Friday, 14 July 2017

9 Things I've Learned Since Moving Into A House Share


Back in January I moved out of my mums, finally! Unfortunately though as I'm that dreaded millennial young adult who is single, I couldn't afford a place on my own; be that rent or buy. So I decided to move in with three other girls.


Now the last time I lived with other girls the same age was when I was at university and that was 8 years ago now! So I knew there would be some things I would learn/have to adapt to and I thought why not share nine of those things with you all.

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ONE MESSY PERSON.
With your mum not there to pick up every glass you've left in the living room, you soon realise you have your own level of tidiness; and well sometimes not everyone reaches your level. There will be battles discussions over who's washing up is who's as well as the feeling like your the only one that ever empties the bin. However you learn to accept it and will end up washing up someones bowl that wasn't yours and bleaching the toilet will forever be your job.

EAR PLUGS WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND.
Four single girls living together with thin walls, you get where I'm going with this! However they also come in handy when one of your housemates decide to go a Wednesday night bender after work and stumble in at 1am. Whilst they think they are being quiet as a mouse, instead they are falling up the stairs whilst loudly letting their bestie know they've made it home safe and not brought home the guy at work they fancy. So ear plugs help to muffle all that out and ensure that you wake up feeling chipper at 6.30am.

YOUR TV HABITS ARE JUDGED.
If you're lucky like I am to have a living room in your house share with a TV; then you will know what I mean here. I love a trashy reality show, Kardashians, Love Island and so on. However you may find that some of your housemates would much prefer a BBC drama. With that you end up sacrificing your show to keep the peace, whilst knowing that you need to avoid Twitter until you've caught up on Catch Up.

YOUR FOOD WILL GET EATEN BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOU.
Unfortunately your food is not just your food; someone will spy that expensive peanut butter you bought as a treat for yourself and decide when you're not there to take a little dip into peanut butter town. However no one tends to own up to this and you totally believe their is a food eating ghost in your house. Or alternatively; you will get a drunken Whatsapp at 2am saying they've eaten your last bit of bread cause they need something to soak the alcohol up.

YOU WILL START DRINKING MORE WINE DURING THE WEEK.
Our fridge currently holds 4 bottles of wine and one bottle of prosecco! The reason being because its highly like one of your housemates will have a shit day at work, boy trouble or a reason to celebrate. So you can never leave them drinking on their own. Also nothing screams more adult then making dinner from scratch whilst sipping a glass of Pinot Grigo.

YOU'LL TREASURE THE MOMENTS WHEN IT'S JUST YOU AT HOME.
Want to wander round naked; you can! Sing along to Harry Styles at the top of your voice, you can! Those evenings or weekends when all your housemates are out the house you will relish in just being by yourself. Sometimes it can get a bit too much being surrounded by three other people constantly so those moments when you can just sit in silence on your own will become golden.

ON THE FLIP SIDE, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMEONE TO CHAT TO.
If you've had a crappy day, you know your fellow housemates will be there to lend an ear and let you vent all your problems. They'll give you advice, pour you wine and even sometimes make you dinner. Of course in return you will have listen and give advice to them to but hey that's all part of being a mismatched family.

THERE WILL BE ONE HOUSEMATE WHO CAN'T COOK.
So you will start to feel a tad sorry for them and end up cooking for them a few nights a month because you can't bare to see them eat another bowl of pasta & pesto. NOTE - I have nothing against pasta and pesto; but you can't eat it 5 nights in a row. You'll try to show them easy, quick things to cook that don't break the bank either; however when they do try they end up setting the fire alarm off!

YOU WILL END UP WITH 3 NEW FRIENDS WHO YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT.
Basically you couldn't see your life without your housemates now and have formed a solid bond over shit TV, wine and Tinder swiping together. You'll see them go through hair changes, diets, heartbreaks and promotions. You'll be the cheerleader when they need it, their mum when they feel ill as well as a shoulder to cry on when a nasty boy decides to break up with them. You know what though? You wouldn't want it any other way.

Have you experienced any of this whilst living in a house share?
Let me know in the comments.

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