5 Survival Tips for Living Alone

What have you learned from being proudly independent?

Photography: Paolo Feliciano and Pat Martires

Many office employees and young professionals who live in the province and work in the city choose to rent second homes near their places of employment. After all, staying in a boarding house, apartment, or condo is often more convenient than commuting to and from Metro Manila everyday.

While this set-up may be a more practical choice, we understand that being away from your family and your childhood home can be challenging. If you want to make the most of your living arrangements, here are five tried-and-tested tips for living on your own:

• Learn to be comfortable on your own

Although you may be sharing your rented house, apartment, or condo with a few roommates, there may be times that you will wake up to (or come home to) an empty home. When this happens, you should remember that it's okay to be alone. While you may be used to always being surrounded by family and friends, you can also appreciate some quiet time. Enjoy the silence by reading a good book, catching up on your favorite show, or treating yourself to a fancy dinner.

• Practice preparing your own food

Learning how to prepare your own meals is cheaper and healthier than always buying food at nearby fastfood restaurants. To help you get started, make a list of 5 things that you want to learn how to cook and search for tutorials on YouTube. 

RL Tip: Since cooking for one can be time-consuming, you may want to prepare in advance. For example, every Sunday afternoon, you can cook enough adobo, Bistek Tagalog, and other classic Pinoy viands that will not spoil easily for a whole week. Now, you have something for lunch or dinner every day! 

• Always clean as you go

Now that you are living on your own, you should also practice the habit of cleaning as you go. For example, you should make your bed every morning, wash your dishes after every meal, and always keep your personal belongings neat and organized. This will help you create a better space for you and your roommates. 

• Discover how to take care of things in the home

This is also an ideal time to figure out how to change a light bulb, fix a leaking faucet, and work on other broken things in and around your personal space. 

• Prepare for emergencies

Make sure you compile the numbers of the nearest hospitals, ambulance service, police station, fire department, and other important places. Save these numbers on your cellphone and make a list that you can leave on your front door, refrigerator door, and bedroom door.

You should also prepare your own emergency bag with the following items: wallet, flashlight, spare batteries, transistor radio, raincoat, rubber boots, clothes, crackers, canned goods, can opener, and bottled water.

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