Moving out of Mom and Dad’s house is a dream that every kid looks forward to as they’re growing up. Sure, bills have to be paid, you have to cook your own food and do your own laundry, but it can’t be that hard, can it?

*Side note from life: You thought.

Growing up can be harder than your high school self thought. It’s not all late night Whataburger, Netflix marathons with friends and skipping class just to sleep in your warm bed longer. Nope, growing up and moving out of your parents place is not all it’s cracked up to be. There are things you kind of just, forgot about when you don’t have your parents around anymore to remind you to do. And we call these things, “Adulting.”


Usually at home, you just throw your trash away in the kitchen and then it magically disappears, whether mom took it out or there really are magical cleaning fairies. When you live on your own, the trash gets forgotten and suddenly you’re swimming in 30 Rice Krispie Treat wrappers, about a case of empty water bottles and unapologetically, a Cane’s to-go box from two weeks ago. Your roommates start to think you either never shower or something died in your room.


When you actually decide to cook at home, you’re just ready to eat your food after using all of that energy to cook an entire meal that you leave your cooking materials chillin’ in the sink for a couple days. This isn’t necessarily a problem until you start having to cook all of your meals in Tupperware and resort to buying paper plates and plastic-ware because the sink is hogging all the dishes and you don’t want to be confrontational, right?


Now most of us have been doing our own laundry for a while, but without Mom and Dad around to remind us every time they walk into our rooms, we just let the clothes pile grow. The days come around, when you’re all out of shirts to wear and you’re faced with the decision to either go topless or find the least smelly and wrinkled shirt on the floor. Although, we know the longer we wait to clean our clothes, the more annoying it’s going to be when we are actually face-to-face with the washing machine; we push the boundaries until all of our clean underwear is gone, because that’s crossing the line.


Living at home, more often than not, our parent’s paid for groceries for the whole house. Sure, now that you live on your own, this is the exact freedom you’ve been wanting all your life; endless supply of junk food. But, with these endless supplies of goodness comes a not-so-endless supply of money. Groceries are expensive. Not as expensive as eating out for every meal, but you definitely have to limit yourself on spending as you’re walking up and down the aisles, wanting to buy everything. Try to plan out meals for the week and buy only the necessities. It’s hard, we know, but the extra four tubs of Ben & Jerry’s can wait.


We’re not talking about cleaning your room, (although you should do that too), we’re talking about the hard stuff. Who knew when we moved out we’d have to clean out the drains in the tub and sink because there’s so much hair build-up, that the water takes longer to drain than it took for you to shower. Also, the oven and stove have to be cleaned every so often to prevent fires. 


Living away from home is great, don’t get us wrong, but living with Mom and Dad definitely has it’s perks. Don’t forget, they’re only a phone call away.But if they don’t answer like usual, just Google it.

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Sarah Schreiner is a sophomore journalism major at UNT. She is a sass queen if you have ever met one. She loves laughing at her own tweets, taking candid photos of her best friends, and has no clue what "morning" is.

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