Living by yourself can be hard but living alone as a single gal can be even harder. Now while there is nothing in the world that can compare to your own space and privacy, it can be challenging to live alone, especially when you hear a funny noise, come home late a night or simply need someone to take out the dreaded garbage. Women should always take extra precautions to prepare themselves when living alone. Don’t mind that married friend who calls you paranoid, here are a few tips for those ladies who knows how it feels to live alone.
1. When setting up your answering machine always state: “We” are unable to come to the phone instead of “I.” This gives the illusion that you live with someone.
2. If you are expecting service workers into your home, whether it’s to connect your gas, or cable, always ask to see a badge. If you feel better asking a friend to wait with you until the workers are done, that’s quite alright. At least this way you will feel more secure than being alone with a stranger.
3. If you have an intercom system and you aren’t expecting anyone don’t just buzz, ask who it is and what they want!
4. Get a dog, if your apartment building allows it. A dog can be a great companion for those who live alone. You always have a friend to come home to plus they are loyal pets. Besides, sometimes it’s good to be greeted at the door with a hug.
5. Don’t put your name on the mailbox, instead use your apartment number. If it cannot be avoided, then use your last name and first initial only. Also, add another name to your mailbox in order to make it appear as if someone else lives with you.
6. Befriend your neighbors. Get to know who belongs in your apartment complex. Leave on your radio when you go out to give the illusion that someone is home.
7. No visuals please. Make sure you have shades or curtains at an open window. You do not need to give a peep show to strangers.
Although, you have to take extra precaution, don’t live in fear. Enjoy your apartment and your “me” time. After all when you end up living with someone, there will be times when you will fondly remember when “those were the days.”