So you sprung from the nest (or ditched your roommates) and found yourself a cute little bachelorette pad. Congratulations! You’re an adult.
Well, not quite.
Your space is a reflection of who you are. It’s time to cleanse yourself of dorky comforts and show the world that you’re chic, sophisticated, and ready for anything. These 20 items will do just that.
You got this!
1. At least one piece of designer or vintage furniture. Let’s not go crazy here — there’s no need to drop $10K on an original Eames couch — but buying everything from Ikea is likely to mean your place winds up looking like a college dorm. In other words, not very adult.
2. A bottle of white, a bottle of red, and a bottle of champagne. Who knows when you might unexpectedly need to pop your cork?
3. A set of wine glasses. You can serve your wine in a coffee mug if you like, but, well…you know.
4. A queen size bed (at least). If you’re still sleeping in the same twin bed you had at 16, it’s time to get with the program — for obvious reasons.
5. A teakettle. For when the neighbors pop in for a spot of tea.
6. An espresso machine or stove-top coffee pot. Even if you don’t drink coffee, you’re bound to host a caffeine-fiend at some point.
7. A painting (or other piece of artwork) that you love. Objects that reflect your personality add charm to the space.
8. A plant. If keeping something alive feels like a little too much responsibility, you can always go for a hardy cactus. Plastic plants, on the other hand, are not recommended.
9. Candles. We all know this, but somehow we only remember in a pitch-dark crisis.
10. A set of nice cloth napkins. Paper towels at a dinner party? Sorry, not gonna cut it.
11. A fancy shower head. Why does the water pressure always suck, no matter how much rent you pay?
12. A basic tool kit. I know a broken sink is an opportune time to ask that cute guy upstairs for help, but things will go a little smoother if you can offer him a screwdriver.
13. Nice hangers. Take a giant leap into adulthood by purging all those wire and plastic hangers.
14. Emergency pantry supplies. Staples like rice, pasta, and tinned tomatoes will come in handy during the next earthquake or hurricane — and other disasters, like winding up broke after a shopping spree.
15. A working flashlight. Now that you’re on your own, you need to keep a lookout for things that go bump in the night.
16. Spare batteries that you purchased within the last decade. For the flashlight — or, more importantly, your TV remote.
17. High thread-count sheets. Time to ditch the Finding Nemo bedspread.
18. A nice set of towels. Your guests will not be impressed if you hand them that faded, threadbare rag.
19. A quality vacuum. There’s something not-quite-adult about piles of Pringles crumbs littering the floor.
20. A toilet brush. Some things in life are better left a mystery.