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What are things an adult should have in their home?(r/AskReddit)
Prioritize these are your own discretion, as things will accumulate over time or you’ll see something on sale. Check replies to this comment as some have more experience with certain items than I do. Having said that, and having lived on my own for about 6 years getting through college, here’s my list…
- Lamps. Some have said 3 light sources for your main room is a solid rule.
- Storage totes/bins. After awhile, you’ll accumulate more then you’ll know what to do with.
- If you’re a techie, extra ethernet/USB cables as well as extension cords and power strips, notice I said “strips”
- Wet wipes.
- Isopropyl alcohol for everything from cleaning a white board to cleaning a wound, should you need to.
- Darn! You got that small cut on your white undershirt… hydrogen peroxide will take the stain right out.
- Some kind of box for recycling. (I just use a cardboard box from Sam’s Club.)
- First aide kit.
- Screw driver & various bits as well as a small tool kit. – if you’re on a budget you can axe the tools first. Although some may disagree with me, your landlord should take care of any maintenance needs. If you want it done NOW though, might be good to have it. Also gives you experiencing fixing something if/when you buy a house.
- Some window coverings like curtains or the plastic wrap stuff, if you’re paying for your own heat in a cold climate area this will be nice.
- Splurge on the extra internet speed, if you can.
- Extra sheets/blankets/pillows. Nothings more embarrassing than having someone come over and they need to crash, and you 1.) don’t have anything to give them 2.) give them a used blanket/pillow that may have odor that could bother them.
- CROCKPOT/SLOW COOKER – countless times it’s been nice to come home to a beautiful meal, that was cheap to make, easy to prep, quick to clean up, and made lunch for the next two days.
- Coffee maker if you enjoy that. Get a programmable one for a pleasant surprise when you wake up!
- A decent computer chair, again if you’re on the computer a lot.
- Plastic roller surface for your computer chair if you’re on carpet. Saves the carpet, you can roll around easier, and if you’re in the same place for an number of years help assure you’ll get the security deposit back if you can keep the carpet decent.
- Coffee table. Didn’t think about this one until I realized it’s a pain to bend down to the floor to pick up my food.
- For fun… it’s always nice to have board games (Monopoly is my favorite) and some yard games if your apartment is ground level (or you have a community court yard) when you want something different to do.
- If your city ordinance/apartment complex allows, a grill is nice to have. Otherwise, a George Foreman grill works great too.
- Xmas lights. Wait for those LED’s to go on sale and get a few strands. I have some simply tacked up around my wall with thumbtacks. Some argue it’s VERY dorm like and not very mature, but there’s a reason. My apartment is ground level, and the area is not the best – so this gives me a cheap way to make it feel like someone is home, and also acts as a nice nightlight that doesn’t keep me up.
- Something alive. A lot of apartments won’t allow pets, but fish are always a go. If you’re on your own and need some kind of interaction, sometimes SOMETHING is better than nothing. A turtle, a fish, whatever you can get through the fine print and your lease agreements so long as you can care for it. If you’re someone who’s out and about a lot, perhaps a plant would be a better option – not to say those don’t need care, but you won’t feel as guilty if you don’t water it once in a while. The plant will do wonders for your apartment air stream.
- Piggy bank for that spare change, if you’re a cash person. Adds up fast, and is nice if you’re in a pinch for laundry money.
- Night stand is just plain nice to have and you don’t realize how much you’ll like one until you’re without one. A simple plastic milk cart or piece of plywood on a cinder block works for keeping your phone on, water, ect.
- Microfiber clothes act as spectacular dusters, and it’ll get dusty fast (esp. if you have a lot of carpeting) so maybe once every other week I wipe down every surface with a cloth. You can get these in packs of 8-10. Washable, although I’d recommend washing them on their own or with a microfiber blanket or something.
- Vacuum cleaner – because you’ll need one, trust me. I went with some no name bagless thing, and it’s worked for me for with a few filter changes.
- Renter’s insurance – sometimes things just happen. My neighboring complex had a fire, and those without the insurance were left with the clothes on their backs, whereas those who did have insurance got everything from temporary housing, to brand new equipment after filing their claim. I’m sure your results will vary based on who your provider would be, but the $15-25/month is a solid peace of mind. Especially once you’ve accumulated a good amount of stuff.
- Britta filter because sometimes, the water in your new place might just plain old suck. I come from a place where tap water is FANTASTIC, versus the REALLY solid water that has a ton of, well, solids in it. The filter can sometimes be expensive, but if you’re making coffee, or cooking things like pasta or boiled items in general, then this can be a god send. Someone replied and said that the containers aren’t typically cleaned by the owners, and that faucet filters would be better. The choice is yours.
- Basic kitchen wears – you can Google a simple list of kitchen stuffs and use your own judgment on what you may or may not need, but I stocked my entire kitchen from Goodwill. Plates, mugs, basic mixer – the whole gambit. I just cleaned the snot out of them before hand and I think I equipped my entire kitchen for under $25.
- Some sort of file system – even if it’s just a plastic thing, it’s nice to have a central location for important documentation such as copies of your driver’s license, social security card, passport, medical paperwork,lease paperwork (tip: sometimes you’ll do something that’s okay on YOUR SIGNED lease, but the complex updated their lease for new/resigned residents. If you weren’t notified, it’s always nice to have an original document for reference.) ect.
- Art/Posters/Something for walls – whatever can cover your walls to make it a little more personalized is good. Going overboard/too dark makes the place seem smaller and cluttered. I’m no means an interior designer, but sometimes less is more in this category. Doesn’t need fancy shadow box stuff, some tacky putty will do fine as far as keeping them there. Double sided/single sided taped to itself also works.
- Extra chairs – these can be fold-able cheap things, but they’re nice for sitting on the patio/deck or if you need more seating inside if you’re entertaining.
- Clock – didn’t realize that it’s nice to have an atomic clock around. Good for quick checking the date, time, whatever. It’s a clock, and you could argue you have one on your phone if you don’t want to bother.
- $1 dustpan/broom – kitchens typically have tile in them, and render a vacuum difficult to pick up stuff with.
- Swiffer mop – does the trick for picking up a floor quickly. Not for big jobs, mostly for that sparkly finish. Someone may disagree with me here, though.
- Rechargeable batteries – AA’s and AAA’s seem to be needed most. Handy if you’re using wireless stuff like computer mice, 360 controllers, point’n’shoot (if it’s not a lithium ion type) cameras, ect. Eneloop are apparently best. I got these at Costco for far less.
- Calculator – your phone and computer both have one but if you’re the “it’s time to sit down and crunch some numbers!” type, then it’s handy. Battery or solar powered both work well.
- Check book – if you don’t yet have your own check book, it’s about time to invest in one. My complex, for example, will only take payment via check. Others do it electronically, but it’s good for other ventures too.
- Scissors – those pull tabs don’t always work on food, or for when you get packages. I’m disappointed I just spelled out the NEED for scissors. Oh well.
- Maybe a pull out sofa/blow up bed – The pull out sofa is GREAT once it’s in place, but they’re a pain to move. The blow up bed is a good solution, if you have a lady friend over and want to fall asleep watching a movie in the living room, for instance. Relatively cheap, good for guests, all that stuff.
Edit: Added stuff, finished thoughts on Xmas lights, corrected a few typos. Made a few edits now that someone actually will reference it. 😛
Edit 2/3/4/5/6/7: Added more stuff from comments.
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