It's been about a year and a half since my parents dropped me off in Exeter for the first time and I began living by myself. I mean, technically, I don't live by myself considering last year I lived in student halls and now I'm living in shared housing but still, I'm not living in my family home and it's made me realise a lot. So, let's talk about 5 things I've learned since moving out...

5 things i've learned since moving out justalittlebitoflauryn

1. Fruit and vegetables go out of date SO quickly 

Unless Josh is staying for a few days, I predominantly buy food just for me and so, it is impossible to use everything before it goes out of date. Week in, week out, I try to meal plan and make sure I'm using everything up but I never manage to because things go out of date SO quickly. It'll definitely be easier when I live with Josh next year to make sure we use everything up before the use by dates but for now, I'm in a constant cycle of thinking I've actually successfully meal planned for the week and by the Wednesday, realising I've messed it up... once again.

2. Even when you think you've done all of the washing, there's still more of it

The other day, I spent at least half of the time that I was awake trying to sort out multiple loads of washing, drying and then finding places to hang it in my already full room. It was a nightmare. You're never 'done' with washing and as someone who loves to be able to tick a task off of their to-do list, this really frustrates me. I just want to be able to have one day where I have no washing to look at but alas, that will not happen as I spill food down myself constantly (if there was one place I could use the rolling eyes emoji, it would be here).

3. Sometimes, it's impossible to stick to routine

Ok, I'm going to tell a little story that everyone has heard now but I'm proud of myself so I'm telling it again. The other day, I was working on an assignment and I went down to the kitchen to get a glass of water when the entire sink turned out to be blocked and the water went everywhere (love living in student housing x). So, I then proceeded to spend the best part of an hour and a half having to unblock this disgusting sink, while I was supposed to be working on my barely started assignment. I'm still bitter about this because my sensory issues were just like 'nope, this is grim' but basically, sometimes it is literally impossible to stick to a routine because all sorts can happen. 

4. Spending time alone is often the norm

Despite living in a house with other people, I am not ashamed to admit that I spend about 75% of the week alone. While I do live with my best friend and we do a lot together, a lot of my time is spent in my room - largely because of the fact that the majority of the time, I work from home and thus, I am at my desk trying to get on top of everything. But, even when I'm not working (rare), I still spend a great deal of time alone. It's a bit different from living at home where I would just talk to my parents for hours on end, regardless of whether they were listening or not...

5. Money doesn't last when you're constantly having to restock on boring things like toothpaste and toilet roll

I mean, I'm not good at saving anyway, let's be honest. However, you don't really realise before you move out just how much of your money goes on boring essentials when you're living by yourself. I will never understand how we go through so much toothpaste but it feels as though I'm buying it every single time I go into town. 

What is one thing you've learned since moving out? or if you haven't, what is one thing you expect to be different when you do?