Last year, I moved out of my parent's house, and I was thrown into the world of adulthood. However, I really had no idea what I was doing. Luckily, since I went through the trial and error, you guys can learn from me how to make it on your own.

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Section 1: MONEY.

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1. Plan when you have to pay

When I was a freshman in college, I lived in the dorms for a semester before moving back home with my parents. This gave me a glimpse of what it was like to live on my own, but it was still much much different than when I started to rent an apartment of my own.
In both cases though, having a planned budget was very helpful in making sure I had enough money to pay my bills or buy my groceries. I use The Happy Planner brand planner for all of my school, budget, fitness, and other planning needs. They also sell these super cute stickers that are specifically for budgeting that have been a life saver for me. I mean, who doesn't love stickers???
First, I make sure that the days I have scheduled to work add up to enough to cover my rent and bills. Then, I make sure that I have every day bills are due written down in my planner. For a lot of electric companies or apartment management offices, there is a late fee for bills not paid on time. These fees suck, so make sure you write everything down in at least one place, if not a couple.

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2. Track your spending

This one is huge. I've messed up on this one a lot, but I can't stress how important it is to track how much you spend on things other than your bills or rent. Every week, I go to my back account and document in my planner how much I spent on misc. things like coffee, clothes, eating out, etc. A $5 cup of coffee doesn't sound like a lot of money at the time, but if you also bought a new pair of shoes that week and you ate out at a fancy restaurant with your boo, things can add up quick and catch you off guard. There have been many times for me where I've only been about $20 short from rent, and I could've kept that from happening if I'd just been more careful with where my money was going.

3. Save on the little things

When you go to starbucks or your favorite local coffee shop, go for the cheap brewed coffee instead of the fancy-schmancy latte for 5 or 6 bucks. When you go to the grocery store, go for the off brands instead of name brand. If you use a lot of something (toilet paper, paper plates, cereal, etc.) buy it in bulk. It's more expensive up front, but it's cheaper in the long run. This may not seem like it'll make a big difference, but trust me, it will. It'll save you lots of money on your grocery bills, which is money that can go elsewhere.

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Section 2: CLEANING.

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1. How often to clean what? And where?

I have a little system that I use after I figured out how long it takes for a certain room/ part of the house gets dirty, or how often it needs to be sanitized.

Once a Week:

Clean the toilet
Clean & scrub the shower/bath
Wipe down counters
Do laundry
Clean garbage disposal
Clean dishwasher
Mop the floors or vacuum carpet
Dust blinds

Twice a Week:

Do the dishes
Sweep hardwood floors/tile
Take out garbage (unless you need to more often)

Every Day:

Keep clutter from building up (clothes on floor, shoes scattered,etc.)
Sweep kitchen
Keep Counters organized

This is just how I do it, but it's worked for me so far! If you need to do it more often (if there is more than one person living in the home or some other reason), then go ahead! This is just a guide.

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2. What the $&%# am I supposed to use to clean???

Yeah. I know how you feel. You go to Target and you see about 20 different brands of things. JUST to clean your toilet. So which ones are best, or which ones are used for what?

For your toilet:

Clinging bleach gel: Clings to the toilet bowl and sanitizes it. Just follow the directions on the bottle for applying it.
Bleach spray: This stuff comes in a lot of different smells, brands, and types. Just make sure it kills germs and it sprays. Then, spray it on your toilet seat and the rim of the bowl. Then, wipe it clean. Easy, right?
-- also, make sure you have a toilet brush!! You can use it to scrub the toilet clean.--

For your shower:

Scrubbing Bubbles foaming spray: This stuff is great for removing the soap scum from the walls of the shower and bath. Make sure you get the kind that also kills bacteria. Spray it everywhere, let it sit, then scrub with a Heavy Duty sponge. Rinse with the shower head.

For your tile/wood floors:

Swifter makes awesome stuff for your hard floors. I use the Swifter sweeper dry cloths first to get a lot of the dog hair and dirt off my floor, then I use the wet cloth to mop anything that's deep in there. They also make a wet jet that you can use if your entire space is hard floors instead of carpet. Or, you can use the wet cloths and make it go a bit further with some Fabuloso, like I do. Fabuloso smells awesome, and it gets the dirt up. One downside of these products is that they don't kill any kind of germs, so if you have someone sick in the house, make sure you use some bleach.

For your dishes:

I use the pods of dishwasher detergent in my dishwasher. These come in a ton of different brands, so you can take your pick. Before I stick anything in the dishwasher, I also use some sort of Dishwashing soap with bleach alternative in it. This is good at getting tough food off the dishes, because your dishwasher won't get that stuff off!! It only sanitizes your dishes.

For your clothes:

I use the pods of laundry detergent for my clothes, too. Anything that comes in pod form is super easy to use for lazy people like me. I like to use either the purple Gain detergent or Tide original just because I really like the scents of these. These brands come in liquid form too. Just make sure that any brand you get is for high efficiency washers, because most washing machines at the laundromats or that they sell today are high efficiency. The in-wash scent boosters are awesome too, if you're willing to pay a bit of extra money to make your laundry smell extra good. These things make your clothes smell fresh for WEEKS. In terms of dryer sheets, take your pick of brand, they're all the same. And you only need to use one per load in the dryer!

For your counters:

Bleach wipes are a must. These things sanitize your surfaces and are good at scrubbing out crusty stuff in your kitchen. Fabuloso works great for this too, just dilute it with some water.

And there you have it. No more confusion when you're trying to buy crap to clean your house!!

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Good luck becoming an adult!! It can really be rough sometimes, but I promise it's worth it. If you'd like more articles like this about adult life let me know!!

Now get out there and adult!