Beginners Guide to Moving out for the First Time!

I’m Moving Out!

Maybe this is your first post that you’ve read on this blog. If it is, hello and welcome! If you couldn’t guess by the title, this blog is all about being an adult and my journey through this experience. So far I haven’t written anything super “adulty” since starting the blog (especially since I still live with my parents). But that’s all about to change because I’m moving out. My friend, Kaycie, and I are renting a house with her daughter and great dane puppy. I absolutely love dogs and children, so it works out.

Packing:

Packing is a struggle when you're moving house. This is just the start of packing my room.

Moving out of your parents’ house is exhilarating. There are so many emotions raging through your mind throughout the process. I’m moving out on March 25th which is in 11 days! You can imagine the craziness going through my head. Right now, I’m in the process of packing things up. Since I’m leaving my parents’ house, I don’t have too many things to pack. I’m still about a week and a half from my moving date, so I won’t pack everything. Especially not clothes, because it snowed this morning and it’s supposed to be 70 next week. 😣 However, I am going to be packing everything that I don’t need.

Where to start? I feel like this is a big question. When I was little and I had to clean my room, my mom told me to just pick one spot and start from there. I feel like that is a good piece of advice. So I started with the surfaces in my room. Then I moved to my bookshelves. That’s all I’ve done so far, but it’s really not that much more.

Helpful hint: While packing, I had a bag that I would put any stuff for goodwill. Now is the perfect time to get rid of stuff that I knew I wasn’t going to use. Starting fresh is the way to go!

Purchasing Home Goods:

 

This is the fun part! At least it was for me. Some people don’t feel the same way about this as I do. Kaycie and I each love making lists and we each made our own list of stuff that we would need before we even knew we were going to move out together. So I suppose you could say that we brainstormed separately. We put our lists together and both of us forgot some stuff the other person remembered. Needless to say, we got what we needed.

We went shopping together and decided what kind of colors we were going to use for which rooms and we paid for our stuff and divided up the cost of the mutual stuff. After we finished shopping for the day, we looked at our lists and decided which items we would purchase in our own time. It made the shopping really fun and simple. Of course shopping for home stuff with your friend is also a plus!

Budgeting:

Having a budget when you're moving house is really important. You don't want to be in the dark all of a sudden because you forgot to save for the electricity bill.

This is super important. I cannot stress this enough. If you are going to be taking care of yourself, you’re going to be paying for a lot more. When you live with your parents, there are a lot of expenses that you don’t think about. I would suggest you talk to your parents, or another knowledgeable adult, to talk about the different costs of supporting yourself.

In that picture of my “moving out” book, I made a list of any possible thing that I would need to budget for. Then I asked my dad if there was anything that I missed. At the bottom, you can see that I categorized them and made a key for the bigger categories. Side note: I’m not getting married, I don’t even have a boyfriend, but why not start saving now? Just in case.

My parents would always pay for food, so I don’t really know how much money I’m going to spend on food. I looked on Pinterest to see how people would meal plan and prepare their meals for cheap. There are also some things on that list that I can’t really save for right now because I don’t have the funds (dog & wedding). When I’ve been moved out for a bit, I’ll do a post on budgeting.

 That’s all for now!

I am, clearly, very excited about starting this next step in my life. Moving out for the first time can be daunting. I can’t wait to share all of the ups and downs of living on my own with you guys. Hopefully, there are more ups than downs, but only God knows.

My question for you is: If you have moved out already, what is your top tip for newbies like myself?

It's hard when you're moving out of your parents house. These are some of the important things that I learned and did while I was in the process of moving out.

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