A little while back now, I moved back into my parents house. The reason for this was a pretty crappy one which thankfully resolved itself (read more about that here), but I decided to remain at my parents due to my job, and the fact that I was learning to drive.
There are great things about moving back in with your parents which primarily revolve around how much money you save and that you don’t have to make the dinner. There are also terrible thing about moving back in with your parents such as that loss of independence and no longer being able to walk around the house in various states of undress. TMI? Soz.
Retreating to the nest in your twenties isn’t the easiest thing to do – trust me. But it ain’t all bad, so without further adieu, here’s some true facts about my experience to date.
You’ll basically regress by about ten years. I’m practically a teenager again as my Mum insists on doing my laundry. Honestly, I’ve offered enough times to do it, but no. You can’t argue with that.
Your room will be your sanctuary. Remember when you had a whole house to be yourself, relax and avoid the human race? You now have a single room. Make the most of it.
Everything your parents do or say will annoy you. So back to that whole regressing thing. I was filming a vlog the other night and legit had to stop filming because my Mum called through the door “Have you gone to bed yet?” NO MUM I HAVEN’T I’M 26 I GO TO BED WHEN I WANT.
Your routine will be completely out of whack. I remember the days when I ate dinner at a sensible time but now apparently 8:30pm is dinner time. Wow, I sound like a brat. I could make my own dinner but whatev, I’ll wait ’til 8:30pm if I can just binge Netflix whilst my dinner is being cooked #Princess. Just FYI, as with the laundry I do offer to make my own food but my parents seem to take that as an insult to their very being.
You will be mocked. Colleagues and friends will mock you but it’s only because they’re jealous of all the money you suddenly have now that you only have to contribute rent and can say goodbye to council tax and bills. DON’T BE HATING.
Buying things will happen, a lot. That extra money you now have? Don’t get used to it because most of it is going to Dorothy Perkins as they’re having their 7th sale of the week. 25% off AGAIN, DP? You spoil me.
You wonder whether you’ll survive back out in the wild after this. Flying the nest again is hella appealing but also will you ever get used to having to look after yourself again?!
Inviting your friends over would just be weird. “Hey guys, come hang out at my parents house!” said no one older than 12 except my 29 year old brother who also lives at home.
Going out is both a blessing and a curse. SWEET FREEDOM. But also texts from your Mum asking if you’ll be home for dinner.
Despite the frustrations, they are there for you. There’s nothing wrong with occasionally needing your parents help, no matter your age. Whether you’ve had a bad day at work and just need to vent, or you just want some company, they are there for you. Probably watching Eastenders and not listening to a word you say, but hey…they’re there.