Living in our parents’ home is part of our lives. But at some point, we will decide to move out and start a new life alone. This may be because we want to move forward in our lives and find a job, or it could be because our parents moved out of the city.

Now that you’ve made the decision to move out, take this easy list with you as you begin your new life.

1) Figure Out Your Financial Situation

Come up with a budget and stick to it. Make sure you have enough money coming in and going out and don’t spend more than you make!

2) Find a Place to Stay

Search for a place to rent. If you want, browse through different kinds of property in newspapers or online in order to get an idea of what sort of place would best suit your lifestyle.

If you have savings, set aside a certain amount for the down payment for a house. You can talk to a reputable mortgage loan company in your location.

3) Find a Job

If you still haven’t found one yet, now is the best time to start. The best thing about looking for a job after you move out is that you won’t have to live with your parents anymore if they don’t like your work life.

4) Set Up a Bank Account

You’ll need your own account to keep the money you earn from work. Once you get a job and can afford to, set up a checking account with direct deposit. This will make it much easier to stay on top of your finances and bills. Also, never write checks! It is an antiquated system that is inconvenient for everyone involved.

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5) Get Furniture and Appliances

If you have the money, consider investing in some new furniture for your new place. Getting a nice TV or couches can make your living space much more enjoyable. It’s best if you get these things before you move in, but it’s not necessary. These items will make your new home feel like home!

6) Get Organized

Make a schedule for yourself. If you work full-time, try to set a regular time when you’re done with work/school and can go home and relax. If you have a part-time job, make sure you keep on top of your schoolwork. If you have a lot on your plate, maybe consider hiring some help with cleaning or cooking.

7) Get Rid of Clutter

Take the time to go through all of your belongings and throw/give away what you don’t need anymore. Don’t just shove it into the basement or closet!

8) Make a Plan

Maybe you want to try living on your own for a few months first, before committing to a year lease. Put together a list of pros and cons, figure out what will work for you financially, and make choices that align with your future goals.

9) Stop Eating Out

Yeah, we know… it’s hard to cook at home when your parents are always doing it for you! But now that you’re on your own, you’ll need to start cooking for yourself. It’s much cheaper (and healthier), too!

10) Meet Your Neighbors

You never know when you’ll need them! If there are any problems with the apartment, neighbors are the best people to go to about it. Make friends and get comfortable living in your new place.

11) Have Fun

Move out of your parents’ house to have new experiences! Go visit different places, eat at restaurants you’ve never tried before, and do things that are totally outside of your comfort zone. You’ll gain new life experiences that will be invaluable later in life.

12) Enjoy Your Freedom

You’re on your own now! It’s best to enjoy the feeling of being free and having no one to answer to except yourself. If you need a bit of extra cash, try working online as a freelancer and doing odd jobs for friends and family members. This way, you’ll still feel like you’re contributing.

13) Don’t Get Too Comfortable

You’ve worked hard to establish a new life for yourself. Don’t let it slowly slip away as you get more and more used to living on your own. Remember that this is a phase, not the rest of your life.

14) Keep in Touch With Your Friends and Family

This will be best for everyone. You’ll get to visit them often, and they’ll be able to help you out if any problems come up.

Making your transition into the real world go as smoothly as possible takes some planning, but if you follow these steps after moving out of your parents’ house, you won’t have any trouble at all.