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23 Practical Tips For Living Alone That Actually Make A Big Difference

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1. Don't close the door unless your keys are in your hand, so you know you have 'em every time you leave.

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And give spare keys to someone you trust who lives nearby, if you can. Get a pack of eight similar write-on keychains on Amazon for $8.59.

2. Keep a fire extinguisher around and know how to use it, juuuust in case.

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And keep it somewhere you can quickly get to from the kitchen, but not directly above your stove — you don't want any potential fires to block your access to it.

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3. Put doorknob bells on every entrance to your home — if you don't hear 'em ring, you'll know no one's actually opened the door, no matter what you *thought* you heard.

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If every last bump or thump from your neighbor makes you think someone's in your apartment, bells might help.

Get the Valentine's door hanger from HouseOfMaxwell on Etsy for $8 (you could take the ribbon off after the holiday's over), the turtle door hanger from GinnyRiggle on Etsy for $25, or the yarn tassel hanger from iTSCAiTdesign on Etsy for $28.

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4. Keep some medicine stocked just in case you get so sick that you can't really make it to the pharmacy.

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Don't forget the stuff that you might need for vomiting or diarrhea — you won't want to leave when you actually need it!

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5. And keep a supply of nonperishable ~sick food~ around, too.

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Like instant or canned chicken noodle soup, ramen, a small container of saltines, and some tea.

6. If you live somewhere where the power might be knocked out for a couple of days, keep food and a flashlight around for that, too.

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Pasta and jars of sauce = perfect blizzard food. (Assuming you have a gas stove.)

7. Follow the one-minute (or two-minute, or five-minute) rule — if you spot something that needs to get done, and it takes less than one minute, just do it right then.

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Like loading a dish in the dishwasher, washing a pot, wiping down your kitchen cabinets...whatever you spot, get it done! It'll keep your home that much neater and cleaner.

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8. Get a vacuum with an expanding wand if you hate dealing with spiders and other bugs. Or just a straight-up bug vacuum.

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So you can reach 'em even in the tallest corners.

Get the BugZooka on Amazon for $25.99.

9. Or just keep some bug-killing spray around.

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Just be sure to read the label carefully and use it correctly, so it doesn't endanger you / visiting kids / pets.

Get a can of Raid House & Garden on Amazon for $10.47.

10. Buy a tool set that at least has a screwdriver with changeable heads — you'll use it.

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Get a similar tool set on Amazon for $17.69.

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14. Don't hesitate to invite friends over for game night, movie night, taco night, etc. — it'll motivate you to clean up and make your space less lonely.

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Or find a TV show you all like to watch, and get together every week to watch it.

15. And find reasons to leave your apartment, even if you don't have something to do.

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No plans one day? Take a walk, go browse in a store IRL instead of looking online, bring a book (or even your laptop!) to a cafe to chill — just get out of the house for a few hours. Even if you don't talk to anyone, it could help you feel less lonely.

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16. Or if you just moved somewhere where you don't really know anybody, find a meet-up group doing something you're interested in.

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Meetup probably has groups local to you that do all sorts of activities — whether you knit, want to play a game of basketball, or even just want to drink a beer. Even if it's a little awkward, everyone there is interested in meeting new people. Get more tips on making friends in a new town here.

17. Stay in touch with your loved ones, like your parents or your supportive friends.

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Make a regularly scheduled phone call — or because it's 2018, video chat. Or just call them up every other week or so. Whatever works! It'll nurture the support system you already have.

18. Give yourself little routines or rituals, like cooking dinner every night, or cooking a big batch on the weekend to eat throughout the week.

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Plus, if you have food around already, it'll be less tempting to just order takeout when you're feeling lazy. Get the recipe for this Chicken Sausage and Veggie Dinner on Our Best Bites.

19. You can also make big batches that you eat some of now, and freeze the rest for later.

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I like to use Handle the Heat's technique to freeze BuzzFeed Food's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies — then pull out one (...or two) to bake fresh whenever I need one.

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21. Tie a ribbon to a clothespin to zip up a dress by yourself.

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You could also tie it to a safety pin or directly to the zipper pull, *if* your zipper pull has a little hole in it.

From Home Stories A to Z.

23. And most of all: Enjoy your solo space! Now's the time to experiment with your home decor, or customize it to whatever you actually like.

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You don't have to compromise with anyone, so if you like decorating and can save some money for it, do it! If you want to do it on a budget, check out these tips.

H/T this Reddit thread, and this one, and this one, and this one. Plus this Quora thread.