Share housing is one of the most memorable times in a young adult’s life.
Sure, there are ups and downs. Like the stand-off that takes place when one of your flatmates refuses to buy the next round of loo paper.
Or when you’re woken up by the mini rave taking place in your kitchen.
Then there are those moments of hilarity on the couch, sitting around the kitchen table sharing meals as a family, and the creation of long-lasting friendships.
Before you get to all that though, you’ll need a few things to help kickstart your new life. Try these ideas on for size.
1. Pot plant
Want a harmonious share house?
Greenery instills a sense of calm in any home, so come armed to your new digs with a lush indoor pot plant.
It’ll put a smile on your dial and most likely be seen by your flatmates as a lovely new addition.
2. New cutlery
If you consider yourself a clean freak – be honest – you’ll need some fresh cutlery for those at-home dinners.
You can generally pick up cheap utensils from Target and Kmart.
3. Bath mat
For anyone who gets irked by a wet bathroom floor, consider this: You could be sharing with up to four other people.
A constantly wet bathroom is inevitable. Ew.
Buying a new mat address this issue early on and helps avoids accidents.
4. Sheet set
If this is the first time you’ve lived out of home, go nuts and buy some nice, fresh linen.
It will be a little taste of luxury amidst the whirlwind of share house living.
5. Toilet paper
If those aforementioned stand-offs do take place, try to keep a stack of loo paper up your sleeve – there’s nothing quite like running out of toilet paper when you need it.
6. Cleaning supplies
Stock up on all the essentials to ensure a clean and liveable space: Think detergent, toilet cleaner, window cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, sponges, scrubbing brushes – you name it.
To avoid getting stuck in the bathroom queue when all you need to do is fix your hair, BYO mirror to your new abode.
A long statement mirror is a great addition to any share house bedroom.
8. Vacuum cleaner or broom
A tidy home’s a happy home.
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9. Garbage bags
Running out of garbage bags is just plain annoying – have a solid stack on the go and store them under the sink.
They’ll be particularly helpful when the garbage is full to the brim and you need to double bag.
Having access to a Webber or small barbecue in your new share house means you can whip up healthy, easy meals, share communal dinners with your flatmates and enjoy some laid-back entertaining.
11. A good wok
If you love to cook, a good wok or deep, non-stick frying pan is essential.
12. Wine glasses
Sure, you’re share housing, but that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on everything.
Pick up some affordable wine glasses – and if they break, don’t stress. There’s always the less classy option of drinking out of a mug.
13. Cushions or throws
Hating that brown couch with stains all over it?
Invest in a nice throw or liven it up with some colourful cushions. You’ll be glad you did.