Moving out of your parents’ house for the first time can be an exciting yet scary step in your life. Many young adults taking this step tend to overlook the small stuff while stressing over the big stuff. And although you should never sweat the small stuff, you should try not to forget them either!
Chances are, if this is your first time being independent and living on your own, you may have forgotten about a few things, like the items your parents most likely restocked without you noticing or expenses that you never had to worry about paying for before.
House Hold Items
1. Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
The two things you are constantly restocking and never have enough of. These are frequently forgotten items as you are most likely too busy dealing with the larger aspects of the move. However, you will need both these items from day one in your new place, so don’t forget them!
2. Cleaning Supplies
This is another item you will likely need from day one, as sometimes rental properties come with unpleasant surprises. I would opt for refillable spray bottles, as buying the 3-4 L Windex or other cleaning products will save money in the long run! Also, don’t forget the dish soap!
3. Hygiene Products
This includes hand soap, hand cream, body lotion, shampoo & conditioner. Although some of you may already buy your preferred products on your own, it might be overlooked by others!
4. A first aid kit
Everyone should have one, yet it’s probably one of the most forgotten items since we do not use it on a daily basis. Make sure you have one in stock, so it’s there at that crucial time when you need it.
5. Kitchen Supplies
While you may remember the basics like knives and forks, don’t wait until steak night to realize you don’t have a steak knife! Make a list of all objects you may use in the future, like a potato peeler or egg beater, and go out and get them before you start cooking.
It’s not just things you need that you might forget. When moving out for the first time, some of the expenses that appear may come as a shock to you. Worry not, because here is a list of some of the most common household expenses that you may be unaware of:
1. Internet & Phone Bill: Stay Connected
Don’t let connectivity catch you off guard. Find a plan that suits your needs and budget to keep you seamlessly connected in your new space.
2. Utilities: Shedding Light on Expenses
Living alone sheds light on the importance of turning off lights when not in use. Stay on top of utility bills to avoid any surprises and keep your living costs in check.
3. Rental Insurance: Protecting Your Space
If you’re renting, don’t overlook the importance of rental insurance. Factor in this monthly expense to safeguard your belongings and ensure peace of mind.
4. Grocery Shopping: Nourishing Your New Life
Unless you plan on having regular nightly feasts with your grandmother, remember to budget for monthly grocery expenses. Keeping your pantry stocked is key to a well-fed and contented solo living experience!
As you embark on this exciting journey of living independently, don’t let the small details slip your mind. Remembering to stock up on everyday essentials and accounting for often-overlooked expenses will ensure a smoother transition into your new home.
Take the time to create a checklist and spreadsheet for your household items and financial responsibilities so you can fully enjoy the freedom and adventure that comes with having a place to call your own.
From the smallest bathroom necessities to the broader financial considerations, being prepared will empower you to create a comfortable and thriving living environment. Here’s to the next chapter of your life, filled with new-found independence and the joy of managing your own space!