If you’re still saving for your first apartment or have a change in situation that leaves you with few independent options, moving back home may be your best bet. While you may lose a bit of independence, moving home doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you’re thoughtful about the experience, it can actually be the best thing for you! Try the tips below when you’re home to make the most of the opportunity.
Contribute to the household
Think of yourself as a guest in your parents’ home, and remember that they are doing you a favor by letting you move in to help you get back on your feet! With that said… contribute! Clean up after yourself, offer to take on a few household chores, and be courteous. (You can also contribute by helping your parents navigate their home electronics!) Many parents won’t want to apply strict rules to your stay, but you should be mature enough to not take the situation for granted. Talk with your parents about activities you can take on for the family, like cooking a couple meals each week, doing some light cleaning around the house, or taking care of grocery shopping.
Secure a job
If you’re not yet employed, put extra focus on getting a job while you’re living at home! You are in a lucky situation because you don’t have worry about your next meal or housing, so you can take your time and get a job you really want. Make updates to your resumes and schedule interviews soon after moving home. Remember, the sooner you secure a well-paying job, the sooner you can move back out into your own apartment and have your own space.
Save, save, SAVE
One of the (if not THE) best parts of living at home is the chance to save some money! Even if you’re paying “rent” to your parents, it’s likely that you’re spending much less money than you would be if you were out on your own. Limit your extra spending and SAVE money! Don’t look at your situation as the opportunity to splurge on new clothes or vacations; look at it as the chance to build a big nest of money to ensure you can move out comfortably as soon as your job situation is secure.
Whatever you do, don’t take this time for granted! Your parents probably already changed their lifestyle during your years away and may even have reorganized the house for their empty nest life. Your moving back is a big change for you, but so it is for your parents, too. Remember that your family is doing you a favor of re-adjusting their life to have you in it each day, and be respectful and gracious during your time there. Even if you’d rather be living on your own, appreciate your family’s support in filling a really crucial need at this time in your life.
If you follow this mindset, not only will you secure the funds needed to land the perfect first apartment (via savings and a great job!), but you will build stronger familial relationships along the way.
What did you learn when you moved back home? What advice would you like to share?