When moving into a new home, it’s easy to overlook the essentials. Until, that is, you go to grab an item and have absolutely no idea where it is! To avoid this scenario the next time you make a move, it can be helpful to have a list of essential items that you can refer to you as you purchase all you need to have any eventuality taken care of.
You may already have many of these items on hand. However, if it’s your first home, you’ll have a much longer ‘to buy’ list. Not to worry, though – this list has got you covered.
An outdoor welcome mat, a smaller mat or rug for just inside the door, wall hooks or decorative trays for keys, change or trinkets, coat hangers, a table, bench or storage box for shoes, a lamp or ceiling pendant to brighten up dark entryways, etc.
Remember, a hallway will be any visitor’s first view of your home, so be sure to give them a great first impression! Keep it clear of clutter, freshly cleaned and decorated in light, welcoming shades.
A couch that can seat 2 – 3 people comfortably, armchairs, beanbags, futons or any other seating you prefer, throw blankets, cushions or pillows, a coffee table, coasters, bookshelves, a media unit with a television, if preferred, storage for DVDs or video games, lamps, artwork or photos, etc.
Your living room will probably be the place you relax in the most, so make sure it reflects your personal style and tastes. It’s your home, so choose the textiles you find aesthetically pleasing and comfortable to lounge on. The result will be a warm, welcoming room that appears positive and lived-in.
Mugs, glasses, cutlery, plates, bowls, platters, serving spoons, tongs, a cutlery organiser or drawer insert, kitchen knives, pots and pans, baking trays, oven mitts, utensils (spatula, ladle, whisk, etc.), bottle opener, can opener, tea towels, drying rack, scales, measuring cups, colander, mixing bowls, food storage containers, aluminium foil, wax paper, parchment paper, cling film or plastic wrap, lining for cupboards and drawers, zip lock bags, chopping boards, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, kettle, blender, hand mixer, ice cube trays, freezer blocks, additional storage if needed (free standing units), trash can or bin, dish soap, sponges and scrubbers, dishwasher if required, pantry essentials such as spices, oil and grains, your regular groceries, emergency supplies such as long-dated food, etc.
The kitchen is often referred to as the ‘heart’ of a home, which may be why its ‘must have’ list is so long! By ensuring you have everything you need, you’ll be able to create lovingly made meals that will bring the whole family together at meal times.
Dining table, chairs, tablecloth, placemats, napkins, candles or tea lights, candle holders, trivets, serving trays, etc.
If you have a dining room that’s separate from the kitchen, you’ll have another opportunity to create a warm and welcoming space. Create a room that your friends and family would be comfortable and relaxed in as they share a meal and socialise after a long day.
Shower curtain, shower curtain rings or connectors, shower caddy to organise bath products, toothbrush, toothbrush holder, toilet paper, toilet brush, plunger, bath mats, towels, towel hooks or towel rack, washcloths, air freshener, tissues, bath soap or gels, hand soap, shampoo and hair products, lotion, small recycling basket or bin, mirrors, scale, candles, etc.
While you may not spend too much time in the bathroom, it can still be a relaxing place to wind down. Use soft towels, calming colours and even candles to create a spa-like aesthetic.
Bed (or beds, if you’re planning a shared children’s room), mattress, box spring, pillows, duvet, duvet covers, sheets, comforter or throw blanket, cushions, night-stand(s), lamps, drawers, wardrobe, hangers, laundry basket or hamper, a small bin or waste paper basket, curtains, alarm clock, dressing table or desk, chair, full-length mirror, close up/dressing table mirror, etc.
As your bedroom is where you rest, it should be one of the most peaceful rooms of your home, as well as reflecting your personal energy and style. This is the place to include trinkets or items that make you feel comfortable and safe, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep.
Cleaning products (all-purpose cleaner, stove cleaner, floor polish, etc.), cleaning towels or cloths, rubber gloves, cleaning bucket, mop, laundry soap or detergent, stain remover, fabric softener, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board, trash or recycling bags, vacuum cleaner, dustpan and brush, household broom, extension cords and surge protectors, a basic toolkit (screwdrivers with a variety of heads, hammer, pliers, wrench, duct tape, masking tape, box cutter or craft knife, nails, etc.), emergency and first aid kits, tweezers, flashlight, batteries, light bulbs, candles, matches, pens, paper, versatile storage boxes, fans, air conditioner, humidifier, internet router and applicable cords, fire alarm, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarm, intruder alarm, home monitoring system, etc.
As you move in, you may also wish to pack a separate bag or suitcase containing the things you’ll need for your first few nights in your new home. These may include simple snack foods, towels, fresh clothes, toothpaste, soap or shower gels, chargers for digital devices and clean bedding so you can ensure a good night’s sleep before the unpacking begins.
While the list may seem overwhelming, it’s just good common sense to ensure you have the essentials before moving in – especially when you take your safety into consideration and purchase something like a fire alarm.