Living on your own is surely an exciting and fun prospect. You can sleep in as long and as much as you want. You can lounge and watch Netflix all weekend. And you can invite your friends over. Basically, there will be no hard and fast rules. However, if you subscribe too much to this mindset, you become prone to a sloppy and unhealthy lifestyle. Because you live alone, you need to take care of yourself. And one way of showing that is through making sure that your apartment is in order.
Living solo can be overwhelming, but you can reduce your stress and anxiety if you have the right tools and equipment at your disposal. These are the very things that you need to invest in. Don’t worry, as this is another exciting part of being an adult; you will soon realize that shopping for furniture and even kitchen ingredients will give you a thrill that you will not find in other activities.
So, if you want to keep your one-bedroom apartment in order, here are some of the things you need to have:
If you want to save on food, you need to cook the dishes yourself. And for that to happen, you need to get yourself first some kitchen essentials. An electric stove or burner, fry pans, pots, and a microwave oven are among the first items that you need to have. You will also need to get cutlery and a set of plates that can accommodate four to five people (your family and friends may come over for a visit). Coffee mugs, wine glasses, knives, and a toaster are also important items. Of course, you will want to keep your kitchen tidy and organized, so get jars where you can put your condiments and some shelves or hooks where you can keep your cookware.
Sleep is important for adults like you, especially if you want to power through a tough working day. And because it’s your focus, it will be wise to splurge on sleep-related items, especially the bed. Get yourself a sturdy and high-quality bed frame, ideally with storage underneath. When it comes to a mattress, buy the one that provides great lumbar support – the type of material that can last long. Buy at least two sets of sheets, which you can use in alternate while the other is in the washer. And if you want to keep yourself warm during cold seasons, a high-quality duvet will do its job. Buy organizers, boxes, and shelves to keep your clothes and self-care items organized.
Living and Dining Items
For most apartments, living and dining areas overlap each other. If this is your case, you need to get items that can easily suit both of them. A plush sofa is important and helpful, especially if you are receiving guests. You can install a collapsible wall table and bring in some bar stools. But if you want to eat on the sofa while watching TV, a collapsible laptop table will be a great steal. Spruce up your living area by installing an artwork or some of your memorable travel photos with family and friends.
Just because you’re living alone does not mean that you will not do anything to keep your bathroom fresh and functional. Organized everything by installing shelves and placing baskets where you can keep laundry and newly washed towels. A medicine cabinet that also doubles as a toothbrush holder. Keep the area clean with a bathroom rug and a bathmat. Of course, don’t forget the shower curtain.
Living on your own is exciting and fun, but there will always be a responsibility that you need to shoulder. And that responsibility is to keep the area clean and organized. After all, isn’t living in a tidy home more relaxing?