What You Will Need For Your First Home or Apartment

Your First Home Away From Home

The time has come to move out of your parents home and you're thinking about all the endless items you're going to need for your new apartment, condo townhouse, or house. This can be overwhelming but you don't have to buy everything all at once. Start with the basics for each room and then further down the line you can add items as you go.

Apartment House in Newton Massachusetts
Apartment House in Newton Massachusetts | Source

Kitchen Cupboard and Fridge Necessities

The following items are only a suggestion.

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Spices for cooking
  • Cooking oil & cooking oil spray
  • Coffee, Tea, or and Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salad Dressing
  • Milk
  • Butter or margarine
  • Eggs

If you like or plan to bake you may want add these items to your list:

  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking powder
  • Yeast
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Vanilla



Kitchen Necessities

You need to eat and cooking is far cheaper than eating at restaurants so let's begin with you'll need the following items to get you started.

  • Plates (it's always nice to have more than one)
  • Bowls
  • Glasses and cups
  • Utensils
  • Can opener
  • Scissors

Cooking and food storage:

  • A pot or two
  • Frying pan
  • Oven roasting pan
  • Spatula, serving spoon, and soup ladle
  • Paring, carving, and chopping knife
  • Grater
  • Strainer
  • Juice container

For food storage you can either use Tupperware or purchase Zip Lock type containers. Dollar stores are a fantastic place to shop for any of the above items. For pots and pans you may want to purchase something that is a little higher in quality as you'll want them to last.

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Kitchen or Dining Room Furniture

Check with relatives and see if someone has a kitchen table that they're no longer using. Maybe your parents or friends with your parents would like to donate one or give you a good deal on one. If you're strapped for cash or tying to cut back on expenses a TV table and a chair will work until you can get the set that you want.

Shower Curtain
Shower Curtain | Source

Bathroom Necessities

  • Towels and facecloths
  • Bathmat
  • Shower curtain
  • Window curtain if there's a window in the bathroom
  • Toilet brush
  • Wastepaper basket

Personal Items You'll Need:

  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Shampoo & or conditioner
  • Hairbrush & or comb
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste





Sheets
Sheets | Source

What You Will Need For Your Bedroom

  • Sheets and pillow cases
  • Blankets and or a comforter
  • Drapes, curtains, or a blind for the window
  • Pillow

If the place that you're moving into is not furnished:

  • Bed or cot
  • Dresser or nightstand (These can be purchased at a later date)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes hangers


Laundry Hamper

Laundry hampers or baskets come in very handy especially if you have to take your clothes to a laundromat or carry them to a laundry room. Pillow cases, large garbage bags, or large sports bags will work in a pinch to transport dirty clothes.

Laundry Hamper that will store quite nicely

Mop & Bucket
Mop & Bucket | Source

Cleaning Supplies and Tools to Clean With

  • Windex glass cleaner or Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher soap if there's a dishwasher
  • Bathroom and toilet cleaner
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Rags, sponges, dust cloths and paper towels
  • Mop and bucket
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum if there are carpets




Appliances You May Need

When renting an unfurnished apartment you will need to ask the landlord if appliances come with the rental. If not then you will need to purchase a refrigerator and a stove.

This can be a big expense and many times new renters do not take this into account. To save yourself some money you may want to check with second hand shops, on Craigslist, Kijiji, or eBay. If it is Spring or Summer many times garage sales will have appliances.

Check in your local newspaper under appliances for sale. Local grocery stores or laundromats sometimes will have bulletin boards where people will advertise used appliances for sale.

What to Consider Before Renting and Moving Into Your Own Place

  1. How much you can afford to pay per month. Perhaps you should consider finding a roommate to share the costs with you.
  2. If you have a car you'll want to make sure that you'll have a parking spot where you move to. You'll want to be close to public transportation if you do not have a vehicle.
  3. Does the rental have laundry facilities, or are there laundry facilities close by.
  4. What is required before moving in; first and last months rent, security deposit, or is rent due weekly or bi-weekly.
  5. Do you have to sign a lease, and if so for how long.
  6. Are utilities included; electric, heat, and water. If not included you'll need to contact these utility providers.
  7. Are appliances included in the rental.
  8. If you're renting a place that has a yard is it your responsibility to do the upkeep.
  9. Remember you will need to set up an account with either the phone company, cable company or an Internet provider for phones and an online computer account.


A Note From the Author

Like I said earlier in this article, you can start out with the basics and add items over time. When I first moved out of my parents home at 18, I wanted everything brand spanking new but I couldn't afford to go out and purchase all the things I wanted right away. Happily I accepted kitchenware, linens, etc. donated by relatives.

