Ten things I wish I knew before moving out of home
Passing the HSC, getting your learner drivers licence, downing your first VB – they’re all rites of passage for Aussie youth. There is, however, no rite of passage more tumultuous and exhilarating than moving out of home for the first time. I’ve done it twice now and have learnt my fair share so here are ten tips to making the most out of your decision to leave the nest.
You don’t need as much stuff as you think
Put down the birthday cards from 2002 and the studded belt you bought when you were 14 and back away. Back away fast. You’ll never need this stuff again.
Make a serious attempt to get to know the person you’re moving in with
When I first moved out of home, I moved in with someone who I was OK friends with. She turned out to be the devil walking among us and I regret nothing more than not realising it earlier.
Centrelink is a thing
Not everyone is eligible, and not everyone feels OK about receiving benefits, but it exists to help you out wherever possible.
Gumtree is also a thing
While Fantastic Furniture is indeed fantastic, it’s not as fantastic as a free dining set posted by Jenny who lives down the road. It might be in a used condition with minor scratches, but it’ll sure as hell do! Not having any luck on Gumtree? K-Mart will suffice.
Maintain your independence from housemates
You’ll have nights sipping on rum and binge watching the latest season of Game Of Thrones together, but everyone needs their space, right? Your housemates will respect this because, trust me, they need their space too.
Sharing really is caring
There’s no point of everyone buying an individual bottle of milk, and there’s no point splitting the price of a single bottle of milk four ways. Sharing essentials like milk, bread, oil, butter and Nutella makes everything easier for everyone.
Partying every night ain’t on
Red cups, beer pong and hangovers goes the fantasy. The reality, however, is that partying most nights of the week will exhaust you to the point where you feel happiest snuggled up in bed with a bowl of Mi Goreng before 7.30pm.
You can always find cheap food if you look hard enough
No matter how little hope you have left, there’ll always be somewhere that will soothe financial woes with $2 tacos.
Living with good mates won’t always end in turmoil
This myth is by far the biggest load of shit. Your parents will tell you time and time again that this is the case, but I firmly believe that if your friendship is solid enough and if you genuinely care about one another, you will both get past any argument or disagreement with ease.
Freedom is yours
In my 20 years of existence, nothing has felt more liberating than living out of home. You’ll have to pay bills, you’ll have to fix things that break and ironing is now completely your responsibility. Once you realise the near limitless potential of fun that comes with this, however, you’ll understand that it’s all worth it.
Jackson is studying a Bachelor of Communication degree at the University of Newcastle and is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.