There comes a time for everyone to leave the nest and strike out on their own. For some, it’s when they move away for their first year at college.
It’s an exhilarating time, but with adulthood also comes the responsibility of buying, cooking, and washing your own stuff. Bright side, at least you won’t have to worry about your parents making you eat your greens anymore.
But as you start managing your first apartment or even dorm room alone, a few things could catch you off guard.
The following tips and checklist will help you lock down a few basics for a smooth transition to living independently.
- Birth certificate
- Driver’s license
- Social security card/info, etc.
- Bank account statements
- Loan papers
- Tax receipts, etc.
- Professional licenses
- Degree certificates
- Letters of recommendation, etc.
- Vaccination card
- List of health issues, medications, etc.
- A virtual mailbox allows you to easily manage your mail through a mobile app so you can focus on other things while knowing your packages are kept safe and sound until you’re ready.
- Bonus: your parents won’t be keeping an eye on your mail and packages. Ahh, the sweet smell of much-needed privacy.
- Chopping board
- Oven mitts
- Paper towels
- Trash bin
- Tupperware/Storage containers
- Cling wrap/Aluminum foil
- Measuring cups and spoons
Once you move out of your family home, any mess you make, well, it’s now your mess. Eventually you’ll have to get to the cleaning of dirty dishes and old laundry.
Here are some basic cleaning supplies to have on hand to tackle dirt and disorder:
- Trash bags
- Multi-purpose cleaner
- Dishwashing liquid
- Vacuum cleaner
- Dust pan/Broom
- Rubber gloves
- Stain remover
- Air freshener
- Toiletries (e.g., shampoo, body soap, shaving cream, etc.)
- Shower curtains
- Bath mats
- Toilet brush
- Toilet plunger
- Mattress sheet set
- Bedside table
- Coat hangers and drawer organizers
While you can always hire a handyperson for small repairs in your apartment or dorm, it’s still worth having a basic toolkit on hand so you can do minor fixes yourself.
These are some essential items your tool kit should have:
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
You’ll never know when you or your roommates might need a first aid kit, so it’s always a good idea to prepare one ahead of time so you’re ready.
Here’s a list of items you should include in your kit:
- Medical tape
- Gauze pads and rolls
- Hand sanitizer
- Digital thermometer
- Disposable masks and non-latex gloves
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Antiseptic wipes
- Cotton balls
- Antibiotic cream
- Eye drops
- Cold and cough medicine
Leaving your parents’ home is a big deal. And it’s rarely easy.
It’s okay to feel unprepared and overwhelmed. After all, you’re starting your life on your own for the first time. But with a little planning and prep, you’ll be ready to soar.
Huge congrats on this next step of your journey…