Moving house is a stressful time at any point in your life, but if it’s your first time it can seem all the more daunting. There’s so much to remember, so much to buy, so many forms to fill out and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But don’t fret! We’ve put together this guide for all the essentials you need to get for your first flat.
An easy one to forget but an absolute essential! Make sure you have one for both the kitchen and the bathroom and a waste paper basket for the living room. Don’t forget the bin bags too!
A basic tool kit
Okay so your DIY skills might not be up to much, but you never know when a basic tool kit could come in useful. There’s no need to splash out on anything fancy, but a hammer, screw driver, a level, pliers, a measuring tape, duct tape and electrical tape will all come in very handy somewhere along the line.
We’re all familiar with that feeling of trying to find a pen and notebook when you’re trying to jot down important details on the phone, so make sure you have them on hand – you’re bound to need them a lot within the first few weeks! While you’re there, pick up some other office essentials too such as scissors, a stapler, hole punch, wall pins, a ruler, paper clips and a permanent marker.
Cloths and sponges
There’s no point spending a lot of money on cleaning cloths – they’re going to end up stained and discoloured pretty soon anyway. Stock up on a bundle of cheap ones that you don’t mind getting ruined. As for sponges, it’s a good idea to colour code to avoid cross-contamination. For example, use sponges of one colour to clean the bathroom, another colour for washing the dishes and another yet again for wiping down the kitchen counters.
Don’t forget the tea towels too!
Hot mugs of tea can quickly discolour any wooden surfaces so coasters will come in very useful for protecting your expensive furniture.
At the very minimum you’ll want to be stocking up on dusting cloths, furniture polish, an all-purpose cleaner, bleach and glass-cleaner as well as a mop, broom and dust pan. Make sure you’ve also got a stash of laundry detergent and fabric softener under the sink too!
A welcome mat
You might have stocked up on cleaning products, but you don’t want to be using them too often! A welcome mat allows visitors to wipe their feet before they enter your flat so you won’t spend every spare minute mopping up mud stains.
Cushions and throws
These note only make your flat look more homely, but are great for snuggling under in winter to avoid high energy bills.
Towels and washcloths
As a rule you’ll need one for each person living in the flat as well as spares for guests and laundry days.
Check which style and wattage you need and be sure to stock up – you’ll be grateful of it when one of them blows.