I loved this morning’s episode of Where We Live, which was all about living alone. Here’s a little background:
In the 1950s, less than a quarter of American adults were single. Today – that number is up to about half.
But when we say “single” – we mean not part of a couple. A different – and slightly antique-sounding term – “singleton” means people who live by themselves. That number is up to some 31 million Americans.
I weighed in on this trend a few weeks back in my Singleton post. But in that quick post I didn’t say anything about why I think living alone, at least for a little while, is important.
Many people (women especially) go from their parents house to a place they share with their significant other. They never know true independence. It’s important to know that you can take care of yourself when you have to. And it’s even more important to know that being alone isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.
Here are a few tips to help you adapt to and appreciate living alone:
- One of the best things about living alone is eating whatever the hell you want, whenever you want. If you want cereal for dinner, then eat cereal…because you’ve got no one to answer to.
- I hate having to live with other people’s mess, but I love not having to clean up after myself until I’m good and ready.
- Your bathrooms stay so much cleaner.
- Speaking of bathrooms, if it’s yellow, you can let it mellow without worrying about what the next person will think. Way to be green!
- Even if you don’t like doing it, walk around in your underwear…just because you can.
- Paint your space the colors you love, because when you live with someone they may not love your choice of eggplant and neon pink.
- Sprawl out in the bed. It’s all yours.