A Guide To Living Alone

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Whether it's by choice or by force of your circumstances, living alone might not be for everyone. It can be a lonely lifestyle sometimes but we're here to sing the praises of the lone wolf living situation. Living alone has a lot more advantages than you might have thought.

1. You don't have to be lonely
What could be better than coming home everyday to a furry roommate that's always ecstatic to see you no matter how long you've left them alone? That's right, nothing. Bringing an animal home ensures that you always have a buddy to snuggle with and to go on walks with. Plus, they won't judge you when you spend all Saturday in your pajamas watching Netflix. A dog also makes a great built-in security system.

2. Your sleep schedule can be your own
Living with roommates or a significant other usually means that when they're awake, you're awake. Whether they're coming home at 2 AM from the bar and tumbling through the apartment or they're early birds and up at 6 for their morning jog, you're probably awake with them too. Living by yourself lets you dictate when you go to sleep and when you wake up and you don't ever have to feel bad about waking someone else up accidentally.

3. Your apartment can be your own
You have taste. It might not match up with your roommates' tastes unfortunately. That means you end up with a hodge podge of an apartment with your two aesthetics clashing together in a big mess of patterns and colors. Being the only person with a say in what goes into your apartment means you get to stick to one theme, YOURS. Whatever you like, you can include. It doesn't have to match or mesh but it doesn't matter because the only one who can complain is you. If you're on the hunt for some cool apartment stuff, check out Buzzfeed's listicle.

4. You get to be your own boss
You want to take a shower that lasts 40 minutes and use all the hot water? That's fine. You're not in the mood to wash the pile of dirty dishes in your sink today? Cool. You have no clean laundry and have been wearing the same shirt for 3 days? Gross but okay. There's no one around to judge you or tell you what you need to do. You make your own decisions and run your own household of one.

Living alone might seem daunting but there are more perks to it than you realize. To those who have lived alone, what's your favorite part of going solo?
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