Congratulations are in order – you’ve purchased your first home! Now you get to make the house a home with one of the biggest interior design projects of your life. Filling the rooms of your new house may be a bigger feat than you’re prepared for. While you’re focused on big furniture investments, the odds are good that smaller household essentials have completely slipped your mind. RE/MAX is here to help with a list of household essentials, broken down by room, that you can bring with you on your next frantic Target run:
You’re finally standing in the kitchen of your dreams. You whip up a batch of cookies to fill the new home with a warm, welcoming scent. The timer dings, you head to the oven to pull out the yummy treats, but when you reach for the oven mitt-there isn’t one. No dish towels, either. Don’t let the cookies burn, be prepared. Stock your kitchen drawers with a few dish towels and a quality oven mitt so your greatest baking fantasies become a reality instead of a nightmare.
Unexpected repairs are both unfortunate and likely in a new house. Lots of things are easy fixes: tightening a pipe, adding a screw or filling a crack. Invest in a toolbox and fill it with essentials like screws, a screwdriver and hammer, nails and a measuring tape. Life will be easier if you don’t have to ask around for a spare nail after things fall off the wall.
Life happens-and sometimes you need a toilet plunger. Plumbing situations can pan out one of two ways: just fine (if there’s a plunger readily available) or hideously ugly (when there’s no plunger to be found.) No need for more details on this one.
After hours and hours of research and multiple trips to furniture stores, your new coffee table and side tables have arrived. Now you get to have people over to show off your new place. You’re so excited to host people until you see it, something that you never imagined would bother you as much as it does: a cold, perspiring drink creating a water ring on your brand-new coffee table. The horror. Do yourself a favor and invest in a set of cute coasters to scatter around your living room; hopefully your guests will have enough sense to use them without you having to nag (Mom? Is that you?)
Unpacking boxes of clothes into your new closet is a very satisfying experience until you run out of hangers. Add an extra pack of hangers to your closet to keep everything organized as you build up your wardrobe. Clothes without somewhere to call home end up flooding out of drawers, draping off the end of the bed or lying all over the floor. Nothing spoils that new-home-cleanliness high like a hanger deficit.
You made an adult decision and turned that spare space into an entertainment room (at least until you have more kids.) You decide to reward yourself with a relaxing binge-watching session; who cares if it’s the middle of the day? Remote in hand, blankets on deck, popcorn in lap, you turn on your TV just to realize that you can’t see a thing thanks to the mid-afternoon sun glare on the screen. Take your TV watching experience to the next level by investing in blackout curtains for your entertainment areas. No longer will you be inconvenienced by the sun’s schedule; Hello, Netflix? It’s time to binge.
In the increasingly paperless world, it’s easy to forget how annoying it is when you need something stapled and there isn’t a stapler to be found. Folding the corners of work reports or school papers makes them look much less polished. So, you’re off to scramble to the nearest office or school supply store, adding to your stress. What’s the answer? Keep a mini stapler and a backup box of staples in your office to make life easier.