When you first move into a new house or apartment, there are many things that you have to think about. Do you have all of your belongings packed up and ready, from your last place (probably your parents house?). Do you have enough furniture to make you feel comfortable in the first few months at your new place? And most importantly of all, do you have everything that you need to cook up a storm in the kitchen? We’ve put together a list of 5 essential things that you need to equip your first kitchen, so that you can bless your new pad with some delicious meals.
OK, the first thing that you’re going to need in your kitchen is utensils, and you need quite a lot of them. After all, you can’t cook with thin air now, can you? Whilst you’ll probably collect some of the more fancy stuff later on down the line, for now all you need to think about is stuff like pots and pans, wooden spoons, whisks, and all of the things that you can dream up when it comes to daily cooking. Made in Cookware offer some of the best stainless steel pans that will last you a long time, so think about the lifetime of the items that you’ll be buying. It may seem expensive now, but it’s worthwhile!
Cook books don’t immediately come into people’s minds when they start shopping for that first kitchen, but the truth is that something just comes over you. As soon as you start nest building, you really want to cook up new dishes for your friends and family, and let’s be honest, there’s something great about having a dinner party in your new place. Trying to look online for recipes is a good idea in principle, but in practice, you’ll have lost your phone somewhere beneath all of the chaos halfway through cooking, and this can spell disaster. Check out some great cookbooks, and get buying.
OK, so this one is a bit of a no-brainer. But you don’t want to buy all of your pots and pans, only to find that, well… you actually have to eat out of them now, because you don’t have any plates or bowls. If this is your first time buying this stuff, you’re probably going to head to IKEA, and we don’t blame you. But make sure, again, that these things are of good quality, as you don’t want to have to go out and buy them again. Make sure to get knives, forks, spoons, bigger plates, smaller plates, and bowls. We know, this is the most boring thing ever, but trust us here. Once you start shopping for them, you’ll have fun.
Another thing that is overlooked when it comes to your new kitchen is artwork. But think about this: when you’re cooking up a storm, do you want to be looking at those bare white walls? The kitchen is a place that brings people together, and you need to be sure that you make it as homely as possible. Think about how you can incorporate your personality into your kitchen, by bringing in pieces of art that you really love. Perhaps you want it to reflect your love of all things cooking? Or you want to bring your love of something else into the kitchen? Whatever it is, make sure to purchase some artwork.
So, now you can focus on the fun stuff. When you’ve got all of the essential items, you can treat yourself to some new kitchen accessories, and this is where your flare for design will come in. We’re talking fancy oven gloves, towels, and table cloths. This is where you will really make your mark upon your home, so think about a design pattern that you want to show throughout your accessories. Again, this is something that you can change up as time goes on, but it makes you feel like you’ve actually moved into your home, rather than more of an empty shell, you know? The more accessories, the better (well, kind of…).
So, if you’re about to move into your first home, then make sure that you have these things for your first ever kitchen. It’s exciting, isn’t it? But making a checklist is important, because without it, you may be running back into the store frantically, remembering that you forgot about the plates. Not ideal. Enjoy your first kitchen, and your new home in general!