How to Survive Living Alone for the First Time

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Whether you’re moving into a dormitory in the university or into your first apartment, living alone is a feat worth celebrating. Figuratively speaking, you’re not alone in this category. According to a Pew Research analysis of a Census Bureau report, the share of U.S. adults living without a spouse or partner has climbed to 42% in 2017 from 39% in 2007. Many of them are young adults.

Independence, however, means you can’t rely on your dad to replace a burnt out bulb or your mom to cook for you. To survive living alone, you need to know the answers to a few home management questions before moving out.

How do I repair electrical fixtures or clogged drains?

Hair falls off when you shower and bits of food go down the drain when you wash dishes. These result in clogging of your drainage over time. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for every plumbing concern, as All Hours Plumbing and Drain Cleaning tells its clients, but knowing the basics will help you find the right solution.

Keeping that old, bent hanger, for instance, will be useful to fish out clumps of hair stuck on the drain. Mixing vinegar and baking soda to pour down clogged pipes is also another nifty trick to learn.

Additionally, that flickering light bulb won’t replace itself, nor would that cabinet door that’s hanging off its hinges. A trip to the hardware store should be on the agenda to find the best starter tool kits. Consult your landlord or a neighbor, as well, for recommendations on the best handyman services in town.

Whose numbers should I have?

Having a family member or close friend’s number on speed dial is wise, but that’s not all you need to save on your phone. Apart from emergency numbers, you may want to get your neighbor’s or landlord’s contact numbers. List down the delivery hot-lines of restaurants and food joints near you, for when you’re not feeling up to cooking.

What documents should I keep?

Money management expert Dave Ramsey recommends having a Legacy Drawer. This is where you keep all your important documents, including medical records, real estate certificates, tax returns, wills, and legal documents such as your passport and birth certificate.

Leaving the nest and living on your own is not an easy task. But, if you ask the right questions and do enough research, you might find this transition to be smooth and uncomplicated.