I’ll be getting a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house right of college (on the cheap, but really nice place in a good neighborhood). I don’t have crap for furinture and only modest cleaning supplies for a dorm room. What should I buy to get the house started?
All depends on what "getting started" means to you. If you want to continue college-guy ways and have parties with drunks running around, I wouldn’t do much to spruce it up.
I was never into "College ways." I spend most of my time in the MMA gym or reading books. (I’m a nerd.)
I want someplace relaxing to come home too, but something tells me I’ll need more than a a mop, lysol, and pinesol to maintain a nice homestead.
window blinds for bath/bed areas – people forget this and you really will need to cover the windows right off, you can upgrade room by room later
as for cleaning:
toilet brush/toilet cleaner
paper towels or microfiber + all-purpose cleaner – will work for kitchen/bath/windows
dish soap + package of no-scratch sponges w/ scrubby side
mop + floor cleaner – if you’re being frugal you can get something like lysol or mr clean and dilute it in a spray bottle for kitchen/bath surfaces then have some windex for mirrors + glass
I have a little caddy with the bath cleaners under each sink – keeping clean is easier if everything’s right there, I even use spray cleaner + rags to wash the floors in the bath, takes maybe 5 min and I don’t have to go get the mop
i went through kinda of the same situation,
what i did was splurge on a nice 50 inch hdtv and then kinda slowly upgraded each room to nice stuff, just used the tv to keep me from blowing all kinds of money i didnt have right at the start and buy everything i wanted at a good pace keeping my bank account in check
If money is really an issue stick to ikea for all the small stuff or even target. Ross has really good deal w/ name brand stuff. Kitchen Aid FTW. Don’t forget a Toolbox kit with the basics: Plyers, hammer, level, measuring tape, etc…
Turn one of the rooms into an office with your computer desk and a bookcase. I went to officedepot and got a cheap (yet sturdy) matching set that I had to put together myself (was fun).
Salvation Army and thrift stores sometimes have nice furniture and it’s always priced right.
Thrift stores man, I used to think it was a crappy place to shop but I finally went and found some badass furniture. Plan on stripping paint and replacing hinges, latches, etc. Good side project and very easy to do.
We got a nice 60’s style wet bar, sanded it down, refinished it, replaced the hinges, handles, latches. Looks awesome, spent 25$ on the bar, 25 on refinishing it and already had glasses and mix kits. Comprable stuff is expensive that Ive found. We dont own a house but I like to make my apartment as comfortable as possible.
If possible, if you’re like me you will need 3 or 4 bookcases so buy a bunch at once so they all match, or buy ones that fit the scheme you like. We regret that, bought bookcases as we needed them and now have a bunch of mishmash cases.