The 10 Commandments of Living Alone (and Loving It!)
In the wise words of Beyoncé, "Who run the world? Girls." If you're a single lady who's living alone, you've probably already learned to love your bachelorette pad — living alone is insanely liberating, and these are some of the best years in your adult life. But to avoid getting overwhelmed by clutter, unpreparedness, or old habits, we've narrowed down some guidelines for living alone (and loving it).
Thou Shalt Keep Your Kitchen Manageable
When you live alone, there's no need to clutter your kitchen with 12 sets of dishes. Narrow it down; you want enough plates to have friends over for dinner, but not so many that you're desperate for space. Plus, only having a few place settings will motivate you to clean your dirty dishes right away! Source: A Beautiful Mess
Thou Shalt Invest in a Full-Length Mirror
With nobody around to check the back of your dress or give an opinion on your outfit, it's nice to give yourself a good once-over before leaving the house. Plus, mirrors help create the illusion of square footage, so it's a no-brainer!
Thou Shalt Decorate With Pink, Dammit
Or if you don't like pink, another bold decor choice. Whether you love leopard print, want a neon sign above your bed, or have always dreamt of painting the walls black, now is your time to experiment without facing someone else's criticism. So go for the pink kitchen cabinets . . . it's your home! Source: A Beautiful Mess
Thou Shalt Always Be Prepared to Entertain
Living alone doesn't mean being lonely — in order to prep your pad for visitors, keep a stocked bar (or coffee!) cart, blankets, and yummy snacks around. Soon, you'll be the go-to friend for hosting ladies' nights and Netflix marathons.
Thou Shalt Leave Behind the Childish Stuff
Even though you're living alone, you should opt for more mature decor. This doesn't mean abandoning colorful prints or kitschy accessories, though — it simply means displaying a chic gallery wall instead of a sorority paddle, storing your childhood stuffed animals, and framing your posters. Source: Brittany Ambridge for Domino
Thou Shalt Organize, Organize, Organize
When living alone, there's nobody to blame for messes but yourself. Getting rid of clutter is key to a stress-free home life, and it's so easy! And when you don't have to share your closet, it feels awesome to categorize clothes, shoes, and accessories to your liking.
Thou Shalt Prepare a Glorious Battle Station
Whether you savor putting on your makeup or enjoying writing your blog, setting up a designated place for your favorite rituals is a great way to feel empowered and recharged. Try styling a vanity or an office space where you can go to unwind, relax, and remember that you're queen of the castle.
Thou Shalt Create a Feeling of Relaxation
Why go to the spa when you've got a whole home to yourself? It's easy to decompress after a long day when you've got a clean bathtub, scented candles, and a calm environment around you. Allow yourself some luxury by making your bathroom feel like a spa.