What To Expect When Moving Out

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWhen I was young, the one thing I always dreamed about was the long awaited day I could pack my bags, move into my apartment and live on my own. Moving out on your own isΒ a time that’s filled with excitement, fear, and even a bit of nostalgia.

What can you expect when moving out on your own for the first time? After a little over a month of moving across the country and living on my own (with lovely housemates to share the experience with) I’ve learned so much about what it means to live away from home. Here are some things to expect before starting this journey of your own:

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You’ll Feel Bliss

When you move out, things may seem almost like a dream. Everything is all so new and exciting! There are so many things to do, places to explore and people to meet. You’re in an entirely new place on your own, and have the freedom to do as you wish. It brings on a whirlwind of experiences that leave you ready to take on this new adventure.

There Will Be Panic

You may experience bliss when first moving out, or if you’re anything like me- you may be so terrified that all you feel is fear and panic. Beginnings can be hard and overwhelming, and sometimes our fear is stronger than anything else. You may feel stressed out and afraid about being on your own, but know that this will pass and you’ll feel at home soon enough.



You’ll Miss Home

After the initial excitement and novelty of everything wears off, you will miss your home and your family. It’s completely normal and to be expected- after some time away, we end up missing the things we took for granted.Β A warm bed, home cooked meals, and the comforting presence of our parents are just a few of the things you’ll wish you had at times. Don’t forget to call and talk to your family every once in a while- it helps with home sickness, and shows them you remember them and miss them too!

You Will Grow

Through the fear, excitement, and experiences you will endure, you will grow so much as a person. Living on your own teaches you how to be financially responsible, organized, independent, and so much more. You will face obstacles, you will make mistakes, and you’ll learn from them and gain confidence in yourself. You might feel like a failure when everything seems to be going wrong- but you’ll learn the most from those moments. There is no better way to grow as a person than to become self reliant and live on your own.

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Moving out on your own is an experience that we will all have to go through one day. It’s an amazing journey filled with moments of self- discovery, self growth and self love which shouldn’t be missed out because of fear of failure or of change. Have you ever lived on your own? How was your experience? I’d love to hear about what you think!

  • I love this post! I haven’t moved out yet but I am planning slowly everything and I am quite scared and excited about it πŸ™‚ It surely is going to be quite an experience and a new step in my life. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Leta πŸ™‚ I’m excited for you and this new step in your life, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful experience love!

  • I have slight separation anxiety when it comes to leaving my family – but I’d love to live in London or Paris which is far from the part of the UK that I live in. Some time in the future when I do move out (It’ll be a struggle, but what doesn’t kill you makes your stronger, right?!) I’ll definitely think about your lovely tips!


    • Diana Maria

      I do as well! It can be so hard to be far away from home, it is a struggle in the beginning but you’re right- it helps you grow and become independent in so many ways. Thank you Aimee!

  • Bernadette

    Wonderful post, this was such a nice read.


    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Bernadette πŸ™‚

  • Anoushka

    Great post, I’ve never moved away from home for a prolonged length of time but I’d love to have a place of my own, as long as I’m not too far away!

    Anoushka Probyn – A London Fashion Blog

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Anoushka, I hope one day you get to fulfill that dream while staying close to home!

  • Yes to all of these things! When I moved out I went through all of the things on your list, but it was an experience of a lifetime and one I wouldn’t ever change! Lovely photos btw! πŸ™‚

    Heather Xx

    • Diana Maria

      I’m glad you enjoyed your experience, moving out can be so challenging yet rewarding. Thank you Heather!

  • Congrats on this milestone and thanks for sharing suck a lovely post!

    ISA Professional

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you!

  • Moving out is a whirlwind of emotion, but you definitely grow! Xx


    • Diana Maria

      Agreed πŸ™‚

  • Great post! I moved across half the country when I was 18 to go to university =o) and now I spent a year living alone. You definitely learn a lot about yourself and get a chance to just focus on yourself, very important =o)


    • Diana Maria

      Good for you love, that’s so brave of you! I couldn’t agree more, it’s such a great experience that teaches one so much about themselves!

  • I went to Uni in a different city, so I had to live alone and even though it was terrifying at first, it made me more responsible and confident. Maybe that`s why when I moved to a different country a few years later, I found it a lot easier. Great post, I really enjoyed reading it!


  • Such a lovely post Diana! Moving out of a shared place and then into a studio – I remember was one of the most *exciting* and liberating things for me. I wanted my own space, wanted (craved!) the feeling of freedom and independence….until I realised…it can be pretty lonely too. I think I definitely learnt so much about myself; how sometimes there IS such a thing as too much alone time with my own thoughts (as an introvert, I’d always thought that day wouldn’t come!) and just how to deal with things. You’re right though, it has been a period of self-growth and discovery…and all in all I wouldn’t change it for the world! Ana xxx


  • Moving out is indeed scary, but I don’t think moving out from your parents place to move in with roommates is really being on your own. I can be easier or harder, depending on who your roommates are!

  • Cierra Colleen

    I remember when I first moved out I felt all the things you have described. For the first month or so I felt so accomplished and happy. Month two came the fear or paying bills for the rest of my life! I really enjoyed reading your post because I am creating my own blog about how to survive your twenties. I will make sure to add a blog about moving out! Great ideas, thanks for sharing
    Cierra Colleen