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12 Things Only People Living Alone Would Understand

12 Things Only People Living Alone Would Understand

1. You Can Be As Clean (Or As Messy) As You Want

Most people have experienced living with someone who is either extremely tidy or untidy, often resulting in silent battles and feelings of resentment. Living alone means you can keep your home as clean or as messy as you like, without ever feeling guilty. If you want to leave a bowl of food out for a week, you can. If you want to wash your curtains every other day, you can. This is your home, and you get to decide how clean it is!

2. How Much Fun You Have Alone

Even though spending time with your friends is a lot of fun, sometimes spending time alone can be just as awesome.  You can choose everything, from the television show, to the snacks and the drinks. Or you could read. Or you could bake – either way, the choice is yours!

3. Sometimes You Don’t Wake Up On Time, Because There Isn’t Anyone To Make You Get Up

When you live alone you have to rely on yourself completely, which is extra hard when it comes to getting out of bed. When you live with other people, they can often help to (forcefully) motivate you to get out of bed. Now you live alone? You could sleep for 30 hours without anyone worrying – except your boss.

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4. Clothing Isn’t Essential

Once you are through the door, clothing becomes optional. Nudity is always more comfortable, and you can barely remember risky naked runs to the bathroom from back when you lived with other people. Avoid the windows and enjoy your freedom!

5. The Tired Feeling You Get When You Think About Cleaning

Most people understand the concept of tidying up, but you became a cleaning expert when you started living alone. Everything repeatedly needs cleaning, from the taps, to the oven, to your clothes – and you have to do it all yourself. However, you never have to clean up anyone else’s mess, for which you are eternally grateful.

6. All Of The Food In The Fridge Belongs To You

One of the main problems with sharing your home is having to also share your fridge and cupboard space. But if you live alone, all of the delicious food in the fridge belongs to you – and you no longer live with the fear that your housemates will eat some of it while you’re not looking. That bag of mozzarella? Safe from prying hands.

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7. Being Ill Is Somehow Much Worse

Living alone has lots of benefits when you’re not sick, but it can be a lot harder when you’re ill. You have to make your own hot drinks and soup, and there isn’t anyone who you can vent to. Although it feels very lonely at the time, when you’re better you feel proud that you can look after yourself. If you’re feeling particularly sorry for yourself, try making yourself this quick and easy chicken soup.

8. If You Forget To Pay For The Internet, You Won’t Get The Internet

One of the best parts of living alone is not having to rely on anyone – until it comes to bills. Living alone means if you forget to pay the bills, things start getting cut off. Thankfully, the fear of not being able to shower means you actually become great at keeping track of payment deadlines.

9. Talking To Yourself Is Totally Normal

Before you lived alone you rarely spoke to yourself, but now it is a daily routine. You’re happy to talk to yourself, or a spider, or your washing machine – anyone who will listen. There is never any fighting, and you agree with everything you say. Ideal!

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10. Sometimes, You Miss Your Housemates Or Families

Even though you love your independence and freedom, you often find yourself missing snuggling up on the sofa with your family. One part of you loves having control of the remote (and the interior design), and one part of you misses the good-natured playing with your family. Oh, the conflict!

11. You Can Do (Nearly) Anything    

During the time people live alone they often learn lots of new household skills. During your time living alone you may have learned how to repair broken appliances, or how to decorate a room. Toilet won’t flush? You know how to deal with that. Lightbulb needs changing? You could do it in your sleep! Living alone often teaches you useful life skills, while making you more self-reliant.

12. If You Don’t Make Dinner, You Go Hungry

One of the more challenging parts of living alone is having to cook every meal for yourself. While this often starts with burnt food in the bin and a chocolate bar in your hand, it eventually progresses to you learning how to cook some tasty dishes. Now you can cook whatever you want for tea, and the feeling of independence is nearly as good as the food.

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Can you think of anything else that you experienced while living alone? Comment with your ideas below!

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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