Whether you’re moving out of the family home or are about to move out of university halls and into a proper flat, there’s a lot that you need to think about. The chances are that you’re so excited about moving into your own place that you haven’t taken much time to think about the things you will need. You’ve most probably got your housewarming party planned but are yet to work out what exactly you need to buy for your new home.
If the reality that you’re going to need ‘stuff’ to make your new place into a home has just dawned on you, don’t panic. Below, I’ve put together a guide to all the essentials that you’ll need for your first home.
Unless you’re moving into a furnished rental property, you’re going to need your own furniture. Don’t stress - you can pick most of the things that you need super cheap at discount stores like IKEA and B&M. So, what do you need? For your living room, a sofa, a TV stand, and a coffee table of some sort are musts. For your bedroom, a bed (and mattress), a wardrobe or chest of drawers, a desk, and bookshelf are all necessary. For the kitchen or dining room, you could do with a dinner table and chairs - this isn’t a necessity, though, as you could always eat on the sofa.
For the kitchen, you will need appliances like a fridge, freezer, and washing machine, for definite. As well as a dishwasher, if you’re not happy washing up my hand. (Some rental properties include these items, so if you’re renting, make sure to check this with the landlord.) You’ll also need crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment, and utensils. A washing up bowl is a must, as is a sponge, scrubbing brush, and some cotton tea towels. (Don’t opt for synthetic ones, as they don’t last as long.)
Bathroom bits and bobs:
All you’ll need for the bathroom are towels, soap dishes, a bin - just little things like that. As the property will come with the bath, shower, toilet, and sink already. A bath mat and shower mat are both essential, as is a shower curtain if there isn’t already one. For the bathroom, all you need really are accessories to put your own stamp on it.
For your bedroom, as well as the furniture mentioned above, you’ll also need a selection of other items. Bed linen is a must have - duvet covers, sheets, pillowcases, and so on. You’ll also need a couple of pillows and a duvet - these are things that you most probably already have. If you want to give your bedroom a personal touch, a selection of accessories might be a good idea. Think rugs, table lamps, bunting, lampshades, blankets, and wall art.