When you move into a new home, it’s always more exciting to jump right into things like painting walls or picking out plants to bring each room to life. But what good would this be without a comfortable place to sit and enjoy it?
So maybe you did think out the cozy recliner part, which you can’t wait to put by your favorite bay window. But what happens when you sit back to read and realize the closest place to reach your book is on the floor? Or when you decide to take a mid-afternoon nap, but there aren’t any curtains in sight – only blaring rays of the sun.
It’s just a fact of life that we don’t often realize we need some things until the moment that we need them. And it never takes long to realize that these essentials are ones we just can’t do without.
That said, this list of 13 essentials that every house needs isn’t limited to new homeowners. If you are prone to rely on mental notes of things you need around your home more than you probably should, this list is also for you to keep on hand.
A set of basic tools.
A set of basic tools is essential for any homeowner. Whether you’re fixing a leaky faucet or hanging a picture frame, having the right tools on hand makes everything go more smoothly.
The most commonly used tools for homeowners include a screwdriver set, a hammer, nails, screws, pliers, an allen wrench, a drill, and a level. Make sure to keep these tools in a designated spot, so they’re easy to find when you need them.
A storage ottoman.
A storage ottoman is a great multifunctional furniture piece to have in any home. Not only does it provide extra seating, but it also gives you a place to store blankets, pillows, or other items that you may not have room for elsewhere.
Storage ottomans come in various shapes and sizes, so be sure to choose one that fits well in the space you have available.
Curtains or blinds.
Curtains or blinds are a must for any room that gets direct sunlight. Not only do they help to block out the light and regulate temperature, but they also provide privacy when needed.
When choosing curtains or blinds, be sure to measure the window to make sure you get the right size. And, if possible, choose a fabric that will help keep the room cool in the summertime.
A comfortable chair.
Having a comfortable chair is key for any home. Whether you’re reading a book, watching TV, or taking a nap, having a cozy place to sit is a necessity that makes everything a little bit better.
A hamper is a must-have, especially if you have a lot of laundry. This is one of those items you might forget until you realize the only place to pile up your dirty clothes is on your floor.
An extra set of sheets.
An extra set of sheets is always a good idea, especially if you have guests often. Having an extra set on hand means even when you have to wash them, you’ll always have a clean replacement set for your bed.
A vacuum cleaner.
A vacuum cleaner is another essential for any home if you want clean floors. Keep in mind vacuums also help get rid of allergens and other dust particles.
If you live in a smaller space or simply prefer the satisfaction of seeing how much dust and dog hair you’ve collected, you can get away with a broom and dustpan instead!
A first aid kit.
Don’t skimp out on a first aid kit – you may need it one day to treat minor injuries. In some emergency cases, its contents can even save a life!
Be sure to keep your kit stocked and up to date so that you’re always prepared. More importantly, make sure you can access it. Not much is worse than slicing open a finger and finding yourself in a bigger panic because you can’t reach your hydrogen peroxide and bandages.
Pots and pans.
Pots and pans are a must-have for any home. Not only do they provide a variety of cooking options, but, honestly, when was the last time you cooked something without one?
That is, unless you’re more of a crockpot or air fryer person – these may be alternate or additional essentials for you!
Miscellaneous kitchen appliances.
The word miscellaneous here by no means indicates any less essential. Although what’s essential to you and your kitchen does depend on your lifestyle and preferences.
For instance, are you a wine drinker? Or would you choose coffee over everything else most days of the week?
In either case, it’s a harsh reality to wake up in the morning only to realize you bought whole beans and forgot about the whole coffee grinder thing.
And until you finally get yourself a wine bottle opener, you’ll have to remember every time you go to the store to get the twist-off bottles. You might as well remember the opener once, write it down, and get it before your plans for de-stressing one evening go in the opposite direction.
A carbon monoxide detector.
A carbon monoxide detector is one of the most important things you can have in a home. It’s scary to think that something could poison you before even becoming aware of it.
These detectors not only provide peace of mind but also can save lives. On that note, you may as well put extra batteries on your list, too!
End tables are a must-have. They provide a place to put things like drinks, lamps, and remote controls – as well as that novel that keeps falling on the floor when you turn in for the night.
Side tables – whether by your bed, recline, couch, or all the above – also help keep your living space looking tidy and put together.
Especially if you don’t have a garage, a shed is a great way to store lawn equipment, bikes, and holiday decorations.
However, if you’re not into the idea of building a shed, there are other options, like buying one – and they come in all shapes and sizes. No matter what you choose, just be sure to plan where you’re going to store the extra belongings that you may be overlooking because you don’t use them every day.
While this list of 13 essentials may not all be the most exciting things to buy as a homeowner, they will help make your home feel more like, well, home.
Like pots and pans, some of these things are essential for everyday life. And like a wine opener, others might only come in handy occasionally. But either way, it’s important to be prepared for any situation. So, stock up on these essentials, and you’ll always be ready! Your future self will thank you for having that coffee grinder on hand.