The first 15 things you should buy for your home are essential household items you may not realize are important. Since we have lived with family for the last year while all of our belongings were in storage, we had to take one too many trips to the store for essentials we could not find or lost in the move. From a trash can to a scrub brush, from a can opener to a first aid kit, I wish I had thought of these items before we started to unpack our boxes.
We have very nice neighbors who have already helped trim back some bushes and let us borrow a lawnmower. However, no one should bother their neighbors more than once a month for items they might need. Whether you’ve just purchased your first residence or you’re planning to put your belongings in storage while you house hunt, make sure you have these essential household items before settling in to your new place.
Grab a variety of trash bag sizes – kitchen, heavy duty, etc. We had to throw away so many boxes and pieces of tape when we finally unpacked. We also purged our clothing and bagged up donations for the local Goodwill.
It is unbelievable how many times I’ve used a tape measure since moving into our house – whether its hanging pictures or writing down dimensions for an area rug, my trusty tape measure has been there every step of the way.
Hopefully you threw out all of your old shower liners because… gross. I picked up our shower liners during Amazon Prime Day, but I buy this one for all of our showers.
Toilet brush and bowl cleaner
Just one of those cleaning items you never want to be without.
Broom with dust pan
Not every mess requires a vacuum cleaner, so pick up an inexpensive broom and a dust pan for the crumbs and dust bunnies.
Can Opener/Kitchen Must-Haves
We could not find our can opener while unpacking and the first night I decided to cook dinner in the house required one. When I finally discovered our can opener in a random box, it was rusted! I’m glad we grabbed a new can opener – it was under $5. Think about what you may need immediately – vegetable peeler, wine opener, spatula.
Before you set up your local trash service, you’re going to need somewhere to stick all those garbage bags. We bought a large trash bin from Walmart, but also an amazing automatic trash can for our kitchen. They sell them at Costco for half the price!
A vacuum is a must-have in any household, but we accidentally left ours in Georgia when we moved so I had to rush out to buy another. THIS is my favorite vacuum ever for homes with hard floors and carpets.
First Aid Kit
A first air kit is one of the most important essential household items on my list. My husband sliced his finger open while going through one of our boxes and it bled for a solid hour. Then I burned my arm taking something out of the oven the first night we cooked. Make sure you have all the good stuff for any instances.
Heavy Duty Scissors
You’re going to want a pair of scissors cut anything – we keep this pair in our kitchen and I was so excited I found them in one of the first boxes I unpacked.
After way too many years of money spent, we discovered it is much cheaper to purchase a modem instead of rent from the internet company. I recommend the Netgear Wifi Cable Modem
You’re going to need all kinds of tools to put together furniture, hang photos, etc. Grab yourself a tool kit that has all of the essentials.
Extension Cords and Power Strips
If you have an older home, you may discover a lack of electrical outlets. If you can install more electrical outlets than you have – you’re awesome – but if you’re not an electrician, make sure you have extension cords and power strips handy.
Bleach and Scrub Brush
You can use bleach for EVERYTHING – cleaning your grout, making white sheets whiter, removing mold/mildew, the list goes on. Get yourself a giant bottle and disinfect everything – even a new house that’s been cleaned can be dirty.
We used our plastic hampers and nice clothes baskets during our move, so I snagged a cheap one for our dirty clothes until we emptied everything out.
BONUS: Celebration Drinks!! For me, it’s Rosè all day! Personal Wine is an amazing shop where you can create personalized labels for your bottles.
Don’t forget to make sure you have all the necessary items for survival as you move into your new house – food, toilet paper, alcohol, pillows, etc. Good luck on your new adventure!
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Caitlin Houston is a Connecticut based life and style blogger.