Setting up a new household can be overwhelming and terrifying if you don’t know where to begin. We have compiled a list of necessities to help get you started. Just follow this general list of house hold essentials to purchase everything you need to set up your new home.
• Waste basket sand trash bins - Purchase one wastebasket for each room in your new home and a big kitchen trash bin for the kitchen. Depending on where you live, you may need to purchase an outdoor trashcan and recycle bin for the outside.
• Trash bags - You will need at least a few rolls handy to toss away any useless items during the moving process. Get some heavy-duty ones for your kitchen and outside trashcan and smaller ones for the wastebaskets in each room. You can also use grocery bags to line your wastebaskets. Wastebasket and trash canliners are essentials that every home needs. Instead of having to wipe down your trash bin every time, all you need to do is cinch the liner bag and takeout the trash.
• Broom- There are many varieties and price ranges, but the most traditional ones are the old straw brooms. They hold up better and make for great dusters to cleanup any dust and debris after you unpack.
• Dust Pan - Dust pans with the snap on handle brushes make for great small clean-up jobs.
• Mop -Washable mops are necessary for cleaning up the home. You can get one with an empty bucket attached so that you can make your own cleaning mixture as well as for rinsing and storing.
• Cleaning rags - you should buy a whole bundle of inexpensive cleaning rags that you won’t mind getting stained as regular home essentials. You can purchase pretty ones for show, but always have cheaper options on hand that you don’t mind getting dirty. These rags will take a beating from all the cleaning that you do any way, so they don’t need to look nice. Although paper towels are handy to have, you can get through one roll pretty quickly and accumulate a hefty grocery bill.
• Sponges- Sponges are essential for cleaning and scrubbing anything from bathroom sinks, dishes, to kitchen counters. I good health tip to implement is colour coding your sponges to prevent cross-contamination. Make each colour specific for a purpose - blue for cleaning kitchen sinks, yellow for cleaning dish washing, green for scrubbing kitchen counters, black for scrubbing stove tops and son on. You don’t want to use the same sponge for cleaning dishes as you do for scrubbing the sink!
• Dusting cloths - You can use old rags are specifically made reusable dusting cloths that are treated to quickly grab and trap dust to remove allergens for healthier,cleaner air without the use of sprays. You can buy soft, cotton flannel cleaning cloths that leave behind no dust-attracting residue. These types of dusting cloths are great for furniture care. You can use them regularly to keep dust at bay - and can be used on furniture, curtains, blinds, appliances,cabinets, glass and mirrors, ceiling fans, walls and railings, auto interiors…etc.You can even fit them on to floor sweepers (like Swiffer Sweepers) to wipe down the floors of your home.
• Glass cleaner - You can buy branded glass cleaner at supermarkets or you can make your own, which works just as well and are even better for your health. One of the biggest offenders in environmental toxins is household cleaners, so by making your own, you can save the environment and your wallet.
• All-purpose cleaner - These cleaners are usually ammonia based and come in a variety of scents to cater to different olfactory tastes. As the name applies, all-purpose cleaner can be used for many purposes - floors, counter tops, walls, and general cleaning.
• Bleach- Bleach comes in handy for bleaching your whites and also for disinfecting counter tops and cleaning toilets.
• Laundry Detergent - Laundry detergent come in a variety of scents, and forms. You can buy them in suds, liquid or pod forms. A good tip is to buy a variety of different brands in small packaging, then narrow down to your favourite to stock up.
• Fabric Softener - Fabric softener also comes in liquid form or in sheets. It i used when washing clothes and other laundry to soften the fabric and reduce static.They also come in a myriad of lovely scents that you can choose from.
• Towel sand washcloths - The essential bathroom items that every home needs, you should purchase one set for each person in the home as well as spare sets for guest sand as backups. Towels come in many different textures now so you can choose the one you like most. They also come in a variety of sizes ranging from small hand towels, face-washing cloths, regular-sized hand towels, medium sized bath towels and large to extra-large sizes for other functions like swimming or to be used for the beach. It’s good to buy one of each size to be compiled in to a set for every person who resides in the home.
• Coasters- Beverage coasters will protect your furniture from stain marks and spills,especially if you have wood furniture. You can get really creative with coasters as there are so many beautiful designs out there.
• Laundry Baskets - Purchase one laundry basket per person so that everyone can distinguish their clothes from each other. Keep the laundry basket in each person’s bathroom, so that you can throw your dirty laundry in there whenever you take a shower.
• Basket sand boxes - You always want to have these types of containers around because they are so functional and versatile. Baskets and boxes of varying sizes and shapes can be used to hold and organise different products in your home. Large baskets are perfect for stocking magazines in the bathroom and living room.Medium-sized baskets are great for holding any miscellaneous storage items like electronics, cleaning products, and so on. Smaller ones can be used as containers on tabletops and desks to hold things like pens and pencils, keys,cotton swabs, Q-tips, soaps…etc. You can get as imaginative as you like but it’s always good to organise your things by categorising them in to different containers so that they each have a place to call home. If you have things sitting around the home without an actual allocated place to put it, clutter can be up super fast.
• Shoe holders - You can keep your shoes organised in a variety of ways. You can either purchase a shoe shelf (given that you have room in your home to put it),or you can invest in foldable linen shoe boxes that are stackable inside closets or under the bed (for homes with less space). If you have very minimal space to storage your things, then the best option would be to buy an shoe holder that hangs over the door. They are functional and great space-savers.You can have one in each room as long as theres a door available for you tohang it over. You can even use them to organise kitchen supplies, bathroom toiletries, arts and crafts supplies, office and work tools, jewellery and accessories - the list goes on and on.