Moving into your first apartment is always exciting, but after the initial hype dies down, it’s time to get real and think of what to buy for your place. There are many items that people take for granted, but these are worth investing money in, as you’ll use them on a daily basis. Even if you’re on a tight budget, here are a list of essential items you need for your first home:


You’ve probably thought about getting takeout everyday, but after a while, you’re bound to get sick of it and miss home-cooked meals. Even if you’re not a masterchef, it’s worth investing in high-quality kitchenware, such as a rice cooker, pots, pans and cutlery. These items are crucial for the average homeowner, as you can make simple meals for one with these items.

Maintenance tools

This might not seem like a top priority at the moment, but in times of needs, you’ll definitely need these maintenance tools in your life. Invest in a tool kit with a complete set of handy tools, such as a wrench, hammer, scissors, screwdrivers and pliers. People call them “handy” tools for a reason!

Towels and bedsheets

These may be essential items for your home, but if you’re on a tight budget, it isn’t worth investing in fancy towels and bedsheets. For your first apartment, start with basic items from stores such as Ikea, Japan Home Centre or Pricerite. Even when the towels and bedsheets become old and worn, you can use them as a spare set for guests.

Quality mattress

While the quality of towels and bedsheets shouldn’t be your main concern, we recommend investing in a quality mattress. You may be tempted to buy a cheap mattress when you’re on a tight budget, but you’ll need to replace it in a few short years. Instead of throwing money down the drain, invest in a name-brand mattress in a mid-range price to get your money’s worth.

Wardrobe maintenance

Wardrobe maintenance items are another category of items that aren’t worth skimping out on, since you’ll use items such as an iron and ironing board, lint roller and sewing kit on a daily basis. Even if you don’t know how to iron or sew, these are essential life skills that you should learn sooner or later!