Are you considering moving home after four or more years of college? Whether you move home to save money, complete an unpaid internship, look for a job or pass the time until grad school starts, consider ways to smooth the transition and make the experience a positive one for everyone. Below I have compiled a handful of tips to make the transition back home a smooth one.
You lived at home with your parents for 18 years, but those four years of college changed you. Together with your parents, prioritize weekly family meetings that help you discuss any concerns, hash out problems, and strengthen your adult relationship.
Clarify Your Financial Obligations
Moving home may save you money, but it doesn’t erase your adult obligations. With your parents, decide if you’ll pay rent, buy groceries, or finance your own car insurance. Likewise, be clear about your strategy for repaying student loans. Your parents or their accountant can assist you in creating a workable budget and preparing financially for the future.
Split Household Chores
Your parents probably made you clean your room as a kid, and the same rule applies now that you’ve moved home after college. Negotiate a chore list, and faithfully do your share as you keep your new home tidy and clean.
Create a Family Calendar
Gone are your carefree college days when you planned your own schedule and ran your own life. Moving home after college requires you to be accountable to your parents. That doesn’t mean you can never invite friends over for a party or stay out after midnight, but you will have to keep your parents informed of your schedule so that they don’t worry when you crash at a friend’s house instead of sleeping at home. A family calendar easily tracks everyone’s schedule. On it, list your work schedule and any social plans. Additionally, check the calendar regularly so that you don’t miss important family meetings.
Insist on Privacy
Even though I have my own family now, my parents still appreciate knowing that I’m okay. Your parents will want to know the same things, and their curiosity and concern may feel stifling since you’re living under the same roof together. Commit to checking in regularly, but insist on maintaining privacy. Ask your parents to stay out of your room and off your phone, and give them the same courtesy.
Look for a Job
Living at home after college doesn’t mean you can sit around in pajamas and play video games all day. You’ll want to go to work or look for a job if you don’t already have one. Search the newspaper classified section, apply for work through a reputable temp agency like Manpower or Kelly and ask everyone you know for leads. Whether you plan to live at home for a few months or indefinitely, get serious about finding a job.
Trust me, living with your parents as an adult isn’t always easy. However, moving home can be rewarding personally, financially and professionally. Take the transition seriously and emphasize communication, courtesy and compromise from the moment you unpack your college furniture to the day you move into your own apartment.
What tips would you offer a recent graduate who’s moving home after college?
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