The Best Purchases I've Made Since I Moved Out
I'm coming up on the one year anniversary of moving out and being in my own apartment, and lately I've been thinking a lot over the past year. While discussing this with my sister, we got onto the topic of home purchases and things I've bought that were super helpful (as well as the ones that were totally worthless, haha). She brought up that this would be a great blog post topic and could be helpful for other people getting their first place, and I could not have agreed more. So, here I am to share the best purchases I've made since moving out!
An Actual Couch
When I first moved out, I had an antique long chair and a rickety old office chair for my living room (super glamorous, I know). I wanted to be thrifty while purchasing essential furniture pieces for the apartment, so I ordered a taupe love seat from Walmart for $198 that looked perfect. Lesson #1: You get what you pay for. Lesson #2: If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. When the love seat arrived and I put it together, there was barely enough room for two people to comfortably sit side by side. It also felt stiff, like sitting on cardboard boxes covered in fabric. Seeing as how that was a complete waste of time and money, I donated it to my sister's apartment and invested in an actual couch and love seat set, that I went in to test out first (Lesson #3: Don't buy furniture online if you haven't seen it in person).
A Water Purifier
Moving out of my parents' place meant no more built-in water filter. I tried water bottles for a little bit, but the extra cost and abundance of trash was so unnecessary that I knew I needed to do something else. After a bit of research, I decided to invest in a Brita water pitcher (not sponsored). It's so easy to use and is hands-down one of the best purchases I've ever made. Each filter lasts for about 2 months, and it filters tap water to taste so pure and clean. I usually fill mine up each morning and then I have fresh water all day long. You can find the pitcher + different filter packs on Amazon, which is where I got mine because I'm anti-social and would rather shop online than in stores. ;)
I remember when I first moved in that I felt kind of down about living in a new place. Moving has always been a hard thing for me, and usually gives me a bit of anxiety until I feel comfortable and settled in to my new surroundings. The one thing that really helped my apartment feel more homey was when I started decorating and hanging wall art. I searched for free wall art on Pinterest, as well as purchasing some cute prints from Etsy, and had everything printed out via Walgreens. Then I got some simple black frames from Target to create a gallery wall above my couch, as well as to frame a few family photos (when you're living on your own for the first time, having photos of family and friends hanging around for you to see daily really helps). Other ways I hung art prints was by using cute washi tapes and little binder clips, which are really great ideas for when you're on a budget.
A High-Powered Vacuum
Some home essentials you can be thrifty with - a vacuum is not one of them. Trust me, I tried. When I first moved out, I bought a $20 vacuum from Walmart thinking it would work just fine. It did not. The amount of "suckage" was laughable, and the only thing it ended up being good for was cleaning up any crumbs that got on the sofa. I ended up donating that one, and invested in a really good vacuum that I knew would work really well and last a long time. I decided on getting a Shark Rocket Ultra-Light because my parents have had one for a few years and absolutely love it. The price was higher than I had originally wanted to pay, but it's definitely paid off in the end.
A Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
One of the first purchases I made after getting the keys to my place was for cleaning supplies. I went out and got a little bit of everything, but over time realized that I really didn't need so many products (plus, you've got to be so careful not to mix toxic products when cleaning). I've ended up switching over to an all-purpose cleaner to cut back on how many products I own, as well as make cleaning just easier in general. My current favorite is the Mrs. Meyer's Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner in Basil, but I'm also wanting to try my hand at making a natural DIY cleaning agent.
A Complete Set Of Dishes
The last purchase I'm extremely pleased with making for my home is buying a full set of dishes. When first moving out, I thought I'd only need a few dishes because I was living by myself, so I just collected random pieces from flea markets and castoffs from my parent's kitchen. I was always running out of things like plates and cups, and hated how none of my stuff matched. I took some time to browse through eBay, and ended up finding a really cute set of Pyrex dishes that matched the color scheme for my kitchen. The best part is that the set fully serves 4 people and only cost $39! Now I'm able to have company over and serve a meal without feeling embarrassed by my dinnerware.
What are the best purchases you've made for your home?