When you’re young, getting your first apartment is an exciting time. The freedom and exhilaration of being on your own for the first time is certainly a notable experience in life. It’s easy to get lost in the hype, and forget that you have to make the place functional.
When you’re used to living with your parents, you don’t think about the things you need to keep a household running smooth. Take a moment now to get your mind focused in the right direction. Read through a few tips for stocking your new apartment, and go into this new phase of your life prepared to shine.
Don’t forget cleaning supplies
It may be the last thing you want to think about, but keeping your house clean should be the first thing on the list. You should clean your apartment before you move in, and you’ll need some supplies to get the job done right. A broom, a mop, trash bags, trash cans, sponges or rags, cleaners, and don’t forget the toilet brush.
Showering supplies are vital
Bathing is something you should probably keep doing after you move out of Mom and Dad’s house, so you’ll need all the supplies necessary to make that happen.
Get a shower curtain and some quality bath towels. Hand towels, hand soap, wash rags, shampoo, body wash, and other bathing supplies are vital basics. Also, don’t forget to grab a stopper for your bathtub, so you can enjoy a hot bath from time to time as well.
Sleeping is an important aspect
You need the things that make sleep more comfortable. You need a bed, but more than that, you need bedding. Pillowcases for your pillows, sheets, a comfy comforter and maybe even a little night stand are all some good basics to keep on your supply list.
You need food to eat
Food should be a priority. You’ll need a late night snack the first night you move into your new place. Think ahead, and stock your house with food on move in day. You’ll thank yourself the first time your stomach gives you a little growl and you only have to walk a few steps to fix the problem.
Hangers and laundry basket
Laundry is something you’ll want to maintain when you live alone. The smell of a fresh t-shirt right out of the shower is something you’ll miss when you don’t have it anymore. Provide it for yourself, and make sure you have a good laundry basket, hangers, and all the detergent and fabric softener you need to make your clothes smell as delicious as possible.
You need some basic tools
You’ll want to hang pictures, shelves, and other things around the place, so you’ll need some basic tools as well. A hammer, some nails, screwdrivers, an allen wrench, command hooks, an extension cord (or three), some batteries, and a simple first aid kit will get you started.