Furnishing Your First Home - Save Money, Reduce Stress
by Office Staff
on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 3:36pm.
Navigating into a new home can be tricky, especially if it’s your first one – it’s time-consuming, confusing, hard work, and when you look around your current place, it’s hard to tell where to start.
But there are ways to make your move-out process easier, and get your life started at your new home in record time. Take these tips with you next time you find yourself relocating:
Know what to part ways with
It’s important to be firm in your assessment of what you need and what you don’t. Keeping clutter around because you “might need it one day” won’t help your move go any more smoothly, and it’ll just take up space in your new home. Consider hosting a garage sale before you move out. You’ll be getting rid of things you don’t need, providing someone else with things they do need, and picking up some spare cash in the process.
Be frugal, save money, but don’t skimp on the bedroom
Saving money throughout the moving process isn’t easy, but you’ll definitely thank yourself later. Skip the major furniture retailers and shop the local thrift stores – you’ll find plenty of high-quality goods alongside the occasional gem that makes the whole trip worthwhile. But, if there is one area in your house to put extra cash into, it’s the bedroom. You’ll spend a third of your life sleeping, so it’s only wise to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Test mattresses until you find one that is most comfortable to you, invest in high-thread count sheets, and buy some high-quality pillows. You’ll be thanking yourself every morning.
Don’t furnish it all at once
Give yourself a few weeks to get into a routine at your new home before purchasing any major pieces of furniture or decoration. It’s important that you get a feel of how you live in the home before unknowingly buying something that disrupts that routine, so stagger your shopping. Buy the necessities first (a table on which to eat, places to sit, beds and dressers) before filling in the rest with your own personal preferences and style. If you’re bringing in a TV, note where the power outlets are, as well as the cable output jack. If you’re bringing in anything large or bulky, notice where the areas of high foot traffic are in your home, and avoid those places. You’ll be getting the most out of the space you now have.