Moving out of home and getting your own place is a pretty exciting moment. Heading off to start your adult life, where the possibilities are endless, is a time that probably all of us look forward to.
If you’re fresh out of the nest and ready to move out of home for the first time, you may be wondering what you are going to need to be able to get your own place off to a comfortable start. From furniture to kitchen appliances, the list is fairly extensive when you’re first setting out, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed.
Take a look at our list of things you need when moving out.
1. Basic Furniture
When moving out of home for the first time you will want to make sure you have your basic furniture sorted. You don’t have to have everything straight away as you can collect many pieces as you go along, but you should ensure that you have the essentials.
- Bed frame and mattress
- A couch or an armchair
- Dressing table or tallboy if your new place doesn’t come with built-in shelves
- Some sort of table to eat your meals at or, alternatively, bar stools if you have a built-in breakfast bar
2. Washing Machine And Dryer
Many rentals in Australia won’t include a washing machine or dryer. Check to see if they are included before you move in.
3. Kitchen Supplies
Kitchen supplies are going to be some of the most important and numerous supplies that you buy when you move out.
As a bare minimum, try to include the following:
- Plates and bowls
- Cups and glasses
- Utensils for cooking and baking
- Mixing bowls
- Pots and pans
- Kettle and toaster
- Basic kitchen appliances like blender, electric frypan
- Coffee machine
Linen is another essential that you are going to need as soon as you move.
Be sure to have the following:
- Sheet and pillowcase sets
- Spare blankets
- Mattress protector
- Decorative throws if you want them
5. Basic Tool Kit
Having a basic tool kit is incredibly important when you move out of home. You never know when you are going to need a screwdriver or other tool to put together some flat pack furniture or to fix a loose screw around your new place.
Basic tool kits are relatively inexpensive to purchase and are more than worth the money spent on them.
6. Other Miscellaneous Items
- Bedside tables
- Clothes drying rack
- Laundry basket
- Rubbish bin
- Basic first aid kit
- Study desk and chair
- Kitchen tables and chairs
- TV and TV cabinet
7. Cleaning Products
It’s important to remember that when you move into a new place, especially if it’s a rented apartment or house that other people have lived in before you, there will be some cleaning up to do before it feels like home. You may want to give all surfaces a wipe down, scrub or hoover all floors and clean out cupboards and cabinets. However, to do this, you’ll need some supplies handy so that you don’t have to rummage around your bags and boxes trying to find them. Here are some of the things you’ll want to make sure you have to hand:
- Bin bags
- Microfibre cloths
- Surface cleaner
8. Light Fittings
Lighting is one of the most important aspects when it comes to decorating your home. Not only will it ensure you can see what you’re doing (no one wants to be tripping over moving boxes!), but it also makes a space feel more warm, inviting and relaxing. Many people choose to use light fixtures in their homes as an expression of their personality and style. They are also a great way to add a pop of colour or pattern to an otherwise neutral room.
When you’re moving out, it is important that you take some time to think about what type of lighting will work best in your new place. Remember, you’ll need ceiling lights, but you might also want to add some wall sconces or floor lamps to make a dark space feel brighter. Don’t forget the lightbulbs too! It’s good to keep all of these fittings in a separate box or container so they’re easy to access.
How To Move Out On A Budget
You may be wondering how to get all of these items whilst working with a tight budget. Here are a few ways you can do this:
1. Buying Secondhand
Look into buying second-hand furniture and appliances. You can find great deals in thrift stores, garage sales, and online at marketplaces like eBay and Facebook. Also, be sure to ask your friends and family members if they have items they no longer need and would be willing to sell or give away to you.
2. Collecting Items Over A Long Period
If you know you’re wanting to move out in the near future, one of the best things you can do is to start collecting items early on. As well as furniture and appliances, this includes things like storage bins for clothes and personal belongings, as well as labels and tape for marking up your boxes. This can help to spread the cost out so that you’re not spending a lot of money in one go.
3. Try Not To Spend Money On Boxes And Containers
If you can avoid it, try not to spend money on cardboard boxes and containers. If you have friends or family members who will help you move, ask them if they have any old boxes laying around that they don’t need anymore. You can also try popping into your local shops and asking if they have any old boxes they’d be willing to give to you.