When you move somewhere, it’s hard to judge what you should and shouldn’t be spending money on. It’s easy to want to purchase everything in sight because moving to a new place is so fun and exciting. These are some of the things that I think are important to consider splurging on.
Let’s be real, we all spend way too much time in front of the TV binge watching Netflix and playing video games. I know lot’s of people just watch Netflix on their laptops but why settle for that when you could be watching it on the big screen? TV’s aren’t that expensive anymore (depending on who you ask) and you can get a pretty good quality one for a lot less than you used to. Trust me, when you’re curled up in your bed with a sore neck from looking at your laptop until the wee hours of the morning, you will be wishing that you took my advice. You can even mount it in your room if you still want to watch TV in bed.
This is something that I wouldn’t have given a second thought to 3 or 4 years ago. My boyfriend and I spent hours at the brick choosing a mattress, bed frame, and pillows and boy did it pay off. I have never slept better in my entire life, it is amazing. We got pillows that were designed specifically for how we sleep at night. The mattress is exactly how we want it to be and I consistently sleep very well. It was a few thousand dollars but it was very very worth it. If you are only going to pick one or two things off of this list, pick this one.
Where is the place that you spend the most time in your house apart from your bed? Likely your couch. Get a nice couch so you don’t have to complain every time you get up that you back is sore. This isn’t a place to skimp or save money because you will get so much use out of it. Plus, it can double as a bed for when people stay over and then your guests don’t have to dread staying the night.
Set of Frying Pans
This is another item that I wouldn’t have paid half a mind to when I was younger but now, I couldn’t live without it. Get yourself a good set of frying pans (we also have an electric frying pan) that are non stick and didn’t come to you as a hand me down from your great aunt when you moved into your dorm in freshman year. A great pan is the start of a great meal and I love cooking with my brand new non-stick pans.
I had a cheap garbage can for a while but it was very frustrating because it didn’t have one of those foot pedals to lift the lid. This meant that the top of the garbage was always getting dirty and the lid didn’t really close properly so sometimes it could smell. I would recommend investing in a heavy duty stainless steel garbage can. They can be in about the $100.00 range but let me tell you, it makes life a lot easier. Also, get one that is big enough that you aren’t going to be taking the trash out every day and letting it overflow because you’re too lazy to actually take it out (not that I’m speaking from experience…)
Bookcase/ Storage unit
A bookcase is great, even if you don’t have tons of books. I’m betting you have something that could be organized on shelves. Movies, video games, board games, it can all be organized on a bookshelf. Bookshelves are a great way to show off trinkets and collectibles as well.
Staple art pieces
Art pieces that you have picked out yourself can really make your apartment feel like a home. Whether it’s canvas, mirrors, paintings, or sculptures, find a couple of pieces that you really love and show them off in your apartment. We have a beautiful painting here that we bought for $30.00 and we have it hung up in our room. I’m not even a person who is into art and I smile every time I look at it.
Whether you have in suite laundry or you have to trek down to the basement to wash your clothes, a laundry hamper is a must. A hamper will help keep clothes off of your floor and provide an easy method to transport them from your bedroom to the laundry machine (wherever that may be). If your laundry is not in your suite, you can also throw your soap bottle and dryer sheets in there to transport them.
If you live in an apartment, chances are your kitchen is the size of a shoebox, I know mine is. The key to not going crazy when you’re trying to cook is good kitchen organization. We have two steel bars with hooks on them that are mounted on the wall. One hold my coffee cups and the other holds all of our cooking utenisils. They were pretty cheap (IKEA) and they are a godsend. I have no idea where we would put all of our spatulas and spoons if we didn’t have that hanger.
Frying pan organization is another must here. Frying pans are not easy to store and getting a storage solution that allows you to organize them into slots is a great buy. I also have one for my cutting boards. Search up some kitchen storage solutions on IKEA, you wont regret it.
This may not be important to everyone but having the right tools can make cleaning so much easier. Invest in a good vaccuum, a swiffer, and cleaning products that are made specifically for the surfaces in your house. I bought some stainless steel wipes to get the fingerprints off of our appliances and I have never felt more adult in my entire life. It was very empowering.
That concludes my post on 10 things you should splurge on for your apartment. What did you splurge on in your home? Let me know in the comments!!