Next week I’m moving back home with my parents. Yep. I said it. It’s happening. After having a great time renting, the budget needs recalculating and I might as well live up to the stereotype of my generation as a ‘boomerang kid.’
It’s not all bad: My room’s still there, Mum’s cooking is joy, and best of all, there are two dogs for endless entertainment. Plus, you know, saving on rent and stuff which is why this is happening in the first place.
But I am very aware that knocking on the door and handing back some independence isn’t going to be fun. It’s all about being prepared. I think.
Have an Exit Strategy
This is the most important tactic to ensure your survival. Whether it’s saving for a house deposit, an overseas trip, or just to alleviate some of the rental pressure for a few months, have a goal to get out of there by a certain time.
Otherwise, weeks drag into months, you’ve fallen back into the cushiness of your former life, and before you know it you’re 40 years old with posters of Taylor Hanson on your bedroom wall.
Prepare for questions and judgement
No matter how cool your parents are, it’s in your best interest to prepare for a barrage of questions before leaving/upon arrival at home.
“Where are you going?” “Who’s going?” “How are you getting there?” “When will you be home?” “Do you have a jumper?”
Answer these as best you can without losing your shit about how you got around South America for three months so you’re pretty sure you can get to Surry Hills without a jumper and remember that they’re harmless.
Same goes for the judgement. “You went to bed after 12 last night…” “Is that your second glass of wine?” “All your friends are getting married.”
Do whatever you need to do to calm down and keep it together. It’ll be better for everyone.
Once you’re living with your parents again, especially if it’s in the house you grew up in, it can be pretty easy to start acting like a teenager.
Slamming doors, drinking milk from the carton, and generally being snappy only works before you hit 20. Now is not the time to forget everything you know about washing, cleaning and cooking. Take some responsibility, set some boundaries and expectations and think of home as a more comfortable version of a share house. With roommates who watch The Bill not the Bachelor.
Have Some Patience
How a mobile phone can be on the loudest, shrillest ringtone setting and still go unheard has to be number one on the frustration list. Actually, blaring repeats of British murder mysteries on TV is a close second, while still not knowing how to text rounds out the top three.
While it can be easy to let these things get on your nerves, try and show some tolerance here. Don’t lose sight of the long-term money saving goal. Think of the apartment! Trip to Spain! Cash in the bank!
Don’t forget to get out of the house, meet some friends, do some exercise and maintain independence. Just because you’re saving doesn’t mean you can’t have a life.
If things are getting a little too fingernail-down-chalkboard annoying and you’re at the end of your tether, it might be time to shift that moving out deadline forward.