So it looks like my older son Ty will be moving out soon. He talked about it a while ago, maybe two years ago, but I don't remember what kept him from doing it at that time. Back then we'd talked a bit about all the things he'd need for a a place of his own and it was kinda funny naming off some things that you'd probably never really think about until you needed them and didn't have them. One thing was scissors. He was shocked when I mentioned it, said he'd have never thought to buy something as simple as scissors.
Well he's talking again about moving out and tomorrow is actually going to look at an apartment. And once again I've started making a mental list of things to shop for. He thinks I'm a dork for being so excited about this shopping. I told him it IS exciting, not only for him, but for me because when hubby and I got together we had no money and everything was pretty much very well worn hand-me-downs. I'm excited that he'll be able to have a fabulous looking Christmas tree now, since Minion doesn't let us have one here any more. I'm excited that he'll be living in town and able to have high speed internet, because our boonies country internet sucks big ballz. And being excited about shopping for supposedly piddly and boring things keeps from crying over the fact that my firstborn is finally leaving home.
I thought it would be fun to get some help from anyone who is reading this. What are some things you need to buy for your first apartment? It can be the obvious things, or it can be things you discovered you needed and never thought of when you first moved out. You can break it down by room or just natter off an endless list. You can list things in the comments, or email me (dke [at] centurytel [dot] net), or make this like a tag and answer on your blog with a link here.
If it helps, Ty is 23, very much single, and works in a machine shop. He's a quiet homebody who likes playing videos games and watching dvds. He's not at all a cook . . . but hopefully will start to learn some basics. Not a coffee drinker. He won't have pets.
So put your thinking caps on and help us out. =)