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Moving in a new apartment: a selection of things that I can’t live without

If you are more or less my age, there is a good chance that you are planning to move to another city – or country – for university, leisure, work, love, language studies,… the possibilities are endless!

In the past two years I have had the chance to live away from home, in Switzerland and in the UK and I always tried my best to have everything that I needed since day 1 (spoiler: I forgot a charger adaptor for my first trip to the UK!)

The truth is that it’s all about finding a pattern that you can follow, and then create a list of the things that you need to have in your apartment since day one.

I have found that organizing my list “room by room” is a successful way to start gathering life saving objects. Imagine it goes like that: you are in an empty (furnished) apartment and you must add objects to every room. My list would be something like that:

a shirt to sleep in
comfy socks
clothes (longer and more detailed post coming on this topic)
chargers for all your electronic devices

a set of towels
toothbrush + toothpaste
micellar water
round cotton pads
make up
day cream
body cream
shampoo + conditioner
tweezers + tiny scissors
washing machine tools

olive oil
vegetables & fruit of season
dishwashing soap and a sponge

Living room (if you are lucky to have one!):
books & leisure items

I think that the kitchen and the toilet to be the most important rooms, that you need well furnished and functioning. It has happened to me, to come home from a tiring day at work and find the fridge half empty, and have to go out again to fill it. My best advice is to try to plan the week meals in advance so you will have to go grocery shopping just one day a week or two at most for a quick top up.

What are your most important items?

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