Moving out and venturing into the world is a sometimes scary, while incredibly exciting, time of your life. Being on your own means more freedoms, but it also means a lot more responsibility to go with your newfound freedom. It can be scared, just for the fact that moving or relocating is scary in itself, but moving away from your parents and the comfort of their home for the first time can be kind of scary. Here are a few of our tips if you’re moving out for the first time.
Make a to-do list
The hard part of doing something you’ve never done before, is you have no way to anticipate what it will be like, and you can’t predict everything. This can be scary! And it can be hard to figure out where to start. This is why we recommend making a to do list. Sit down, and write out all of the things you need to do. Feel free to ask your parents and friends for advice, from their experience. Write out the things you need to do, like set up future living arrangements, and call the movers, and set deadlines for when each item needs to be done. You can also create a separate list of items you need to pack.
Find an affordable place to live
This is a pretty important aspect of moving out. Your future home could be a studio apartment, a dorm room with a bunch of strangers, and anything in between. Finding somewhere to live is one of the hardest parts of moving out, so once you find somewhere, congratulations! One of the hardest things is behind you.
Find a job in your new city
Even if you’ll be going to school, it’s a good idea to get at least a part time job to help you pay bills. You may not get hired until you’ve moved into your new home, but it’s a good idea to send out applications and send your resume to potential employers.
Ask for help
You don’t have to do this alone. Ask your parents or friends to help you. Let them help you pack, transport your items, and unpack them into your new home. Moving out for the first time is such a difficult transition for some, so just remember that you can ask for help, and it’s okay to ask for help. Many hands make light work, and it will make it a more fun experience if you have help from the people you love!