Sure, living with a roommate or significant other means you'll never be lonely and you'll always have someone to talk to and/or sleep next to. But make no mistake: living alone can be simply the best thing ever.
1. You can do the dishes whenever you damn well feel like it.
If you are anything like us, you hate doing the dishes. Even if you have a dishwasher, the idea of (ugh) washing off a plate and (ugh) putting it in the dishwasher is just the worst. And don't even get us started on having to actually hand wash them. When you live alone and no one is bothered by the mold and flies, let that s--t stack sky high! You don't truly have to clean up until mom/a date comes over.
2. No one will ever see your emotional breakdowns.
You can drink red wine and cry at whatever you want without judgement. Breakup? Lost your job? Something happened on Scandal you just don't approve of? Cry it out. No one is around to mock you.
3. Your food is just that: your food.
The only way to ensure that no one steals your leftover Chinese food and eats it in a drunken stupor is to not live with anyone. And living alone means you can buy horrible garbage food without your roommate or S.O. saying things like: "do you have any idea how much sodium is in that bag of Flamin' Hot Funyuns?!"
4. You can get really weird in the bathroom.
You can indulge in whatever bathroom habit you might have without fear of being caught. And you can do it all with the door open.
5. Toilet paper galore!
If you've never lived with other people before, you'd be surprised how quickly your TP supply dwindles down to a single sheet hanging off the cardboard tube. Enjoy the plethora of butt wipes, living alone-ers.
6. You can let farts fly.
You don't have to be polite if there is no one around to offend. Plus, it's actually bad for your health to hold them in. Get your flatulence on.
7. There is no such thing as secret behavior when you live alone.
Do you like to dance around in your underwear to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" while singing to your pet? You don't have to do that behind closed doors when you're all by yourself. Put on a show! Dance like no one is watching, because nobody is watching!
8. No need for dishes at all.
Sometimes you just want to drink from the carton or eat directly from the ice cream pint. Well, guess what? When you live alone, no one will be grossed out by your lips on the bottle of orange juice. Chug away.
9. Two words: naked time.
Because you will never know the true meaning of freedom until you are able to do boring chores or every day activities around the house completely and totally in the nude.
(Original art by Amanda Oleander for E! Online)