Post # 1
Just you, without kids, boyfriend, husband, or roommates. If so, how long? Just wondering. As soon as I could afford to no longer have female roommates I got my own place. Lived alone for 11 years before becoming a mom. I purposely chose not to live with any man before marriage. But I understand that is not the norm now, so it occurred to me that living alone for any length of time might be unusual.
Post # 2
I lived by myself for a couple years in college, and then after college, I got my own apartment in a new city and lived alone for 3 years before me and DH moved in together. I loved living alone!
Post # 3
I have lived alone numerous times at different stages of my life. Altogether about 8 years but not continuously.
Post # 4
I have never lived alone. Between 18-24 I lived with housemates, some close friends some not and at 24 I moved in with my FI, then BF. I live in London and I could just never justify a one bedroom apartment. Bills and rent would have been a huge portion of my salary and we never would have bought our flat at 26 and 27 had either of us lived alone.
I don’t feel like I missed out on anything, I like having the odd night alone if FI is away but I would not enjoy living alone.
Post # 5
Carolsays : I lived alone twice for about a year at a time and honestly, it made me pretty happy. Even when I had to work 2 jobs to afford it, it was nice not to put up with anyone elses shit. Sometimes it was pretty lonely though. At least I had my cats to come home to. lol x
Post # 6
I only lived alone for about 2 months when my roommate at the time went back home for a summer. I absolutely loved it! I had been going through a hard time before and it was so revitalizing to have a place to myself. I’m so glad I got that experience because I started dating my FI shortly after and now we live together and presumably always will!
Post # 7
About 6 years total – 5ish consecutively, then moved in for a short time with someone, and then for another year alone. I’ve never lived with roommates other than SOs — honestly I’m too introverted, particular about my things, and like my own space too much, so I’ve always found a way to make it work without having roommates. I loved living alone, though I also love living with FI now. 🙂 The biggest difference is that I can watch scarier shows now.
Post # 8
MsBeer : I was lonely at times too but loved having my own space
Post # 9
I lived with roommates throughout college and until I was about 25. Then I always had a one bedroom or studio apartment until I was 30, when I moved in with DH after we got engaged. I’m glad I had both experiences (living with roommates and living by myself)! Living by myself was awesome…..no one to shame me for eating peanut butter out of the jar with a fork at 2am. (except my cats.)
Post # 10
I’ve never lived alone (unless you count having my own bedroom in university residence). I moved straight from my parent’s house to university, and then from my student house with roommates in with my boyfriend (now husband). I always thought I would feel so lonely living by myself (hopefully I will never have to find out)!
Post # 11
I lived on my own for a year post-divorce (and loved it!), and then I bought my house and met my BF. He still doesn’t (technically) live here, but my college-age little sister moved in a couple months ago. She has her own floor of my house and the only thing we share is the oven and dishwasher, so it’s nice having someone around.
Post # 12
I lived on my own from 19-27. during this time I lived 6 months with my parents (between graduation and job) and 5 month with a roommate (placement from univeristy). lived in a studio through college and it my own one bedroom apartment when I got a job.
I don’t think living alone is lonely unless you are lobely. But you can be lonely with other people.i loved having my own place and not worry about others or take others into account.
Post # 13
I lived with my parents and younger sisters until I was 24. I was attending university in the same city and my family was great to live with, so I never felt the need to move out. Then at 24 I finally moved in with my boyfriend and the rest is history! So no, I’ve never lived alone!
Post # 14
Never for longer than about a month! I much prefer coming home to people. I currently live with a host family and can’t wait to be married and move in with my fiancé once he becomes my husband! But I’m so grateful for the chance I’ve had to live with the family I currently live with (for over 2 years now).
Post # 15
I lived alone for 6 months, after always having a roommate and right before moving in with now DH. I honestly loved it. Of course I prefer living with DH and married life now, but I’m really glad I got that brief period of time to have my own place.