55 Funny Posts About The Perks And Struggles Of Living Alone

I have never had the experience of living alone, as I’ve gone from living with my family to having roommates to moving in with my partner. But I know for a fact that if I did have the whole place to myself, I would need to set 15 alarms each morning to ensure that I actually woke up, and I would be talking to my cat constantly.

But just because you happen to live alone doesn’t mean that you have to feel alone! Below, we’ve gathered some of the funniest and most relatable posts from X about what it’s like to have no roommates. Enjoy scrolling through these posts, and be sure to upvote the ones that make you feel bonded to your fellow solo-dwellers!

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Sometimes, it’s best to keep your humble abode to yourself. As much fun as it can be to have a roommate or live with your significant other, it can also be a joy to know that you’re the only one you ever have to clean up after and that you get to return home to peace and quiet after a long day. When you live alone, you never need to wonder if someone else is using the kitchen or wait for another person to get out of the shower.

You can cook meals in your underwear whenever you want, and if you really don’t feel like doing the dishes until tomorrow morning, nobody will be nagging you to get them done. You don’t need to inform anyone before inviting guests over, and you’ll never have to fight for the television. When you live alone, your home can be your own little sanctuary.    


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Now, many people are hesitant to live alone because they’re concerned that they might become lonely. Some of us look forward to having a chat when returning home after a long day, and having someone to come home to can make it a lot easier to socialize without needing to schedule it or coordinate with friends. But while having a roommate can be a huge blessing, it’s important to remember that it can also be terrible.  

It’s extremely easy for people that you cohabitate with to get under your skin, and according to the National Apartment Association, the number one source of conflicts between roommates is cleaning habits. In fact, over a third of tenants who have roommates say this is an issue in their households. Whether it’s due to dishes piling up in the sink, hair clogging shower drains, dust bunnies accumulating in the hallway or crumbs attracting rodents in the kitchen, this is a common frustration that you’ll never have to deal with when living alone. 


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Other conflicts tenants often have with roommates include making too much noise, being on different sleep schedules, stealing things from one another, having issues with guests, disagreeing over bills, not respecting one another and not having enough privacy. Learning how to live with another person will always require a learning curve, and when it’s someone you’re not romantically or familially linked to, conflicts can become even more frustrating. You don’t love the person, and you might not even consider them to be a friend. So you might be better off simply living alone!  


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While living alone isn’t for everyone, as some of us need more social interaction than others or might have a harder time taking care of ourselves, it can be a huge privilege. According to Money Under 30, to even be able to afford living alone in the United States, you can expect to be paying about $2,000 for rent each month. And if you live in New York City, you’re looking at paying at least $4,300. You’ll also have to provide all of the furniture, appliances, cookware, etc. yourself, so moving out on your own might come with many additional costs.   


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If you can manage to make living alone work with your budget, there can be many benefits to the situation. First of all, you get to set your schedule. You never have to agree on a time to clean the apartment with your roommates, and you don’t have to worry about waking anyone up if you come home at 3am. Self-care comes first, and you never need to feel guilty about vacuuming late at night or early in the morning.    


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Living alone also gives you the opportunity to decorate your living space exactly the way you want to. Buy that poster you’ve been eyeing, and pick up that vintage couch from the thrift store without worrying about consulting anyone else. The space is just for you, and you don’t have to consider anyone else’s taste. You can have as many plants as you’d like (although, you will have to water them), and you don’t have to choose generic decor that will suit everyone. Feel free to embrace your own taste in your space. 


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Living alone also helps you find contentment while being by yourself. Having a roommate or partner waiting at home for you can be great, but it’s also easy to become reliant on these relationships. Living alone forces you to be more independent and allows you to make choices for yourself that you might not have made if you could simply lean on someone else. You’ll have to be confident in knowing what you want and setting a schedule for yourself, which might be difficult at first. But it’s important to know how to be self-sufficient.  


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Solo dwelling provides you with plenty of time to work on your passions as well. If you lived with a partner, you might be obligated to spend a certain amount of time with them each day, and you might find yourself neglecting your hobbies or creative pursuits because of that. But when you live alone, your free time is actually free. You can spend it however you like, and you don’t have to feel guilty about staying awake in the living room until 2am finishing that painting that you’re thrilled to work on.  


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Are you feeling less alone in the experience of living by yourself, pandas? There will always be pros and cons to having roommates or being by yourself, but we hope these posts have shined a light on the humorous aspects of solo-dwelling. Keep upvoting the pics you find particularly relatable, and then if you’re interested in checking out even more content from Bored Panda about the joys of living alone, look no further than right here


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