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Checklist for Adulthood

You have a few more months before preparing to launch- are you ready for adulthood? Here are some things you can start mastering now, so you can feel more confident in your big move. P.S. don’t worry—everyone calls their mom and dad for help when they first move out.  

You have a few more months before preparing to launch- are you ready for adulthood? Here are some things you can start mastering now, so you can feel more confident in your big move. P.S. don’t worry—everyone calls their mom and dad for help when they first move out.  

  • Know how to wash, fold, and iron laundry.

If you’ve never been responsible for your own laundry, start now while you still have mom and dad to show you the ropes so you don’t end up ruining your favorite outfit! Hang those clothes up as soon as they come out of the dryer so they don’t wrinkle. If they do get wadded, throw them back in with a damp towel! 

  • Learn how to cook.

And I don’t mean learn how to cook a frozen pizza. Look up different recipes and try to cook decent, healthier options. Sure, fast food is way more convenient but believe it or not, pretty soon you’ll be longing for homemade meals…and even leftovers! 

  • Know the differences in fires-and how to put them out.

I promise this isn’t a commentary on your cooking, but you need to know about different kinds of fires and how to put them out. Did you know you can’t put out a grease fire with water? Smother it with a pan or baking soda, but don’t forget to turn off the stove or oven first. 

  • Know the importance of exercise.

Even if you feel like you don’t have time, try to take an hour at least a few times a week to be active. The more you stay active, the better you’ll feel about yourself. Plus exercise is a great way to combat stress! 

  • Learn those checks and balances.

It is important to know how to pay bills and to actually balance your account regularly. It takes a lot of discipline, but you don’t want to end up paying overdraft fees! Need cash and don’t want to pay the ATM fee? Buy a pack of gum and get cash back at the grocery store! 

  • Learn how to save a buck. 

You want to save as much money as possible, so cut out those coupons and use them in the store! And never miss an opportunity to use your student discount. These little savings add up. Check out the Ibotta app! Scan your receipts to receive rebates into your Ibotta account. Once you’ve collected more than $20, redeem your cash or turn it into a Starbucks or iTunes gift card! 

  • Start that rainy day fund.

It’s important to have money put back for emergencies, future needs, and even just for fun. Sometimes it’s hard not to spend every dime as soon as you get it, but with a little consistency, you’ll probably find that you enjoy watching your savings grow. 

  • Make your own appointments.

Sometimes, calling to make hair appointments or scheduling a doctor’s appointment can be a source of unexplainable stress. But the best way to get more comfortable with it is to just make yourself do it. It gets a little less awkward every time! If you can help it, don’t call on a Monday morning or on a Friday, which can be their busiest times. Also remember that most hair salons and barbers are closed on Sundays and Mondays! 

  • Know that maybe it’s okay to go to bed at 10pm sometimes. 

No, you’re not an old person if you go to bed early. Sometimes you need to in order to get enough sleep for the day ahead of you. Everything is a bit easier and life runs much more smoothly when you are getting the sleep you need. 

  • Wake yourself up.

Listen, you can tell us…is Mom still waking you up every morning? We get it. Mornings are hard and Mom is a dependable alarm, but no one will make sure you are up for work or school once you graduate except for you! 

 

As an editor, copywriter, and social media manager at exploreMedia, I work to develop content that is relevant and interesting to our readers and coordinate with contributing writers.

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