1. A full-sized couch.
For entertaining guests, napping, or reading. If you’ve got room, get one.
2. You should have a bed comfortable for two…
WITH A BED FRAME! I don’t care if you have to drive two states over to IKEA, if your bed is on the floor, you’re doing it wrong.
3. Upgrade to artwork on your walls, or, at the very least, frames for your posters.
I cannot emphasize this enough: You’re an adult. Frame your damn posters.
4. A Magic Bullet.
It’s inexpensive, the accessories are easily replaced, and it can do the job of a blender and a food processor. As long as you don’t need more than two cups done at a time.
5. Get a coffee maker.
It’s all downhill from here. You’ll never feel as invincible as you did in college. So get yourself a cheap one and wake your ass up.
6. Make sure you have an extra large hamper.
You’re not in college anymore, but you sure as hell aren’t a grown up. I don’t care if you are in your twenties, doing laundry sucks.
7. And for when you need something out of that hamper that hasn’t been washed in a couple weeks, some Febreze.
If there is anything on this list that I would consider the MOST essential, it is this item.
9. a properly-sized TV,
Anything under 30-inches is a computer monitor.
10. a solid internet connection,
There aren’t a lot of things that I freak out about, but slow internet makes me rage-cry.
11. and a comfy groutfit.
Sweatpants with an optional t-shirt. So few shits given.
12. An Irish sweater.
You don’t have to go all the way to Ireland to get one like I did, but if you don’t, it doesn’t really count.
13. Socks that are any color but white.
Same with your underwear. But you’ve been avoiding those for the last ten years, right? Right.
14. A stylish, casual jacket.
You don’t have to be like Spike with the leather trenchcoat, but something a little more fancy than your off-brand North Face. By now, you should have found your ‘look’.
15. A pair of Converse.
These can go with a suit as easily as that groutfit and they barely cost a thing. Classic, get yourself a pair.
16. One tailored suit.
You have job interviews and a bunch of friends starting on their first marriage, so you’ll be busting this out a lot. Gotta impress those bridesmaids.
17. And a watch that you wear only when you want to look fancy.
The same with your tie clip and cufflinks.
18. A clothes iron.
I’m not suggesting anything drastic like getting an ironing board, but at least an iron to help with those wrinkly shirts you haven’t washed.
19. A pair of jumper cables.
Because you’re a citizen now, not some douchey college kid, and you’ll want to be able to help that stranger stuck in the parking lot.
20. At least one bookshelf.
Besides being a great way to store your library, it also makes you look quite cultured. But make sure to put your Tolstoy and Hemingway out front and leave the Stephanie Meyer behind.
Putting those names in the same sentence hurt.
21. Some tools.
I’m not saying a power drill or a bandsaw or the like, but at least a hammer, screwdriver, flashlight, and roll of duct tape. That should take care of most home/apartment maintenance.
22. At least two towels.
Because you never do laundry and, despite what Nick Miller would like you to believe, the towel does not wash itself.