So you're moving into your first place -- first of all, congrats! There's nothing like the mix of pride and independence you feel when you seal the deal on your first apartment and can say goodbye to your childhood bedroom at your parent's house, or the couch your bestie let you sleep on for the past however many months.
Having your own place for the first time is a big deal. But since this is your first go at adulting apartment-style, you may not know all of the essentials you need to check off of your list after moving day. Most of us know the big ticket items that are considered necessities -- bed, couch, TV -- but there are a lot of other things you should have in your first home to make it the peaceful oasis you need after a long day of work. Here are our recs.
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Bella 2-Quart Electric Air Fryer
Don't listen to anyone who tells you cooking with an air fryer isn't real cooking. As a matter of fact, who says you have to really cook? Air fryers are by far the easiest and quickest way to make a home-cooked meal. You can plop a piece of poultry in the air fryer and keep working as it cooks. Clean up is simple with this small device which doesn't fit more food than what's needed for one or two people. And with versatile colors to choose from, you can pick a fryer that matches your kitchen decor.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Cuisinart ® Anodized Dishwasher-Safe 11-Piece Cookware Set
If you're the type who likes to cook cook, then you need a set of pots and pans to see you through meal prep Sundays and dinner party Saturdays. In college, one or two pans might've been enough, but if you're truly preparing a feast -- say your first Thanksgiving dinner -- the last thing you need is to be slowed down by not having pots to cook in. This 11-piece set has all of the essentials needed to boil a pot of pasta, pan sear meat, and sauté vegetables at the same time.
Oxo Good Grips 10-piece Kitchen Starter Set
Trust us when we say a large fork will only get you so far when it comes to flipping and stirring whatever's in those new pots of yours. This set comes with all of the basic cooking tools, like tongs, spatulas, and spoons, you need when just starting out and the bonus is they're nylon so they won't scratch cookware. The ice cream scoop and pizza wheel are also musts for those nights you need a little comfort food.
Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth® Speaker
Trust us, you're going to want something to vibe to when cleaning the house Saturday mornings. Blast your tunes (at a respectable level) with this SoundLink Micro Bluetooth® speaker from Bose. You can connect by Bluetooth, give voice commands via Siri and Google Assistant, and even take the waterproof speaker with you on your next socially distanced bike ride or beach day.
Dyson V7 Absolute
We don't need to tell you how quickly dirt can pile up on carpet and hardwood floors, especially if you have a pet tracking in dirt and shedding hair. Stay on top of the mess with this lightweight vacuum cleaner you can easily run each day to prevent the need for deep cleans on the weekend.
Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Can Opener
Items like this are easy to overlook until you're ready to cook a big pot of spaghetti and can't get a can of tomato sauce open. Think ahead and grab an affordable electrical can opener like this within the first week in your new place. No matter what you decide to cook on a random night, you'll always have it on deck, and it even opens bottles and hard plastic packages making it the perfect multi-tasker.
The Container Store
Sterilite Wide 3-Drawer Chest with Wheels
This one's for the product junkies, i.e. all of us. Rarely does a bathroom come with enough storage for all of our hair butters, styling tools, and leave-ins. That's when a storage chest like this one comes in super handy. You can keep it hidden in a closet if it doesn't fit your decor and roll it out - because it has wheels - when you need it. The clear plastic will keep you from searching through unnecessary drawers prior to finding what you need.
Bed Bath & Beyond
simplehuman® Adjustable Shower Caddy
Speaking of product junkie organization, chances are your shower isn't going to have enough space for your favorite shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, body wash, face wash, and loofah. And since nobody wants to have to remember to grab those items before stepping under their rainwater showerhead, keep them where you need them with this rust-free adjustable shower caddy.
Like with a can opener, you don't want to get caught at home alone with a tasty bottle of wine gifted to you at your housewarming and no way to indulge in it. With the way 2020 has gone, you know you're going to need a sip (or seven) of vino sooner rather than later. Make sure this item is at the top of your To Buy list.
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