Did you just move back in with your parents? It's time to start the clock.
A new survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that parents think 20-somethings can live at home up to five years. After that, it's back to the real world and the vast unknown or, you know, the pull-out couch in a buddy's apartment.
A combination of student debt, a tough job market, and a desire to save money have millennials returning home at a record pace. A study from Pew Research reveals the number of people between the ages of 18 and 31 living with mom and dad rose 36% in 2012.
As we cohabitate, let it be known far and wide: these are the official ground rules for moving back with our parents.
The arrangement may be tricky at times, but we're all grownups and will make it work.
... no matter how it tastes.
... and you certainly shouldn't stay up until I get back.
I will, however, keep my phone on if you need me.
And it's OK to come and go without necessarily saying "Hi" and "Bye."
Even if the lights are off, and there's no sound. Even if you're 100% positive I'm not home.
... I realize you need a solid 8-9, so I'll keep it down at night.
I'll need a nest egg to move out.
If the floors are dirty, I'll sweep them. If the sink is full, I'll load the dishwasher.
Thanks for letting me live rent-free.
I don't enjoy hearing the phrase pick up your clothes off the floor, but I can't stop you from saying it.
Trust that, while I will throw a party, my friends have matured and won't break expensive things like they did in high school.
... I will never forget to thank you for letting me come back home when I need it most.