I could either live with my parents again, so not happening, try to find a roommate and hope they don’t party too much, or find a place to rent or buy on my own.
Considering that I had already lived on my own for the previous year and a half and the fact that I had pets that I was not willing to give up to live in a rental, I ended up deciding to continue living alone and I bought my first house in October 2012.
Now that I’ve lived on my own for over three years, I’ve come to love it!
But, there are still some pros and cons to consider when it comes to living alone, especially as a single girl.
Cons of Living Alone
- There’s no guy around to do the icky stuff, like changing the oil on your car and killing spiders, and you also have to do all your own outdoor tasks, like mowing, or hire them done by your 10-year-old neighbor boy.
- There’s no human garbage disposal to eat leftovers and cooking without leftovers for a week is nearly impossible. Grocery shopping can also be a challenge if you love fresh fruits and veggies, because if you buy too many they can go bad before you use them all up.
- Getting dressed can be hard work, especially if you have more than one shirt that requires the help of another person, either there are buttons you can’t reach or it requires tying a neat little bow in the back. What were you thinking when you bought those things?
- Living alone can be more expensive since you don’t have someone to share in the rent or mortgage and utility costs.
Pros of Living Alone
- The toilet seat is always down and you never had to worry about falling in. It’s also nice to know that if you leave your house clean, it’ll still be clean when you get home (unless you have a dog).
- You can eat cereal for supper without being judged. Your dog doesn’t care what you eat for supper or if you eat ice cream in bed while watching re-runs of Charmed on Netflix.
- There’s no one around to judge you for stripping off your dress clothes and putting on pajamas at 5 p.m. every single day.
- You don’t have to share anything ever! You never have to worry about who ate the last piece of pizza or chocolate chip cookie and you never have to watch anything on TV that you don’t want to see, like sports or westerns (unless you like those things).
The biggest reason I love living alone is that I’ve gotten to know myself so much better.
I know what my tastes in food, music, and home décor are because I get to make all the decisions on my own.
What are some more pros and cons of living alone? Would you consider living alone?
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