The Basics for Living Alone for the First Time


Living alone for the first time can be a daunting experience especially when you are a graduate and have more recently started working. Most of us would like to be independent and not rely on family and friends for loans and/or assistance in order to furnish our new homes. So how can you go about furnishing and turning your place into your very own home?


  1. Make a list: You will first need to make of list of everything that you will NEED in your new home. Don’t list items that aren’t a necessity such as excess dishes and furniture. Stick to the basics. If you are renting property, this is very important as the more ‘stuff’ you have, the more you will pay to move it.
  1. Budget: Once you’ve listed everything that you will need then, draw up a budget. All major appliances (fridgesTVswashing machines etc.) can be rented, for a  fixed monthly fee through Teljoy, which means that even if you have little/ no capital, you can still get everything that you need without breaking the bank.
  1. Start off slow: Once a moving date is in place, start accumulating the items that you will need. You can start off small, by purchasing all the basic dishes and cutlery that you will need and leave them in the boxes in your current home (this way it’s easier to transport them).
  1. Research: Where you can get your appliances from and what the delivery turnaround time will be, this way you can plan on when to have the appliances delivered. It would also be advantageous if they not only delivered by also set it up for you, that way you won’t have to spend hours figuring out how to use it.
  1. Finish unpacking: Once you have moved, unpack in stages. First set all your kitchen and bathroom cupboards up and lastly move onto your clothes. You don’t want to have to be searching for your favourite mug or toothbrush when rushing for work in the morning. Get yourself unpacked and organised so that you can enjoy your new home sooner.