23 Practical Tips For Living Alone That Actually Make A Big Difference
Good solid advice.
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Don’t close the door unless your keys are in your hand, so you know you have ’em every time you leave.
And give spare keys to someone you trust who lives nearby, if you can. Get a pack of eight similar write-on keychains on Amazon for $8.59.
Keep a fire extinguisher around and know how to use it, juuuust in case.
And keep it somewhere you can quickly get to from the kitchen, but not directly above your stove — you don't want any potential fires to block your access to it.
Keep some medicine stocked just in case you get so sick that you can’t really make it to the pharmacy.
Don't forget the stuff that you might need for vomiting or diarrhea — you won't want to leave when you actually need it!
From Just a Girl.
And keep a supply of nonperishable ~sick food~ around, too.
Like instant or canned chicken noodle soup, ramen, a small container of saltines, and some tea.
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Follow the one-minute (or two-minute, or five-minute) rule — if you spot something that needs to get done, and it takes less than one minute, just do it right then.
Like loading a dish in the dishwasher, washing a pot, wiping down your kitchen cabinets…whatever you spot, get it done! It'll keep your home that much neater and cleaner.
Get a vacuum with an expanding wand if you hate dealing with spiders and other bugs. Or just a straight-up bug vacuum.
So you can reach 'em even in the tallest corners.
Get the BugZooka on Amazon for $25.99.
Or just keep some bug-killing spray around.
Just be sure to read the label carefully and use it correctly, so it doesn't endanger you / visiting kids / pets.
Get a can of Raid House & Garden on Amazon for $10.47.
Buy a tool set that at least has a screwdriver with changeable heads — you’ll use it.
Get a similar tool set on Amazon for $17.69.
Meet your neighbors, even if you just knock on their door and say hi.
Keep your doors and windows locked, just, like, always.
Obvious, I know, but it's still good advice!
And consider installing a home security system of some sort.
Even if you only ever catch curious raccoons, it could be worth it.
Don’t hesitate to invite friends over for game night, movie night, taco night, etc. — it’ll motivate you to clean up and make your space less lonely.
Or find a TV show you all like to watch, and get together every week to watch it.
And find reasons to leave your apartment, even if you don’t have something to do.
No plans one day? Take a walk, go browse in a store IRL instead of looking online, bring a book (or even your laptop!) to a cafe to chill — just get out of the house for a few hours. Even if you don't talk to anyone, it could help you feel less lonely.
Or if you just moved somewhere where you don’t really know anybody, find a meet-up group doing something you’re interested in.
Meetup probably has groups local to you that do all sorts of activities — whether you knit, want to play a game of basketball, or even just want to drink a beer. Even if it's a little awkward, everyone there is interested in meeting new people. Get more tips on making friends in a new town here.
Stay in touch with your loved ones, like your parents or your supportive friends.
Make a regularly scheduled phone call — or because it's 2018, video chat. Or just call them up every other week or so. Whatever works! It'll nurture the support system you already have.
And make it food that you’ll actually look forward to when you get home, so you’re more likely to actually eat it.
And tape one end of your bracelet down so you can put it on with one hand.
And most of all: Enjoy your solo space! Now’s the time to experiment with your home decor, or customize it to whatever you actually like.
You don't have to compromise with anyone, so if you like decorating and can save some money for it, do it! If you want to do it on a budget, check out these tips.