First time moving out tips

As I mentioned in my last post, I will be moving out in the next week. (yay!)

Moving out of your parents house and into your own place is a really exciting process, however it can also be overwhelming and a lot of work. I have learned this in the past month haha.

Normally there is a process you go through when you’re looking for your first place that goes something like, look for places, find one you like, apply, wait for your application to go through, and then move in! Sometimes this can all happen within the span of a week, or in some cases (like mine) it can be a month long process.

The reason mine took so long (like I mentioned in the previous post) is because they’re completely redoing the unit which I was super happy about.

I thought I would share a few of the moments I’ve experienced over the past month while preparing for my first move, and maybe they will help you prepare for yours!

1.Believe me when I say this, don’t be afraid of second hand

I was one of those people that was like, nah I won’t buy anything off Kijiji or any second hand sites no way. Cue me coming to the realization that bar stools were going to cost about 300 dollars (for 2) or more. Since barstools were not at the top of my list of priority items, I went in search of some online. Not only did I find some that I liked right away, they were in perfect condition and only $35 for TWO!

2. Make a list of what you consider to be a priority item, and items that can wait

As I mentioned above, bar stools were not exactly a priority item for me. I knew I needed some, however they were not an item I wanted to spend a lot of money on right away. However, I knew I wanted to spend a little more on a couch. There are certain items that, yes you should invest a little bit of money into, however there are also items that can wait.


My brother moved out a few years before me, so he got many of the hand me down items that my parents had to offer. Since my taste is a bit more specific, that worked for me. However, I have been grateful that my parents have offered their time, experience, or other help they could afford to give. Sometimes it really is beneficial to take a step back, take a breath, and let your parents help you, even if you don’t want to admit it.

4. Things are expensive.

Microwave’s are like 100 dollars, who knew? Not me, that’s who. Moving out on your own for the first time can be overwhelming enough with the added expense of paying rent, hydro, cable, internet, etc, but the very first time you (usually) have nothing.

Before I decided to move out I had began collecting small house hold items here and there that I knew I would want when I decided to move out. Although I didn’t have anywhere near the amount of stuff I have needed, it was comforting to know that I at least already had a few things.

5. That being said…invest in a few good things

I decided when I was moving out I would invest in a couch, and I did. I spent money on a couch from a good store and I don’t regret it one bit. I’m lucky enough to be taking my entire bedroom set from my parents, so that was something I did not have to invest in, however if I was not taking it with me, I would have.

Depending on what you consider to be an item you’d like to actually spend some money on, choose a couple of these items that you plan to keep for some time.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, because it’s likely they’ve been in your shoes

Whether it’s your parents, friends, a sibling, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I wanted to do everything on my own. Hire movers, buy everything, find the perfect place, I wanted to do it all on my own. I thought that since I had decided to move out, I kind of had to. This is not the case. The people that love you (ESPECIALLY YOUR PARENTS) will be happy to help you, you just have to ask.

Here are a few of the things I experienced throughout the process of moving out for the first time, any wisdom to share?! Comment below.


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