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13 must-have items when moving into your own place

06 August 2015, 13:08Catherine Zachariou

With the excitement of becoming an adult comes many responsibilities, like moving into your own space.

Investing in good quality pieces now for your new home, means you’ll save money in the long run!

So whether you’re shacking up with someone or going it alone, here are the essential household items you need to make your house a home.

1. A crockery and cutlery set:

Plastic take away cutlery and plates will only get you so far in life.

Take your first step into adulthood by purchasing a simple set of cutlery and plain white plates, mugs and bowls.

2. A pot and pan set:

As tempting as it is to buy microwave meals and take outs every night of the week, it’s important you add a few nutritious meals into the mix.

A pot and pan set will ensure you’ll be able to whip up a healthy dinner with ease.

3. Cooking utensils:

While you’re at it be sure to buy a basic set of cooking utensils, which includes wooden spoons, spatulas, whisks, ladles and serving spoons.

4. Good quality towels:

Tatty and tired towels are never a good look, especially when you’re trying to make your adult mark on the world. Head to a factory towel store in your area to get the best price on soft, fluffy towels and don’t forget to buy some spares for when family and friends come to visit.

5. Good quality linen:

Wave goodbye to your Disney Princess bedlinenbed linen and invest in a set of cotton bed sheets. This can be mixed up with different scatter cushions and bed throws as your tastes and styles change.

6. A lamp or two:

This may not be a necessity for everyday life, but lamps are great for emitting a cosy, warm light into the home. This can helpful for those evenings when you’re feeling a little homesick. Place one next to your bed and in your living room for best results.

7. A kitchen bin:

If you only have one bin in your home, make it a kitchen one. Nothing looks worse than a makeshift bin made from an old plastic packet and hanging from a door handle. Keep your trash where it’s supposed to be, in the bin!

8. A can and bottle opener:

For emergency wine and tinned soup situations.

9. Microwave, kettle and toaster:

Perfect for whipping up some quick and easy meals in-between classes, job interviews or social events.

10. First aid kit:

An oft overlooked addition to any homeownershomeowner’s essentials, be sure to always have plasters, antiseptic, cotton swabs and plastic gloves for any accidents.

11. A basic tool kit: 

Who needs a man when you’ve got your own tool kit to fix things.things? Keep a hammer, standard screw driver, a small level (for hanging pictures), measuring tape, regular pliers, wire cutter, utility knife and duct tape on hand.

12. Torch and candles:

With load shedding throughout our country, it’s a good idea to be prepped for any unexpected black outs.

13. Curtains:

A busy new life means you need to get a good nightsnight’s sleep. Ensure your room is kept dark and warm with some stylish new curtains. Depending on your budget, ensure they’re lined or have block outs for maximum darkness.

- Women24


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