Friday, June 27, 2014
If you’re moving or have recently come into a new living arrangement, you might be deciding whether you need, or even want, a roommate. Living alone can be great, but is it right for you?
Advantages of living alone
You don’t deal with anyone else’s mess. If you like things to be neat and tidy, you’ll never have to worry about the living habits of another person. Your home is your own, and you can keep it exactly how you like it.
You can do whatever you like, whenever you like. You don’t need to worry about a roommate having company over or disturbing other residents (unless your apartment has thin walls). Living on your own means living as you like without fear of judgment.
Everything is yours. The kitchen, the food, the TV, the entertainment – you’re in control of it all. It’s truly liberating to have and do whatever you want with your space.
Disadvantages of living alone
There’s no one to help you.Whether it’s taking out the garbage or dusting around the house, you’re on your own. There are times when you desperately need human interaction – these can be particularly hard unless you have a friend nearby.
Costs are higher. Not having a roommate with whom to split the rent, you have to pay for everything by yourself. If you’re thinking about living alone, do take new bills into consideration when planning your budget.
It can get lonely. It may seem obvious, but many people who desire the freedom attained by living alone may find themselves without any plans of going out and no one to be at home with. Humans are inherently social creatures - wanting to socialize and being unable to can be a big thing to have to accept when living alone.