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So you’ve just hit the big 3-0. Gone are the days where you could party up all night like the young adult you were. With a job and (more) bills to pay, it is only normal that the stack of ‘adult responsibilities’ will pile up!
Transitioning into adult life can be tough, especially if you’re moving into a new place and have absolutely no clue what to put in it. To help you, we’ve put together a pretty comprehensive list on the things you NEED to have at your new pad.
1. A bed that you’ll hate to leave
Sleep is no longer for the weak. Quality sleep is for you, the smart-thinking adult that actually cares about the kind of mattress you sleep on.
Don’t shy away from investing in a quality bed. Studies prove that good beds give you amazing nights of rest – leaving you with pure rejuvenation in the morning! Plus, with your age, you’ll know that joint and back problems are getting more real by the year. So go on, take better care of yourself and don’t skimp on a mattress!
2. ...And high quality bedding to match!
Now that you’ve got a good mattress, it would only make sense for you to also invest in beddings. Do not compromise your comfort with low quality sheets!
This is why thread count mostly matters - anything higher than 100 and you’re pretty much good to go. Test out as many kinds of bedding material you can find at the store and pick what feels the best.
Pro-tip: Cotton trumps any synthetic fabric!
3. A decent TV set
You may not watch the TV that often anymore, but you should still invest in one. New TVs are popping up almost every month with the latest high definition screens and stellar built-in sound systems to match! Even if cable television or free-to-air channels aren’t your thing, you can always get a HDMI or VGA cable to connect your laptop/PC to the TV. Say hello to countless TV-show/movie marathon nights with your friends and family!
4. Art that you love
Show that you’ve got some class by embellishing your space with some art. It not only exudes elegance and taste but will also make your home a prettier place to be in.
Don’t fret if you’re not willing to pay for expensive pieces of art. Check out local flea markets for budding and independent artists for unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. The style doesn’t matter as long as you love it – only you know what aesthetic would match your space!
5. Emergency first aid kit
First aid kits are just one of those things you need in case of an emergency. Don’t be unprepared for unforeseen circumstances – they are called emergencies for a reason! Always have your kit secured in a place that is easily accessible because you’ll never know when you might need it.
6. Basic toolbox
You’re too old to have your mum or dad help you fix up your appliances when they become faulty. Much like a first aid kit, you should have a basic toolset too.
They are super handy and can be used for minor adjustments to door hinges, chair bolts and other house fixtures. Plus, you can save the extra money and hassle from calling a repairman. Self-sufficiency is key here!
7. Essential cleaning materials
So…your home is now well equipped with the best bed, latest technology and can handle minor emergencies. But it has to be clean too!
Regularly sanitize your home at least once or twice a week with the proper cleaning materials. Think brooms, dustpans, latex gloves, insect traps/repellent and detergent. If you have no idea what to get, take a trip to the supermarket and educate yourself on what’s available out there!
8. Green friends
Greenery is always good for the eyes but also makes for effortless décor in your home. Make a trip down to the nearest nursery and learn about the different kinds of plants you can keep. There are plants that exclusively thrive indoors or outdoors. Pick what suits your lifestyle and schedule – because you need to make time to care for your plants too.
Caring for your green friends also brings about a life-lesson of maturity and dedication!
9. Good set of towels
Nice towels should not only be for your houseguests. You also deserve quality towels, so give up those faded and holey towels you have been holding onto for years. It’s definitely time for an upgrade.
10. Lounge chairs
Every home needs comfy lounge chairs. This is ideal when you just want to bum around and watch shows all day. Lounge chairs also come in handy when you have guests over. It’s the perfect fixture for a chill hangout.
11. Dining set
If you’ve lived through life eating take-out on your sofa, bed, work desk, or the floor, maybe it’s time to grow up and finally buy your home a dining set. A house is never a home without one.
Independence doesn't just meaning owning a place. It is truly owning it with all these important elements that a home should have as well. So go on, get these things in check and on point now!