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« on: November 27, 2008 07:12:42 PM »

My sister just announced that she has a goal to be moved out of my parents house and into her own apartment by Feb. 27th.  She is really set on doing this, so I thought it would be a good idea to put together like  a starter kit of things she will need for her house like dishes etc. What are some things that are necessities for starting a new household?  I'd really like to DIY alot of it.  I can do just about anything and what I don't know how to do, I am willing to try, so please, provide me with a list and links to any tutes you may have!

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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2008 08:27:47 PM »

You could easily do some tea towels and towels if you can find the fabric!
They're 2 things that I found I never have enough of!

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I'm making a friend of mine a recipe book - she's also looking at moving out soon-ish and also getting married... but she's a touch.. how do I put this... domestically challenged?

Maybe if you get some others together (parents or whomever) you could each do a room of stuff - like the bathroom could have towels, scrubs for her, one of those hair towels, facewashers, M&P soap, a shower puff thingy... you could make a soap dish somehow - clay maybe? If you could have it fired and all that...

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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2008 10:39:21 PM »

My suggestion is get a large laundry basket and fill it with stuff.  I needed a lot of stuff like this when I first moved.

-Dish towels
-Scented candles
-Coasters, pot holders, and placemats (you could make a matching set with some cute fabric)
-Some cleaning supplies from the dollar store....this is a must, I never had everything I needed for a good housecleaning when I first moved
-A small rug or welcome mat

and take a trip to the dollar store..some of the big ones have really cute glasses and dishes and whatnot.

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2008 11:48:20 AM »

When I moved into one apartment complex they had something similar waiting for me when I moved in. It had 2 coffee mugs, a kitchen towel, a box of microwave popcorn, 2 bathroom hand towels, and a refillable liquid soap dispenser. They were all obviously from the dollar store but I was awed by the thoughtfulness... too bad it didn't extend to their customer service but that's another rant... lol.

I still have the coffee mugs and it's like 9 years later... lol. I don't drink coffee but I use them for hot chocolate and tea all the time. And that popcorn was gone the first night I moved in. Unpacking is hungry work and popcorn's pretty perfect for a snack you don't have to search all over for silverware, plates, etc in a bunch of boxes. Hell, I think I poured mine out onto a paper towel... lol.

ETA - Oh yeah, that brings me to what another apartment complex did. They gave me a "Welcome Home" folder filled with coupons from all the local establishments. I got pizza coupons out the wazoo (which were oh so handy). It also had a local map showing where the closest movie rental, grocery store, oil change place, etc etc were. A huge list of phone numbers to delivery food places. I was moving in from out of state so it was VERY helpful. Maybe not for your sister though if she's living in the area already.

Some other ideas for "moving out of parent's house" things:

* Coupon holder (grocery shopping for yourself now!!)
* A can opener (I particularly love those new "smooth edges" ones... bonus you don't have to wash them when you're done because they don't get gunk all over them)
* A popcorn bowl
* A pizza stone
* Cleaning Supplies
* Clothes Basket
* Dish drying rack (if no dishwasher)
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2008 02:56:58 PM »

Depending on what she already has (if she's always lived with the 'rents then it may only be the contents of her room, if she had an apartment in college maybe more.) the two most likely places to start are the kitchen and bathroom. 

Pots, pans, dishes, coffee mugs,glasses, silverware.  None of those are terribly easy to make(so they can be functional) unless you are very into pottery.  She will also need curtains, potholders, oven mitts, towels of various sorts.  If her current bedroom coverings are childish or worn she might really appreciate a new comforter and sheet set.

A calendar for her very own fridge might be nice.  A revamped piece of furniture like a chair tale or bookcase would be good.

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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2008 08:02:32 PM »

Well, i just moved out of my parents house and got my 1st apartment. i didn't have anything, really.
you could get her dishes, utensils, laundry baskets, furniture (you could build her something. i'm going to build something of my own). towels, broom, mop, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, food.

just stuff off the top of my head that i still need

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2009 09:44:02 AM »

I knew I was really, truly on my own when I had to buy my own toilet cleaner. ha!  Cheesy
Lots of great ideas for practicalities, maybe also pyrex baking dishes or measuring cups.
For a couple DIY extras maybe some kind of key ring hanger for her to put by the door, a cutesy little so-and-so's house decoration there too. Maybe an ongoing calendar....not sure what they're called, but where you just change around the numbers each month or they're blocks and you change them each day.
When I first read your subject I thought this was for someone buying their first home. In that case I was just going to suggest about $10,000 in small bills  Wink
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2009 09:49:49 AM »

Again these aren't very craftable but when I moved out there were loads of little things you never think about till you need them like safety pins or cocktail sticks. Stuff you don't even know what you could use it for in advance but parents always seem to have it lying around. For crafting tea towels would be good or cushion covers. Maybe some funky wall art.
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2009 12:45:38 PM »

make some fun wall art. there is nothing more depressing than to move into a new place and have nothing on the walls. get some fun fabric and make some curtains. apartments usually have the worst curtains. also get her a house plant. if you don't think it would survive make it a silk plant.... thats all I can think of for now Hope it helps!

