Right, I’ve got the big stuff ordered and organised for delivery on my moving date. Now comes the little stuff that most of us take for granted. I charmed my mother into coming with me to a local supermarket in order to price up some of the things I’ll need for my new home.
I’ll admit now that I’d never really considered just how much stuff a person needs to have a living space that is functional for every day needs. Just a quick whizz around the shop made me realise that the ‘small stuff’ was going to be a rather large expenditure in itself:
• Refuse bin x 2 (one for normal rubbish and the other for recycling)
• Cutlery tray
• Dish drainer
• Ironing board
• Clothes air dryer
• Dustpan and brush
• Washing basket
• Bath kit (toothbrush holder, hand soap dispenser etc.)
• Toilet brush – because you really can’t live without one of these….
• Pots and pans
• Bread board
• Tea towels
• Bread bin
• Wall clock
• Storage units
Now I know that I’ve probably missed a fair few items off of that list and will no doubt realize that when I actually move in to the property itself. But for now, I think I have enough items to see me through at least the first few weeks of living on my own.
As mentioned previously, I will cobble together old pieces of crockery and sets of glasses, mugs etc. that are no longer being used where I currently reside and so that will take care of those kinds of essentials. I’ve also been on a charm offensive with my nearest and dearest, dropping subtle hints that they might want to help me out by purchasing a small ‘apartment warming’ present for me.
I haven’t even got to the first grocery shop and am planning to cross that bridge nearer to my move in date. In the meantime, I am stealthily sneaking tins of food from the cupboards of my current abode when no one else is around, hoping that they won’t notice that I’m steadily relieving them of their tinned goods…..