The ink is dry on your diploma and the graduation confetti has been cleaned up. Next stop: the real world! The novelty of setting up your first place can wear off fast once you find yourself trying to open a can without a can opener or surrounded by a half-assembled bed way past your bedtime. With the help of our Taskers, we’ve compiled some essential tips and a checklist for furnishing your first apartment.
From affordable decor to essentials you’ll want to stock up on before you actually need them, read on for everything you need to know about the transition from dorm to adulthood. And remember San Francisco Tasker Nathan B.’s words of wisdom: “Pay the electricity bill on time!”
Remembering what you need for every room is overwhelming, so write it down! When you move in, walk through each room and note what you need to buy immediately vs. what you’d like to buy. Don’t forget to stock up on staples like toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, and batteries.
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a couple statement pieces. Before you start decorating, determine what you’ll spend the most time doing at home. You may not be able to sleep in on weekdays anymore, but with sleep becoming even more precious, a comfortable mattress is worth the investment. If you’ll be cooking a lot, get a nice cast iron skillet or mixer. It’s all about what’s most important to you.
Rein in the temptation to let your imagination run wild on Pinterest — there’s no need to buy brand new for everything. Let friends and family know you’re willing to take any unwanted home items off their hands, or get ready to dig into Craigslist listings and yard sales. “Thrift shops are amazing, and usually support a good cause!” suggests Austin Tasker Zachary K.
A house doesn’t become a home overnight. Creating a space that reflects your personality takes time and budget, so space out projects as you settle in. Start with low-effort, cost-effective (and lease-friendly!) ways to create a cozy atmosphere, like plants, throw pillows, candles, area rugs, and colorful bedding. A gallery wall of personal photos is another inexpensive way to add a personal touch to a room.
Adulthood can be daunting, but with the right help, it doesn’t have to be. Keep our checklist handy as you set up your first apartment, and book a Tasker for help with moving, furniture assembly, mounting, and more.