When renting a new apartment, it’s easy to remember the big necessities like a bed, couch, table, and chairs. However, there are so many other little things that one may not even think of when moving into their new home. This is especially true if you’re moving into your first apartment.
Aside from your television, kitchen table, and living room chair, there are a few things to pick up at the store for each room. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Yes, it’s obvious that you will need pots, pans, plates, and silverware, but what about the smaller things that are needed for cooking? When you’re at the store, remember to pick up things like serving spoons if you intend to entertain, tin foil and saran wrap, garbage bags, and even dish soap. These things may seem obvious, but they are too often forgotten until they are needed. You don’t want to make a full dinner and then realize you forgot to purchase leftover containers, forcing you to throw out all of the remaining food. It’s also a good idea to pick up measuring cups and spoons, as well as a can opener.
Finally, make sure you have some means of making coffee.
As stated above, a television, couch, and living room chair are all obvious things to buy for the room. However, the television can’t sit on the floor like the couch and chair can, so you need something to either put it on or hang it up with. You also will need a coffee table, blankets to use while sitting on your couch, and coasters, unless you’re really okay with stains on your coffee table or other counter space. If you are into decorating your home, picking up some throw pillows, wall art, plants, and candles can really help spice up your room. If you are leasing your space, these types of things are perfect, as they won’t leave any permanent damage to the walls or floors.
Easy items to remember for your bathroom include shower curtain, bathmats and toilet paper. However, things like an over-the-door robe and towel hook, plunger, toilet bowl cleaner, and scale are often forgotten. Take a trip down your local home store’s bathroom isle and pick up everything, and I mean everything, you need.
Renting an apartment is extremely exciting. Many people love the idea of being able to have a space temporarily that they are still able to make their own. In fact, 36.90% of households were renters according to 2014 Census data.
Since renting an apartment is extremely common, and having a lease of your own is extremely exciting, don’t become overwhelmed and forget about the small essentials needed for your space! Take a look at the list above and bring it with you when you’re shopping for your new home.