The day you become an adult is a great day. It’s a wonderful feeling of freedom to see your life laid out before you. At least it is until you’re deep in your overdraft and out of work. Moving out is the first major stage of true independence, so it feels a little strange being stuck in the same house you grew up in. But if you’ve found yourself in this position, it’s important to note that you are not the only one.
You don’t have to be a cliché basement-dweller just because you’re still living with the ‘rents. With high unemployment rates, ¼ of adults aged 20-34 still live with theirs. If you’re lucky enough to be able to stay at your parents’, you should be grateful for their hospitality. But that feeling of gratitude is going to be tested. A lot.
1. There’s no privacy
Firstly, you better hope that your room remains the same. I’ve known people hit their 20s only to find that they’re sharing a room with a younger sibling, or sleeping on the sofa because their room has been converted into a study. Even if you do have your room as you want it, your parents aren’t used to the life of a 20-something. That means people walking in without permission, moving your stuff, and knocking on your door every five minutes. If you appreciate some time to yourself then this is a nightmare.
2. You’ll have to get used to bad TV
From Breaking Bad to Teen Mom, whatever your particular taste in TV is, you can pretty much guarantee your parents won’t be on the same frequency. So get used to sitting through the programming that will bore you senseless and make you question your very existence. I was driven mad by the endless re-runs of Jerry Springer, but ended up getting really into Springwatch. I don’t know which is worse.
3. The return of chores
Even if you’re working a full-time job, you’ll still be asked to do your chores. And not just the kind of upkeep that you would do in your own home, but the same chores you were given as a child. Except, now you’re an adult – so you’ll be expected to do twice as much. That means precious weekends spent gardening, traipsing around DIY stores and cleaning the gutters out all to your parents’ exacting specifications and schedule.