5 Items You Don’t Need in Your First Apartment
When moving out on your own for the first time, you might start thinking about all the items you need to purchase for yourself. It might be useful to identify a few big-ticket items that do not need to be on the list, to help minimize costs when you move out. These five items can wait until you’re settled into your new place and have the time to save up the extra money.
1. New MattressIf your current mattress is still in working order, you may be able to get away with using that until you’ve settled in. Unless you’re unable to bring your current mattress with you or your mattress is worn and needs to be replaced right away, there are some costs that can take priority over a new mattress. Take the time to research and test mattresses to find one that is right for you, then hold off until you’ve got a handle on your monthly expenses and can budget and save for a quality mattress you can enjoy for years to come.
2. Headboard and BedframeA headboard is not a true functional necessity, but rather an aesthetic element that helps pull everything together. Plus, if you’re waiting to invest in a new mattress, it may make sense to hold off on purchasing a headboard and bedframe as well, to make sure they fit your new purchase. Again, it may be worth holding off until you’ve set your first apartment budget and can save up to afford the one you really want.
3. RugsUntil you’ve spent some time in a space, you likely won’t know how you’ll want to arrange your furniture and exactly what size, style, and type of rug you need. If you feel you may need something right away, consider buying an inexpensive rug that is neutral in color and style until you can afford the piece you want, or simply do without until that time.
4. ArtworkGet yourself set up with your apartment essentials first, and then add in the nonessentials, such as artwork and supplementary decor. Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s hard to know what style, size and groupings of pieces you’ll want until your furniture and decor is in place in your new apartment. You may have your heart set on a gallery wall or a statement piece, only to realize that after living in the space for a few weeks, you’d like to take things in an entirely different direction.
5. 12-Piece Dinnerware SetWhen you’re first getting set up in a new apartment, it’s best to consider sticking with the basics to start with, then building as you go. When it comes to dishes and flatware, invest in a set that includes four to eight pieces of the essentials, like small plates, big plates, bowls, utensils and glasses. The reality of apartment living means that you likely won’t have ample room to entertain that many people, anyway. If there’s a set you absolutely love, consider starting with just four of each item and build as your budget allows.
Making purchases for your first apartment can be an exciting endeavor, but by putting off these five items, you’ll be setting yourself and your wallet up for some peace of mind when you move into your new home.