Moving into your first home is such an exciting milestone, but there’s so much to think about/ If you’ve never lived independently before, you suddenly have bills, cleaning, cooking, maintenance and so much more to think about. When you’re first starting out, chances are you dont have lots of money too so it’s tempting to try and save in certain areas, but certain things aren’t worth scrimping on. Here are a few of the things it’s well worth investing in when you get your first home.
Good Quality Cleaning Supplies
If you’ve never been responsible for cleaning a home before, you might head to the shops and purchase a load of the cheapest cleaning materials available thinking they all do the same thing. But it’s not the case, and things like cheap washing up liquid, cleaning spray and washing powder can often be really rubbish. You use twice as much, and still don’t get good results. While it’s trial and error based on your budget and preference, you’re much better off starting with a mid-range product which will often perform better. Another thing to buy- good quality trash bags. The last thing you want is a cheap bin bag splitting open and leaving you to pick up rubbish from all over the floor!
Essential Kitchen Gadgets
Certain gadgets and essentials in the kitchen will make your life so much easier. A slow cooker and an air fryer for example are things you could potentially pick up second hand but are well worth having. An air fryer works out cheaper to run than a conventional oven and is quick and easy. A slow cooker allows you to make tasty meals from cheap ingredients like inexpensive cuts of meat and vegetables. You can safely leave these on all day, and come home to a delicious home cooked meal. Sharp knives and a meat thermometer are also worth investing in.
Beds and mattresses can be really expensive, and is a huge cost when you’re first moving into your own property. But get the best you can afford, it will help you relax and sleep better and will last longer than going with the cheapest option available. Nice bedding is a must too, avoid cheap, polyester bedding that feels cold and rough and go with cotton or cotton blends for better sleep.
Smart Storage Solutions
Keeping your new home organised is key to maintaining a stress free living environment. Invest in smart storage solutions such as storage ottomans, under bed storage bins, or wall mounted shelves to maximise space. These additions help keep clutter at bay, allowing you to enjoy a neat and tidy living space. Smart storage not only contributes to the aesthetics of your home but also makes it easier to locate and access your belongings, simplifying your daily routines and contributing to a more organised lifestyle.