Skip To Content
  • win badge

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

Good solid advice.

Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed

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

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

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.

From here.

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.,,

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.

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

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

From Just a Girl.

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

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.

emilyesimon /, edcminasgerais /

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.

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

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

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

11. Meet your neighbors, even if you just knock on their door and say hi.

12. Keep your doors and windows locked, just, like, always.

Obvious, I know, but it's still good advice!

13. And consider installing a home security system of some sort.

Even if you only ever catch curious raccoons, it could be worth it.

H/T Reddit.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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., Lauren Zaser / BuzzFeed

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.

20. And make it food that you'll actually look forward to when you get home, so you're more likely to actually eat it.

Get this 10-minute Chicken Pot Pie in a Mug recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking, and find more cooking-for-one tips here and here.

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

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.

22. And tape one end of your bracelet down so you can put it on with one hand.

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.

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