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The Top 9 Benefits Enjoyed by Women Living Alone

Updated on March 31, 2011

Many women dread the prospect of living alone, but really, it's AWESOME, and women are choosing to live alone every year. Many have partners and simply choose to maintain their own residence and not marry. Others simply want to devote extra time to their careers and ambitions for world domination. And some choose to live alone for the simple reason that living solo is exceedingly fun.

What are the benefits of solitary female living? If you're an independent gal, you probably already know, but just for kicks, let's go over the major perks. You might just find that you've missed some!


1. Freedom to dance like a fool

Let's start with one of the biggest benefits of living alone- you can be a HUGE spaz and there is nobody to scoff at you or bring your mood down or get in the way of your mad, crazy dancing.

Many people associate solitary living with sedate lifestyles. The ignorant masses think of women living alone shuffling quietly across carpeted floors, knitting, or sitting in rocking chairs like Whistler's Mother. Little do these uninformed individuals know that every night, thousands of girls can be found not rocking chairs, but rocking out- sliding across their shiny kitchen floors, jamming through their hallways, shimmying in their showers, and moonwalking through their walk-in closets.

While one may certainly dance in the presence of roomies, family, or significant others, it is difficult to dance with the same reckless abandon one can assume alone, plus the moods, reactions, and physical obstacles presented by additional bodies in a space often get in the way of a good groove.

This leaves solitary ladies at a distinct advantage when it comes to weeknight dance sessions.


2. Every night can be a chick flick night

When living with someone else - anyone else - one must make sacrifices when it comes to entertainment.  Thankfully, those living alone are free to watch whatever they like- no matter how fluffy (or violent, or didactic, or ridiculous, or geeky) it might be!

Though this might seem like a small win, the freedom to watch whatever one wants is huge - gone are struggles over the remote, gone are "But we watched that last night!!" and "Well, what do you want to watch" conversations, and gone are quiet resentments resulting from forced exposure to American Idol!  TV and movie watchers, rejoice!

3. Plotting world domination is FAR easier

Have you noticed how impossible it is to get any work done when living with someone else?  Of course you have.  This is why women living alone find it much easier to spend their evenings plotting to take over the world.

Even women not suffering form megalomania enjoy the freedom to get stuff done afforded by their solitude.  Without distractions or the need to entertain others, it is amazing what one can achieve.


4. Clearance to eat like a pig!

Boy, eating alone is the bomb, and bachelors are not the only solitary creatures who get to pig out when nobody else is looking.

While it may come as no surprise that anyone alone may let manners lapse when eating alone, it should be taken into account that solitary women stand to gain even more from their single household status as, when paired with roomies of any sort, they usually end up making meals for groups. While this is a much lauded, enjoyable, and fun activity, making and eating communal meals is not all fun and games. Work is involved, as is compromise.

When a girl eats alone, she does not have to do any work. She can eat raw pasta, for all she cares - and nobody is there to stop her. She also has complete freedom to eat exactly what she wants exactly when she wants it and exactly how she wants it. Try to do that with a crowd.

5. Socialization is easier

Many women who live with boyfriends, roomies, or family think that it would be dreadful to live alone - that they would be far too lonely. The funny thing is that it is much easier to have a social life when one has one's own place.

First off, one does not feel obligated to spend time with those one lives with. Second, women living alone have the freedom to invite whomever they like to their place- whenever they like.  There are no agreements on quiet hours, no dirty looks when one invites friends over, and no restrictions on parties.  Freedom reigns!

Take Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany's as an example - she lived alone, but boy, did she ever have a social life! Do you think she could have such fantastic parties if she had a roommate to placate? Of course not. Ok, so maybe Miss Golightly was an inherently lonely person, but even if she did have flatmates, she could have been just as lonely.

6. Greater financial flexibility

As LillyGrillzit points out, living alone also leads to greater financial flexibility.  Sure, having roomies can help to cut down on the rent, but there is les angst about coordinating spending on monthly bills and utilities, and there is no danger of resentment over one person paying more than another or one person being late with making payments or moving  away and leaving everyone else in dire financial straights.

Women living alone are free to decide what kind of space they want, hence they are free to decide what they shall pay for rent.  They can also choose whether or not they want to spend their disposable income on furniture, lots of AC, home security, vacations, or charity.

Want to make a fort? Go on ahead! You'll not be getting in anyone's way!
Want to make a fort? Go on ahead! You'll not be getting in anyone's way! | Source

7. Freedom to make messes

When not living with others, one has clearance to make lots of messes without getting grief from anyone but oneself.  Women living alone have freedom to leave dirty dishes in the sink, shoes in the middle of a hallway, and clothing all over the place.  Nobody else will force them to clean up messes until they are good and ready!

On the flip side, solitary gals have the option to live in complete cleanliness and have perfectly organized abodes, as there is nobody else present to make messes or move things around.  In sum, girls living alone get to have the messiness level of their homes exactly as they want it to be.


8. Freedom to talk with... ANYONE!

Amymrie_5 points out that ladies living independently also have the freedom to talk to their cats whenever they please, without any sideways glances!  This is a huge perk indeed, and women living alone have the freedom to converse not only with pets, but also imaginary friends, aliens, God, and themselves as they please.

Sure, people can (and frequently do) speak with unconventional conversational counterparts in the company of flatmates, however such behavior often leads to annoyance, ridicule, or lessened enjoyment on behalf of the speaker.

9. Unrestrained music and singing

Just as women living alone are free to talk as much as they like, they are also free to sing and listen to music as much a they please- and believe me, they do.  It's brilliant.  

