There comes a point when you may decide to live alone, whether it’s your first time leaving your parents’ home or you’re starting a new chapter in your life. You could have graduated from college and taken a job in the city, you might want to test living alone before getting married, or you and your spouse might be taking a break. Whatever your present living arrangement, there are certain advantages and disadvantages to weigh before choosing to live alone for the first time rather than choosing possible housemates.
Living alone offers sublime bliss, peace of mind, and uninterrupted privacy, but it also has drawbacks, the most notable of which is the potential delay in receiving medical assistance in an emergency.
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Pros of Living Alone
The fact that you may live your life how you choose to is only one of the numerous advantages of living alone. When you’re the only one residing in a home, you have complete control over everything from house rules and routines to decorating and cleaning. I’ll outline some advantages now.
Keeping Things Clean on Your Own Terms
Whether you’re a tidy freak, borderline hoarder, or somewhere in the centre, living alone means you set your own standards for organising and cleaning your home. You may clean according to your own timetable and standards, and if you need to leave quickly for work, you won’t feel bad about leaving the breakfast dishes unwashed.
Guests at Your Own Discretion
You have complete control over who enters your personal area since you are the sole tenant. You don’t have to check with your roommate first or deal with the possible unpleasantness of inviting a friend or lover into a house where there are shared places and possessions. Similar to this, you won’t need to be concerned about a possible roommate entertaining visitors, having parties, or, worst still, inheriting an unwelcome roommate if their partner remains more than five days each week.
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You’re Not Required to Share
The boundaries of what belongs to someone and what is off-limits might start to blur when you share a place with roommates. Your new black cardigan could wind up on your roommate’s floor, or your favourite cereal or toothpaste can start to disappear. So, not having to share your possessions with someone is one advantage of living alone. Additionally, you won’t have to wait in line to use the washing and dryer or use the restroom or common facilities (unless you live in an apartment complex with a shared laundry room).
Your Privacy Is Assured
You may actually live on your own terms as you don’t have to share a residence (with respect to your neighbors, of course). Want to groove in your living room pyjamas? Want to dance naked in your kitchen? Need some solitude and a cup of coffee after a difficult, exhausting day? When you live alone, you are free to carry out all of those crazy activities in the quiet of your own apartment without fear of criticism.
You Get What You Pay For
As the only one using and paying for utilities, you don’t have to worry about paying exorbitant utility bills from possible roommates who run the air conditioner nonstop, wash laundry every day, or forget to turn off the lights. Furthermore, if you’re away from home, you won’t be charged for any unused utilities. If saving money or resources is essential to you, living alone gives you complete control.
Creative Flexibility in Space
Living alone in an apartment gives you the flexibility to furnish, arrange, and decorate it any way you like. You may split and organise a studio apartment, for example, such that it fits your lifestyle. On the other hand, if your apartment has two bedrooms, you can designate the second bedroom as a guest bedroom, office, or hobby room. Your trinkets and family photographs are also welcome on the walls, shelves, and worktops. Just get creative however you desire.
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Cons Of Living Alone
Naturally, the list of disadvantages of living alone in an apartment will be the exact reverse of the advantages. The disadvantages, though, might not be as essential to you as a renter, depending on your lifestyle and priorities.
There are days when you are so exhausted that you can’t even prepare dinner for yourself and wish someone would do things for you. But you’re living alone.
Sometimes, loneliness overwhelms you, and you want the warmth of a physical companion, but you’re living alone.
There are days when you lie in bed and your thoughts stray aimlessly, wishing you had someone to chat to. You know too many conversations in one’s thoughts can’t be good for one’s health, but you’re living alone.
There are days when you are gravely ill but too weak to leave your bed or seek help because you’re living alone.
I had a terrible illness three months ago, and it took me practically the whole day to get to my phone so I could call for help. When I finally managed to get out of bed at 4 p.m., I dragged myself to the living room where I had left my phone the night before. It was past 5 p.m. before my colleague could get there with food and first aid. I ate my first meal of the day at that time. Three hours later, my younger brother from Umuahia, whom I had contacted after phoning my coworkers, got to Aba to take care of me. It took me a week to feel better.
Loneliness or Boredom
One of the major downsides of living alone is feeling lonely or secluded. Even while it could be wonderful to come home to a peaceful, empty house after a trip or at the end of the day, living alone all the time might be lonely. Without a roommate, there is no one nearby to share good times, celebrate special occasions with, or talk to after a long day.
Cleaning and Maintenance are Solely Your Responsibility
The downside of living alone is that you are responsible for all home tasks and duties, despite the fact that you may clean on your own terms and don’t have to share anything. You won’t share responsibilities with any roommates, such as thorough cleaning, putting out the garbage, loading the dishwasher, checking the mail, and other things.
High Cost Of Living
Additionally, you are responsible for any housing costs. Every electricity bill has your name on it, despite the fact that you may be mindful of how you use resources to save money. Additionally, even if you live in a studio apartment, your rent will often go up when your lease’s number of tenants goes down.
When living alone, you need also take into account the expense of equipping and decorating a complete flat as well as the frequent purchase of household goods. Usually, roommates will contribute to these costs.