It’s not just the pantslessness or the divine concept of ice cream for dinner that makes living solo so desirable. Sure, come February the world might go gaga for everything in pairs, but truthfully, living alone and being totally independent is one of those rare joys in life few of us get to experience. For those feeling the pinch of that day in question (shh, don’t say it out loud), it’s time to embrace the best parts of living alone, relishing in your hard-earned independence, and being free of having someone else’s junk in your own home.

Freedom!

Nothing says independent (wo)man quite like buying what you want for your home when you want to, or least when your pay cycle permits. That weird, hot feeling in the back of your head (some call this ‘guilt’) following exorbitant and unnecessary purchases is now a thing of the past.

Be greedy

Shock horror: cupboard space is limited. Even worse if you’re living in a big city. Living alone means the wardrobe, pantry, linen cupboard and bathroom shelves are all yours. No more having to make room for someone else’s things or bashfully explain why your clothes are colour-coordinated despite you only ever wearing black (true story), how an adult can live off nothing but canned tuna and steamed vegetables (also true), or why you still buy novelty cartoon character body wash. FYI, they smell really good.

Save money

Salad for one. Soup for one. Wine for three. You may be in charge of all purchases from here on out, but how much easier is it shopping for yourself? Living with someone else creates the need to buy more stuff, some of which you don’t even want or need.

Start that passion project

There’s no time like the present (read: Saturday mornings alone not brunching or nursing a hangover) to start that annoying, most-likely Pinterest-inspired DIY project you’ve always wanted to do. Call some friends over for a hand if need be, but finishing a home project all by yourself is pretty damn rewarding too.

Mine, mine, mine 

Few things make living alone feel quite as satisfying as knowing that everything in your home is yours. Not to mention, avoiding the awkward ‘who takes what?’ brouhaha when moving out with housemates or a significant other really is money in the bank.

Channel your inner entertaining guru

Contrary to popular opinion, not all people who live alone are introverts. Humans are social beings, after all, and sometimes the lack of idle chatter with a housemate/S.O or absence of someone else’s terrible music through the walls can be deafening. So stock up your bar with something other than boxed wine, ample snacks on hand, of course, and make your home somewhere your friends won’t ever want to leave. Until you want them to, that is. 

Find yourself and own your style

Be unapologetic in making your space totally and completely yours. In good and bad taste. Pants or no pants.

 

Who said living alone can’t be luxe? Be inspired by this super stylish one bedroom apartment.