7 Things You Need For Your First Apartment

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When moving into a new place, you usually think of purchasing the obvious things, like furniture and decor. But what about the simple, everyday things that often go forgotten, like Band-Aids and batteries? By checking off this short checklist, you’ll avoid being unprepared as you settle into your new place.

  1. Tool Kit: Everyone needs a basic tool kit complete with a hammer, screwdrivers, a level, measuring tape, a wrench, and some nails. When you go to hang all of your beautiful artwork, and there is nothing to put up the hooks, you’ll realize why the tool kit is so vital! It’s good to have in case of an emergency or to do other small fixer-upper tasks around the apartment.
  2. Step Stool: Now that you’re in an apartment, you’ll have storage shelves that are vertical instead of horizontal. By placing multiple levels of shelving along the walls you’ll double or triple your storage space. The tough part is reaching that stuff you’ve stored. You’ll need to be able to reach your things safely, which is why a step stool is so important to the list. There’s no need to risk danger by standing on chairs when you use a step stool properly.
  3. First Aid/Medicine: it’s not until you’re ill that you realize that you’re out of any medicine that can help you. It usually strikes in the middle of the night when few stores are open, and you sure don’t want to have to get in the car and drive around. Have a simple stockpile of bandages, first aid ointment, pepto bismol, ibuprofen, tylenol, a thermometer, and cough drops.
  4. Batteries/Power Cords: You’re setting up the apartment, and you only have a few outlet spaces. You have tons of lamps, computers, TVs, and other devices that all need an outlet. Have a power cord on the ready so you can easily use everything that you need without plugging and unplugging things. If you don’t have the right batteries on hand for the TV remote, then you will be stuck at whatever channel and volume it is at. Always have a spare around.
  5. Oven Mitts: You have all of the pretty pans to cook with. Don’t forget about the oven mitts that you use every time you cook to protect your hands from hot surfaces.
  6. Spices: After stocking up the fridge with tons of groceries, you look in the pantry to start cooking, and you have nothing. No seasonings, no spices–nothing to add flavor to the dish! One by one, start adding different spices to your collection to build up a variety of flavors.
  7. Plunger: It may not happen often, but when it does, you’ll be glad you have a plunger nearby. You can’t live when a bathroom isn’t functioning properly. Be able to take care of every day messes by having all of the supplies that you need to get the job done.

Once you have the things that you reach for in times of emergency, you’ll truly feel at home. You won’t feel out of sorts when you can’t fix a problem, and you’ll have the confidence to take charge of your space. Buying the fun furniture is great, but having the right little tools next to you makes life significantly easier.

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