If you’re setting up housekeeping for the first time or even if you’ve had your own place for a while, you might not have everything you need to keep your household running smoothly. Read on to learn about some household supplies you shouldn’t be without.
Build a basic toolbox with the tools you might need for quick repairs, picture hanging or other household tasks. Include a hammer, a flat-head screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, pliers, a measuring tape and a level to get started. Also, pick up a package of assorted nails, screws, nuts and bolts in a variety of sizes. Make sure you have some duct tape and masking tape as well as a good scissors and perhaps a boxcutter.
Cleaning supplies are important, too. Have a good all-purpose cleaner on hand along with glass cleaner, dish soap, laundry detergent and sanitizing wipes. You should also have water system maintenance products like water filters as needed. Don’t forget to invest in a vacuum cleaner, dust cloths, rubber gloves, a broom and dustpan, a mop, a bucket, a toilet brush and a plunger.
Many people starting out in their own home for the first time tend to eat off paper plates with plastic forks, but this is far from ideal. You should at least have a four-place setting of plates, bowls and cups as well as glasses and silverware. A sauce pan, a larger pot, a skillet with a lid, a baking dish, a cake pan, a baking sheet and a mixing bowl can come in handy, too. You’ll also need a can opener, ice cube trays, a set of knives and a cutting board at the very least. If you like to cook, you will certainly want extra kitchenware.
Finally, don’t neglect stocking up on emergency items. A smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector are absolute necessities. Depending on the size of your home, you may need more than one of each. They are often sold as a single device these days, so be sure to check labels when purchasing. Buy some extra batteries as well and a solar-powered charger for your phone. Pick up a flashlight or two and a fire extinguisher. You’ll also need to purchase a first-aid kit and keep it filled with band-aids, gauze, cloth tape, disinfectant and pain relievers. Finally, keep some extra bottled water and canned food on hand.
This may seem like a lot, but all of these items are basic necessities for a smoothly running household, so prioritize, and then work them into your budget over time.