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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2009 06:06:33 AM »

Kitchen: Pots, pans, dishcloths, towels, cleaning supplies, cups, dishes, bowls, plastic containers, mixing spoons, spatulas, whisks, rolling pin, measuring cups, measuring spoons.

Bathroom: Towels, washcloths, toliet paper, first aid kit.  It is nice to have some luxurious beauty supplies when you first move in.  It doesn't have to be expensive. Bubble baths, candles, etc.

Bedroom: Sheets, blankets, pillows.  Something comfy for those first scary nights alone like a stuffed animal, blanket or pillow. 

Living Room: A nice blanket to cuddle under, soft pillows, plants. I like to decorate naturally so I have a lot of seashells, & local crystals in my home. My DH is always picking me up beautiful crystals at his job sites.  He works construction. 

Other things that make a nice pretty home: incense, windchimes, or something special she collects. 

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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2009 08:05:45 PM »

 Dont forget the toliet brush

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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2009 11:55:11 AM »

Dont forget the toliet brush

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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2009 04:49:30 PM »

A laundry bag/basket/hamper, detergent, fabric softener, and a roll or 2 of quarters if she has to use a coin-op washing machine and dryer.

If she is over 21 and drinks, a wine bottle opener or beer bottle opener is essential. Maybe a nice bottle of wine or 6-pack to get settled in. If you want a DIY project, you could etch some glasses, it's really easy.

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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2009 09:55:10 PM »

A basic tool kit could come in handy:  you could include a hammer, some picture hooks or small nails, pliers, a screwdriver set, a set of allen keys (I think thats what they're called - the little wrenches that you use to put together 'some assembly required' furniture), and little felt circles to protect the floor from furniture legs.  Most of this stuff can be found at the dollar store, and you might even find a cute basket or bag to hold it all.

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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2009 02:49:11 PM »

Establishing a new home is EXPENSIVE, so I second the notion that helping your sister get the necessities is a more thoughtful use of your time and money than giving her something cute and homemade.  Help your sister scour garage sales, second hand shops, Craigslist, and discount stores for the following.  Once she has all of these, you can give her something nice and handmade for Christmas or her birthday. 

This is what I needed for my first apartment.  Keep in mind that your sister may have different needs, and prioritize:

   4 sets each (all dishes should be dishwasher & microwave safe):   
      Water glass
      Coffee mug
   1 chef’s knife
   1 paring knife
   1 stirring spoon
   1 ladle   
   1 can opener
   1 grater
   1 vegetable peeler
   1 wine bottle opener
   1 set measuring cups
   1 set measuring spoons
   2 cutting boards (1 for vegetables, 1 for meat)
   1 medium pot
   1 large pot
   1 skillet 
   1 mixing bowl
   1 casserole/baking dish
   1 cookie sheet
   2 tea towels
   2 hot pads
   1 set sponges
   A scrubbing brush or pad
   Dishwashing detergent
   Fire extinguisher
   Small appliances

   plastic wrap
   zip-lock bags
   trash bags
   paper towels

   Laundry detergent
   Stain remover
   Fabric softeners
   Laundry basket
   Ironing board

   Tooth paste
   Caddies or drawers for holding makeup, etc.
   Shower curtain
   1 Towel
   1 set washcloths
   1 hand towel
   Cleanser(s) of choice (I prefer Windex and Comet)
   Facial tissues
   Handheld mirror
   Toilet paper
   Scrubbing brushes or pads
   1 sheet set (fitted, flat, pillow cases)
   1 pillow   
   Alarm clock

Couch, love seat, or futon (futons are cheap & can double as a bed until she can afford a real one)
   Table & chairs
Chest of drawers
Lamp(s )—at least one bright floor lamp! Apartments tend to have no centralized lighting in the living room. 
   Desk & desk chair
   Assorted end tables, bedside tables, TV holders as needed
   Waste basket(s)

   Vacuum cleaner
   Broom & mop
1 set Tools (hammer & nails, screwdriver & screws, allen wrench set, tape measure)
   Power cords, power strips, surge protectors
   Tape, glue, paper clips, pens, paper, safety pins 
   Optional:  telephone, TV, radio/CD-player

I, personally, think that it's high time we replaced bridal showers with housewarming showers, since "wedding" and "moving out of my parent's house for the first time" are no longer synonymous.  Of course, it is considered rude and greedy for immediate relatives of the guest of honor to throw the shower, so perhaps you could drop some hints to a close friend or kindly aunt. 
« Last Edit: April 28, 2009 03:19:43 PM by Juniper_Ann » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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