(Closed) Moving into first “home” that is ours – what do we need?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
14570 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

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 # 8
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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.

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