Call it antisocial, introverted, or even questionably unhealthy, I am one of those people who actually enjoys spending a lot of time in their own company, in fact I often prefer it to spending time with others. So naturally, I have dreamt about having my own place for years. Countless hours have been spent on Pinterest pinning decor inspiration to my ‘crib’ board, fuelling my burning desire to leave the confides of my family home to go off in pursuit of my independent woman status and a space to call my own.
And even though I am tremendously excited to start the next chapter in my life, it is quite overwhelming and a lot more time consuming than I anticipated! As a result, procrastination has led me here: to write a quick post about what I have convinced myself the top 15 pros of living alone will be to comfort me in my decision to take the next step.
1. Freedom to be naked
Enough said. I mean, who don’t love being naked?
2. Secret Directioner? Pump that jam out
Solo dance parties and TV remote sing alongs to Teenybopper classics will never be frowned be upon again.
3. Time for self-discovery
Living alone will be a huge adjustment and definitely present it’s challenges, but working through them on my own will only make me stronger and more able to handle working through personal and emotional situations. On the flip side, I could become totally emotionally unstable.
4. Everything will be exactly how I want it
Living alone means I won’t have to consult with anyone over how to decorate. Compromise was never really my thing anyway.
5. No waiting to use anything, ever
Toilet, shower, washing machine, toaster, nothing! Busting? Waltz right on in and relieve yourself. Hell, do it with the door open.
6. No distractions
Living alone means peace and quiet to write, creep, Pinterest or Tumblr to my hearts content without any intrusions, interruptions or interferences. There’s nothing like being walked in on as your Tumblr dashboard buffers on an awkward sex gif and while you look sheepish and ashamed your friend is left wondering what blogs you’re really following.
7. No more passive aggressive notes on my food telling others to leave it the fuck alone
Fantasising about that left over pizza you’re going to eat as soon as you get home only to get home and find it’s been eaten will be a thing of past.
8. Eat as much food as I want without others passing judgement
I have been forced to my room to binge eat in closeted shame for too long. Living alone will mean I can eat however much I want, of whatever I want, whenever I want without feeling the watchful eye of my friend who I promised to diet with looking at me in disappointment and shame.
9. There will be no-one to question my mental stability
If I want to spend an entire week in bed making my way through every season of Sex and The City while drinking wine from the bottle and living off potato chips, I can. More importantly, without intervention.
10. Not having to clean up after anyone but myself
I won’t be burdened with any one else’s mess as the only mess will be the one I created. When I get home at night, my place will exactly as I left it. On the flip side, if I decide to leave clothes in total disarray across the living room floor, I can without being nagged to clean it up.
11. No obligation to make small talk if I just want to be left alone
Because some days you just cannot be fucked.
12. Total privacy for sexual exploits in any room of the house
When the moment arises, go hard, right then and there. Puns not intended.
13. No unwanted guests
Weird friends of my flatmate who loiter and chat loudly in the hallway outside her room while I’m trying to have a nap will be no more.
14. No awkward altercations
No one likes confrontation, especially when it gets inevitably heated. Although it may have started off over a teaspoon, never underestimate the power of confrontation to destroy (what was) a life long friendship. Three words: that. shit. escalates.
15. Total freedom to do absolutely whatever I want, whenever I want, however I want, with whomever I want without having to think about anyone else first.