As you move into a home, whether it is your first apartment or a new house, certain essentials are of importance. While setting up a new home is always fun, the housewares are a large category and this might make you feel overwhelmed while shopping.
At the most basic level, you really only need the absolute essentials to live well. Most of these will be in your kitchen for food preparation. The rest of your home requires just a few items to keep it clean and well-organized.
The good thing about setting up a home is that you can always add more items as needed, but for now, the blog helps you with the bare minimum of housewares every home should have.
A versatile vacuum cleaner
Floors get dirtier faster with the more people that live in your home and if you have pets, then you can imagine how fast it can get messy and this is why a vacuum is essential.
It is important that you buy a vacuum based on your needs. If you are living alone, a small, inexpensive model may do the trick. With family and pets, the needs might vary. A good vacuum is an investment and one that should be able to last many years.
No carpet? No problem. If your home is hardwood throughout, you can skip the vacuum and opt for a more manual solution. A broom, dustpan, and mop are the most basic solutions, though a good wet-dry sweeper may make the chore less of a task. See if any of the new robot cleaners would be a sensible choice for your space and needs.
We all know how a clean floor can make your home seem more inviting, cared for and clean, so make this a priority.
Basic Kitchen Utensils
The major portion of your household needs will come from the kitchen. This is often the most active room in a house and you'll need basic supplies to cook.
Start your kitchen off right by purchasing the basic utensils. You can either buy an affordable set with the essentials or choose only those you know you will actually need and add more as you go. ?
Items like a large spoon, spatulas and turners, a can opener, vegetable peeler, and cheese grater are a good place to begin. Consider a set of measuring spoons and cups. No kitchen should be without a good pair of scissors, either.
Dinnerware and Glassware
Dinnerware, silverware, and glassware are all essential to any home, no matter how much cooking or hosting you do.
When you get your first set of plates, bowls, and silverware it does not have to be the absolute best or last you forever. There are many choices at many different prices, so choose a set that you like and that fits into your budget.
For the glassware, a basic set of drinking glasses is a good start. These can hold all of your favorite beverages from milk to soda to beer. Add a few coffee mugs to your cupboard so you can enjoy a warm beverage.
Laundry is an essential part of a home, even if you don’t have the facility at home you will end up going to a laundromat as it’s part of your essentials. Add a laundry basket and hamper to your list of household essentials along with detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets.
If your clothes need regular ironing, an ironing board and iron will be essential as well.
If your wardrobe is mostly casual, you might be able to get away without the ironing board, but iron does come in handy. You can always use a towel-covered table as a makeshift board if you feel it’s not fitting into your budget.
Essential Storage Solutions
Quite often our first homes are the smallest and you need to use what little space you have effectively. A Solution can be found for every room in your home to keep you organized and clutter-free and these can be done without burning a hole in your pocket.
In the kitchen, use storage containers for leftover food so you can avoid waste. A few basic organizers will keep your drawers and cupboards neat and tidy so you are not constantly digging for what you need.
Closets can get out of hand very easily. Get ahead of the problem with a good set of hangers and add shelves or carefully chosen storage organizers that fit your closets well.
Your home is a canvas where you can let your imagination and creativity take over. At the same time realising what the essentials are and making sure they are given the proper attention while setting up should be the main goal. We hope this blog gives you a starting point to be more organised about the essentials you need in your new home.