I was 23, had just gotten fired from my first big-girl job, and was in grad school. I was also broke, broke, and just so very broke. So I did what any young adult with no job, ever-growing piles of debt, and a craving that only mom’s home cooking could solve: I moved BACK in with my parents.
I eventually (and reluctantly) got out on my own and have been
doing attempting this whole adulting thing, but there are definitely times when I wish I back home.
I mean, the umbilical cord can only be stretched so far….
Here are 20 reasons why moving back in with your parents is the best decision you’ll ever make.
- Your bed. A real mattress on a bed frame with a box spring–with clean sheets and more than one pillow (exhale)–is the best thing to dive into head-first when you realize you’re still living with your parents. But it’s fine, because you can still sleep at night no matter how strongly your mid-twenties hit you.
- Face it–your mom’s laundry always turns out better than yours. Always. It smells better, it’s not wrinkled, it’s actually done before you run out of underwear. Why on Earth would you leave that to move somewhere where you’d have pay for mediocre laundry?
- Because bills suck. Paying to actually be able to use a TV you bought is just nonsense my friend. Nonsense.
- And while we’re on the topic of TV–CABLE. Real cable that you can watch in real time or record on their awesome DVR. It’s not the cheapest thing for your parents to have, so you make sure to do your due diligence and get every last cent of their money worth by never leaving the couch. Ever.
- Who doesn’t love coming home to a delicious warm meal waiting for you on the table? Nothing is better than your parents’ mad cooking skills, and it definitely beats dumping a jar of sauce into a whole pound of pasta for dinner four nights in a row.
- The food is good and the food is free. FREE GOOD FOOD, PEOPLE!! Want some Cheez-Its? Do some pantry diving. Feel like Chinese tonight? Suggest it for dinner. Need to do some shopping at Whole Foods? Too late, sucker! Mom and dad already went there and stocked the freezer with pints of Chunky Monkey. Sit back, relax and keep your paycheck safely in your checking account where it belongs.
- Not to mention, real knives to like, cut things with. Real forks to like, eat things with. The plastic ones you got from Grubhub can only last for so long, and your parents’ set of Wüsthof brand cutlery would be so dearly missed if you ended up moving out. You’d find yourself reverting back to caveman ways of eating in a matter of seconds.
- Parents make for the best roomies ever. They won’t come home drunk and eat all of your food–or maybe they will. But it’s probably their food to begin with in all fairness…
- You will never run out of toilet paper or toothpaste or shampoo or really anything that you need to actually human correctly.
- Sometimes your parents do nice things for you like getting your oil changed or deciding to take everyone out for ice cream because they like you. And it’s kind of awesome.
- Maybe you’re in need of a serious wardrobe update but don’t have the cash to spend on those new pair of jeans. Hakuna matata! Mom went to Kohl’s today and got you three shirts and that pair of jeans that were on sale.
- If your parents do charge you rent, it probably won’t be as much as the $1200/month you’re paying now/were paying for that 300 square foot studio with a rat problem and leaky faucets. So there’s that.
- Two words: Costco Membership. Because you need the 500 count box of tampons and a gallon of salsa to go with it.
- Your pets live with you. That favorite fluffy friend is still here after all that time of being by your side through all of those awkwardly awkward high school experiences, winter break from college and that post-college slump you find yourself in when you can’t find a job.
- When you do happen to catch a case of the cold/flu, you have someone who will make you homemade chicken soup, bring you Saltine crackers and 7-Up on the regular, and replenish your stack of books. Plus, having your mom close by when you’re feeling under the weather or down just makes everything so much better.
- Can we just talk about your parents’ pool here for a hot second? Let us bask in the idea that you pretty much have an escape from realty in your own backyard? And you don’t have to clean it. Score.
- You get to know some of your neighbors you haven’t seen in years, or perhaps family that you don’t see outside of the occasional Christmas/Thanksgiving get together. You get closer to your roots, and it’s kind of really nice.
- You get to connect with old friends from high school. It’s sort of weird hitting up a place that you used to go to when you were both twelve, but it’s heartwarming to find that something has remained so constant after all of the years of growth and rapid change in your life.
- Your parents are your very first besties you make here on Earth. Despite getting on your nerves sometimes, and the fact that you are moving on to be more independent, they are still all the best at supporting you while you’re still getting your feet on the ground.
- Did I mention the good and FREE food?
QOTD: Did you ever have to move with in with the rents post-college?
What are some of the things you miss most about living back at home?