|(Slice of my banana bread I made this weekend and my coffee mug I got for Christmas from my sister; get it here)|
Last summer I packed up what few things I had and moved into a studio apartment. I moved from living with two boys on the south side of Chicago to living in a 400 square foot apartment in Wrigley. I didn’t even leave the city but my new apartment felt worlds away from my old place. Over the past few months I have learned a few things about myself and the beauty of having your own place:
| You can do whatever you want, whenever you want |
My favorite part of living alone is that I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. There is no one judging or commenting about what I am doing. If I want to spend an entire evening practicing yoga in my underwear, I can. If I want to stuff my face with chocolate for dinner while binge watching Netflix in my kitchen, I can. It’s my space and I have the freedom to do as I please.
| You set the bar for keeping the apartment clean |
Although I am a very neat and tidy person there are days when I come home and am in absolutely no mood to clean or do the dishes. Luckily there is no one to tell me to clean and pick up after myself and I can get to it in the morning. Most importantly I don’t have to tell a roommate to clean up after themselves or come home to a mess I didn’t make.
| You can’t blame your roommate |
I learned this one just a few weeks ago. One afternoon I came home, exhausted from work and wanted to snack on a spoonful of Nutella, but couldn’t find it in the pantry. I ended up finding it hiding in the fridge and furiously said (out loud) “who the hell put the Nutella in the fridge?!?!” Of course I am the only one who could have put it there, there was no one else to blame. I also don’t have to worry about anyone eating my food or using my stuff.
|You have a lot of “me time” |
Throughout university I lived with a variety of different roommates. Although I enjoyed the many memories we made I could not wait for those quiet moments when I had the apartment to myself. Now every night is me time, time where I can unwind and relax from a day at work.
| Coming home is stress free |
I don’t have to worry about coming home to an apartment crowded with my roommate’s friends, a messy kitchen that I would have to end up cleaning, or after a bad day just relaxing without being bothered by anyone. Sure it can get lonely to come home to no one but I do get to borrow the kitties R and I share when he goes out of town so I do look forward to the days I watch them.
Living alone has been and adventure and I recommend living alone even if it’s just for a few months because you learn about yourself and enjoy the peacefulness of your own space.
x the Adventurer