Monday, May 4, 2009

Time to move out of your parents' place?

'Spontaneous Shattering'
by Martha Stewart
Special To The Deadline Newsroom - Living with the parents does have a lot to offer.

It's usually free, you don't have to worry about utilities, they have a lot more stuff than you do, plus you're used to it all -- the free in-home cleaning and cooking services and all the other perks.

And, after all, it's your home.

However, at some point, everyone wants to leave the nest.

It's very exciting being on your own for the first time. It's liberating to not live under your parents' rules (or thumb) anymore. But it's also a big responsibility. You're in charge of all your own bills now, you have to keep track of when everything is due, and make sure you have enough money. You're also in charge of things you may not have ever had to think about before, like food, or light bulbs, or laundry detergent.

Baltimore apartments can help you with the transition from living under your parents' wing, to being part of the big world out there.

So what can you expect the first time you take that huge step toward independence?

You'll quickly find that the kitchen does not magically fill itself with food. People living under their parents' roof often don't realize the amount of food it takes to fill the fridge and cupboards.

It might be a good idea to keep track of what you're eating for a couple weeks before the move in order to get an idea of what it will cost you.

Laundry? What's that? You'll find out soon enough as it piles up and begins to smell. Laundry costs money to clean, and if you've never had to do your own laundry, you may find it to be time consuming and a hassle initially.

Baltimore apartments has washers and dryers available, or convenient facilities within the apartment complex to help you save some cash.

Trash has a way of piling up when you're not looking, especially if you have a roommate. Rooms get cluttered more quickly, floors get dirty, and it can become a general mess if you're not used to cleaning up after yourself.

Then there are the bills. It's not only rent you're responsible for. There's electricity, gas, trash pick-up, water, telephone, cable, and internet. Baltimore apartments can help you figure out how much you're going to spend before you make the big move, and some utilities may be covered in the rental agreement, be sure to find out ahead of time.

With all this you may be having second thoughts.

It's important to look at it realistically. Don't worry though, once you have mastered the things discussed here, you'll love living on your own. It's a great feeling to have a place of your own.

When someone asks, you no longer have to tell them you live with mom and dad. You have your own rules in your place, and don't have to follow some of the rules you would have living with your parents.

You'll finally have some privacy, you won't have to share a bathroom, or worry about your alarm being too loud.

There is definitely a very real feeling of freedom in your own place.

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