According to Pew Research Center, millennials are the generation most likely to live at home, and in 2016, 15 percent of 25 to 35-year-olds were living with their parents. Sharing a space with your parents and having a financial reprieve is a true blessing, but no matter what stage of life you’re at it can come with its own unique set of problems. While living at home is often an unavoidable situation for financial reasons, there are steps you can take to make the in-between phase work for you:
Create your own space.
Even though you’re sharing a space with your parents, you can still create a space that’s completely your own. Redecorate your childhood bedroom to give it a more adult look and feel, and make it your personal sanctuary. Make sure you have a room you can retreat to when you need some alone time, and that it’s a space you actually like spending time in.
Set firm boundaries.
If you’re living at home as an adult, it’s key to set firm boundaries with your family members to maintain some healthy separation between your lives. It can be easy for parents to interfere with your love life or career with unsolicited advice when they’re so close to the action, but making your own decisions is part of growing into a responsible adult. Let your parents know gently and lovingly that you appreciate their guidance, but you’re making your way on your own terms.
Remind yourself of the money you’re saving.
Living at home in your twenties almost always has something to do with finances. When your living situation gets to be too much, remind yourself of all the money you’re saving and congratulate yourself for making a wise choice that your future self will thank you for.
Let go of the opinions of others.
One of the most uncomfortable aspects of living at home in your twenties is explaining your situation to others. Whether you’re chatting with co-workers or acquaintances at a party, don’t be afraid to speak your truth with confidence. Living at home as a young adult is a totally normal and understandable circumstance, so don’t feel embarrassed about it.
Focus on what’s going well in your life.
When you’re living at home in your twenties, it can be all too easy to feel like you’re in a rut. However, whether it’s your career, your love life, or the amazing friends surrounding you, there’s always something to be thankful for. Focus on everything that’s going well in your life, and stay motivated to continue improving in all areas.
Take advantage of your living situation.
While living at home, don’t disregard all the blessings that come with your situation. There’s no denying that it’s awesome having regular rides, home-cooked meals, and free cable, so remind yourself to enjoy and appreciate the benefits of living at home while you can. Remember to tell your parents ‘thank you’ or that you appreciate them as much as possible.
Give yourself a deadline for moving out.
It’s all too easy to become complacent with your living situation and stay at home well into longer than you need. Try to set a firm deadline for your moving out day, whether it’s an amount in savings, a salary at work, or a date you can mark on your calendar. This will give you a goal to work towards during your in-between stage, and it will give you the motivation you need to get through any awkward periods.