazing.
    You will be more inspired and I can't wait to read your future creative and artistic (as always) posts.

    Kisses from Italy!
    ; )

    WorldWideValery

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  20. So true! I am always amazed at how whenever I move there are so many things I need to buy!
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  21. I moved out for a while and this is so relatable! I remember I was counting every penny, adding up all of my weekly shop just to make sure I had enough money to cover everything in my basket and if I didn't I had to take out the least most essential items. It was tough, but at the same time so good! So much freedom!

    Hayley-Eszti | www.hayleyeszti.com

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  23. Well.Moving out will be interesting for me, considering I have no idea what I'll be doing with my life! I'm glad you're excited, though! It also gives me hope that maybe I won't panic and live at home until I'm forty.

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  24. This is such an interesting and true post. Although I am not moving out properly (moving into halls for university), I feel it is a new chapter. This post makes me feel more relaxed that it is not just me who is panicking about these sorts of things.

    Beth x
    www.hellobeth.co.uk

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  25. some really great tips out there! even though I've moved out from my parents 6 years ago and moved into a squat in London some rules were different, but overall feeling of being a bit lost gets to anyone that moves away from their family for the first time :)

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  26. So true :) I'm moved out 25 years ago btw!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  27. This is such a beautiful post. I can one hundred percent relate to it, I have been there, out on my own, painting and decorating my room, miss being with my family, slept on an empty stomach cause I was too lazy to cook. Have totally lived my phase it's an experience thats life changing, fun, dramatic sometimes crazy but overall amazing.
    GOOD LUCK, have a terrific time :)

    Beautydetour

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  28. I can't wait to see your new room either!! You must be so excited! I need to stop by IKEA sometime soon. I'm feeling really down lately in my apartment and I think the decor/arrangement is partially to blame. What a unique list!! I remember having a few realizations that first year Spencer and I moved in together. You're right, moving out is a great thing and this list is a great reminder to embrace change rather than avoid it!

    Much Love!!
    -Stephanie Eva

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  29. How cute is this post! I moved out when I was barely 17, and it felt such a natural transition! My parents were always busy, so I have been more or less on my own ever since I was 13...
    But I guess you're write -- there's so many things you have to take in consideration.

    How is it going?

    Milly
    www.sevenseasaway.com

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  30. Your blog is super amazing! I'm planning to live on my own after my Europe trip so thanks for smacking reality back into me! I've been just thinking about a lot of expectations so thank you!

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