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7 Reasons Living Alone Is Better Than Having A Roommate
You walk into your apartment after a long day hoping to be able to strip down to your undergarments and pass out on the couch for the next few hours before getting up and soaking your day away in a nice hot bath. You’ve been dreaming about this all day and the time has finally come to make good on this fantasy…only there is one problem. You forgot about your roommate.
Moving out of your parents house can be an exciting experience. The whole point of wanting to move out and live on your own is to finally be able to live life the way you choose with your own set rules and boundaries. Not having to answer to anyone other than yourself is the number 1 reason why most teenagers are so anxious to turn 18 and “move out”.
The problem with this is that the average 18-21 year old cannot afford to live on their own without assistance or a roommate. If you are a college student than you know all too well the hassles of trying to work a part time job while attending classes full time. Not only is it stressful but your inability to work full time hours prevents you from making full time wages and unless you have a very well paying part time job there is no way you can afford to live on your own. This is why I always encourage people to stay at home until they are financially ready and able to live on their own without the assistance of a roommate because the benefits of being able to live completely on your own trump living on your own but still having to share you living space with someone else.
If you are trying to weigh out your pros and cons on whether or not it is worth moving out just to get a roommate, check out these 7 reasons why the reward for waiting until you can afford to live completely by yourself are well worth the wait:
1. Walking Around In Your Undergarments
You have no idea how good it feels to be able to walk through your living room in nothing but your bra/panties or boxers and not having to sprint across the room in hopes that your roommate who has been planted on the couch for hours doesn’t see you. Sometimes you just don’t feel like putting on clothes and it’s nice to be able to do so.
2. Your Food Stays Your Food
Remember that carton of Dole’s Pineapple Orange juice that you have been craving looking forward to having a big glass of when you get home? Yes, well it’s gone thanks to your roommate who got thirsty and was too lazy to go to the store to get a drink of their own. Don’t get upset though, you forgot to write your name on the carton sot technically that makes it fair game.
3. Your Mess…Is Your Mess
Nothing is more irritating then coming home to a counter full of dirty dishes, or a pile of dirty clothes in the middle of the washroom that wasn’t there when you left the house. When you live alone you don’t have these problems because if it was there when you left, then you know that it is going to be there when you get back. It’s your mess and if you don’t feel like cleaning it…you don’t have to and you have no one to blame for that mess but yourself.
4. Hour Long Shower? Oh Yes Please!
Sometimes you just want to get in the shower, stand under the hot water and contemplate on life or the last episode of Basketball Wives but that is impossible to do when you have to consider your roommate who just got in from an intense evening at the gym. Having to “save” some hot water for the next person can be a complete drag at times.
5. Complete Seclusion
We all have those days when we just don’t want to be bothered by anyone. We just want to curl up in our bed or on the chaise by the balcony and pretend that we are a million miles away from our everyday problems, however, this may be hard to do when living with someone. At some point, you will be brought back to reality by being asked if you’ve seen the bottle of hair conditioner. You’ll never be able to drift back into that place you were prior to the interruption…so don’t even try it.
6. Bad Interior Design? Blame Yourself
I’m not sure if this is actually a negative because if you are one of those individuals who lacks the ability to decorate your apartment pleasantly anyone who visits your home will automatically know that you were the person who decided that the horrible bear shagged rug in the living room went well with the zebra print armchair in the corner.
7. Naked Yoga
Although I don’t know anyone outside of the Kardashians who actually does naked yoga, if you wanted to have a session of naked yoga in your living room, you would not have to worry about being interrupted mid-session by your roommate. After all, a person has a right to be naked and do yoga in their own home…right?