December 3, 2022


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Why Everyone Needs These 15 Home Essentials

Sure, your bed, couch, and television and crucial to making your house feel like a home. But your home won’t be livable without trash cans, curtains, and light fixtures. You’ll need a first aid kit for emergencies and a magnet screen door to make the most of the summer breeze. 

These fifteen home essentials can help improve the safety and functionality of your home. 

  • Storage Bins 

Maximize space in your home! Use small bins in the kitchen to protect dry goods like rice and pasta from pests. Use storage bins under the bed to swap out clothes with the season, and only keep the items you need in your closet. Additional containers in your office area can help you keep paperwork filed. 

  • Shelving 

Cluttered closets are a homeowner’s nightmare. Install simple shelving to lift storage bins off the floor and make it easy to locate items inside your closet. Add floating shelves to your living area to display trinkets, photos, and books.  

  • Matching Hangers 

Closets look neater when you use matching hangers for all your clothing. Felt hangers are less bulky than plastic hangers and allow you to hang more clothing in a smaller space. Hang all your items facing the same direction. Organize them by color or style in a way that makes finding the piece you want to wear quick and easy. 

  • Shoe Rack 

Place a shoe rack near the entrance of your home. When you enter your home take off your shoes and avoid tracking dirt and grime into your living area. Add shoe racks or other shoe storage solutions in your closets to keep all your footwear tidy. 

  • Command Hooks 

Change out wall hangings with the season with command hooks. These are especially great for apartment living as they won’t damage the paint on the walls when you remove them. Use them for hanging holiday decorations, artwork, hand towels, and more. 

  • Tool Box 

Don’t be that friend who always has to borrow a toolbox for every DIY project. A simple toolbox complete with a hammer, screwdriver, boxcutter, level, and allen wrench is all you need for every undertaking. 

  • First Aid Kit 

Be prepared for any cut or scrape by keeping a first aid kit under the sink in your bathroom. Keep it stocked with:

  •  Band-aids
  • Sterile gauze
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Aspirin 
  • Cold compress 
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Protect your family from the risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning by installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If you have an older home check your detectors to ensure they are working. Have replacement batteries on hand and change them out as needed. 

  • Emergency Supply Kit 

A severe weather event could cause you to lose power – and you don’t want to be caught unawares. Keep an emergency supply kit in your coat closet or garage: 

  • Water – 1 gallon per person for several days
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid 
  • Duct tape
  • Canned Goods 
  • Manual can opener 
  • Pet food 
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Emergency radio 

  • Curtains and Blinds 

Curtains and blinds provide your home with much-needed privacy. Hang thicker curtains in your bedroom to keep out the early morning sun. Plus, curtains can quickly make a house feel like home. Use fun patterns or bright colors to enhance the decorations in your living or bedroom.  

  • Quality Light Fixtures 

Every home needs quality light sources. Choose quality fixtures that enhance your decor. Consider installing recessed lighting in your living and kitchen areas to maximize light at all times of the day. Use table or floor lamps by your couch or bed for extra reading light. 

  • Magnet Screen Door

Make the most of your backyard by installing a magnetic screen door. These hands-free screens make it easy for you and your pets to enter and exit your home easily. The durable mesh keeps bugs out while allowing fresh air to flow through your home. 

  • Fan  

Use fans to further enhance the flow of fresh air in your home. Ceiling fans in the bedroom and living area can circulate fresh air helping you save on cooling and heating costs. 

  • Iron and Ironing Board 

Don’t stress about wrinkled clothing. You never know when you’ll need a pressed dress shirt or pants for a special occasion. Keep an iron and ironing board in your laundry room to ensure your clothes are in the best condition. 

  • Trash Cans 

Don’t skimp on trash cans. Running to the kitchen whenever you need to throw something away is awkward. Have a small trash can in every room of your home. Separate your trash and recycling under your sink or with a sleek container that blends into your space.