Six signs that you’re defs ready to move out of home

September 20, 2016
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Does this sound familiar? After a night out of partying, you turn the lock with extreme care and manage to tiptoe through the back door without making a single noise (or so you think).

However, the reality of this scenario is that you are extremely drunk and being ‘quiet’ actually involves you slamming the screen door, jingling an insane amount of keys and heading straight for the pantry.

By the time you reach the pantry, one of your parents is already awake and telling you to be quiet. If you (like me) have found yourself in this situation too many times to count, this might be just one of the signs that you’re defs ready to move out.

Your parents say that you party too much

Being a uni student means a unbalanced ratio of socialising and studying right? This also usually entails a repetitive weekly pattern of work, study and going to the bottle-o as the evening draws closer on a Friday. The moment you step back into the house with a bag full of liquor, your mum will undoubtedly proceed to tell you that you party way too much and the above situation will play out numerous hours later.

You crash at other people’s houses more than your own

When you are more than happy to crash on someone’s couch, it’s a pretty big sign. I always go prepared (AKA spare clothes in my boot) to a night out, a girls’ night in or a dinner with the sister. If the opportunity of staying the night arises, it most probably will be accepted. It saves the issue of driving home and most importantly you can have the sneaky bevvie (or five). When you find yourself spending more and more nights away from home, this is the ultimate sign to move out.

Too many arguments with the ‘rents

There is not a day that goes by where you haven’t argued about anything from being lazy to the American political campaign. Every disagreement is never resolved, you simply agree to disagree and storm off to your room (where you sadly still have a single bed).

You tire of constantly hearing, ‘this is our house, therefore our rules’

‘So wait, why can’t I have pres at our house?’ Almost every time I ask this question, mum and dad respond with, ‘This is our house, therefore our rules.’ So for as long as I am ‘living under their roof’ I guess I won’t be hosting pres…

Your ‘rents constantly question what you are doing and where you are going

Sometimes there is a need to jump in the car, race down to the shops and pick up some chocolate healthy snacks for study. But this immediately becomes more complicated than it needs to be when your parents start firing questions at you.

‘Where are you going?’ ‘Who with?’ ‘What are you doing?’ Sometimes I just feel like answering with, ‘I am going to the airport to jump on a plane to Greece.’ That might subside the questioning (at least temporarily).

You begin to cook your own meals #masterchef

When Mum does the weekly shop, she asks if there is anything in particular that I would like. Usually my response includes staple veggies, tuna, dark chocolate and more tuna. When you find yourself preparing your own meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, then you are more than ready to make the move.

It’s usually pretty easy to know when your time at the parentals is about to expire (probs sooner rather than later for most of us). If only money grew on trees and finding amazing housemates was as easy as ABC. For now though, I will dream about the double bed independence that, one day, I will have!

Ailish Parr

Ailish is never happy just sitting still and has a secret love for #qanda. She is studying a double degree at the University of Queensland but always makes time for coffee and socialising.

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