When one isn't dancing and singing while listening to music, one can really get a lot of work done - as you'll see from many of the comments on this Hub, a lot of HubPages authors enjoy listening to their favorite toons while writing away online.  This, methinks, is a major perk.

What is YOUR Secret Solitary Living Perk?

Do you live alone?  And do you enjoy some perks that go along with your solitary lifestyle that I did not mention above that you think are worth mentioning?  If so, share your secret in the comments (yeah, that'll make it not secret anymore, but this is for the greater good, after all), and I'll add it to the overview!


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      3 years ago

      living alone means to be free from stress! free from every thing can bring you feel down. you can find yourself too! i'm just a dreamer who want to be alone from her family's traditional. just pray for me to reach my dream :p

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      4 years ago

      Yessss! I love it. I'm separated, so it was hard at first, but months later I remembered just just how liberating it is. I keep a clean house and I cook whenever! I leave dirty dishes overnight sometimes and I lay around all day with my granny panties and nightgown on whenever!! LOL Now, if I could just kick out my possessive cat! He's like a man!!! Seriously, love the freedom...

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      4 years ago

      Falling asleep on couch in front of tv, food coma style.

      Aww yeah!

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      Efficient Admin 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I like not having to get dressed on the weekends i.e. I can walk around in my flimsy nightgown as long as I want to. Also not having to wash up the dishes after cooking -- can leave them in the sink until the next morning and nobody complains. Great hub, voted up.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      True that, Crystal Love! The privilege of living alone is certainly worth the effort required to get there.

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      Crystal Love 

      5 years ago

      It's just more fun:) I love being alone no drama never having to be attentive or concerned with anyone;) I can afford to live a good life alone but I worked hard to get here:)

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Goodness J K, that sounds heavenly!

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      J K 

      6 years ago

      Have two bathrooms to myself - always kept immaculately clean and I don't have to wait to use either of them! I only have to decide which bubble bath and scented soap to use...

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      6 years ago

      I wana Live alone but How ?

      I have no mony, I just wana be freeeeeeee...

      I live in Jordan with my famely, I wana Go from this Contry to America But I can't because I have no mony ...

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      6 years ago

      8 year old son that is lol

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      6 years ago

      I have lived alone for 7 years with my 88 year ols son...recently my partner has moved in and boy am I struggling. I miss my bed to myself, I miss my freedom, infact i would go as far as saying I hate living with someone...but im made to feel weird for being this way...when actually I find it strange that people would rather be miserable with someone due to fear of being alone! I love my own company and space and living with someone is bringing out a side of me I dislike ;-0

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my gosh. Heaven.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I am also with the sleeping alone in a big bed. I can pile up 6 pillows, 10 books, a glass of wine and some popcorn. Then fall asleep with all that and dream happy, happy dreams. Ahhhhh, this is the life!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Yeah, seriously! It's the best!!!

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      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I have never understood people who don't like sleeping alone - one of the great benefits of living alone is being to stretch out across a double bed and grab as much of the duvet as you want! You can also read for as long as you like at night. Also great for hubbing, as nobody feels neglected.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Very true, Mamelody. That's when I break out the chocolate and Japanese chick flicks :D

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      7 years ago

      Speaking from experience, when I was alone I enjoyed all of these traits you've pointed out but ultimately, they will always come a time when loneliness kicks in.. and that's something no single woman can escape...

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      You make such a good point about the music, Ingerira - freedom to listen to music is so key. And I suppose one doesn't have to *live* alone to enjoy that perk periodically - alone time will do it too! Hubbing and music do make such a fab combo.

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      7 years ago

      I like the positive perspectives presented in this hub for women living alone. For me, I don't live alone but I appreciate it when I am home alone, and write for Hubpages with any of my favourite music playing. There is noone disturbs me, there's no other noise in the house except the music/songs I like, noone complains about the song I play, and noone to bug me with this and that... I actually miss this "good time".

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh right! I added three more and forgot to change the title! Guess I had better get to that, hahaa :D

      Yes- your Hub on being an empty nester is a good one! I shared it with my own empty nesting mother, and she appreciated it. And I'm so glad that you're a dancer too! It's SUCH a joy!! Thanks for reading!!

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Simone, you said 5 but I see you did 8, truth be told there's many, many more. I named a few in my hub on being an empty nester. I also focused on some of your points in my hub about women living alone. You're so right about all of your points. I especially like part of #1, because I do that a lot,(wild and crazy dancing), never thinking others are doing it too. Love it, loved it, and totally agree. Voted up/funny/awesome/beautiful!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      So true, LillyGrillzit! And you're quite right, amymarie_5! Hmm... I should add those points to the Hub! I think I will XD

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      7 years ago from Chicago IL

      Love it! I love living alone. So many people are afraid of it but I get to do whatever I want. I could make a mess, clean it up whenever and eat jellybeans for dinner. I talk to my cats and dance around my place a lot. Hmmm... maybe I'm a bit too eccentric for roommates. :)

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      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Perk: Financial Planning, and vacations... "one less bell to answer, one less egg to fry..." (Macoo 1967)

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Yeah! Work dancing!! It's the ultimate way to love work - and boost efficiency! That's a smart TV-music compromise you've made, too! Hubbing while listening to tunes on a balcony, PLUS knowing that the man of one's dreams is just feet away, sounds pretty ideal to me :D

      You know what you,re doing, Karanda!

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      Karen Wilton 

      7 years ago from Australia

      You had me with the dancing right from the start. I am so glad I work from home so that even though I live with someone I still get to slide, shuffle or jive my way across the polished floor boards while he's at work.

      TV versus stereo is a big one for me. I gave up my evening music when I moved in with the man of my dreams. We've come to a compromise, he watches TV while I listen to music on the balcony and write Hubs!


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