Moving Out for the First Time List – Tips for Leaving Your Parents’ Home

Posted in Moving Tips & Tricks,Planning the Move on August 12, 2021

By Eleanor Stewart

If you feel the moment to leave your first home has come, you’ll need to know some things before becoming fully independent. A moving out for the first time list could come in handy. It could stay by your side and remind you of everything there is to know about moving across the country and becoming your own person.

Moving Out for the First Time List – What to Consider Before Doing It

Maybe you’ve wanted a place of your own, like a nice apartment with a view in the big city, swept away by TV shows and movies. However, most television shows romanticize the idea of being independent when a big part of it is cleaning, cooking, and paying bills. Of course, there are numerous benefits of relocating, especially for the first occasion.

You get to experience moving cross country and planning your relocation budget. If you’re relocating for love, then you will finally start a life together with your significant other, just as your parents did. You will also finally understand what you need to rent an apartment and how much goes into renting and finding a new place to live.

If You’re Moving for College, Do You Plan to Come Back Home?

In case of relocating during the pandemic, going somewhere far or new could seem scarier than usual. If you have to pack for college, consider if you’d feel safer in dorms or a rental apartment. During difficult times, our long-distance moving tip is always to have a backup plan. So, if you intend to come back to your family after graduation, then all you have to worry about is how to keep in touch with friends and family. If your intention, after all, is to move out for good, think about what could come afterward, even if it seems too far.

a girl in a yellow shirt planning her cross-country moving trip
Consider all the factors that come into leaving home for the first time

Are You Prepared to Be Independent in Your Apartment?

Living alone might seem like a walk in the park, but did you know that you need a new apartment checklist? That would be a list of all the essentials you have to bring or buy to function. The first step of learning how to live alone is preparing yourself for all the chores and cooking that you will need to do. Sure, you can keep ordering takeout, but for how long? You’ll dream of a home-cooked meal within the first two weeks of being alone.

We suggest you create a relocation binder to help you with the checklist. Categorize the necessities by room and purpose, and think only about the most important items first; there will be enough opportunities for decorating and personalizing with everything you want afterward.

Know Your Way Around the Kitchen

As we mentioned already, there aren’t many chances that you will be ordering food for the rest of your independent life, so you’ll need to learn how to cook some basics – eggs, meat, and vegetables, at least. If you already know the basics and are looking forward to being your own chef – that’s brilliant.

Cooking isn’t the only thing you should know how to do in the kitchen. There’s also washing dishes and cleaning the appliances. You can learn many hacks online on keeping the kitchen clean, or you can just call mom and ask her. Our pro tip – wash the dishes right after eating. That’ll give you more free hours later and less worry about every chore.

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Prepare to Take Care of Bills and Buy Groceries After Relocation Day

Relocating to another state alone also means being responsible for paying bills and utilities. These usually come once a month, just like rent, so count in the fact that a portion of your income will go to things that are essentially keeping you alive and well. There will be chances to treat yourself with whatever you want.

There’s the matter of groceries, too. When you realize what it takes to make a meal, you will also understand how much all of it costs. The good part is that you’d very likely be shopping and cooking for fewer people – yourself and potentially a roommate or significant other, so you won’t be needing a lot of groceries whenever you travel to the supermarket.

You’ll Always Have a Checklist of Chores

Creating a household inventory list before relocating will help you when you finally move into your first place alone. We mentioned making a binder with an inventory of things to get, but it might be helpful to keep an inventory checklist of everything you have. That way, when you start cleaning, you can plan to do it room by room or task by task instead of jumping in and cleaning just here and there.

You’ll likely have to create a schedule for doing all the household chores, and sticking to it is the best way to keep everything clean and organized. If you miss it once, you will miss it again and then end up with a dirty place and no will to clean it up. The sooner you get everything done, the better. Watch the video below to help you organize your cleaning schedule.

The Benefits of Leaving Your Parents’ Home

We didn’t mean to scare you with the bills and the chores, but hopefully, they’re something you already knew was coming. Besides keeping your place liveable and germ-free, you can enjoy the fact that you’re in control of how the space looks, which we consider one of the best reasons to move. Your house is your sanctuary, and you should treat the new apartment as such.

There’s Space Just for You

Even with renting a place that already has furniture inside, you can make it personal and feel like you live somewhere unique. The secret is in the decorations and details. Fortunately, you can draw inspiration from many ideas, such as small apartment ideas if your area is small and creative storage ideas if you wish to maximize your space and make it enjoyable.

