How to know if I am ready to live alone

Sooner or later it is an idea that goes through the head of anyone. Emancipating and leaving the family home to go live alone is an important decision that sometimes tends to be delayed due to lack of economic possibilities . Many do not dare to take the step because their incomes do not reach them or because they do not trust their current work situation. Read below some tips we give you on how to know if you are ready to live alone.

Economic independence

The first thing you will have to evaluate before packing your things and leaving your parents' house is to know if you can afford all the monthly expenses that come with living alone . Undoubtedly living in your own home you gain advantages such as having more independence and freedom to organize at your leisure, but at the same time you have to face other responsibilities and many fixed expenses.

Make a list of all the safe expenses you can have and be realistic in your valuation, do not leave any and, when in doubt, round up and not down. If you have doubts, ask your own parents or trusted friends who can give you an estimate of their monthly fixed expenses: rent or mortgage, electricity, water, community, Internet and telephone, insurers, mobile phone, transport, etcetera.

To this you have to add the expenses that, without being fixed, also accumulate throughout the year. Clothes, weekend outings, leisure, books and anything else you can think of. Try to make a monthly average of these expenses and add them to the fixed expenses.

Now comes the complicated part: compare with your current income. Are they enough to make the decision to emancipate yourself? Keep in mind that the advisable thing is always not to arrive too late at the end of the month and be able to save a little to have a small economic mattress in case of any unforeseen or emergency. If they do not arrive and you still want to leave the family nest, it's time to move on to plan B: share space and expenses with more people.

Union make force

You just can not, with friends, yes. All expenses that in solitude become an insurmountable obstacle, if you share a floor will be reduced by 50%, 66%, 75% and so on, depending on how many people you share housing. If you have several friends in the same situation as you, you can organize and share housing and financial responsibilities. If you want to go live with your partner and you both work, you will also have many more facilities to do so.


Not making the bed usually will not prevent you from living outside of your parents' house, but if you want to have an organized and clean home, the ideal is that if you are not an orderly person you start to mentalize yourself already. Leaving home does not mean just doing what you want, since you have to take care of many tasks that we do not pay attention to when you give them to us. The truth is that they are authentic devourers of time and energy: cooking, washing dishes, sweeping, doing laundry, ironing, making beds, making the purchase, vacuuming, etc., etcetera.

As in the previous point, sharing a flat also means sharing tasks, although in these cases you have to have a bit of luck. Not everyone always fulfills his quadrant of tasks to the letter, nor clean at home as effectively as it would be desirable. But that is not usually known until you live under the same roof, so you almost always have to gamble.


Also think about what are the real reasons why you want to emancipate yourself. Do you want to run away from responsibilities at home or do you not get along with your family lately? Is it a sudden decision or have you been meditating for a long time? Do you value freedom in your personal life and economic independence above all else? In any case, leaving your parents and living alone will be an enriching experience that will surely help you gain maturity and autonomy, even if it does not necessarily have to go well.