8 Simple Things You Need for Your First Apartment
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Moving into your first apartment is so exciting and stressful and overwhelming and wonderful! One of the last things you need to think about is having everything your parents own.
Instead, start your own life off simply. Saving money and time, you only need a few things to get started in your very own apartment.
Here’s my list of only 8 simple things you need for your very first place!
1. A bed
I only say this because I’ve been there. And sleeping on the floor is fine for a few days, but your body will thank you for having a proper bed to sleep on.
Now, don’t go all in with the bed frame and all the extras. For your first apartment, all you really need is a mattress. Save money on the millions of throw pillows and the fanciest bed frame, instead put that money to getting a good mattress.
For the first two years of my apartment living, I had a not so great full sized mattress. I loved the size of the bed, but not so much the springs stabbing me in the back. So do yourself a big favor, and get a decent mattress.
We live in a time where good mattresses are just a click away and can be shipped in a box! I really wish I had known about these when I first moved out. This particular mattress has great reviews on Amazon with over 11,000 reviews. And being made in the USA, you can also feel good about sleeping on a product ethically made.
2. Dinnerware + Flatware
You need to have something to eat from. Eating from paper plates and take out boxes is not sustainable environmentally or personally.
I suggest having a 20-piece flatware set, so you’re not washing spoons every time you want to eat. Living with less than that can be a pain.
But on the dinnerware front, don’t get more than you need. If you can get by with only one or two dishes, go for it! You can always buy more later if you find out that you need it.
3. Cooking Ware
You don’t need much if you’re not an avid cook or baker. For your first apartment, you can make due with just one pot, one pan, one oven dish and one baking sheet. In fact, at the moment writing this, that’s all I have. It works great because not only do these items not take up much room if you only have one you’ll make sure to clean it after each use instead of letting all your dirty dishes pile up.
4. Mason Jars
It’s a cup to drink from, it’s a jar to store foods in, it’s a vase for flowers, it’s a container for your coins…the possibilities are infinite!
Seriously though, I love mason jars. You can put them in the freezer, you can put them in the microwave, you can use them for a million things, and they come with airtight sealable lids.
I use my mason jars for everything and I am a total klutz, so don’t think I haven’t accidentally flung this to the ground a time or two. So far no spills and no breaks! Excuse me while I go knock on wood!
5. A first aid kit
Easily overlooked, and somehow usually unmentioned, do yourself a favor and make sure you have a first aid kit. It doesn’t have to be big or crazy, but at least having band-aids is a must have. Nothing is worse than getting a cut and try to MacGyver yourself a ban-aid.
I personally still use the Hello Kitty first aid kit that I got for my first apartment. What can I say, I love cute stuff and it works!
6. A broom
Nothing is more fun than moving into your first place and then breaking glass, only to realize that you don’t own a broom.
I’ve been there. So having a broom from the very start is an essential. For accidents to just regular cleaning, brooms are overlooked heroes of our homes.
(Here’s a nifty hand broom similar to my own featured above!)
Sure, you need your showering towel. That’s the most important.
But if you ever have guests over, please don’t be that friend who never has a hand towel in the bathroom. Nobody likes that friend…does that friend even wash their hands? We don’t know.
So go ahead and cover your bases. A towel for you, a towel for a guest, bathroom towel and a towel for the kitchen. Simple!
Don’t forget soap!
Voila! A simple list to get you started on your very own home. You don’t need much to start and it may take awhile for you to figure out what you’ll need now that you’re on your own. So instead of wasting time and money over preparing, just get the basics and make your start from there!
Do you have any items to add to this list? Are there any of these you forgot in your first apartment? Let me know in the comments below!