When you move into a place of your own, it can be easy to focus on the big things like which sofa you want and the colour of the walls in your bedroom. These are important decisions but there are plenty of little ones you need to make too. Whether you are going into your first rented flat in London or you have managed to get a foot on the property ladder, there are plenty of things you need to remember to buy. Here are some quick reminders so you are not left without at an inopportune moment!

A Toilet Brush

Top of the list is always going to be a toilet brush. You need to be able to scrub your toilets so they are sparkling clean and there is no guarantee that you will have one waiting for you when you move in. Whether you want to pick one which is slightly jokey or something more discrete to hide around the side of the toilet bowl, it should be high up your list.

A Fan

This is especially important if you live in an old building where introducing some sort of air conditioning system just isn’t feasible. A fan can help you to cool down in the summer heat and then can be packed away into a cupboard over winter. If you are looking for some stylish options which will fit into any design style you might be thinking of, check out lasko.com. They have a variety of options so whether you want something small and subtle or large and powerful, you’ll be able to find one that works for your new home.


When we live with people, we can get very used to the idea of having lots of Tupperware we can dive into at a moment’s notice. Moving into a place of our own, however, can cause us to leave things behind and Tupperware is something not many people consider. If you are living by yourself, you may want to get started with batch cooking to save money and time. Tupperware is going to be your go-to to make sure that all meals are portioned correctly.

Emergency Lighting Supplies

While this rarely happens in the middle of a big city, power cuts do happen and you need to be prepared to light your way if need be. While most modern smartphones have a torch function, you should keep an actual torch handy just in case. Having a few candles and some matches on hand is also a good idea.

Spare Bedding and Towels for Guests

Even if you don’t have an actual spare bed for guests to sleep in, you might still have to make up a sofa or an air mattress for someone who needs to sleep over. Sleeping in a makeshift bed with a blanket and a cushion for a pillow isn’t always the nicest so you should look into some cheap but comfortable and affordable bedding options and some spare towels so they can have a wash in the morning. To store it all, look into a chest or some other small storage option you can put in a corner of the room and use for other purposes like a table.

All the Basic Groceries

Starting from scratch can be difficult and moving into a new place for the first time often means that you will have nothing in the way of basic groceries. From spices to cooking oils, you won’t have anything you usually use to cook. Sit down and make a list of everything you would use to cook a week’s worth of food. Try to slowly stock up on things if you cannot afford to buy everything at once as this is likely to be quite an expensive shop.

Laundry Detergent & Cleaning Supplies

Chances are that if you haven’t got basic cooking provisions then you won’t have many cleaning supplies too. Work out what each room of your new home needs to clean it. You might find that some things work in multiple rooms. For example, you might find a floor cleaner that works for both your kitchen and bathroom floors. You will also need to add laundry detergent to the list so you are able to wash your clothes. If you don’t have a tumble dryer, you also need to make sure that you have a clothes rack so you can make sure that your clothes air properly as they dry.

Moving into your own place is the perfect opportunity for you to flex your muscles as an interior designer and properly put your own stamp upon a place. However, you also need to remember that moving into a new place means that you will not have a lot of things you might take for granted in your current living situation. Make an inventory of everything you have and everything you will need. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you won’t miss anything when you move into your new home!