If you’re reading this, you’re likely about to move into your first apartment, or at least giving it some serious consideration; so congrats! I was in your position exactly 1 year ago. I decided it was time for me to move out of my parents house and into my very first apartment. There were a few reasons I wanted to move out. First of all, I was 25 years old and ready to be more independent. I had a steady job and a decent savings, so I felt the time was right. And second of all, my commute to work was over an hour, so I wanted to move a bit closer (like an hour closer). It was a very exciting time, but it was also very overwhelming. I didn’t realize how many basic essentials you would need when you moved out on your own. I was so used to living at my parents and having everything I needed all the time (thanks mom and dad). And that’s why I’m here today, to share with you what I’ve learned from living on my own!
This might seem obvious, but you really don’t realize how much furniture you need when you move into your own place. If you’ve been living at home or in a dorm, all you’ve ever really needed was a bed; the rest was always provided to you. Depending on how big your place is, furnishing an apartment can get really expensive. I would suggest shopping around on Amazon for affordable pieces or taking old furniture from family and friends. That’s exactly what I did when I moved out. I think I only had to buy 2 pieces of furniture myself, and the rest was gifted to me.
What You Need
- A bed (0r 2 depending on how many bedrooms your apartment is)
- A dining room or kitchen table ( or maybe both)
- A coffee table
- End tables
- A dresser (or 2)
- A nightstand (or 2)
- A couch
There are so many more things you will discover that you need as time goes on, but as far as furniture goes, if you have all or most of the above, you should be set. Now you might be thinking, “what do I need end tables for?” And that’s a valid question. But let me tell you, they are very important to have when your apartment has minimal lighting. I have lamps on my end tables that provide light in my living room. If I didn’t have end tables, I would have no light…
So.many.kitchen.appliances….. Who knew there were so many kitchen tools and appliances that you would need? Again, if you’ve been living at home with mom and dad, you probably never had to buy a can opener, or a strainer, or forks and knives! All of those things just magically appeared in the drawer or cabinet, right? Well once you’re on your own, those magical cabinets no longer exist; sorry…
What You Need
- A set of silverware (forks, knives, spoons)
- A set of cups
- A dishware set (plates and bowls)
- Pots and pans
- Cookie sheet (or 2)
- Coffee mugs (if you drink tea or coffee)
- Beer glasses/Wine glasses (if you drink alcohol)
- Can opener
- Cutting board
- Paper towel holder
- Vegetable peeler
- Tupperware containers
- Coffee pot or Keurig
- Mixing spoons
- Oven mitts
- Trash can
- Ice trays
And that’s not even the half of it. My boyfriend and I are still missing so many kitchen essentials! It definitely takes time to collect all of the things you need. If you’re living by yourself and don’t do a whole lot of cooking, you can probably get away with not having some of the items mentioned above. But for the most part, those are all very common things to have.
Right now my boyfriend and I are living in an apartment, so the cleaning isn’t too bad since it’s such a small space. With that being said, however, it’s still a space that has to be cleaned. And it takes time and it takes money…
What You Need
- Vacuum (we have a dyson and it does a GREAT job picking up dog hair)!
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Toilet bowl brush
- Dish soap
- Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner (we love this stuff)!
- Resolve Carpet Cleaner (we use this ALL the time because of our two dogs)!
- Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner
- Laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
And then of course there’s all of your essential body care products like face soap, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, makeup, etc.
Moving into your own place is a big step in adulthood. Good luck!
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