It has been nearly a whole 15 months since I made the big decision to fly the nest. To move out and get 'my own place'. Last February was probably the most exciting month for me, ever. I expected to be extremely daunted by the whole prospect, but actually, I was just excited and so looking forward to the next chapter of my life! It had got to the point where I wanted to experience more independence. All my friends were living out of home at university, (and as much as I love you Mum & Dad), I just wanted my own little space.
Queue endless hours of looking for flats & flatmates on Rightmove and SpareRoom.
I discuss in my letter to my 16 year old self (here), that moving out was probably the best thing I ever did at this point. And it definitely was. I feel like I've grown up so much since leaving home, it's enabled me to go out and meet so many new people, experience a lot of new places and things and I just can't comprehend how much I've learned.
So, here's 10 of the less serious things I've learned since moving out!
- Do not, I repeat, do not leave a bottle of softener on top of the washing machine while it is on a spin. It's just gonna fly off the top and go everywhere. The bright side is that the whole flat will smell just divine for days afterwards... the downside being it gets super sticky, is impossible to clean up, and well.. you're gonna need a new bottle of softener.
- While we're on the topic of washing, it's still okay to ring your mum to double check what colours to put your washing in with. (Don't judge me!) It's better to be safe than sorry, right? I like my clothes just the way they are!
- The price of cereal. In fact, just the price of everything. I don't know why but I never expected cereal to be so expensive! I love cereal. I don't think there's much I enjoy more than a hugeeeee bowl of cereal, either in the morning or just before bed. So when I saw how much some of the more popular ones are, it was rather quite a shock. Like, what do they even put in there?
- Okay, so I feel like you're gonna laugh at me for this one, but the heating is really hard to figure out. We're quite lucky in our flat because we're completely surrounded by other flats, and we're quite high up. So in the 15 months we've been here we've never once needed to whack the heating on. Good job really 'cause neither of us can figure out how to put it on! I think it's something to do with that strange looking dial on the wall...
- Hair gets everywhere. I'm guessing this applies more to girls, but oh my goodness. I never quite realised just how much my hair falls out until we moved into a place with wooden floors throughout! Like, seriously, how do I actually still have hair on my head?!
- So this one I technically learned from someone else and not by myself, but, put your bread in the fridge. When I first got told this I thought this person had gone completely bonkers, but trust me and try it! Especially if you shop just for one. Having your bread in the fridge stops it from going mouldy for so long, but keeps it that little bit more fresh as opposed to keeping it in the freezer! Winner.
- You CAN manage with Freeview. This one I was a bit sceptical of at first. At home we've always had Virgin Media TV and a choice of the hundreds of channels that they have to offer, or On Demand TV if all else fails. But actually, I've not missed it in the slightest! Especially with loads of stuff being available online now-a-days, I can definitely make do without!
- The shower needs more cleaning than you do. It's such an effort... especially if you only just reach 5ft like me. Those 7 years of gymnastics, particularly the balance beam have finally come in handy when having to stand on the bath to clean the top of the shower!
- Again, I feel like this may be more a girl thing, but the chances are, particularly if you're moving into a flat, there's not going to be as much space for your clothes. This has been such a dilemma. Which clothes do I take with me? Which do I leave at home? Do I rotate when it gets to summer? But c'mon, this is England, am I really gonna need to do that? What's going to happen when I buy more clothes? DECISIONS.
- IKEA will become your new favourite place. I don't think I need to explain this one.