Moving into your first place can be stressful yet exciting at the same time. You finally get a chance to be on your own and more financially dependent. It can be tough, especially if you are not sure what to pack and purchase. Here’s a guide for purchasing items for your first place. But before I get there, there are some things that you have to keep in mind.
- Making your apartment a “home” takes time: You will not be able to purchase all of the things you want/need at once. It will get expensive, especially if you have other financial obligations. Remember to purchase the important items first, you will get a chance to splurge later.
- Splurge on the right items: You are probably obsessing over a $100 throw pillow on Pinterest, but that is not the best item to spend that amount of money on at the moment. Instead, use that money on something that you will use often, such as a crockpot or bedsheets.
- Make it work: Your first apartment may be smaller than you like or not as “modern” as you want it to be. But that is ok! It is your first place, it won’t be your last. Work with what you have and make the best out of it. This gives you a chance to solve those problems in creative ways.
With that being said, here is a list of 10 items that you should prioritize for your first apartment.
- Couch: If you do not have a couch on moving day, that’s ok. But eventually, you will get tired of sitting on the floor, chairs, and your bed all of the time. If you enjoy entertaining, a couch will also make that easier and more enjoyable. There are many places, including thrift stores, which you can purchase an affordable couch from. You can even ask your family members if there is one lying around that they want to give away.
- Coffee table: This is an affordable piece of furniture that you can use to decorate your living room. You can even build your own.
- Lighting: You may need additional lighting throughout your apartment. But don’t worry, it can be super affordable.
- Pots and Pans: High quality pots and pans can last for years. Just make sure you hand wash them and clean thoroughly to keep them up.
- Knifes and Cutting boards: Knifes and cutting boards are essential for your kitchen. If you purchase good quality knifes, it can accelerate your cooking process and you won’t have to purchase them often. Cutting boards are also needed, so you won’t scratch your counter. Make sure you purchase more than one (poultry and produce).
- Bed: This is important! You spend about 6-8 hours a day in your bed, you want to make sure your mattress is comfortable. I recommend purchasing a mattress topper to prevent any stains and to make your mattress last longer.
- Dresser: Another place to store your clothing, that way you won’t have to put everything on hangers.
- Towels: Good quality yet budget friendly bath and kitchen towels are essentials. You can even use them as decoration. Purchase some colorful towels for a pop of color.
- Shower Curtain: Necessary, you don’t want to make a mess and have water all over your bathroom.
- Cleaning Supplies: Cleaning supplies will be needed not only to clean up after yourself but before your move in. Simply clean out areas such as the bathroom and kitchen before you move your things in.
After your purchase these items and other basics in due time, you will be settled in and ready to make amazing memories in your new home.
Are you moving into your first apartment? What are your essentials on your move in list?