Moving into your first home? How exciting! Surely you’re thrilled to create a space that reflects your style. The smart start, however, is with the basics. So while spatulas and hand soap aren’t topping anyone’s wish list, having them at hand definitely increases the new home enjoyment factor.
It’s amazing how many things you reach for every day that won’t be in your new place unless you put them there—tape, phone charger, a spoon. Clearly, you’ll need a list. Check out Rent.com’s bare-bones 20 first apartment essentials. It includes the obvious to the easily overlooked: A bed you wouldn’t forget, but toothpaste might slip your mind.
Personalize the list by mentally walking through each room (or turning around in your studio apartment a few times as the case may be), adding items you expect to find there. For example, we noticed window coverings, especially for the sleeping area, aren’t on the list but are a definite must-have!
The list will be long, and that leads us to another home—first or otherwise—essential: organizing. Start organized to stay organized. Allocate storage based on how you use it, not on how something is labeled for use. For example, we heard of non-cooks using the oven for sweater storage, true story! A laundry basket and trash bins are pretty much necessities, so add them to the list. A hot organizing trend is the Kon-Mari Kon-Mari method; even the perpetually disorganized will find readily doable ideas here. We found the folding and stacking methods are pure genius, especially for small spaces.
Now plan for those dreamy decorating ideas. Try out different styles. Inspiration abounds on Pinterest and blogs so head to the web. Choose small, temporary projects that change easily when your style moves on. Check out Popsugar’s list of chic apartment-friendly hacks for fresh ideas. Removable wallpaper = sheer brilliance!
To keep countertops clear and let your style shine through, we can’t help but recommend MyShower products. No more fumbling for the soap or toothbrush, with MyShower products, every item is at hand when you need it. Use MyHeadstand for shampoo and conditioner to use every drop, a budget-savvy bonus you’ll appreciate in your first home and every home.