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I knew life in general would change when I moved into my own house, but I didn’t realise how much I would change in the process. This whole moving out and standing on my own two feet has been a complete learning curve, and quite frankly I think they need to teach ‘adulthood’ in schools. Like seriously, no one prepares you for the processes, dramas, stresses and everything else that comes with moving into your own place. I’ve been in living in my house just over two months now (doesn’t it feel longer?) and during this time I feel like I’ve learnt a lot about myself, about growing up and what’s important in life.
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a busy bee and a social butterfly. When I lived with my parents I was hardly ever in, I was always out with friends, at Corey’s or at blogging events. I used to hate stopping in, whereas now I love nothing more than coming home from work, making tea and getting all cosy. Sometimes I wonder if I got old and boring, but I spent a crazy amount of money on these bricks and I just kinda wanna sit in them and enjoy them.
Cooking. Well my standards of cooking are not to everybody else’s. I honestly thought Corey would do the majority because he always cooked when I stayed over his, however, I do most of the cooking now. I know, my family were pretty shocked too. Now, I’m not saying I’m Jamie Oliver or anything, but I make a mean curry and enchiladas. I’ve also learnt that pasta bake is a saviour. I never thought a dish with such minimal effort could taste so good. Why did I not know about pasta bake when I lived with the rents or when I was a student?! While we’re on the subject of food, I now can’t stand waste. I try and use everything, even if it means eating the same thing for dinner the next day. I will not throw good food in the bin, and I hate the fact I use to do it when I lived with the rentals.
Money priorities change. Of course all my money at the moment is going on the house because I desperately want to put my mark on it. However, adult purchases seem so much bigger than normal purchases. Back in the day I would happily spend £100 online shopping, but lights, paint and pillows, well they all need more thought because I want them to be perfect. I’m also predicaments all of the time, for example, do I want that new eyeshadow palette or that lamp from Ikea? And at the moment the house wins every single time.
This is where loads adult lessons would have came in handy. I’ve learnt alot in such a short space of time and these are just some of lessons. So, never leave your heating on overnight because you will wake up, all sweaty I might add, feeling like you’re in the Sahara desert. Don’t walk around in your underwear because if you can see into your neighbour’s windows, then they can see into yours. Don’t pour boiling water into a glass container because the bottom will fall straight off and smash all over the floor, and last but not least, make sure you put a colour catcher in your white wash because your underwear will come out pastel blue – all of the above actually happened *facepalm*.
My greatest lesson has been realising how much my parents have done/do for me. Creating a beautiful home for my sister and I, as well as working full time, taking us on holiday and ensuring we had the best upbringing. Without their help, the house I’m in now wouldn’t have happened and I am forever grateful. I now understand why my mam used to shout at me for not bringing in the washing when it was raining, or why I needed to turn off lights when I’m not in that room etc. I never would have said I was a ‘family’ person, but over these last few months I’ve come to realise I need them so much and that I should really spend more time with them. Soppy, but so true.
So, it’s official. I’m an adult and shit has definitely gotten real.
Have you recently moved into your first home? How did you find the process? What has been your biggest lesson to date? Has there been anything else that’s made you feel like an adult?
Sarah Jayne x
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