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A 300–thread count duvet set so your room immediately looks polished while you’re still very much on a college student budget. No worries: this’ll have you sleeping lavishly thanks to its temperature regulating technology (welcome, hot sleepers!) and moisture-wicking cotton.
A set of stackable storage bins that’ll come to the rescue when you suddenly realize on move-in day that you don’t have a pantry. Or if you do, it’s the size of your thumb.
A chic geometric table lamp, because you’re probably going to need a lot more light than what’s naturally at your place — and this’ll do just that without taking up too much room.
A magnetic key holder for never forgetting the most important thing of the day. Note: calling the locksmith is EXPENSIVE.
A mason jar organizer so you can keep things like bathroom items chicly organized off of your counters *and* get major decorating points. Why yes, I DO secretly work for HGTV.
An oven grip and splatter lid set that’ll keep hot water from spilling on your precious new stove top and protect your hands from burning. Let’s not start this new adventure with a trip to the emergency room.
A felt letter board, because this’ll be an easy way to always keep your new home cheerful and on-trend (and maybe even stylishly leave yourself reminders).
A cotton storage basket for neatly keeping anything from laundry, towels, or just unsightly clutter from interfering with your decorating goals. This is the time we get rid of The Chair.
An expandable utensil organizer designed with tight spaces in mind so you can still keep your cutlery nice and neat even if your drawers are teeny tiny. Welcome to city life!
A faux sheepskin rug that’ll greet your tired feet with much-needed fluffy relief at the end of a long day. Whose idea was it to pay rent, anyway?
A reversible fleece throw, because this’ll make your Ikea couch look put-together and adult-approved, even though we really just want it as a cuddle buddy while binging Making A Murderer 2.
A set of super plush cotton towels for bringing hotel-level luxury right to your own small bathroom. Not to mention you’ll stall a trip to the laundromat thanks to buying these in bulk.
A rust-resistant steel caddy with eight angled shelves and two razor/loofah hooks so if you now own a standing shower you can still load up on your usual bath products. And it’ll look neat and chic!
A trio of floating shelves that’ll prevent your thoughtful Pinterest-inspired decor from just looking like clutter. Free counter space = naturally clean looking apartment.
A powerful mini steamer, because I’ll bet your bottom dollar that you don’t have room for an ironing board. And you can’t ship all your dry cleaning to your parents’, so….this is your new best friend.
A set of carbon steel knives for owning grown-up cooking tools that you’ll actually own forever, unlike probably your first apartment. You’ll 1000% be packing these up come your next move.
A wood polisher so you can undo any surface scratches the minute they happen, aka you’ll avoid any unexpected charges from your good old landlord.
A stainless steel waste can that’ll keep trash hidden and odors contained, which is pretty darn important when living in tight quarters. Repeat after me: I will not just use plastic bags.
A duo of hanging glass terrariums, because these’ll *freshen* up your home with minimal effort. AND caring for plants has been proven to be therapeutic, which will come in handy after .05 seconds of living in a city.
An ice cube tray with a silicone lid for a) having cold water even if you don’t have an ice-making machine and b) being able to store this any darn way that helps it fit in your small freezer.
A silver over-the-door mirror so you know what the heck you look like from the waist down. Plus, this will add a more sophisticated appeal to your room than the old one you used in your dorm.
A ceramic sink caddy that’ll organize your kitchen supplies (again: a blessing for small spaces) and keep your counters from getting splattered and messy. Your place will *not* be home to moldy sponges.
An over-the-door shoe organizer, because I’m going to take a wild guess and say you DON’T have a walk-in closet. But we do like to buy shoes and they can’t go all over the floor.
A ceramic non-stick fry pan for having the most important culinary tool. Please, if you buy nothing else for your kitchen, get this. You can cook basically everything in it.
A set of Lysol wipes so you always have something *on hand* to quickly take care of messes. Basically, these are the golden ticket to keeping a clean home with absolute minimal effort.
A velvet floor pillow, because offering extra seating is hard when on a budget and in a tiny living room. These’ll let your guests comfortably pop a squat anywhere — and what room can’t use an upgrade from some luxe velvet?
A roll of marble contact paper for transforming the same old pieces of furniture you’ve had forever into high-end pieces of decor. We are on a BUDGET.
A three-tier shelf organizer so you can stack your dishes safely and without the risk of breaking. Plus, you only have so many cabinets — you need to make the most of them!
A set of non-slip velvet hangers that’ll easily make your closet look put-together, as well as keep all your clothes off the floor. Let’s start on the right foot, shall we?