Tips and Guides

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.

More on

5 Decorating Ideas for a Studio Unit

6 Best Things About Living Alone

7 Things You Can Only Do in Your Own Home


Latest Stories

A Feng Shui Guide for Every Room in Your House

As we approach the Year of the Dog, it’s time to clear your space and balance out your energies at home

Easy Small Space Tricks From An Interior Designer

Solve your tiny floor area woes with these ideas

Manila's Historic Houses Are Grand and Beautiful

Let's take a trip down memory lane and have a look at the stately mansions from Manila's bygone era of grandeur

10 More Places To Visit in Antipolo This Weekend

Because there's always something new to experience in art, culture, and food at this Northeastern city!

6 Colors You Never Thought You Could Use in Small Spaces

It’s time to give your go-to white and neutrals a break

See The World's Largest Picture Frame in Dubai

Designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, it's a marvel like no other

10 Things Millennials Want In Home Design

Condo units? Check. Industrial-hip style? Definitely. But the other items on their home wish list will surprise you!

Your Modern Filipino Home Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

Add pizzazz to this well-loved style with these handy ideas inspired by a Tagaytay condo unit

5 Tips To Achieve Monochromatic Decor

Your home can look like a one-hue wonder with these design ideas

How To Work With Adhesive Hooks Without Ruining Your Walls

Get started on your DIY project ASAP with these helpful tips

A Lovely Resort-Like Home in the City

This family home in the South combines a bit of the old and the new, with tropical-inspired elements and a refreshing feel of the outdoors completing the timeless aesthetic

10 Ways To Use Patterned Tiles Without It Looking Too Crazy

Yes, you can mix and match patterned tiles! Plus, we give you important tips on how to install them.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!