Are you planning on packing and moving to Greensboro, NC or somewhere outside the Triad area for the first time? Moving into you first place is exciting, but it can also be a little overwhelming. To keep your budget from going down the tubes, you’ll need to decide what items you’ll need to set up house, and what can wait awhile. Moving into your first apartment allows you start with a clean slate, so choosing what you need and when can help you establish good budgeting and organization habits right from the start.
If you’re moving from a dorm or your parents’ home, start by packing up the essentials – the everyday items you’ll need to get through the first week or two. Keep all these things easily accessible.
• Easy dinner options – Sure, you’ll want to check out the local delivery joints, but have a few easy-to-fix meal items as well. Don’t forget a can opener, a pot and the utensils you need to eat.
• Bathroom essentials – Your toiletries, toilet paper, a plunger and a few towels.
• First aid kit – You’d be surprised at how easy it is to get little cuts and scrapes during a move. Keep some bandages and wound cleaner within easy reach.
• Quick clean up – Prevent counters and sinks from becoming filled with garbage and dirty dishes by unpacking dish soap, cloths and garbage bags right away.
Here is the next set of tasks you’ll want to tackle:
• Set up a “command center” – Having a central location for bags, mail and keys will help you stay organized.
• Inexpensive wall art – Whether you love paintings from local artists or movie posters, hanging some art on your wall gives the place some personality.
• Small toolkit – A hammer, nails, screwdriver and a roll of duct tape will let you handle small jobs quickly.
• Kitchen equipment –Pick up a basic cooking set that include tongs, spatulas and wooden cooking spoons along with a small set of pots and pans. You can add larger and specialty items later.
Don’t rush to buy big pieces like couches, coffee tables or floor lamps just yet. These are items you’ll spend more money on so check out flea markets and your local “buy, sell and trade” websites. Shopping slowly for larger pieces will prevent you from getting too much too quickly.
By being prepared with the essentials to see you through the first weeks in your new home, you’ll be able to collect other pieces and decorate your apartment at your leisure, savoring every step. As you find the perfect pieces to add, your apartment will become more welcoming and homey without you, or your space becoming overwhelmed.