Girls making a home of their own are no longer an unthinkable concept. More and more girls are opting to live alone, be it for their work, or higher studies. However it’s not easy to set up home alone, and there are bound to be challenges that will test your limits but over time you will become more self-dependent and confident than ever before. This and maybe the fact that you tend to have more freedom to live life on your own terms is why forward-thinking young women prefer to live alone at some point of their life. But that is always that fear whether you will be able to actually do everything on your own. To help make things easier for you, we put together a list of useful tips from experienced young women who know all there is about living alone.
Tip # 1
We all tend to misplace keys now and then but when it’s something as important as your house key, you cannot afford to take the responsibility lightly. Keep in mind to lock up well and store the key somewhere in your bag from where it won’t fall out. But the best plans always have a fool-proof back-up so keep the spare key with someone who you can trust so that you never have to be locked out of the house.
Tip # 2
Before you move into a new apartment, check that it is safe and secure. If you are new to the town, talk to local people to get a better idea of the locality. Also check whether the landlord is trustworthy and reliable; a casual chat with the neighbours will tell you all you need to know.
Tip # 3
It’s very easy to spend your money on shoes you don’t need or the quirky furniture that you can do without so you need to set a budget for yourself. This will help you to pay your utility bills, and rent money on time. Who knows, you may even save some money to buy small décor items that can help brighten your room.
Tip # 4
Buying groceries and other necessary stuff for the house in bulk is always a good idea because you can get it for cheaper. Apart from perishable goods, you can stock up on items like bath essentials, cleaning agents, toilet paper, napkins and the like.
Tip # 5
Never leave anything to chance so change the previous lock when you move into a new house. Head to your local hardware store and pick out a sturdy one that you know would make it difficult for troublemakers to tamper with.
Tip # 6
Social media has become an increasingly important part of our lifestyle, so much so that we cannot imagine our lives without it. But it also comes with its own set of problems. If you live alone, it is best not to advertise the fact on social media. Also, do not give status updates on where you will be at any particular hour.
Tip # 7
When picking a place, try and pick a house or apartment that is relatively close to your friend/colleague’s house. It doesn’t have to be right next door, a 5 minute walk away is also fine but you should have someone who you can call over when you need any sort of help.
Tip # 8
This is basically a no-brainer when you are living alone. You need to have a weapon handy, not only in the house but also when you go out. You should always keep a pepper spray or a taser gun (if it is legal) in your handbag. A swiss knife is also a very handy thing to keep with you at all times.
Tip # 9
Never open the door before making sure you know who’s on the other side. If you expecting a delivery, whether it is day or night, try and make any transactions through a locked grill or gate. If you live in an apartment, don’t open the door all the way, install a good door chain and use it at all times.
Tip # 10
Try and be vigilant at all times when you are living alone. Keep the numbers of your loved ones and friends on speed dial. If you love animals, you can always think about adopting a pet, you will never be lonely or scared.
By Payel Bhattacharjee
This article was first published in Eclectic Northeast (August 2015) issue