Being only 20 years old, I am relatively new to adulting. As well as being new to it, I am also not great at it. I do believe that, in some ways, I started adulating before my 18th birthday, though. It’s not like you suddenly wake up and you’re 18 and the universe is like ADULT!! COOK, CLEAN, PAY TAXES, FILE FOR A MORTGAGE! Or, at least, it wasn’t for me anyway.
Adulting is a bit weird though, and it proper throws you for a bit. When I first moved out I felt so incredibly weird. I didn’t think it would be a big deal because I cooked and stuff for myself anyway, but it really threw me off. So here’s so tips on how to *try* to keep up with adulting that I’ve acquired- I hope you find them helpful and, if not, humorous at least!
Always have an emergency bottle of dry shampoo
I cannot tell you how many times this has saved me! No one likes the feel of greasy hair; it makes me feel all around a bit crap and makes my self-confidence plummet. So, a SOS bottle of dry shampoo can easily save the day when you don’t have time to/ can’t be bothered to/ would rather watch Love Island than wash your hair. (Sleeping with your hair up in-between washes also helps a lot, yay!).
Certain branded/unbranded things are EXACTLY the same
In fact, my dad’s friend is the boss at a flour factory which literally produces an own-brand flour and a really expensive branded flour; they are literally the same recipe and everything. Some things are worth paying for, but others just aren’t!
Keep baby wipes in your car
What for? You may ask. Ev-er-y-thing.
Honestly, just trust me on this one; so handy.
Always get someone professional to look over any contract
It sounds silly and unnecessary, but contracts can sometimes land you in a little bit of trouble. I talk about this more in a recent post, but basically you can get free services from citizens advice or even some soliciting firms where they will be able to glance over a contract for you, and it is worth it.
Owning a house isn’t the be-all and end-all of life
Yes, sure, it’s great to get on the property ladder. However, sometimes you simply cannot afford to, or maybe would rather spend your money on other things, and that’s okay. Way too much emphasis is placed on house owning for a generation that mostly struggles on wages that aren’t great, try not to worry too much about it.
Have a first aid kit
I’m sure we’ve all taken the mess of our mum for this at *some* point in our lives, but honestly, just helpful. Nothing better than having supplies right there and then rather than having to venture out for them!
Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen
Everyone’s life stages are different. So don’t try and rush anything or compare yourself to others, just enjoy the stage you’re at right now.
There comes a point where every baby you see makes you broody
You won’t know why or how, it just happens. Probably hormones.
Exercise actually does make you feel better
Although you will probably hate to admit it because you so want your year 8 PE teacher to be wrong, it really does make you feel better! Even just stretching out your muscles in a morning can make a huge difference.
Sometimes you fall asleep in your makeup, and that’s okay
Don’t let anyone guilt trip you, it happens to the best of us! Even those beauty bloggers you look up to for having ‘perfect’ skin? I can guarantee you that they’ve fallen asleep with a full face at least once.
White bed sheets are a bad idea
Yes, they look great. Yes, they mean that you can instagram your smashed avocado on toast. But, they stain really easily and are an all-round nightmare practicality wise!
You’ll never be too old for mum’s (or nan’s, or dad’s, or whoever else’s) Sunday dinner
In fact, my nan is currently making me one right now and I cannot wait!
Zoflora is your best friend
Seriously, that stuff is AMAZING
What Twitter Says…
Always keep receipts, total game changer when you check your bank balance and wonder where some money’s gone😅
— 𝖈𝖍𝖑𝖔𝖊🐍 (@chloemtommo) 22 July 2018
Set up WiFi at least two weeks before you move house 😂😂
— Kirby Small💫 (@kirbysmall) 22 July 2018
Don’t forget to have fun! Picnics and blanket forts aren’t just for kids, nor are video games
— alicia (@AESTHETICALIS) 23 July 2018
Care less what people think. Put your own happiness first. Don’t feel pressured by what everyone else around you is doing – go at your own pace. Do what feels right. Try things and don’t be scared of failing. Keep your circle small. Spend time with your nearest and dearest.
— CharleneMcElhinney🍑 (@blogabtnothing1) 22 July 2018
Make time for books. Sometimes it’s important to disappear into another world just for a little while.
— Rachel Bradford (@RachelAnne_Bee) 22 July 2018
Nobody actually knows what they’re doing, they’re just well versed in making it look good 😉
— 𝔗𝔬𝔯𝔢 🌿 (@atinymew) 22 July 2018
Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about life things such as changing a lightbulb or how to pay your bills! They don’t teach us that kind of stuff at school! It’s okay to be clueless! 😎😎
— Sunshine Sarahxo🌼 (@sunshinesarahxo) 22 July 2018
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be an ‘adult’ in all ways, you’re still young and you don’t have to have it all figured out! 😁
— Abbey Louisa Rose (@abbeylouisarose) 22 July 2018
Don’t do it!! Don’t grow up!! Adulting is a con!! 😂
— Julie-Anne Campbell (@JoolsCa) 22 July 2018
Having a meal plan is so helpful, prevents food waste and helps you save money on your food shop! Also saves time on having to decide on what to have for tea! 😊
— 🌿Cãmmy🌿 (@CammyNicolex) 22 July 2018
Plan out your outfit for the next day the night before so you don’t spend all morning choosing an outfit, always turn the water faucet off when you’re not using it to save water, but cute workout clothes to motivate you to hit the gym often, check store sales online before going
— blog about a latte ☕️ (@blogaboutalatte) 22 July 2018
What are your top adulting tips? I’d love to know in the comments!