3 Appliances to Buy For Your First Home
I don’t think there’s anything more exciting than compiling a list of new appliances to slide into your freshly purchased (or rented) first home, some bare and loaded with possibility you can’t help logging onto electronics websites and bookmarking the latest from products from LG Australia (or whatever brand takes your fancy). Before you go crazy and start listing weird and wonderful accessories, stuff you don’t really need and doubles of those you currently own, take a look at my top five appliances every minted couple or single needs when diving into the great unknown, beyond the hand-me-downs from well-meaning friends and family. Because let’s face it, most parents don’t see the point of spending up big now for maximum enjoyment later when there’s a reliable second (translation: fourth hand) TV up for grabs!
First things first, you kind of need a tele; though computers, tablets and mobiles are quickly becoming integral tech appendages in our lives, we still spend a fair chunk of time catching our favourite shows or letting back ground noise stream while we make dinner, do the housework or just chill out. Ideally, you’ll want to set yourself up with a nicely costed HD LCD at least, complete with HDMI capabilities to allow for a seamless networking experience, especially if you’re the type to play media from your computer to a bigger screen. This technology used to set the average punter back a fair chunk of the monthly pay check, but these days, the demand placed on certain functionalities has ensured they’ve been included in budgeted entries, so we can all enjoy a nice viewing experience.
There’s nothing worse than body odour combined with weeks of deodorant piled onto each other; going weeks without washing may have worked for you in Uni, but now you’ve entered the real world, you’ll have to do your own washing. It’s pretty simple, really. Buy a small front louder to save on electricity and water usage to a minimum, and ask your Dad for help connecting it for the first time. They’re not hard to use; in fact, if you can play a computer game, any game at all, even on your iPhone, you’ve got this washing machine thing in the bag. Cold water, daily wash, pour in liquid, close hatch and press start. See? Now stop enslaving your mother.
The home of snacks, beer and other weird things you’ll no doubt cultivate. Aside from cleaning it out every now and then (highly recommended) a fridge is certainly pivotal to your continued comfort when moving into a blank slate. You need to eat, don’t you? It’s not enough to live off tap water and ramen (though you may have to, if your mortgage is gob-smackingly high), you’ll need a cool, frosty place to keep your trendy tubs of froghurt and light-weight beer for when physically aware guests visit. Try to keep something other than a mouldy block of cheese on the top shelf too, like soup or vegetables. Whatever, just fill that beast!
What about you, my loyal (flighty) audience, what appliance could you not live without? Let me know in the comments!