What we got for our new home – Part 4

It’s been a week since we moved into our new apartment in Melbourne and here I am sitting at our very conducive bar top table writing this article. It was a crazy week moving stuff over, fixing silly problems, getting used to the house, lots of cleaning and last but not least, LOTS AND LOTS OF SHOPPING. We have compiled a series of things you will need in your new apartment to help you get that shopping list going.

1. Kitchen

Probably 70% of things bought was kitchen necessities (and some non-necessities lol) but we cook a lot and our kitchen came 100% empty so that’s our excuse. Depending on your apartment, it might come with shared utensils like pots and pans or there might be some left behind by the previous tenants that you can use. This will honestly save you quite a bit of money and effort lugging heavy pots and pans home.

From IKEA:

  • Pots (Set of 3) – $13.99
  • Pan (Induction) – $19.99
  • Containers (Set of 17) – $6.99
  • Ladle – $1.35
  • Chopping Board – $2.99
  • Cutlery (16 piece set) – $5.99
  • Peeler – $1.35
  • Tea towels – $2.99
  • Steamer – $6.99 (probably a non-necessity oops)
  • Cutlery drying stand – $2.99
  • Ice lolly maker – $1.49 (>.<)
  • Cutlery Tray – $0.99
  • Scissors – $2.99
  • Funnel – $1.99
  • Glass jar – $3.99
  • Cork pot stand – $3.49
  • Silicon Mittens – $4.99

From KMART:

  • Knife (Block of 5) – $7.99
  • Dinnerware (12 piece set) – $7.00
  • Dustbin (3 litre) – $7.00
  • Dish Drainer – $3.00
  • Tongs – $1.50
  • Ice cube tray – $1.50
  • Fridge Magnet – $1.50 (lol…..)
  • Drying mat -$2 (best buy!!)

From DAISO ($2.80 everything!)

  • Strainer
  • Wooden spoons
  • Sponge Holder
  • Spatula

From Big W

  • Sandwich maker – $19.99 (such a non-necessity but we are heavy bread eaters)

2. Living

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Since we are living in a studio, our living room is pretty much just a sparse piece of open area. We spruced it up a little here and there and now we absolutely love hanging out on the couch just chilling and watching TV 🙂

From IKEA:

  • Fairy lights – $4.99 x 2 (good if you need a night light, electricity here is expensive!)
  • Clothes rack – $8.99
  • Door Mat – $1.29
  • Coffee table rug – $7.99
  • Couch throw – $2.99
  • Storage table – $19.99 (a little expensive but a good buy!)
  • Bar seat pads – $5.99 x 2

From KMART:

  • Hanging organizer – $9.00
  • Cushion – $4.00 x 2
  • Essential oil burner – $3.00 (you really don’t need this… really…)

3. Bedroom

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Our bed came without sheets, pillows or a blanket but it was rather affordable to just get our own. We were given an option to buy them from the property management company but it was gonna cost us almost a $100 per set so we chose to get our own. At least we got to choose what we wanted plus it was so much cheaper!

From IKEA:

  • Pillows – $19.99 x 2
  • Bedsheet – $24.99
  • Pillow case – $4.99

From KMART:

  • Comforter (Blanket) + Pillow Case – $24.00
  • Bedsheet – $24.00

4. Toilet

Our toilet came with a rack for all our stuff so that definitely saved us a bit of money and we mainly spent it on little things that didn’t cost us much.

From IKEA:

  • Toilet brush – $1.99
  • Bath mat – $2.99
  • Floor brush – $1.99
  • Mug – $0.99

From KMART:

  • Dustbin – $5.00

5. General

These items are mainly for doing our chores like cleaning and washing so these are definite necessities (unless you like it dirty…).

From IKEA:

  • Laundry basket – $8.99

From KMART:

  • Drying rack (clothes) – $6.00
  • Clothes pegs – $3.00

From DAISO ($2.80 everything!):

  • Mop + Dry & Wet Wipes – x5
  • Wall hook

From Aldi – (I don’t really remember the prices but Aldi definitely has one of the cheapest prices overall both for food and household necessities!)

  • Clothes detergent
  • Clothes softener
  • Anti-bacterial solution (is super useful for cleaning almost anything!)
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Hand soap
  • Trash bag

 

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