I remember when I moved in with my boyfriend out of my parent’s house, I was blissfully ignorant of all of the things I needed to buy. My mom sat down with me and made a budget, but I didn’t really think about the extra expenses that people that live on their own need to purchase.
Of course, there are the obvious things, like pots, pans, dishes and cutlery. Furniture is a must, but sometimes parents will help out with things of that nature. There were so many little things that we didn’t consider and we found ourselves scrambling to buy after we moved.
We moved out, and my parents helped us move into the basement suite that we would call home for a little less than a year. When we were all settled in, and the weeks after that, we realized how jaded we were in thinking that rent, groceries and utilities would be all we needed.
We were flat broke and thankfully my parents helped us out with some of these things. Although some of them are small purchases, all together, they add up to a lot of money.
You never realize just how expensive cleaning supplies are until you have to buy them for yourself. I remember being all moved in to our first place, and looking around after unpacking, incredulous as to how much of a mess we’d made. We’d tracked dirt all over the place moving furniture, dishes were piling in the sink after a long, hard day moving, and I’ve always been weary of bathrooms unless I’ve cleaned them.
A few things to note that you may need are:
- A broom and dustpan
- Rags, dish towels, a dish rack
- A vacuum
- Garbage cans, garbage bags
- Cleaners, such as glass cleaners, bathroom cleaners, solutions
- Rubber gloves, toilet scrubbers, plunger
- Clothes hangers
- Shoe rack
- Storage bins
- Toothbrush holder, soap dish
Cables, Cords, and Modems
- Internet modem
- Cable cord
- Phone cord (even if you don’t have a home phone, in newer apartments, typically the buzzer is set up to phone you)
- Extension cord
- Power bar
- Baking soda/powder
- Tinfoil and plastic wrap
I didn’t do much research when I first moved out so I learned that I needed all of these things to keep my household running the hard way.
Did you forget to buy anything before you moved out of your parents house for the first time?