Congrats, you’re moving out on your own for the first time. Whether you’re headed off to university in a different city, moving out of a house you shared with roommates, or living on your own for the first time as newlyweds, knowing what to buy in order to live comfortably can feel intimidating.
The reality is, over the years, as you live on your own, you’ll accumulate furniture, appliances, décor, and art as you go, but at the same time, there are a couple of essential pieces you’ll need right from the start. So here’s a list of thing you’ll need to buy for your home when you move out on your own.
Walking through the showroom area of Ikea can be overwhelming. Suddenly, you realize that you want that quirky chandelier, that expensive patterned rug, and that decorative mirror. You only need a few pieces in each room to live comfortably for the first few months.
In the bedroom, you’ll need a bed. In the living room, you’ll want a sofa—or at least two chairs—and a coffee table. In the kitchen or dining room, you’ll need a table and a chair or two to eat meals at. Everything else—the bookcases, entertainment consoles, nightstands, area rugs, and decorations—can wait until you’ve saved up some money. If you’ve spent your money wisely, perhaps by buying second-hand furniture, you may have some leftover for lamps…and that decorative mirror.
When you move out on your own, there’s a good chance you’ll be eating a handful of meals alone. Unless you plan on emptying your wallet on take-out meals, you’ll want a few kitchen appliances to help you cook. While a KitchenAid mixer might look stylish on your kitchen counter, it’s probably not a must-have unless you’re planning on doing a lot of baking right off the bat. Assuming that your kitchen comes with a fridge and stove, set yourself up with a toaster (bonus, if it’s a toaster oven, which means not having to turn on your oven to warm up bread rolls or baked fish) and possibly a microwave for everything else.
Even if you don’t plan on doing a whole lot of cooking, you should probably own at least one frying pan and one pot. The pan will allow you to fry and egg easily, sauté onions, and cook a chicken breast. The pot will help you boil pasta noodles—and trust me, you’ll be eating a lot of pasta—and heat soups. Kettles are often surprisingly expensive, but you can find both the stove-top and electric variety in the Kijiji listings for sale.
The only other thing you’ll need to make sure you buy as soon as you move into your new home? Toilet paper.