Wow that's depressing.....
Except it's also really exciting! Moving forward in the natural progression of things. The whole move out process is actually pretty simple, if you're organized. Logically there are a few steps to follow and I'd like to share my experience with you.
Budget it out.
Think about how much money you're making, how much you have saved, how much you'll be spending. Write it down. Be conservative on your estimates and think about what you will actually be spending money on, especially in the first few months. Check out my tips for creating a budget if you're stuck!
Find yourself a roommate!
Particularly in the DC area, rent is expensive. it's not impossible to live on your own, in fact I didn't initially think I would have a roommate, but plans change! My best friend said she needed a person to live with ASAP and we said let's do it!
Do your research.
If you know for 100% certainty where you want to live, you can skip this step. But if you're anything like me, you'll have a checklist of things you want in your humble abode. From there you will want to see which places have the majority of your wish list items, because no place will have everything. Visit before you commit. Make sure you see yourself there. At that point you're ready to start the application process!
Movin' on up!
Once the move in date was set, it was planning what we had and what we didn't have and deciding who would bring what. We realized we have everything we could possibly need in the kitchen, and our personal bedrooms are all set. We're just sitting on the floor until we are able to get a couch! (I'm not kidding about that either.)
At this point we are full adults. And we keep asking each other why we wanted to grow up in the first place. At the same time, we snuggle and have mini therapy sessions after work and it's a happy place in our new home!