When signing the lease for my first ever apartment, one of the things I immediately wanted to do was decorate. I began planning themes for each room and planning the items I wanted to buy for them. However, I realized really quickly that while I was focusing on how I would decorate my apartment, I was missing the essentials.
While decor is definitely what helps make a home a home, you can’t get so caught up in the decor that you forget about the essentials. For example, I remember in my very first apartment by myself, I couldn’t wait to have the freedom to decorate it as I chose, but there were quite a few things that my lovely mom ended up getting for me because I forgot to grab them – like a plunger for my toilet and toilet paper. True story.
Or like how when registering for items for our wedding, I registered for a lot of really cute decorative items that we currently use, but figured out that we didn’t have enough cups for more than four guests at a time.
Before making your list of things that you want to add character to your space, I would make a list of the essential things that you absolutely need to survive in your apartment, first and then add your decorative items last. To help you out, I’m sharing with you a list of things that I believe are essentials for your first home or apartment, so that you don’t make the same errors that I did.