Updated on July 1, 2016
Moving and eventually settling down in a new apartment is indeed one of the most significant transitions; more so when it is the first time for one to live on his or her own. During this exciting step, there are probably many things that an individual will want to accomplish.
Here is the ultimate furniture checklist for a new apartment and what to put in mind for one to keep track of everything that he or she needs.
Set a realistic budget
Before an individual buys anything for the new apartment, is indeed a wise idea to set a budget that is realistic. Sometimes, it can be so tempting for an individual to rush out and acquire everything right away. However, before taking any step, one should make sure that there is enough money for all the utilities and furniture needed. In fact, one should look for sales and coupons that will help him or her stretch the budget. Alternatively, one can as well go bargain at resale shops, consignment stores, online classified ads, and garage sales.
What to buy
Once an individual knows how much he or she can spend, it important thing to prioritize his or her shopping list. For sure, one has to be realistic despite the fact that he or she can be tempted to furnish and splurge the entire apartment all at a go. One should start from the most essential furniture like window covering, dishes and bed as the rest follows.
Basic furniture in the kitchen
Among the kitchen inventory that a person may need for any occasion within the kitchen are chairs, kitchen table, rubbish bin, kettle, microwave, and clock. Also, one should have eating and drinking utilities like serving dishes, a selection of knives, forks, cups, plates, glasses, and mugs. For cleaning purposes in the kitchen area, one should have scrubbers, sponges and wiping clothes. Vacuum cleaner, sweeping brush, dustpan and brush, and mop and bucket should not be left out.
Living room furniture
Within the living room area, one should have a coffee table, a couch, curtains, lamp, and bookshelves. Others include TV and TV stand, CD storage, photo frames, cushions, and ornaments to decorate.
Essential furniture for the bedroom
They include mattress, bed, bedside lamp, bedside table, and a wardrobe. There should be hungers for individual’s clothes, mirror, bed sheets, pillow and blanket for the bedroom.
The list here includes toilet brush, towel rack, bathroom mat, shower curtain and soap dish.
The above is what one should include in their own furniture checklist for a new apartment. Other furniture might needed include laundry, hardware, and first aid among others.
Updated on June 25, 2016
Building a home gym on a budget can be fairly cheap and simple if you know what to buy. If you are someone who doesn’t enjoy training in a crowded gym or you can’t always get the time to go to the gym, then the best solution for you is to build a home gym. Building a budgeted home gym requires a small investment of money, dedication, and enough space for your trainings.
Here are some of the vital equipment and safety tips that will help you set up a budgeted home gym
Barbell and weights
There are two types of barbell; Olympic and standard. Barbells are built with bars that are designed to bend easily and are easily obtainable. They should not hold more than 200pounds and are good for both light and heavy trainers. As for plates, you can easily find them anywhere at only $1-50 cents per pound and are good for beginners
A power rack
This is the centerpiece of a complete home gym. Almost everything can be done here, plus they add a substantial measure of safety. It is equipped with j-hooks to allow you perform any free weight move you think of and the pins to save you in case you miss a lift. Most racks are built with attachments like pull-up bars and dip to improve their functionality.
Dumbbells are as useful as barbells. They come in both standard or Olympic that makes easy for you to match the barbell plates and most of them are plate-loadable. Olympic handles are simply the best, but I highly recommend the standard handles of you are on a tight budget.
If you want to build a six pack abs and a solid core, then there’s no better tool than this one. Ab wheel comes in all sizes, but the dual-wheel version is the best if you want to begin with the wheels.
Some movements like a bench press require a person to lie down. If you are diligent enough, you will find a decent training bench. Most new benches are at an affordable price so if you are a serious lifter, look for an adjustable bench that can uphold your weight and height too.
Before building your home gym, it is important to first visualize and decide on your space. Preferably, you should have free reign that will affect the gym’s feel, look and sound. Also remember that patience is a virtue and in order to build a good budgeted home gym, take your time to plan first as you start with the essentials.