I still live at home with my parents and I feel like I should be ashamed to admit this; but I'm not. I have only JUST started to think about my future and the possibility of moving out within the next couple of years. However, I thought I would remind us 20 something year old's who still live at home; it's completely fine to do so.
Here are 5 simple things to remember....
1) IT'S FINE!
The amount of snide comments I get about being 23 and still living at home is ridiculous. I live comfortably with my parents and sibling simply because I want to. It's not about not being able to afford rent (although London seriously - sort your prices out!). I just like being around my family and having that feeling of being in a home with people I know. As much as I love independence and freedom, I still achieve this by buying my own food and going about my own business outside of work.
2) Your space is your space for a reason, so make it your own.
My room is genuinely always tidy. Of course, there are some days where I'm rushing to make the next tube to work so I'll forget to make the bed. I'm awful at regularly cleansing my makeup brushes and there's guaranteed to be some sort of wardrobe explosion on my floor if I'm undecided on what to wear one morning. However, keeping it tidy gives me a tidy mind and I enjoy coming home to a fresh and clean space to relax in.
3) No shame
I have no shame in telling friends or a guy (in my non existent love life) that I still live at home. Actually, I'm quite proud to say I do because it means I have a strong relationship with my family; enough for them to not want me to hurry up and fly the nest.
It's a nice feeling coming home to people that I can enjoy dinner or a movie with and not having to worry about my hair being thrown on top of my head and the top i'm wearing having a ketchup stain.
4) Independence is a virtue
If you have the opportunity to explore, travel and go about your daily business without a worry in the world; then you're already living a great life. I often take so many things for granted but knowing I have things like good health and a supportive network of friends and family; it keeps me going. I don't rely on my parents for money or food for example. I am completely independent in that respect. I have the opportunity right in front of me to work in the best city in the world and earn my own money and so naturally; that's the path I have chosen.
5) Remember to respect the house and everyone in it
Sometimes we all lose our way and it might be a small thing to yourself like forgetting to wash your plate up after dinner or leaving your cereal bowl in the sink to harden. However, it's these small things that are a big deal to other people you live with so it's important to remember who has given you the opportunity to live comfortably and safely under a roof.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no angel daughter who does everything by the housekeeping book, but it's important to remember to tidy up after yourself.
There we have it. 5 things to remember if you're still living at home in your 20's!
Disclaimer: In collaboration with The Personal Agent but all words and opinions are my own.