There’s nothing more liberating than finally moving out of your parent’s house and into a place of your own. You’ll experience what it truly means to be independent, but this huge step you’re taking also comes with its adult-sized challenges. Maybe your parents have also assured that you can “call if you need anything,” but you also need to be self-sufficient when you’re living alone. Below, skills you need to learn to become the master of your personal living space.
1. Budgeting your sweldo.
Rent is a huge blow to your monthly expenses, which is why you need to create a budget every month to keep you covered on bills while also making sure you have some left for your savings. A simple way to keep track of your money is by creating a spreadsheet of your monthly expenses. You can use it as a checklist for your monthly dues and it can give you an average cost of your expenses, so you can adjust your budget to a more accurate number. You should also download online banking and biller apps to avoid missing payments and incurring late fees.
2. Being prepared for emergencies.
Not to be a downer, but you’ll never know what could happen when you live alone, so it’s best to stay prepared for any emergency. Print out emergency hotlines and stick them on your fridge, then keep your first aid kit in an easily accessible shelf. Your first aid kit should include bandages of different sizes, antiseptic solution, a thermometer, painkillers, cough and allergy meds, among other essentials. Read up on basic first aid procedures so you don’t panic should anything happen to you or any guests you might have.
3. Scheduling your week.
When you’re finally living in your own space, you’ll soon realize that you’re going to need to hone your time management skills, stat! Since you’ll be doing everything by yourself, you’ll need to stretch out your chores throughout the week to make sure your home stays neat and tidy. Make a weekly schedule using a calendar app or planner and designate a specific chore or errand on each day—laundry, grocery shopping, scheduling appointments, paying bills, etc. Follow your schedule or daily to-do list for you to organize your week, stay on top of things, and make your mom proud.
4. Learning how to DIY.
Unless it’s a major repair that calls for your landlord’s assistance, learn how to make small repairs around your solo living space. There’s a trove of DIY videos online that can help guide you as you master this particular skillset. Patching a tiny hole in the wall? Check. Tightening a loose water pipe? Check. This also applies to your clothes, too. Know what fabric is used on each of your clothes so you know what heat setting your iron should be; replace a broken or missing button on your own instead of heading to an alter shop; know how to remove stains on clothes and sheets without having to throw them away.
5. Creating meal plans.
Weekends are the best time for rest—and for prepping meals for the coming week. Consider this a level up from your college days when your diet mostly consisted of takeout food and instant noodles. Sure, rice if life, but here’s another easy carb to cook: NOODS. Vermicelli is a prime example of versatile noodles you can add into soup or stir-fried vegetables. Here’s a simple, healthy recipe for chicken vermicelli soup—it's both delicious and easy to learn.
Ingredients (serves one):
- 100 grams Sapporo Longkow Vermicelli
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 chicken breast, sliced into strips or shredded
- 1 tablespoon atsuete oil
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups water
- 2 chicken broth cubes
- Spring onions, chopped (optional)
- Fried garlic (optional)
- Bring a pot of water to boil, then add the vermicelli. Cover and cook for two to three minutes, or until al dente.
- In a separate medium-sized pot, heat about two tablespoons of cooking oil. Saute the garlic and onion.
- Add the chicken breast. Saute until cooked through.
- Pour the atsuete oil into the pot, followed by the water.
- Drop the chicken cubes along with vermicelli noodles and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Serve in a bowl with spring onions and fried garlic sprinkled on top or just dig in!
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