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You’ve decided that this year is the year you want to take the leap and move out of your parent’s house. Perhaps it is a New Year’s goal, maybe you’re graduating, or you’ve just decided that it’s time to fully realize your own independence. Regardless, ensuring you have all your ducks in a row before you leave the nest can be a daunting task, which is why we’re here to guide you through the process.

Step 1: Set a date and create a plan
This is probably the most important step. Decide on a date you want to move out by and stick to it. Make sure this is a reasonable time goal, considering job availability in the area, your financial independence, and other factors that are time-sensitive. Be sure to inform your parents of your plan, so they aren’t surprised when the day comes.

The most important part your plan is determining what will make it feasible. Do your research! How much will it cost in rent in the neighborhood you want to live in? Will utilities be included? How much furniture do you need to get by? What will groceries cost? Is parking included? What will your commute to work or school be like? You should look into these questions (and more) and include the answers in a detailed plan to move out. The more research you do, the less you will be surprised when the expenses start coming in. Be aware, however, that it always costs more than you think it will (there’s a lot of little things that you don’t think about that add up quickly), so add an extra few hundred dollars to your budget to create a comfortable buffer.

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Step 2: Plan to acquire possessions slowly
You most definitely do not have to furnish your entire pad the second you move out. Create a list of all the items you will need to buy (including bathroom supplies, kitchen utensils, etc.) and decide which ones are most important. Since you’re still living at home, plan to acquire a few of these pieces each month until you move out. This will make the financial blow significantly less harsh when moving day comes. You can also ask friends and family if they are willing to give you old hand-me-downs or look into your local thrift store for used stuff (though be cautious about somethings) to get by until you can afford shiny new things. Hand-me-downs are a great way for twenty-somethings to furnish their first place!

Step 3: Learn a new skill
While you are still living at home ask your parents for advice on things you probably take for granted. Learn how to properly clean a bathroom; you really are going to have to do it eventually. Is there a secret family recipe you’ve always loved? What about cooking in general? Get one of your parents to teach you some culinary skills before you leave so you aren’t calling them in a panic one Tuesday night when your recipe doesn’t turn out.

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Moving out can seem scary, but we know that you can do it this year! By making a plan and implementing it, moving out will be a breeze. Living alone will take some getting used to, and there will be times when you struggle…but that’s okay! We’re all going to be in this position at some point; this is what growing up is all about.