(Closed) List of things for new house? First house waiting to get the keys

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m assuming that you two haven’t lived on your own yet?  Really, I wouldn’t buy a lot of things until you need them but basics would be linens, cooking pans, dishes, silverware, serving utensils, some furniture (like a bed and couch), a few cleaning products, and some basic first aid.

Post # 4
5408 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wouldn’t buy a lot at first either, just buy the basics and then shop as you need things. Until you’re actually living on your own and getting into a routine you won’t really know what extras will be helpful. When I first moved out I started with basic things and then over the years I’ve collected non-essentials (like an ice-cream maker or a pretty soap dispenser for the bathroom). Personally, I don’t think it makes sense to get this stuff all at once. Just get what you ‘need’ and then add as you go. You can always make lists too. Like you’re cooking and realise it would be handy to have _______. Then you can write it down and go pick it up later (:

My ‘Essentials’: Dishes, silverware, a couple sheet sets, towels (big towels and hand towels), napkins, oven mitts, dish drying rack unless you have a dishwasher, mop/vacuum and basic cleaning products (Bon Ami is my favourite for glass, it’s more expensive but worth it!), the obvious furniture, bath mat, a couple pots and pans, general cooking utensils, first aid kit, etc.

If you want to save money a lot of this stuff can be purchased at the dollarstore.

If the date on your profile is correct then you’re most likely going to be getting a lot of larger items as shower or wedding presents so if you’re registering for a toaster or something maybe just get a really cheap one as a placeholder in case someone gets the toaster for you (:

Post # 5
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

For having moved near 12 times, there are certain things the week of that you normally wouldn’t think of that are ridiculously helpful: toilet paper (ok, that’s a duh one), paper towels/rags (for all sorts of cleaning and dusting), pain reliever, bottled water (until you have glasses and whatever water source you choose), lots of blankets and pillows (for some reason I was always without them the first few days. I also suggest some kind of furniture, I hated living in a place where I didn’t have a real place to sit down (be it a couch or any kind of chair).

Remember that there is a whole lot of prep work going into just moving into the house, and a lot of items that are needed for cleaning to get it ready.

Post # 6
5540 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

And things you don’t think about not having if you have never lived alone for the kitchen. Simple stuff like salt, pepper, and basic condiments. When I first moved out by myself, I didn’t think to buy stuff like that on the grocery trip so I had some seriously bland dinner that night. Also storage for left-overs, didn’t think about ziplocks or tupperware till I had stuff I needed to put in them. Cleaning stuff is a must, no matter if the people who left it said they cleaned it, the floors, kitchen and bathroom really needed a good cleaning and it was much easier to do before there was everything in the house already. Especially since you are getting married soon and I assume you  registered for house hold stuff, my suggestion would be getting the cheap stuff now, since hopefully you will be getting nice replacments soon. Something else we had as an essential was curtins, not like cutesy ones but something to cover these huge windows we had with nothing over them, no blinds or anything. It was much nice to not feel so watched once we got them up. But if the house already has blinds in the window, that isn’t such a big deal. 

Post # 7
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Garbage cans and garbage bags because with moving and cleaning you always need a place to throw the trash in! 

Post # 8
2977 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

When we moved into our first house we brought or purchased:

Cheapy curtains to cover our large, blind-less windows, for privacy (until we got our blinds)

Basic kitchen and bath stuff that the other bees have already mentioned


Small radio so it wasn’t so quiet before we got our tv/macs and cable hooked up

Paper plates and plastic cups so you won’t have to worry about doing so many dishes while moving in



Trash cans for kitchen, bathrooms and outdoors





Post # 9
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

First aid kit



Post # 10
355 posts
Helper bee

Mop and Broom 🙂

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