Around the house

stampThis post is dedicated to my good friend and his lovely wife. They made the commitment to start a new chapter in their life by moving far, far away from their apartment in Europe. They will be relocating to North America in a couple of weeks. literally.

Full of excitement and concern for what this new adventure has in store for them, they reached out to friends all over to ask for tricks and tips.

Here’s a quick list I put together, after I moved our of my parents’ house, of essential items that could help you get a head start without stressing too much. Sure hope it will help them too 🙂

Around the house

  • Iron, ironing board and pad
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Vacuum
  • Toilet plunger
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Bed sheets
  • Blankets and duvets
  • Window curtains
  • Clothes hangers
  • Clock
  • Bedside light and light bulbs
  • Shower curtains
  • Towels
  • Bathroom floor mats
  • Toilet paper and paper towel
  • Table with chairs
  • Bed/mattress
  • Mirror
  • Chest of drawers and bookshelf
  • Candles and flashlight (good in case of emergency)
  • Hammer, screwdriver, nails and screws

In the kitchen

1 frying pan                                                      1 Pyrex pan 9”x9” (good for cakes or                                                                                                                   casseroles)
2 large pots with lids                                      1 strainer

1 small pot with lid                                         1 vegetable peeler

1 teapot                                                             1 grater

1 kettle                                                              1 paring knife

6 glasses                                                           1 juice jug

1 set of mixing bowls                                      1 tray

1 set of potholders                                          1 garbage can

2 tea towels                                                      1 bottle opener/corkscrew

1 long-handled spoon                                    1 can opener

1 meat fork                                                       1 bread board

1 soup ladle                                                      4 dinner plates, bowls, cups or mugs

1 spatula                                                            1 muffin pan

1 sharp carving knife                                      6 each of knives, forks, dessert spoons

1 cookie sheet (good for pizza too)

– in the kitchen cupboards

coffee                                                                 peanut butter and jam

tea                                                                      raisins and dry cranberries

soda                                                                   vanilla, almond, and rum essences

vinegar                                                              baking powder and soda

oil                                                                       spices and herbs

chocolate (or cocoa)                                       oatmeal

all-purpose flour                                             crackers

brown and white sugars                                ketchup (and/or chilli sauce)

salt and paper                                                  mustards (cold and/or dry)

onions and potatoes                                       nuts

– in the refrigerator

eggs                                                                    lettuce, green onions

milk (not margarine)                                    tomatoes, cucumbers

butter                                                                mayonnaise

carrots                                                               fruit juice

cheese                                                               yogurt

bread                                                                 apples, oranges,

In the laundry cupboard

laundry detergent                                           stain dissolver

laundry softner                                               baking soda

laundry detergent for woolens

In the first aid cupboard

band-aids                                                          aspirin

aloe plant/gel                                                   Polysporin


And I plan to go visit them this summer!!! Will keep you posted.

Related: Reclaim your pantry

(photo credit: on Google)

          (photo credit: on Google)

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