Post # 1
Quick back story – in college I always rented rooms in houses where I was living with roomates. I am currently living with SO in his mothers house to save money for a down payment on a home of our own (its not ideal, but she is a wonderful woman). Anyway, I have never had to buy household items, aside from toilet paper, detergent, paper towels, etc. Dishes have always been there for our use, and we never had to buy any of that stuff.
Now, in April we are moving into one of his father’s rental homes at a very discounted price (again, to save money for a house of our own). It’s a beautiful, large townhouse with three bedrooms, a living room, family room, eat-in kitchen, basement, and 2.5 baths. Here’s the issue:
I don’t have a CLUE where to start! We have some furniture from college, but it does not match, and there is not nearly enough of it to fill that house. We have some money to put into it, but don’t want to break the bank. What are the essentials for furnishing your first home? I’m extremely overwhelmed, and SO doesn’t help (I bought a plate set over the weekend, and he asked me why we needed plates -_- )
Any advice would be great!
Post # 3
Honestly, don’t go all out buying things for this place. You are looking to buy another place soonish and you don’t want to get locked in with expensive furniture. We actually just moved from a 1700 sf house to a 2600 sf and we don’t need to get a ton more furniture. Yes our stuff isn’t up to date or fashion forward but we aren’t sure how long we are going to live here so buying brand new stuff would be a waste.
I would look for little things you can get to make it more homey without having to buy entire new furniture sets.
Post # 4
My only advice would be to take it slow. Dont try to fill the house all at once or stress about it and make any hasty purchases just to fill it. If you have college furniture, great! At least its something to start with. Take your time shopping. How long do you planning on staying in this rental home? Be careful to buy items that might be too specific for that place that you wont really want to use in your home when you buy one. We’ve been in our house over a year and a half now and still havent done anything to the dining room, and jsut use it as a storage toss all. We’ve only really completed one room – the family room.
Post # 5
I would stick with what you have now furniture wise, you can always upgrade later. However there are some things I never thought about till I needed it when I first moved out like a shower curtain or a trashcan. How about a broom or spices for in your kitchen. A can opener is always useful and so is a cutting board and 2-3 pans until you can get more. I say walk around the house you are living in now and write down everything you use on a daily basis. Good luck!
Post # 6
It takes some time living in one place before you truly understand what you “need”. Then you don’t end up making hasty decisions that you might regret later. Obviously you do need a few essentials like plates, cups, cutlery, etc. Honestly, what I didn’t get for our wedding, I got at goodwill or salvation army. Because I wanted to wait to invest in nicer options until we’d lived together for awhile and decided what was worth spending $$ on and what wasn’t. So I got a dish set for $15 that had 8 plates, bowls, small plates etc at a thrift store, also got our bed frame at a thrift store (it didn’t last long but I am not a good furniture shopper lol!), and our couch set free off of freecycle and just put slipcovers over them.
If you feel you NEED something, start with thrift stores or craiglist. Then you’re not breaking bank on items you may regret.
Post # 7
@pinkshoes: That’s a good point, we will only be living there for a year and then we’ll have enough to buy. I just feel like it’s so much house to fill – but I’m trying not to rush it!
@miksje130: See, that’s what I mean! It never occurred to me to buy a broom or a can opener…they’re usually just there. I might try home goods to get things new but on the cheap.
@miss-spunkin: That’s true as well, you can get so much at thrift stores! I do a lot of clothes shopping at thrift stores, but I’ve honestly never even looked at the furniture. I’ll have to check out freecycle!
Thanks for the tips ladies! It’s hard to start from scratch, but we’ll get there in time 🙂
Post # 8
Honestly, we got a lot of stuff from Dollar Tree to start up. We’re getting the nice stuff off our registry, lol.
We got things like: measuring cups, glass plates, glass cups, dish towels, sponges, forks/spoons/knives, a big measuring cup, pot holders, can opener and all from there. Note: We have a huge Dollar Tree. It’s all lasted quite a while and while none of it is fancy, it has worked for us for 3 years! Also, we take the hard plastic cups whenever we can get them….haha.
As far as furniture, as long as you have a bed, a dresser, a couple of nightstands (ours still don’t match), a couch or two, end tables, kitchen table, and somewhere for the TV that’s about all as far as basics I’d say. Oh, and maybe a guest bed, but get it cheap off of like Craigslist or a hand-me-down. No one cares/needs to know.
Oh, and don’t forget a shower curtain and like…bath rugs and towels. But you may already have that.