Moving into a new place can be both an exhilarating and frightening experience, so it's good to be prepared for anything! Whether you're off to college to move into a cramped dorm room, a fancy loft, a studio apartment, or your first home, check out these tips, sites and essentials to make your living place feel like a home...which is the Southern Style.
Here is a basic guideline checklist to get you started. If this one doesn't seem to fit your needs perfectly, use it as a template for your own! Making a checklist of what you need, what you have and what you have to buy is a really great first step in moving.
When it comes to buying appliances there are plenty of factors that come into play: price, convenience, look, practicality, etc. When I went shopping for my dorm/apartment, I went to Walmart and grabbed things that were in my price range and that's all that I looked for. This made my wallet happy, but I wasn't all that surprised when my microwave crapped out on me half way into the school year--not dissing Walmart microwaves by any stretch of the imagination, I just didn't check ahead to see the wattage compatibilities from the microwave to my room! Who'da thunk? Keep a few factors in mind when shopping for your home.
Important Before You Buy Appliances Tips
Appliances You May Need to Consider:
-Food Saver Sealer
When it comes to shopping for tech, make sure these purchases aren't made on a whim. Do a bit of research before selecting these items, especially to see if you can get student discounts and such.
-Blu Ray player
Shopping for Appliances in Stores:
Home Depot or Lowes
The kitchen can arguably be one of the most important implements of any living space--especially southern style. So, whether you are cramming into a dorm room that doesn't even have a counter top let alone a kitchen, or a house complete with a six place stove and oven, these tips should help!
Setting Up a Functional Kitchen
Kitchen Essentials Guide
Measuring cups (dry)
Measuring cups (wet)
Microwave safe items
Even in a small dorm you may find that you have some type of common area or living room. This is kind of like a second bedroom that you share with the world--what the heck does that mean?! Well, this room is a homey reflection of how you feel about your home and how you would like your guests to feel while they are in your home. This is a fun room to decorate, furnish and have fun in.
Ashley Home Furniture
Raymour & Flannigan
Storage (cabinets, drawers, table/shelf hybrid, etc)
The most important thing you can do for your house/dorm/apartment is to make it a home. Surround yourself with your comforts, memories and the necessities, and you'll be okay.