12 Essential Items For Your First Home That You Didn’t Realize You’d Need

Practical items that you won’t want to forget when you graduate into the real world.

Moving into your first place after college can be an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. What do you need? Does your place have a dishwasher? What kind of curtain rod will fit your windows? The list of essentials is typically longer than what you’d need at a dorm, where basic things like curtains or trash bins are often provided. And while buying these things may not be super exciting or glamorous, you’ll be glad to have them once you start to unpack and settle in.

Here are 12 products from Walmart that are essential for your first place.

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1
A 2-tier dish-drying rack
Chances are that your first apartment won’t have a dishwasher, and even if it does there will always be things that have to be hand-washed anyway. This large capacity dish-drying rack has spaces for plates, bowls, utensils, cups – everything you need.
2
A Bissell 3-in-1 lightweight corded stick vacuum
Clean up messes big and small with this versatile vacuum. You can use it on carpet, area rugs and hard floors, and the handle and foot can be removed for spot cleaning stairs, countertops or even your couch.
3
A 39-piece hand tool set
For hanging up pictures, opening packages, assembling furniture and everything in between, this portable tool kit has you covered. The molded plastic case helps to ensure everything stays in its place, so you can grab what you need without having to rummage around.
4
A stainless steel motion sensor trash can
This magical trash can opens with a wave of your hand over an infrared motion sensor, then automatically closes five seconds after it no longer senses an object. It’s big enough to accommodate a 13-gallon trash can liner, so you won’t have to take out the trash too often.
5
This Emily futon by River Street Designs
For when your friends want to crash at your place, a futon is a must. This tufted futon comes in a variety of colors and finishes, but we’re partial to the green velvet.
6
A gorgeous 16-piece dinnerware set
Nothing says “adulting” quite like a matching dinnerware set, and this one looks like handcrafted ceramic without being super expensive. Did we mention it’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe too?
7
A double hanging garment rack
If your bedroom doesn’t have a closet, or for any space in your new digs that could use more storage, this garment rack is perfect for clothes, shoes and even accessories. It has hanging rods and shelves, plus locking rolling wheels in case you want to move it around.
8
A bamboo cheese board with cutlery set
For game night, wine and cheese night, or a random Tuesday when you’re feeling fancy, this bamboo board has everything you need to make a charcuterie board. DIY made delicious.
9
A set of total blackout curtains
Easy to forget, but crucial for privacy, you’re going to want to make sure you have a set of curtains so that you’re not changing in the bathroom the first night you’re staying in your new place. These ones are made of recycled materials, block out light and insulate your room.
10
A 140-piece first aid kit
Don’t wait until you need a Band-Aid to buy some. Just keep this first aid kit in your bathroom at the ready in case you get any cuts, scrapes or burns. It has acetaminophen, alcohol prep pads, antibacterial bandages, allergy pills, first aid and burn cream, triple antibiotic ointment and more.
11
A full-length floor mirror
Measuring 65 inches by 22 inches, this full-length mirror is ideal for OOTD photos and making your space feel bigger and brighter. We love the modern look that the gold outline and arched shape gives.
12
A folding 2-step ladder stool
For changing light bulbs and smoke detector batteries, or reaching high cabinets and shelves, this ladder is safer than standing on a random stool or chair. It’s lightweight, foldable and has rubber feet for added stability.

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