Monday, 18 September 2017

The crucial advice you need when moving out from home

VavaViolet’s newly engaged Managing Editor has shared her tips and advice after she recently moved in with her fiancé and strangely the cleaning fairy has disappeared and the cupboards are foodless.

Moving out can be a difficult time at any age but it doesn't make it any less exciting. Whether it's getting your first home, moving out for uni or even moving away. There are so many things to consider and remember.

Lists - My most helpful tool has been the list I wrote down before moving. Look online if you're not sure, but the internet has some great lists of things you will need when moving into a new place. There will always be something you've forgotten or put to the back of your head so write it down. 

Bills - School is amazing but will never teach you about council tax, water, electricity and internet bills and they are something you need to look at. Sophie, the Editor-in-Chief of VavaViolet, introduced me to the free app Numbers that comes on the iPhone. It is a great tool to manage and work out expenses and how much money you have coming in and out. If you keep on top of it is so easy to manage your finances!

The price of food - You never realise how much food costs until you move out. It's all well and good when you’re living at home and your mum buys it for you, but really how can shops justify charging £3 for a packet of cheese. Prepare for this and buy bits and bobs when you can.

The bare essentials - You forget that when you go to the cupboard for seasoning it isn't going to be there unless you buy it. It is just all the small things you don't normally think about, even the gods send that is ketchup. Always prepare a shopping list and check your cupboards.

Cleaning - The cleaning fairy that used to do the washing and ironing for you feels like a distant memory. Keeping on top of it is key (something which I forgot and am now paying the price). 

Money - There will always be a worry but now you have to always be financially secure. If you don't pay your bills, in reality, you're going to get kicked out. So, always make sure that you have something saved just in case something happens which means you can't pay your rent one month. Maybe the car breaks down or the electricity bill is more than you're expecting just make sure that you always plan ahead if possible.

Peace - I love quietness. I love being able to do things in peace but sometimes you do miss the craziness of living with your family. Your mum never calls up the stairs anymore to ask if you want dinner tonight. That's something you’ve got to think for yourself now or you will starve to death.

Missing home - It's okay to miss being at home. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Maybe give your family a call or a text just let them know that you're thinking of them because they're probably missing you just as much but just don’t want to bother you because you're just starting your new journey.

Be thrifty - You will want the most expensive and beautiful things for your new place but just remember to budget. It is important to know that you can get everything you need on a budget. For example, when going to uni you always take more stuff than you need. The slow cooker and wok probably aren't going to get used as much as the saucepan for baked beans when you're broke. Just make sure you've got enough of everything to cover yourself. You can get all the nice things when you can finally afford them and when you're settled in. On the plus side, your parents might be willing to get rid of things.

Written by VavaViolet's Managing Editor Jessica Murray. 


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