Home is where the heart is, and a house without the right tools for daily life just isn’t complete. Whether you have kids running around, pets, a partner, or live by yourself, there are certain home items everyone should have. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the essential things you need in your home to make it feel like a real haven for all your loved ones.
1. Vacuum Cleaner
At the top of everyone’s list should be a good vacuum cleaner. Especially you have pets or just a lot of foot traffic, you need to be able to clean your floors quickly and efficiently. Look for one with strong suction power that won’t lose its strength as it gets lower on the tank. You’ll also want a vacuum cleaner with several attachments so you have plenty of options when cleaning different surfaces.
2. Bug Screen Door
A bug screen for doors is also a must-have for homes especially If you live somewhere with lots of insects and critters, these screen door inserts can save your day. They’ll keep the bugs out so you don’t have to worry about them getting into the house through any open doors or windows. Screen inserts like this are made with magnets which means they’ll stay put and not fly around in the wind, and they’re incredibly easy to set up.
3. Outdoor Furniture
While we’re talking about the outdoors, don’t forget to get some weatherproof outdoor furniture. You might consider a few pieces of plastic lawn furniture or nicer, cushioned patio pieces, it’s important to have somewhere nice to hangout outside. Nothing makes your home feel more welcoming than sitting out on a warm day with family or friends and perhaps enjoying a meal together.
4. Storage Space
Organization is key in any home, especially if you have kids! You’ll want spaces for all of your everyday things to live in, as well as places to put away the stuff that doesn’t need to be on display, like off season holiday decorations. Look for storage containers with different shapes and sizes so you can easily find what you need when it comes time to clean up. You can even integrate organization into your furniture with stylish boxes or bins that fit snugly underneath a couch or in an ottoman.
5. Cozy Blankets
Some nights you might want to just stay in or invite some friends over and having the perfect blanket can make all the difference. Look for cozy, plush materials that will be soft and comforting to you (and your guests), as well as blankets with different colors and patterns so it’s easy to find one you like. If you have pets, don’t forget about machine-wash safe blankets that can stand up to the test of time and fur!
6. Fire Extinguisher
With nearly 175,000 fires per year caused by cooking accidents, another must-have item is a fire extinguisher. You should have at least one of these around your home and check it once per season to make sure it still works properly. Whether you live in an area prone to forest fires or have a gas stove, this is an item that should be in every home.
7. First Aid Kit
Accidents happen, and it’s good to be prepared in case something goes wrong. You can buy a pre-made first aid kit or assemble your own with just what you need (and maybe some extras, like bandages or ointment). Keep the kit in an easy-to-access location where everyone knows how to use it in case of an emergency.
8. House Plants
You might consider yourself having a green thumb or be completely intimidated by them, but house plants can go a long way in bringing a home to life. A few well-placed plants can really add some life to your home and give it a fresh feel, not to mention improve your mental health. Whatever you choose, just make sure that there is enough room for the plant to grow over time and that you have proper lighting conditions in its place.
9. Coffee Maker
Everyone loves coffee, and bringing a coffee maker into the home is a must for those who are serious about their caffeine fix. Maybe you want something quick and easy with just some grounds like a French press or something more high-tech that allows you to brew up at different strengths and temperatures
10. Good Books
Finally, homes should always have something for guests to read. Having a good book around is a must-have for any home. Make sure you have a selection that covers all genres so there’s something for everyone to take pleasure in reading, either as big as a library or just a few on the coffee table.
Making sure you have everything a home should have depends a lot on your personal style and needs but with these essential items covered, you’ll be well on your way to having a home that is warm and welcoming for guests, family, and yourself. Happy decorating!