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Yay!! You did it. You saved up enough money, probably endured hours scouring the internet for apartment listings and homes for rent ('cause let's face it, buying a house is flipping EXPENSIVE). And you're probably super excited. That's a good thing, you're going to need the energy to move everything and organize. To clean and set up your living spaces. To most likely change your mind at least once or twice on where you want your couch to be placed, which side of the counter you want your toaster on (it's the small things), and the classic, "what blankets am I using for curtains until I actually go to the store and buy some?" You'd never guess the different kinds of choices you get to choose from and honestly, it can get a little exhausting. Don't worry, though! I'm here to help, with some of the things I've learned and tried in my journey of being a young adult and owning an apartment.
Figuring out all the essentials you need is even bigger. I've realized that no matter what you buy, or even get around for your new place, you're ALWAYS missing something. It's hard to remember every little household item, I get it. Moving is a hectic process. Not to mention that there are so many things that you can associate to just one room!
Then there's the issue of, is there going to be more space, and will there be less than what you've gotten used to? How about your neighbors, are they nosey? Lots of things contribute to a new home but luckily, I'm here to help.
This is where you will most likely spend the majority of your time. It's where you eat, it's where you have the best conversations, and where most people go when they enter your home. If you don't have a lot of money or a bunch of kitchen appliances, don't worry. If you keep your eye out, or decide to get crafty, you can help liven up your kitchen without spending an arm and a leg!
- Tupperware and plates/cups/silverware. You can always go to your nearest supermarket or order offline but there is generally always a goldmine of cheap used kitchenware just waiting to be taken home. Dollar stores also have these for cheap.
- Decorations. This one is probably my favorite. I am the BIGGEST thrift shopper. I can attest that you can find the cutest things that people just give away. It's as easy as getting a couple new candle holders, or even nice cups/vases. (I've noticed Salvation Army and other thrift stores have an abundance of these). Fill the containers with something colorful, maybe even something that gives off a nice fragrance.
- Plastic shopping bags come in handy so save them instead of throwing them away. When you don't have money for trash bags, you'll be glad you saved them.
- Sink Area. When you make a list of things you think you should get for your new place, add dishrags and hand towels. If you clean as much as I do and like having a somewhat sparkling clean kitchen, having more than just one or two dish rags is a blessing. (If you really want to cheat the system and get quite a few rags for less, use an old towel and recycle. Grab some scissors and cut out new rags).
- Plants. If you think you can keep them alive, they're a great way to add color and liveliness to a room. Plus, once you get into one plant, the obsession will grow and soon enough, your house will be a lovely jungle of happiness.
- Febreeze, potpourri, wax melts. Something that smells good. I'm fairly certain I don't have to explain why. But I will, I will go that extra distance. No matter how weird. I'm just saying, it's nice to be able to poop and smell nice things. Instead of, well. The alternative. 🍦💩😂
- Ba ba ba daaa! Hand towels. I'm serious. They come in handy all the time!
- Shower Curtain
- Toilet paper. So. Much. Toilet. Paper. Everybody poops, there's a book about it. Named exactly that.
- Plungers are a must as well. Don't forget one of those.
- Curtains. I'm one of those people that doesn't like everyone in my business. I've learned in my day that people are selfish, so I choose not to let my windows stand there, naked. If you can't afford any, hop on down to the nearest thrift store and buy sheets. If you can sew, bonus points! Cut a sheet in half and hem the ends. Voila, new curtains.
- Tablecloths. Sheets are a perfect substitute here as well.
- Tacks/Pins. You can never have too many. They help with hanging up bags, holding up pot holders, and hanging towels. Lots of hanging potential that helps, especially when you don't have a lot of space in your living quarters.
- Locks. It's a smart idea to change the locks to your new place and to change the screws holding the door to the wall to longer and stronger screws. Less chances of someone being able to kick your door in.
- Lastly, remember the essentials. Drinks, condiments, spices, and some groceries. If you're a busy body that generally isn't home, getting meals that can be prepared quickly is a great idea. And stray away from buying bread or premade food if you don't plan on eating them within the week.
I hope this helps. At least a little for insight. And if you ever need more ideas, Pinterest is a great place to look.