25-year-old Emma Wilde has decided to continue living with her parents in her childhood bedroom despite graduating and landing her dream job as a marketing executive.
As the woman revealed, she is proud of her lifestyle despite occasionally feeling annoyed as her mother tells her to clean her room.
“I never expected to still be living at home once I’d graduated and got a job, but I’m one of 13.6 million young people aged 20-34 in the UK living with their parents,” Emma said in an interview with Clare O’Reilly according to The Sun.
“While rising house prices and a stagnant labor market are all cited as reasons behind this epidemic, the truth is, even though I do get nagged about my messy room every so often, I don’t actually want to move out – at least not yet anyway.”
As Emma explained, she moved out of her parents’ home after applying to the Sunderland University. However, she missed her parents terribly and struggled with the practicality of living on her own.
“I had to do the washing-up, as there wasn’t a dishwasher like at home. And while I learned to do the laundry and ironing, most of the time I brought my clothes back for Mum to do, as she always did it better than me,” the 25-year-old added.
After graduating and finding a job close to her parents’ home, the woman decided to move back in with them in order to save up enough for a house deposit.
“That first night I wondered if I’d made the right decision. Would people think I was a baby relying on my parents instead of enjoying my independence? But three years on, I know I’ve made the right choice,” Emma expressed.
“Living with my parents means I can save properly for a house deposit and although I would love my own space one day, I’m in no rush. Mum does all my washing and ironing, cooks me dinner if I’m home and even used to make my packed lunches.
“The only really annoying thing is that both me and Tom, who I met six months ago, live at home, so when we go over to each other’s houses, we don’t have a space of our own we can hang out in and even though we’re in our 20s, we’re not allowed to stay over, which is infuriating.”
Nevertheless, not having to lift a finger while saving up for a deposit isn’t a bad deal according to the marketing executive.
“Admittedly, Mum also cleans my en-suite bathroom, which means I don’t have to lift a finger other than making my bed. I feel guilty that she does so much, but I also believe that if she wasn’t happy, she’d tell me. And I do my bit by paying towards food and rent, so I’m not a complete free-loader,” she added.
“I’m putting money aside every month, but I’m looking at five figures for a deposit, which is a huge sum to save. But when I do finally move out I’ll make sure I find somewhere close by – there’s no way I’d live more than a few miles away ever again.”
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