What You Need When Moving Out for the First Time
Whether you’re 18, 26, or 52, we all have to move out of our parent’s house eventually.
When I was 18 I loaded up my mom’s soccer van with a butterfly chair, an electric kettle, some bedding, and every item of clothing I owned to cram into a small two person dorm. After graduating, I moved in with a friend and realized how little I had in terms of household items. I didn’t even have a glass to drink out of let alone a couch to sit on or a dining table to eat at! Once we had our new place it seemed I was forever forgetting something else (oh yeah, lamps would be nice I guess…) and it took a few months until I felt like I could cook a meal without realizing I had to go buy a can opener or a spatula.
Recently, my 25-year-old colleague moved out of her father’s house for the first time and asked me what I thought she’d need. I started listing off some of the main things I had forgotten, and then began to make her a list, which I share with you here.
A bed. And please, don’t just put a mattress on the floor. Before we were married, my husband made the mistake of tipping his memory foam mattress up when the carpet was cleaned and putting it down again before it was completely dry. Months later when we finally did get a box spring and frame and lifted the mattress up again, the bottom was covered with mold. So please, don’t put your mattress on the floor, let it breathe.
A nightstand. You don’t want to have to get out of bed to turn off the light, do you? Get one big enough to hold what you need — books, a drink, alarm clock, lamp, even a laptop if you’re a workaholic or Facebook addict. Or you could just drop stuff on the floor and trip over it in the morning. Your choice.
Someplace to put your clothes. Whether it be in the closet, hanging shelves, a dresser, an 18th century cherry wood armoire, or in bins, you need someplace to keep your duds.
A laundry basket. Yes, men, you do need one, if only for transportation.