It is such an amazing feeling when you get to the point where you are finally ready to move out of your parent’s house to start living alone. It can also be quite frightening, especially if you haven’t planned properly. Have you saved enough money? Do you know what essential items you need to buy before you move?
Worry not! We have created a “moving out for the first time checklist” to make it easier for you to plan and save ahead before you move. Carry this list with you to a supermarket to start doing costing to get an idea of how much you will need to save for the household items. Another affordable place you could visit is Kamukunji which is close to Muthurwa market.
Items To Buy
Kitchen: Salt shaker , Plates, cutting board, glasses/mags,serving spoons, forks/knives, cooking pans/sufurias, cooking sticks,mwikos, kettle, fridge, dish rack, microwave,ziplock bags, garbage cans/trash bags, tupperware storage containers.
It is said that the best memories are made in the kitchen. That is why creating a well-functioning kitchen is important for you and your visitors will come by once you are fully comfortable to host. Below is a list of the top things to consider for your kitchen.
Living Room: Couch, carpet, curtains, coffee table, throw pillows, tv and tv stand or wall mount.
For people who are starting to live on their own, they will either move to a DSQ, bedsitter or 1 bedroom. Depending on your budget, the type of house and the space available, consider these living room items.
Bedroom: Mirror, iron box, curtains, hangers, laundry basket, trash can, shoe rack, bed and mattress, blanket or duvet, bed-sheets and pillow cases.
The only thing you might think you need when you move out is a bed and a mattress. But you will quickly realize that there are more essential items you should not overlook. Did you think about these things?
Bathroom: Tissue papers, towels, plunger, toiletries, toilet brush cleaner, toothpaste and toothbrush.
The bathroom is the place you go to unwind and wash off the day’s stress. You don’t want to get ready to take a shower then find that you forgot to buy soap. Another thing that people forget to purchase is toilet paper. That is why it is at the top of our list.
* These can be bought at a later time if you are currently working with a tight budget.
Don’t Forget These Ones
It’s really hard to remember everything that you need when moving out for the first time. Once you are in your house, that’s when you find out you forgot to include some items in the shopping list. Below are some things that could easily slip your mind.
- Extension Cables
- Surge Protectors
- Mop, Broom and Dustpan
- Cleaning Supplies
Remember that, only you know how much you are willing to spend on your move. Don’t feel pressured into living in a neighbourhood or buying stuff you can’t afford. Also, don’t forget to budget for the actual rent and deposit for the place you are moving to.
Moving is a costly affair and without proper planning, you could end up staying at your parent’s place longer than you had anticipated. Start small by buying items while you still live with your parents. You will feel less stressed when the time to move comes.
Have we forgotten to include something important in this list? Share with us in the comment section below.