The other option is to start buying what you need before you move away from home, providing you have a place to store these things.

Moving into your first place is a very exciting time and a big step in your life, so enjoy and have fun.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you so glad you found the article useful.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very useful article!

Moving to a new location needs lot of planning and forethought. You have given some excellent suggestions. It is good to reuse some old furniture and utensils.

Nice tips! Thanks and voted up!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I was lucky with my very first apartment as it was furnished. All I basically needed was linens, and kitchenware.


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA

This does bring back memories! You've provided a great list for starting out in your first apartment or home. I was able to get a lot of things by going to thrift stores and other places that sold used. I got a bed, couch, even a TV at one place, all used. It was cheap, and I was able to replace the items slowly over time.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you girishpuri!


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girishpuri 2 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Great use of lists, very useful hub, God bless you.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much Nadine and nice to meet you!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Very handy article to send to some of my friends who have children that want to live on their own. Well done.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Martie, I've never been called a pragmatist before ... I like that :)


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Susan, what an excellent hub! Using this as a wish-list will enable many young people to move to a place of their own with more ease. You are an adorable pragmatist :)


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

So glad to see that you're back! Glad that you liked this hub. I need to start writing again myself :)


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b. Malin 2 years ago

Oh Susan, I'M BACK, Finally...And so here I am Enjoying this Wonderful Hub and remembering when...But these tips are for All of us who have every moved...including your Sons! I also Enjoyed looking at the video, good points. I may e-mail this Hub to my Nephew.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi acaetnna, So nice to see you. Hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year!


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acaetnna 2 years ago from Guildford

We have moved so often recently ... de-cluttering really has worked though! What a brilliant hub as always!!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much Christy!


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Hi Susan! Well I certainly wish I had this hub when I was making my first move from home! Well organized, very clear and great use of lists. Vote up and sharing :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kathleen, So true, you do end up accumulating so much stuff. Thanks for visiting!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

My first lamp tables were Army ammo boxes. I've never had any since I liked as well. Make do. Don't go into debt. Before you know it you'll have so much stuff you'll be giving junk away. Great hub.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

phdast, Thanks, and glad you liked the hub.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Audrey.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Stephanie, I hope she enjoys her new apartment. I remember my first one and I loved it.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great hub, you did a good job and you are so right, there is no need to have "everything" for your first apartment. In some ways, being creative and learning to make do can be half the fun of being out on your own. :)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

So useful Susan!!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

ImKarn :) Where were you .... where was I when I needed this list :) Thanks, and have funtastic weekend!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

We just went through helping our granddaughter move into her first apartment. This hub would have come in extremely useful!


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Wha'? you need more than a mattress, couch, tv, and apple crates?

Sigh..where were you when i needed you gf???

lol.

now seriously - great eye opening info for anyone silly enough - or rich enough - to leave home these days..

LOL..

sharing dearxx


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks girishpuri, I'm glad you found it helpful.


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Thanks Sue, very helpful suggestions, God bless you.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

thelyricwriter, Thanks so much for everything. I wish I'd have know all these things too the first time I moved away from home. :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Amazing Thinker!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Vinaya, Hope that you have a nice weekend too.


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Susan, yes, I wish I had this article 12 years ago! You don't think about these things when your a kid. Great resource of information Susan, voted up, useful, interesting, and shared. If your young and moving out, pay close attention to this article and welcome to life! Great tips and advice.


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AMAZING THINKER 3 years ago from Home

I love FRIENDS and HIMYM.

Nice hub.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I live in the city, in my mother's house, and my parents live in a farm, 250 miles away, which I inherited as a family property.

You share some very useful tips.

Have a great weekend.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kathryn, Glad to hear you doing okay. I remember what it's like to separate from someone you love and when I read your last comment my heart went out to you.

Wishing you a great weekend too.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Susan, thank you very much! I'm doing okay, and things are looking up a bit more every day. Planning is actually one thing that gets my mind off of more negative thoughts!

Have a wonderful weekend.

~ Kathryn


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kathryn, So glad that you came back and found my article helpful. Sorry to hear that you broke up with your boyfriend though, and hope you're doing okay. Take care and sending you hugs.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I remembered this article, but couldn't recall who wrote it. I even checked my huge list of articles I have read, but I missed it. I thought it might have been by you, but just now I missed it at first (even though it was one of your first ones on the page), and looked from the top of the page, all of the way to the bottom. I finally found it! Now I don't have to go crazy searching for it. I didn't remember what it was called.

