Home sweet first home – Having the right stuff makes this move all the sweeter.

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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.

Time for college? Get prepared with these great ideas.

The beginning of every school year brings a mixed bag of emotions, and that doesn’t change when your kid is heading off to college. In the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to overlook the emotional aspect of this big change. Smooth the transition by preparing along with packing up laptops, books, and towels.


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Start by reading up a little on the subject. Psychologist and author Tamar Chansky wrote a helpful list of ideas for coping on HuffPost Parents. While the advice is directed to students, it’s useful for parents too. For example, be prepared for the waves of emotions to come by keeping fun activities in mind for when one of those waves hit. Get out, get involved, and soon you’ll get happy. For more helpful advice, check the college’s web site and the real-life experience of two moms on Flown and Grown Flown and Grown.

Plenty of things have changed on campus since you were a student, from Wi-Fi to the dinner menu. One big change is on drop-off day, and (wait for it)… parent orientation! It’s a real thing and a growing trend according to NODA, the National Orientation Directors Association. The goal of parent orientation is to help put parents at ease with having their children away at school, and to provide parents with resources to help a student adjust to college life, according to Joyce Holl, NODA Executive Director.


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On the practical side of prepping for college is all the stuff. We found plenty of checklists, and your child’s college likely provides one, but the voice of experience is perhaps the best teacher. One freshman compiled a list of the 21 most forgotten items that is sure to provide at least one ‘aha moment’ for any student, though we’re not sure a wristlet needs to be at No. 6 on the list!

To help reduce the chaos and clutter, we recommend using MyShower products in a shared bath. MySmile and MyShave keep toothbrushes and razors handy and off countertops and tub rims. Use MyShower accessories in the tub for shampoos, conditioners, and soap. All MyShower stylish products are rustproof and mildew resistant — a big plus for every college dorm suite or apartment bath!

Have you caught Tiny House fever? How MyShower can make any small bathroom more space savvy.

If the number of television shows and websites that focus on the tiny house movement are any indication, this is one trend that appears to be going mainstream. From the extremes of a teeny cabin on wheels to the more moderate downsize to a smaller footprint, there are plenty of reasons that folks are choosing to pursue a tiny house lifestyle—lower cost (imagine being mortgage free!), reduced environmental impact, and increased simplicity.


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There are many sources for tiny house inspiration, such as the handful of programs on HGTV (check out Tiny House Hunters) and the real life stories featured on the Tiny House Newsletter—they recently featured the story of a millionaire CEO who gave up his luxury apartment for an Airstream trailer.

Not everyone may be ready to jump on the tiny house bandwagon (make that a tiny wagon), but there are some great space-saving ideas to borrow from compact living. Tiny House for Us has a number of great tips, including repurposing materials typically found on a boat, in the home. Another way to save space in any location is by going vertical—using wall space wherever you can find it.

As you might guess, we’re pretty big fans of utilizing vertical space. Using MyShower products throughout your home is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to save space and stay organized. MyShower users have shared many ideas on how they’re saving space with the MyShower products—from the laundry room, to the kitchen and, of course, the bathroom.

Be sure to follow our social channels for space-saving ideas regardless of whether your home is 150sf or 1500sf! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.