10 Essentials To Buy Before You Move Out Of Home

When moving into your first home, it’s likely you’ll remember to bring along the big things – your bed, a couch, a fridge… your Playstation 4. But there are a lot of smaller, easily forgotten things that you might not think of straight away.

First off, congrats! You’re moving out – that’s a huge and very exciting step. You’re on your way to becoming a fully-fledged adult, so prepare yourself for conversations about negative gearing and your sudden aversion to lactose – just kidding! Moving out is fun and if you’ve set yourself up right, it will be a breeze. A slightly more expensive breeze than you’re used to, but a breeze nonetheless.

Ride that organisational high and get the following things in order before planting yourself in to your new place. You can thank us later.

#1 Toilet paper

Hey, it’s that thing you likely forgot to get before you settled in for your first night in your new place! Yes, it’s an essential and a too-often-forgot necessity you should stock up on before the big move. Double points if you make this purchase eco-friendly.

#2 Tupperware


Gotta keep those leftovers somewhere! These come in all different shapes, sizes and price points so choose the ones that suit you and your budget best – aim for BPA free or glass if you can though.

#3 Vacuum cleaner

Don’t fight us on this – you will need a vacuum cleaner. A broom will not suffice.

#4 Cleaning products

While you’re at it, grab some basic cleaning supplies so you’ll be on top of things when it’s your turn to clean the bathrooms. Dustpan, toilet brush, sponges, disinfectant, a feather duster and gloves are all good. Dishwashing soap and laundry detergent are essential too.

#5 Spare light bulbs


Some people abide by the don’t-buy-until-you-need-it mentality around light bulbs, but consider this: what happens if a light goes out and you can’t get to the shops for two days? Can you really survive two whole days of using your phone’s torch light? Nuh-uh. Buy the bulbs, buddy.

#6 A bin

For your kitchen, your bedroom, your bathroom – wherever you deem necessary. Bin liners too.

#7 A laundry basket

This might come down to personal preference but having a laundry hamper is a lot better than leaving your dirty clothes in a pile on the floor. For you might accidentally pick up something from your dirty floor pile thinking it was part of your floordrobe and then put on a pasta stained t-shirt without remembering said pasta stain and then leave the house and go about your day only to look down at your pasta stained t-shirt at lunch and come to the realisation you put on your dirty pasta stained t-shirt instead of your fresh non-pasta stained t-shirt and you’ll feel crap and maybe buy another pasta to make up for it, only to further dirty said pasta stained t-shirt and ecco qua your day is ruined.

Buy a laundry basket. Period.

#8 Tool kit

giphy (1)

Several sized screw drivers (phillips and flathead), a hammer, pliers, measuring tape, and an adjustable wrench should do the trick.

#9 First aid kit

At the very least some bandaids, Dettol, paracetemol and cold and flu medicine.

#10 Kitchen appliances and necessities

Here’s where the bulk of your dosh will be spent – but it doesn’t need to break the bank. A toaster, kettle and microwave are important, and you can get cheap ones from ALDI, Kmart, Big W or Target (if you want them to last though, consider spending a little more than $10). As well as your plates, cups and cutlery, get some chopping boards, pots and pans (whatever you think you’ll need), measuring cups, colander, mixing bowls, dish drying rack and assorted utensils (spatula, wooden spoon, ladle, can opener, bottle opener and tongs).

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it’s a start – everything else you’ve forgotten will make itself known to you eventually… Like sticky tape! You’ll always need sticky tape. 

Rebecca Russo is a freelance writer, editor, community radio dabbler, occasional hiker and celebrity autobiography enthusiast. She has written for online publications including Junkee, AWOL, Fashion Journal and Tone Deaf. Find her online here.