You can decide what to keep when relocating if you’d prefer to have something from the old house when you plan to move to another city. That’s also a nice way to save money on decorations and furniture. However, if you have the budget, you can go crazy and give yourself a whole other lifestyle now that you’re an independent and responsible adult.

Learning About the Essentials of Adult Life

The most important and occasionally the most difficult parts of adulthood aren’t things your parents can tell you about or teach you. Most often, it’s the stuff you have to experience to know what they’re like. Perhaps you got a job before relocating and expected to juggle work and life expertly; no one other than yourself can show you how difficult that can sometimes be.

Struggling with schedules and responsibilities sometimes becomes too much, but it’s a part of life we all have to go through. It doesn’t mean you won’t make the balance happen once you get used to the lifestyle. The best ways to learn about the realities of life, and your strengths and weaknesses, are those that you have to power through. There are great times on the other side of that.

a girl cooking in the kitchen alone after moving across the country
Being independent has its perks, but there are things you have to learn along the way

What You Need to Pack – A Checklist for Your First Relocation

The first-time moving-out list is a great packing tip and a helpful tool when you want to move efficiently and perhaps organize your move perfectly. Since you won’t be packing the entire home, you can bring along the things that define you somehow – all the decorations, tools for your hobbies, and alike.

Additionally, it’s important to learn how to pack clothes as well as how to pack shoes for a long-distance trip; it also matters how you get rid of items you don’t want. We’re sure you can find a good way, such as giving them to someone in need, or recycling them so they can become something new.

Assuming you are renting and there’s already some furniture at the new residence, this is a short list of stuff you will have to pack, the relocation essentials:

  • Bedding – mattress, pillow, pillowcases, sheets, blankets, and other covers. You will likely have a mattress, but it’s better if you brought your own,
  • Coat and clothes hangers – there may be closets and dressers there, but there can never be enough hangers,
  • Bathroom essentials – you will require a fresh shower curtain, towels for all purposes, toilet paper, brushes, soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent, among other living essentials,
  • Living room items – a coffee table isn’t essential, but always is a great asset to any living space, so we recommend bringing one along, right next to a small rug and curtains for the windows (if necessary)
  • Kitchen stuff – cutlery for eating, plates for serving food, some good pots and pans, trash bags (and maybe even a trash can,) and of course, glasses and mugs to be sure you get a nice cup of coffee in the morning.

If you have a landlord, they will likely have tools necessary for fixing stuff around the house, but you can add an essential toolkit to the list, too. Make sure you also have rags for cleaning, a vacuum, a toilet brush, and sponges when you get to your living space, so you can give it a good scrub before settling in.

a person off-screen cleaning the floor after moving cross-country
Give the area a cleaning face-lift before putting all your stuff in

Ask Your Parents For Support and Help

The best solution for a stress-free relocation for everybody is to have your parents support your decision to move and be independent. If they’re on board, you can be sure the relocation will be smooth sailing. You can read together about the most common relocation hacks, for example, and then work on making them happen.

Show your parents that venturing out on your own is what you want by learning how to do household chores with them, cooking them a nice meal, and asking them about their first relocation experience. Make time for them and assure them that you can handle everything. They’ll get used to it, and so will you.

a mom and daughter spending time together before preparing for long-distance moving
The support of your parents is the most important when relocating for the first time

Get Help From Cross-Country Movers If Necessary

Even with mom and dad assisting your relocation, you can also choose to contact long-distance movers. This way, you can focus on the people in your life and getting mentally ready for what’s to come. Look up online how much movers cost and potentially how to tip movers, but don’t worry about stuff such as boxes and packing paper because when you book cross-country moving services, all that comes with the movers. They will pack your stuff and ensure nothing breaks or goes unnoticed.

Maybe you prefer to bring some extra furniture with you but don’t require it at the other house right away; if you change your mind about some items, movers can offer storage services, and some even provide them for free for a certain period. If you’re a driver and plan on using your car, long-distance movers also do car shipping. Your first relocation doesn’t have to be complicated, and you will get all the assistance you require.

one of the long-distance movers doing an inventory of boxes
Call movers to assist your first relocation if you get stuck

You Can Be Independent If You’re Ready For It

So, you have your list for moving out for the first time, and you are officially cross-country moving and leaving the old house to start something fresh and exciting. While there’s a number of things to do after relocating, the first one you should do is take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back. You did it, and you will continue to do well from now on. If you are only planning to move out for now, we hope this has helped you decide on taking that big first step.

Eleanor Stewart