Jan
23

The Thrills and Horrors of Living Alone: Part Two the Pros

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College Student Living AloneSince we took a look at the not so great side of living alone, we also need to examine the benefits.

I’ve been living alone for almost one year now, so there must be something good about (or maybe I’m just crazy). Sure, there are days when I miss coming to home to a living room full of laughing friends, but it’s also nice to know that I won’t ever have to argue over chores with my friends again.

There are good and bad things about living alone. Here are my top five pros; the top five reasons to move out and leave those pesky roommates behind.

Pro # 1 – Nobody needs to know about that.

I cannot overestimate the importance of privacy. I do not want everyone and their mother to know everything about my personal life, but some people just don’t understand that.  Everything I did and said around my roommates was practically recorded and judged by a group of people who couldn’t remember to put the milk back in the fridge. Seriously, who needs that?

Pro # 2 – My stuff is my stuff.

I used to love coming home from a long stressful day of classes to find my roommate sprawled out on my couch and watching the Kardashians on my TV. All I wanted to do was lie on my couch and play video games on my TV, but no I couldn’t ever do that. Sometimes she wouldn’t move from my couch for hours, but she insisted on keeping her lumpy armchair as our only other piece of living room furniture.  Of course, it works both ways. Living alone there is no one around to borrow clothing from, which is unfortunate.

Pro # 3 – Can’t you see I’m on a diet here?

While it’s great to live with someone you can cook for, it’s another thing entirely to live with someone who can and will eat whatever he wants whenever he wants. My roommate Pat (no, that’s not his real name) had an incredible metabolism. I swear he ate enough food for an army every night, and he always kept a huge bag of tempting chips or cookies on hand. Yet he never gained an ounce. It was just a little difficult for me to stay motivated on my diet with Pat hanging around.

Pro # 4 – Only your own mess to clean up

Dealing with someone else’s hair in the shower and sink isn’t so bad every once and a while, but if you’re the only one who ever cleans up after your roommates it gets old quickly. It’s a lot easier to take care of just yourself. Personally, I have a cleaning service named Mom who’s willing to come down every other weekend.

Pro # 5 – Finally, some peace and quiet.

Roommates can be extremely intuitive, incredibly kind, amazing people, but they can also be obtuse, obnoxious, annoying people.  It all depends on the circumstances. So, it’s nice to live alone and know that, no matter what, you’re guaranteed to find some peace and quiet at home. There’s no drama or arguments waiting for you when you live alone.

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