We've all heard the same old song. When someone is ready to live on their own, some naysayer goes ahead and tells them about how irresponsible they are. "Living alone is harder than you might think. Just wait until you have bills." They say it as though people don't know what bills are or how credit cards work. They say it as though the people ready to set off on their own are children ... which some of them are, but the negativity and sarcasm don't help the fact that people want to leave.
Although there are many things that are important to know before you live on your own (how to protect yourself, how to follow basic rules for the place you live, and how to pay rent on time), there are a lot of things that you can learn along the way (how to make sure you clean properly, how to cook something other than a grilled cheese sandwich, etc.). As a matter of fact, there are some people who currently live on their own who probably shouldn't. If you think you have what it takes to live on your own, answer these questions, and we'll let you know if you're ready or not.
How do you make money?
What do you do if it is too quiet where you are?
Do you think that alone time is important?
How do you make a grilled cheese sandwich?
Do you find you're often distracted where you live now?
Do you know how to balance your checkbook?
How will you pick your new place (if you feel ready)?
When laundry day rolls around, what do you usually do?
Do your friends describe you as an organized person?
How important is it to have a savings account?
What would you change about your living situation if you were to live on your own?
Do you enjoy living with people?
What bills do you think will be the hardest to pay when you're on your own?
How many animals will you get when you live by yourself?
What do you normally do when you're bored?
Have you ever accidentally left the stove or oven on?
How often do you overdraw on your bank account?
What are your hobbies?
If your toilet gets clogged, what do you do?
Would you ever watch a scary movie alone?
When it comes to cooking, what is your specialty?
When you need help with money, what do you do?
Do you require concentration when you're working on a project?
What would you put on the walls of your new place (if you're ready)?
Have you ever left a passive-aggressive note for someone you live with?
When you're all by yourself, what do you like to wear?
Can you maintain a conversation with a friend if you're really, really tired?
Who is the best companion for you?
Do you ever worry that you're going to max out your credit cards?
After you eat, what do you put your leftovers in?
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