Anyway, I saw and commented on this a couple of months ago. Now I actually need this information. I am 35, and have lived away from my parents for almost 1 1/2 decades, but have lived with others many times over the years. Now I am getting ready to move out on my own again. I wanted to use this great article to give me ideas for what I should possibly need, since I will be separating my stuff from my exes', and don't have everything of my own.

Thanks again for sharing this useful list with us, and have a wonderful day.

~ Kathryn


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Nell. Always nice to see you.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

This is great Susan, and really helpful for anyone leaving one and starting out on their own, I remember it well! lol!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cyndi, I sure did :)

Hand me downs are the best especially when you're first starting out.


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Awesome hub! I have to smile because I saw on your blog that your 3 boys are at home...haha...did you write this as a hint? ;)

Anyway, great tips. I definitely got a lot of hand-me-downs when I first moved out. Many of which I still have, actually.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Eddy, Thanks, I hope so :) Have a great weekend.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great hub which will benefit many.

Eddy.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

midget, Too much cookware ... is there really such a thing :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sue, I started out with just the basics and then built from there in my first apartment. Sometimes I sure miss those days :) Thanks and have a great weekend.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you Rose!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Wow! Wish I had read this hub before I got married. LOL! I ended up with too much cookware and plates...but now am thankful that we can use them and that those pieces of cookware were so lasting. Thanks for sharing, Susan!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much Joan and I hope your daughters find it useful.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Susan,

Great tips! I remember the most useful item I purchased when I moved into my first apartment was a toaster oven.

Voted up and sharing


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Kathryn, I really appreciate it :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Gypsy, It is a shock to many of the younger people these days when they realize how much everything costs. Thanks so much!


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

Great article with excellent tips! (Voted up)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Genna, Thanks so much it's always so nice to see you. Sometimes I think I have a swinging front door :)


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Joan Okon 3 years ago

This article is very useful. I will pass it on to my daughters when the time comes for them to leave the nest.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Since the share button is back, I came back to share this!


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

Some grown children don't realize what it costs to get started on their own. They are so used to having everything at their fingertips. My daughter was like that, she thought my bath products and cosmetics were her free store. When she moved out, all of a sudden she was cutting out coupons to shop! Great article Susan. Voted up and useful.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

drbj, My very first place was furnished. It wasn't the best but it was all mine. I loved it. I was 18 then.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Excellent ideas, Susan -- very thorough and thoughtful. When our kids leave the nest, it is a bittersweet experience. When they first leave, I noticed they soon back - with laundry. They didn't have your list. :-) Excellent hub. I love this.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Blossom! I'm hoping my sons read this :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Frank, I can see you point and I love having my boys around too but I really don't want them still here when they're 30 :) They can always come by during the week and on for meals.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Susan. This very comprehensive list should be very helpful to anyone setting up housekeeping at any time. When my husband and I (many moons ago) were first married, money was in short supply so our first furniture was what I used to call: 'Early Freight Salvage.'


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Some great ideas here, might send it on to a granddaughter!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

yeah these are great tips for kids thinking about moving out.. tough though because I won't be able to become an empty nester.. I love family around.. but nonetheless these tips will help :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks RH, If he ever kicks you out let me know :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks FlourishAnyway!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bill, Mine have all moved away several times. All three are now back at home. Maybe I make it too easy to come and go but what can you do :)


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Grat job Susan...and now I'll be keeping this in case Dabe kicks me out! Lol


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Kathryn, Thanks so much, glad you liked the hub. Not sure what happened to the share with other hubber's button.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Christy, Tell Sarah Aunt Sue may have a few items she may need :)


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Very efficient listing. Great timing, too, with graduation coming up!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Helpful suggestions, Susan. We have a 21 year old who seems quite comfortable living with us, and a 30 year old who keeps coming back for short stays. I need to have them read this hub. Maybe they will get the hint. :)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I was going to share this, but the share button is gone! I'm confused. Did H.P. move it, or omit it? I see the Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest buttons, but not the one to share with fellow Hubbers.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is a great article! I had thought of writing a similar subject at one point, but I have had too many ideas floating around in my head. This one covers everything!

Your article has a basic list of all things that young ones (or even not so young) would need once they go to live on their own. It's easy to forget some of these items, so a hub like this is bound to be very helpful.

Voted up and sharing.


Christy Zutautas 3 years ago

This is a great article Sue, I need to send it to Sarah since she will need stuff for her new apartment in the fall!


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DexisView 3 years ago from New England

LOL! I was thinking of mine as well :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dexis, I did have a little bit of motivation behind writing this hub :) Hoping one of my 3 sons will read it.


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DexisView 3 years ago from New England

Great tips! I bet some parents will send you names and addresses to those that might need some motivation :)

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