List of Basic, Household Essentials for Starting Out on Your Own

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A resourceful guide for people moving out on their own; lists many basic items you will need to set up a functioning household

My son is moving out on his own, again, but this time without roommates or siblings. This time, he is moving solo, and he will need to set up house "from scratch".  While I was shopping for his birthday/housewarming gift, I began making a mental list of all the things he would need (excluding actual furniture and groceries), and it struck me that a guide or list of all things essential for setting up a household would be very handy.  So, here it is.  Keep in mind these are the minimum, bare-bones basics, and depending upon your likes, skills, and talents, you'll want to expand on this list over time (for example, if you really love to cook, you'll need other kitchen gadgets to make your time in the kitchen more efficient and enjoyable).

Essential Kitchen Tools

  • 4-place setting tableware:  plates, saucers, cups, bowls
  • 20-piece flatware: knives, forks, tablespoons, teaspoons
  • Water glasses/tumblers
  • Can opener
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Minimum of three sharp knives:  paring knife, chef's knife; serrated knife (bread knife)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle
  • Whisk
  • Rubber or silicon scraper/spatula
  • Measuring cup(s)
  • Cutting board
  • Minimum of three cooking pots:  frying pan, small saucepan, large saucepan big enough for cooking pasta or corn on the cob, etc.; with lids
  • Two or three mixing/serving bowls of varying sizes
  • Medium sized casserole dish (something that can be used in the oven, microwave, and freezer)
  • Dish cloths and dish towels, minimum of four each
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Draining rack for washing dishes
  • Ice cube trays, if your fridge doesn't have them (check)
  • Garbage can and recycling box
  • Garbage bags
  • Food wrap or reusable storage containers for leftover food
  • Paper towel

Bathroom Essentials

  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet brush
  • Shower curtain
  • Bath mat
  • 3 large bath towels and 6 face cloths
  • Bar soap and/or liquid soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Other personal toiletries
  • Waste basket
  • Toilet plunger

Bedroom Essentials

  • One or preferably two sheet sets (flat, fitted, and pillow cases; remember to wash them first before using, as they can feel starchy and stiff)
  • Two blankets or quilts; one lightweight, the other heavier (depending on your climate of course; more or fewer may be needed)
  • One or two really good pillows...you'll be thankful you invested in a good quality pillow, as you'll have a much better sleep, and it will last longer than the really cheap ones
  • Alarm clock; one with a battery back-up is a good idea
  • Clothes hangers
  • Window coverings, unless supplied
  • Laundry hamper

Cleaning Essentials

  • Dish soap
  • Scouring pads for pots and pans
  • Baking soda (removes stains on countertops and freshens the fridge)
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener if you use it
  • Window cleanser; or just use white vinegar and water
  • Tub and tile cleanser
  • Toilet bowl cleanser, or all-purpose scouring powder (it's inexpensive and works well) 
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and mop bucket
  • Rubber gloves and cleaning rags
  • Carpet sweeper or vacuum cleaner.  As a vacuum can be very expensive, look at Dealspotr.com for cheapest prices and free shipping.

Miscellaneous Useful Items

  • Lightbulbs
  • Batteries
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Scotch tape or masking tape
  • Band-Aids; actually a small first aid kit is a good idea, including Aspirin or Tylenol
  • Air freshener
  • Cookbook
  • Drying rack for clothes (saves on laundry expenses)
  • Tools: screwdriver, hammer, pliers, wrench, nails and picture hangers

As I mentioned, these are just the basics; not everyone will have the same needs, but you can run a household with the above list of items.  Actually, you can live with a lot less , but having these essential items will help you to live comfortably, yet thriftily.  Hopefully, this list of essential household items will aid you or someone you know as they venture out on their own. Check out Dealspotr.com for the best deals on Home and Kitchen, including free shipping.

Conclusion

Moving out of your parent’s home and getting out on our own is never really easy, especially if you are in a hurry and can’t wait to get into your new home. Patience is best. Take the time to look around your parent’s home and write down everything you have become used to using. It is so easy to forget the most simplest of items. Make a list of priorities that you need the most first and then work lower on the list. There is always something you might forget, but making lists can make the job of moving much easier.

For more tips on home organization, and for more great lists, you might enjoy reading my related articles:

Great Kitchen tools beyond the Basics

How to Organize Your Kitchen to be Efficient

How to Create a Master Grocery List with Free Template

And, After you've cleaned up and organized everything, you might need to know How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale.

Copyright July 2010, Sharla Smith. For your convenience, this list may be copied for personal use, as long as the author's copyright is included.

Source:  Personal experience...too much personal experience!

Photo Source:  Microsoft Images

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