Being the proper new home owning adults that we are, we had to go shopping for some essentials that we'll be needing for the next two years. We are students and that means getting everything on a budget and finding those deals and boy did we search every place to get the best deals we could. It was actually quite enjoyable going around stores checking things off our list and gathering up our new supplies. It truly felt like Christmas when we got it all home to unpack and organize into where we'd keep them working together to plan out where everything should go.
My absolute favorite thing we found was this kettle and toaster set. We hadn't planned on getting a toaster (to save a bit of money) but had been looking in many places for the best deal on a kettle. Just by the off chance, we were in Adli recently and they have a big range of homeware items in and we spotted this great deal for just €25. Now the price was amazing, buts what even more amazing is the color. I, of course, went straight for the blue, by- passing the pink and red because obvs blue is my favorite color but it's also more neutral for my boyfriend to be part of his home too and also I find the color is really relaxing and interesting in a kitchen.
From there, we had a base color to choose other things we might need but actually, we (Richard as a joke) picked the blue dustpan and brush before we even had the kettle. I choose a blue bath mat and some kitchen utensils we might need to kind of have some matching color in the house. Although Richard insisted on the lime green toilet brush (even though we later found there was one already in the house). After that, we just gathered up little things we needed such as extension leads, clothes drier, dehumidifier etc.
I really wanted to include this popcorn maker as a homeware item as I was given it as a present a while ago and kept it specifically for when I got my own place. It also was another cool thing to unpack and plan on putting somewhere.
Lastly we got a water filter jug as were both spoiled at home with water filters and don't like drinking straight from the tap. We got this great deal in Argos for €17 ( €12, when we used a €5 voucher we got buying the kitchen kit) which came with two spare filters.
After all this burning a gigantic hole in our pockets the rest of our necessary homeware items came second hand (stole from our parent's homes), such as the smoothie maker seen in the background above, blankets, Tupperware, coffee tables, mugs, plates etc. And after all that, our home was built.
It can be quite expensive or quite affordable to kit out a new home, it all depends on how much research and planning you put in beforehand. The key is to really shop around, don't impulse buy, search a number of shops for the best overall deal.
Following the Haul here on the blog will be the apartment tour once we've all completely in place.