Whether it’s your first home or your tenth, moving into a new place is an exciting thing. Here's a shopping list of things you'll need for your new home.
Whether it’s your first home or your tenth, moving into a new place is an exciting transition in your life. It’s a time to reevaluate what you have, what you can do without, and what you really need.
Chances are, you’ve got the necessities, like your kitchen utensils and household furniture. But what about the non-essentials that are just as important because they make your life a little easier?
Now that the basic survival list is taken care of, it’s time to move on to addressing the other fundamentals of living. Luckily, we’ve created a shopping list for your new home.
The items on this list will make the time you spend in your new home part of a comfortable and streamlined day.
1. The Plastic and Paper Goods
Until you need them, it’s easy to forget how important paper and plastic goods are in the home. These are a few of the non-essential musts that you should stock up on before they become a necessity. Then you won’t run around looking for them at the last minute.
You can often find Ziploc bags and similar products on sale or in BOGOs. When you hit the grocery store or check the ads, look for discounts on plastic and paper items like:
- Paper plates and cups
- Disposable cutlery
- Ziploc bags
- Paper towels
- Plastic wrap
- Aluminum foil
When visitors come over, having these items nearby makes everything easier. You can use a lot of dishes without having a big mess to clean up. Plus, you can send extra food away without worrying about the containers being returned.
Many of these products are biodegradable and recyclable. If you want something that's disposable but eco-friendly for a casual get-together, you have other options.
A lot of manufacturers offer reusable plates and cutlery that can still be thrown out after it’s used multiple times.
2. The Ouch Kit
Another important part of shopping for your home is preparing your first-aid kit. Sure, you can buy a basic first-aid kit, but it doesn’t have everything you might need in a hurry.
From getting sick to bleeding wounds, make sure you’re prepared for any situation by having all of these items stocked in your “ouch” kit:
- Cold remedies (daytime and nighttime varieties)
- Cough drops
- Sore throat lozenges
- Band-Aids (multiple sizes)
- An ACE bandage
- Saline solution
- Antibiotic ointment
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Rubbing alcohol
- Pain relievers
- A thermometer
- Aloe or another burn relief treatment
If you’re prone to other illnesses and injuries, keep your normal treatments on hand. Freeze a reusable gel pack at all times, too, so you don’t need a bag of veggies to cool down an injury.
3. The Utility Things
Most of us only remember that we need things like new batteries when our remotes or other electronics die. By then, we don’t have them on hand.
This won’t be you because you’re shopping ahead to prevent a crisis like this!
First, start with your smoke detectors. Do the batteries work? What kind are they? Always have extras of that type of battery in your home.
Next, check the fire extinguishers. Are they up-to-date and near the most likely sources of fire, like the oven and garage? If not, invest in a basic fire extinguisher for every at-risk area in your home.
After those two priorities are taken care of, move on to the other utility tools. In your toolkit or storage box, keep these handy:
- A screwdriver and hammer
- Spare light bulbs
- An extension cord
- A working flashlight with extra batteries
- Matches and a candle (stored for protection against water)
- A step stool
- Nails and screws in various sizes
- Duct tape and electrical tape
Most of these items are things you won’t need regularly. But when they’re needed, you won’t have to stop what you’re doing to search for them.
4. The Smart Tech
If you’re not taking advantage of at least some of the home technology available today, you’re working too hard.
As you begin to move in and set up your home, think about which routines could be easier with smart tech. Some of these gadgets could make your life easier:
Alexa, Siri, Google Home, and other AI devices can be activated with just your voice. With these assistants, you can add items to your shopping list, be reminded of your schedule or chores, and change the music station.
All of this can be done without lifting a finger!
Since you’re already getting new furniture, why not invest in smart electronics? They help you save electricity (and cut down on your electric bill) by letting you schedule your lights to turn on and off at preset times.
You can also shut your lights off from the couch or bed, and you don’t even have to clap!
A thermostat can be a huge drain on electricity. Why keep the heat or A/C on during the day when you’re always gone? I mean, walking into a sauna or freezing house isn’t fun, either.
Smart thermostats let you schedule your heat or A/C for certain times of the day. It will then adjust the temperate automatically over time.
With all of the smart tech available for you, your home could be run almost entirely on autopilot!
5. The Kitchen Help
You probably already have your dishes, silverware, and cookware. Adding some helpful kitchen appliances from Kitchen Home will make your day much easier and improve your cooking abilities, too.
Gradually add these appliances into your gadget collection for a more efficient approach to meal prep:
- Food processor
- Coffee pot or Keurig
- Instapot or another pressure cooker
- Kitchen-Aid or another mixer
As you get more comfortable in your home, you can expand your recipe book and use each of these appliances to prepare delicious meals!
Moving into a new home requires checking the basics off your shopping list first. When that’s done, it’s time to move on to the fun stuff.
Get out of survival mode and embrace the comforts of easy living. If you make sure to add these items into your shopping cart, you’ll feel right at home as soon as you move in.
Dominique Daniels leads the property management team for Tobin Estate Apartments.