25 perks and privileges of living alone

Musketeers1As someone who has not been in a shared living arrangement for a good many years, let me say, there are certain things you never stop appreciating about living alone:

  • Finding, when you return at the end of the day, that the house is exactly as you left it when you went out.
  • Finding, when you look in your purse, that there’s the exact same amount of money in it that you expected there to be.
  • Reading all the sections of the Sunday paper in the order you want to read them.
  • Chatting on the phone to your friends for hours. And hours.
  • No one ever asking ‘what’s for dinner?’
  • No one ever asking ‘where’s the [insert any domestic/personal item here]?’
  • Never having to make a hot beverage unless you’re thirsty
  • Enjoying TV’s guilty pleasures (I’m a Celebrity, Strictly, The Voice, Musketeers etc) without the backdrop of honking, snorting laughter.
  • Enjoying TV’s guiltier pleasures (anything starring Colin Farrell, Daniel Craig, Jason Statham, Tom Hardy or Idris Elba…) without having to massage a bruised ego afterwards.
  • Two whole double wardrobes to yourself. Plus the one in the spare room.
  • A laundry basket you’re not afraid to put your hands into.
  • Never finding a mix of clean and dirty crockery in the dishwasher.
  • The threadbare old rags you can get away with wearing all day long (so long as you’re not due on a Skype with a client).
  • The minging old bitzas you can get away with wearing in bed.
  • Flumpy dressing gowns and fluffy slippers.
  • Never unexpectedly running out of toilet tissue because it took six whole rolls to clean up that old engine/toolbox/lawnmower.
  • No dubious sticky residues in the kitchen.
  • No even more dubious sticky residues in the bathroom.
  • All exciting packages delivered by the postman being yours to enjoy without guilt; none requiring to be secreted away, only to be revealed as ‘this old thing’ in a few weeks’ time.
  • Perfectly satisfying meals comprising a selection of fridge pickings followed by an ice lolly.
  • Perfectly satisfying meals comprising stuff spread upon toast
  • Scented candles, anywhere and everywhere you damn well like.
  • THAT drawer. Ladies – you know what I’m talking about.
  • Lakeland’s idiot-proof spider catcher. At £9.99 it’s cheaper and much less trouble than owning a boyfriend or a husband purely for his spider-catching prowess.
  • And… Total, absolute and unassailable control of the TV remote.

Do you have any favourites that I’ve missed?

Author: Jools

Abundant, Bold, Confident, Determined, Empathetic, Forthright, Grumpy, Healthier, Individual, Just me, Kind, Loving, Mellifluous, Natural, Optimistic, imPatient, Quirky, Real-world, Single-minded, unTreatable, Unwound, Verbal, Wilful, eXtraordinary, Young and old, Zero-tolerance.

35 thoughts on “25 perks and privileges of living alone”

  1. The shower being at the temperature you like and finding it exactly so. Same with toaster. Being able to dance around the kitchen at some silly song without anybody unexpectedly coming upon you and laughing… Great list!

    1. Well, I’ve been living it for a while – not by choice at first, but now, very much so. You need to be comfortable in your own company, but if you are, the solo living style has a lot more than 25 perks! Thanks for joining the conversation 🙂

        1. I don’t disagree… but think how special chocolate becomes when it’s a rare treat! Anyway, that’s how I choose to see it now, seeing as how I’ve managed to restrain myself from scoffing it every day. A minor victory in a swamp of bad behaviours!

  2. I loved living alone. But I didn’t have much time to do so since I got married young. But when the hubs takes the boys out for the day, I savor a few hours of that living-alone feeling. I think you captured the perks perfectly!

  3. Really loving this post, I have never had the chance to stay alone by myself as yet…so the feeling is alien….But who knows what the future holds and maybe then I would be able to lend some points to the amazing list you have going on.

    1. One thing is certain, whatever your living arrangements, there are positives to be found. Personally, I’m very content to live alone. I think I’d find it hard to share a home after so many years – I’m intolerant and picky and I like things the way I like them.

      1. That is well said, living with my parents has many advantages, such as home cooked meals, since I cant cook at all, and then being a Lacto Ovo Vegetaria….so the challenges but its true no matter what living arrangements there will be upsides and downsides to that

  4. Talking to oneself! That would be my number one reason to live alone. Seriously! While my husband was deployed, I had numerous . . . and, I mean numerous conversations with myself about my life, our life and of course the life and antics of our dog, too. So, now, I could still ‘talk to myself’, but I then I get that, ‘What did you say?’ and I think, ‘Did I say that out loud?’

    1. I talk to myself all the time. I talk to the TV too; newscasters, presenters, paper reviewers, politicians. I talk to my plants, the foxes which visit my garden, the contents of my fridge, my blummin’ sluggish internet connection… You name it. If I shared my home, I’d be carted-off in a heartbeat. 😉

    1. Nice one! Yes indeed. For years I only had one nightstand, then someone told me I was subconsciously keeping my bedroom a single person zone. I thought, really? Then I redesigned and now I have two, and it’s nice to be able to spread my nightstand stuff around. So it’s still a single person zone, just more expansive 🙂

  5. I was so delighted to happen upon this post. Thank you, Jools. Come join the Who but You? project if you’re interested — or I just may ask your permission to re-post this or others in the future. ❤

    1. Kim, I’m so glad you stumbled upon my cheeky post. Your project is fascinating. The submissions echo so much of my own experience, having lived alone for upward of 27 years – in effect (strange now I think of it) half my life.

      You are of course more than welcome to reblog my post, but I’d very much like to contribute something more contemplative (as well as, or instead of – up to you), to your project too. But I will need a little time for that.

      By the way, I don’t know if you realised, but my first novel, just published, uses the singlehood experience at its heart, being set on a singles holiday.

      Thanks again, Kim, I’m so pleased you found me.

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