If you’re like most millennials, you probably lived at home for a little (or long) while after graduating college. Maybe you’re still living at home! If you are still living with your parents, don’t worry. Nowadays, post-grads are living with their parents more than ever. There are about a million other people who are in the same boat, including myself!
It’s been almost two years since I graduated (whoa), and I’m still at home with the ‘rents. And you know what? It’s okay. It’s tough out there! Finding a job these days is no easy feat, and having the luxury of being able to live at home while beginning my career has been invaluable (although I didn’t see it that way when I was the only one out of my friend group to move back home). The bottom line is, don’t beat yourself up about living at home and just be thankful that you’re able to! Here are some ways to help you make the most of living at home:
1. Save Money
This seems obvious, but it’s harder than you might think. Not having to spend money on rent doesn’t mean spending said money on shoes (may or may not be guilty of this). However, make sure to really save! Put half your paycheck in a savings account that you don’t look at. If you really get your savings in order while you’re living at home, you’ll be in a great place when you do move out. You’ll thank yourself later when you have a nice cushion once you’re on your own again!
2. Find Balance
When you’re living at home, sometimes it can feel like you don’t have any time for yourself. I definitely know the feeling! Between my boyfriend, family, and work it can feel like I don’t have any “me” time. So, make sure and take time to do things on your own! Take trips to see your college friends, schedule a mani/pedi for yourself (every now and then–remember we’re saving!), or simply go to a coffee shop and get some work done alone. If your parents are out of town, pretend like it’s your own place and cook your favorite dish and watch your favorite movies. Making time for yourself is key!
3. Spend Time With Your Parents
For me, this is an easy one because my parents and I are so close. We’re pretty much the three musketeers (yay for being an only child), but I wouldn’t have it any other way! If you aren’t close with your parents, take the time to really get to know them! Go to a restaurant you all used to go to when you were younger, plan a day to go wine tasting together (you couldn’t do that before college!), go on a hike, or watch old home movies with them. Trust me, they will be thrilled that you are making an effort to spend time with them! Once you’re out of college, most people have an easier time connecting with their parents (plus, you can drink with them now). They’re not going to be around forever, and you don’t want to regret not spending time with them!
4. Take Advantage of the Little Things
Even though I’m constantly yearning for my own space, there are certain perks of living at home that I will definitely miss once I’m on my own again. So, take advantage of things like your mom helping with your laundry, waking up to the smell of waffles and bacon on Sunday mornings (the best thing EVER), having your dad handy to fix your broken sink, and coming home from a long day at your 9-5 to dinner being cooked (will miss this the most). This is probably the last time you’ll be living at home, so really soak up all the little things that make home, well, home.
5. Experience Your Hometown Again
I definitely did not appreciate how amazing San Diego was before college! Being back in my hometown as a post-grad has completely changed my outlook. There are so many cool things in San Diego I hadn’t done, like checking out new breweries (there are seriously so many!) exploring new parts of town I didn’t appreciate before, like South Park and Little Italy, and trying our the amazing restaurant scene! Even if you hate your hometown, it’ll probably be your last time living there, so you’ve got nothing to lose. Get out there and try out a new ramen place (let’s face it, Underbelly is really what made me re-fall in love with SD), or take a drive to a new part of town- you never know what you might find!
Do any of you still live at home? How do you make the most of it?