The prospect of living alone is certainly quite exciting. Finally, you’d get to decorate your place the way you really want to! You won’t have to conform to anybody’s rules like when you have to be home, or whom you can have over. Getting your own place means you'll have complete privacy, but most importantly, you’ll have something that you can call your own. When you move into your new place, however, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed. To put you at ease, go to the next page for FN's The Single Girl’s Guide to Living Alone.

(1. Photo by William Cho via Flickr Creative Commons 2. Photo by Dennis Wilkinson via Flickr Creative Commons 3. Photo by Steve Evans via Flickr Creative Commons 4. Photo by RachelVoorhees via Flickr Creative Commons 5. Photo by Anton Fomkin via Flickr Creative Commons, Flashbox photo by netstrolling via Flickr Creative Commons [notebook] and David via Flickr Creative Commons [lock and key])1. Master at least one dish.
You can’t rely on fast food forever. Make it a point to learn several simple recipes and at least one gourmet meal. This way, you won’t find yourself at a loss in the kitchen when a few unexpected visitors (read: your parents) drop by!

2. Befriend your neighbors.
As soon as you move in, try to get a feel for some of the characters in your building or street. Slowly build your network of support in your neighborhood. When the need arises, you'll have some people you can count on.

3. Learn to defend yourself.
We hate to say it, but a single girl on her own is more at risk than a guy in his bachelor pad. For safety’s sake, why not take a few self-defense classes? At the very least, it will give your family peace of mind.

4. Invest in an alarm or at least, sturdy double locks, and a peep hole.
When you first move in, make changing the locks your priority. You never know who might have keys to your place. Invest in a burglar alarm, double locks, and a peep hole. You don’t want to open your door for just anybody.

5. Learn how to change a light bulb.
Your responsibilities don’t just end with cleaning up after yourself. Once you’re on your own, you’ll have to upgrade your skill set. Your first agenda: learn how to change a light bulb.

(1. Photo by William Cho via Flickr Creative Commons 2. Photo by Dennis Wilkinson via Flickr Creative Commons 3. Photo by Steve Evans via Flickr Creative Commons 4. Photo by RachelVoorhees via Flickr Creative Commons 5. Photo by Anton Fomkin via Flickr Creative Commons, Flashbox photo by netstrolling via Flickr Creative Commons [notebook] and David via Flickr Creative Commons [lock and key])


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