Moving on a Budget

Moving can be very stressful especially when you’re moving far away and you can’t take all your stuff with you.

Money is always a biggie because there are so many things to buy, so establish a budget and make a list of things you need in the first week, think about your priorities.

Before you move you can sell or give away things you can’t take with you, clothes you don’t wear anymore, get rid of them too. This is the perfect opportunity to start over, clean and get rid of what you don’t like or weren’t really using, these are some of the positive things about the change!

Some furniture and basic house utensils you need during the first week:

1. Basics:

The season when you move is important, choosing clothes and personal items you really need to take with you, and what you’ll need when you get there. Jeans are good for travel and can be used in almost every situation and shirts are small, and can help you to maintain a variety in your new closet, even if you didn’t have much space to bring things with you.

If you can take with you some of your essential personal items like deodorant, perfumes, creams, shampoo, etc. you can delete them from your “to buy list” and save some money, these things are usually small but pricey, and to say the least, they are necessary.

2. Kitchen:

Cooking without the necessary tools is very complicated and going out to restaurants every day is not an option if you’re trying to save money, I recommend that you buy some of the basic kitchen utensils and appliances such as:
  • Glasses and plates.
  • Spoons, forks, knives
  • A large multi-purpose knife that you can use for meats and vegetables
  • Cutting board
  • One decent frying pan
  • One good-sized pot (pasta goes a long way on a budget)
  • Cooking spoon and spatula
  • A table with chairs, remember it doesn’t have to be perfect, that’s why table clothes exist

You can go to garage sales in your new area and find furniture that will work in your new space, you can always repair or renovate furniture with paint and fabrics. Little projects like these will help you bond with your new house, and make it feel like a home.

3. Bedroom:

  • Bed. An air mattress for the first few days it’s ok, but if you’re on a budget don’t worry about a frame, find a good mattress and box spring and put it on the floor, try to make it pretty using linens, pillows, and blankets, just because it’s on the floor doesn’t mean it can’t be chic.
  • Clothes hangers, they don’t seem like a big deal, but these little guys will save you tons of space!
  • Dresser or nightstand. Any kind of furniture that you can use for daily things at bedtime and when you wake up, if you can’t find a nice one, buy an ugly one and fix it with fabric, or use a pretty chair.
 4. Bathroom:
  • Shower curtain
  • Towels, cheap ones are nice, but you’ll regret not having nice towels
  • A decent sized mirror, this does two things, beside from the personal grooming, a good-sized mirror can really make a small space look much larger

5. Other areas:

  • Window Curtains 
  • Lamps
  • Sofa or chairs (something for the livingroom)
  • Cleaning supplies (broom, dustpan, mop, bucket, rags)
  • TV. I know a TV isn’t exactly a basic commodity but there’s nothing like the first night in your new home with an instant soup and your favorite movie, right?
Avoid impulse buying, stay on budget and save money. Being patient is part of change, think about quality not quantity when buying furniture and necessities, it’s better to have things you like, that work for years, than buying a one dollar mop that’s going to leave your new home dirtier than it was before. xoxo Elba

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