When you finally live on your own, it can be hard to figure out how your parents managed to make adulthood look so easy. The transition to adulthood can be confusing and difficult. Some simple investments can have a major impact on your life, however, and it all goes back to the basics.
With these household staples, you’ll be well on your way to feeling like a capable, competent adult all on your own.
A Reliable Toolbox
A good drill, screwdriver set, wrench and even a plunger are all must-haves when you live on your own. You don’t want to waste money calling a repairman for the smallest fixes you could easily do yourself. Even if you don’t consider yourself mechanically inclined in the slightest, a tool kit is a lifesaver that you’ll be grateful to have around when you need it.
A Trusty First-Aid Kit
Accidents happen, and you’ll want to be prepared for them. Let’s say you cut your finger while you’re in the kitchen using those new knives you just bought. Instead of bleeding all over the place, ruining your clothes, carpet and possibly fainting, if you’ve got a phobia, just grab your First-Aid kit. You can easily sterilize a cut, patch up any wounds and minimize damage before seeking medical care. Personalize your first-aid kit by including any personal medications or emergency phone numbers you might need. Red Cross suggests a specific list of items to keep in your own first-aid kit.
A Good Collection of High-Quality Cooking Equipment
Apps have made it easy to skimp on many once-vital life skills, so it’s time to get down to business and head to the kitchen! Postmates might seem great, but adults need to know how to cook. It’ll save you money, encourage good health, and give you valuable skills in the long run. First, you’ll need to invest in something beyond paper plates and plastic cups.
Invest in some decent cookware, including pots and pans, a collection of kitchen knives, some baking utensils and a dining set. If you’re looking to get all your equipment at once, you can look for discount kitchenware and buy it all together to save some money. You don’t have to have a large collection of cooking equipment, just invest in some of the basics and you’ll be set.
Stop sleeping on a bare mattress or mismatched sheets. Invest in a bedding set that includes a comforter, shams, fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcases. You can rely on these for years, and you’ll automatically feel like you’ve conquered the world when you make your bed up for the first time and it feels like a hotel room.
Being a certified grown-up doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Reach out to your family or friends and ask them what you could buy to improve your home. Life is a learning process, and it doesn’t stop when you hit legal age. Start small, focus on the basics, and you’ll find yourself proud of how far you’ve come just by investing in some essentials.