Late last year, I got my own place after spending the last four years with roommates. I’ve had a few months to revel in the space (lots of solo dance parties have happened) and get out of some boxes (I’ve hidden the rest in my large closet). For those who are still trying to decide whether it’s worth it to move out on your own, here’s a list of the top five reasons you should definitely consider living alone:

1. Decorating Your Domain

Gaston_decorating

I’ve collected many pieces of artwork and decorative items over the last few years. Christmas, especially, can be a little out of control. I’ve always felt bad about when my decorations take over the living room and the kitchen, but sometimes a girl just wants to feel at home. Home for me usually means that it’s decorated in some awesome way for the holiday or season. I no longer worry about making sure both of our decorations are represented—It’s all mine.

pocahontas_mine

2. Wear Whatever You Want

Nothing is better than coming home and putting on sweatpants and an old t-shirt and not caring who sees you. But seriously.

Liz Lemon pajamas

At one of my old apartments, I came home from the gym and proceeded to turn on television. Unbeknownst to me, my roommate came home with a friend and their dates. No warning. So I had to surreptitiously sneak back into my bedroom. It was awful. Now—I don’t have to worry about that!

3. Visitors or No Visitors: Choose Your Own Adventure

Mrs Doubtfire cleaning

Speaking of wearing whatever you want, you now don’t have to worry about your roommate bringing over dates or friends without warning. You get to decide who enters your domain and when. That means you have plenty of time to hide the files or books that have become strewn across your kitchen table. I love being able to dictate when people are allowed to show up at my house.

4. Quiet Time

Frozen leave me alone

As a self-proclaimed introvert, it’s very important for me to have some quiet time. My apartment is my domain where I can read a book, take a bath, or just otherwise chill. Before, that could be disrupted by roommates and friends or even roommate’s family which made me feel even more awkward and alone. Having my own place means that I can go to my bedroom at 7:45pm and not worry about being a hermit or having my reading time interrupted by the television.

5. Space

This was my reaction as I walk through my apartment every day. “This is SO COOL!”

I know… I probably seem like a royal brat. But when you’re past 30, sometimes you just want a place of your own. I do miss having someone to talk to when I come home, but I sure don’t miss a lot of things that happen when you get a roommate.