I’m sweeping the dust from my blog after a terribly long time of posting today. The main reason (or, you know, my main alibi) for taking this long to post something new is because we’ve moved not just once, but twice this year.
And if that wasn’t crazy enough, we didn’t just move to a new city, we’ve moved to a new province. From Rizal to Baguio, and then back again. To those who are not from the Philippines, Baguio is a ten-hour bus ride from Manila. That’s also the main challenge for us: moving all our things via bus because we really don’t have enough budget to rent a moving truck. On top of all of that, we also have a baby, and Justin has recently undergone an appendectomy which means I had to do all the carrying.
But I survived, and here we are. We are currently back in Rizal until…God knows when. Hopefully for a few years, until we get a home of our own.
Anyway, one of the challenges that we have faced when we went to live in Baguio (aside from the fact that we didn’t know anyone – yes, it was supposed to be our “great adventure to the unknown”, more on this later), is that we didn’t have anything. We didn’t have plates. We didn’t have a mattress. We didn’t have LPG. We just had our clothes, our books, and our computer. That’s it. And we moved to a totally unfurnished home – just rooms, a toilet, and a sink. We didn’t even know which things to buy first. Suddenly, it’s not such a great adventure anymore, huh?
I did what any sane person would. Search the internet for a list, while trying not to freak out. Surprise! There was no list for my exact needs: which is moving to an entirely empty place, with a really tight budget. Hence, I’m going to write one now in the hopes that it will help someone in the future.
Here is the most basic list of the things you need when moving to an empty home:
- Somewhere to sleep on. The most important thing is to have somewhere to sleep on. Some rentals come with bed frames and mattresses to boot, some don’t. Plus, it’s more hygienic to have your own mattress anyway. Don’t forget – pillows and blankets too. We made makeshift pillows from towels during the first few months. But since it was Baguio, we really needed some cozy blankets.
- Somewhere to cook on. If there’s no nearby place to get some grub, then you would need a cooking stove and an LPG tank. If that is too expensive for you right now, then buy an electric stove first. As for cookware, a basic frying pan and a cooking pot can already do a lot of things. We cooked rice and sterilized Agie’s bottles in the same pot for a couple of weeks until we were able to get a thicker pot specifically for cooking rice.
- Somewhere to eat on. A couple of plates, cutleries. The basic stuff. I was a bit choosy with things. I wanted wooden plates and ceramic rice bowls. And artsy gold cutleries. So we had to live on disposable wares for a week or two. No, I wasn’t able to find cheap gold spoons and forks. If you know where to find one, point me to the right direction, please?
- Somewhere to sit on and a surface to do stuff on. Good thing the place we moved to had a table. But no chairs. So we moved the bed out of the room, made a “day bed” arrangement out of it, pushed the table near the bed. Voila. A surface to put our desktop on while sitting comfortably on the bed. P.S. We ate on the bed. We folded the mattress every meal time and ate on the wooden bed. Having said that, it wasn’t a bed frame with metal slats. If it were, we would probably eat on the floor. We lead quite a bohemian lifestyle so putting a tapestry and pillows on the floor and eating dinner on that, is a-okay for us. But for those who are not okay with that, then you’d probably need a table and chairs.
- Cleaning Implements. If you’re cooking and eating already, then you’d need dishwashing liquid and a sponge. The toilet would need a good scrubbing, so that means a bleaching agent, soap, brushes, steel wool, a mop, some rags, a broom, and don’t forget, some pails and ladles. Honestly, I washed our clothes on the sink. You’d probably need a shower after all that cleaning so don’t forget your own hygienic needs: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
- FOOD! Finally, you’re going to need some food. Preferably those that don’t need any cooking, like bread. And if you don’t have a can opener yet, best stick with easy-to-open canned food. We didn’t have a fridge, so we didn’t have any perishables on hand. It also took a couple of days before we were able to find a good knife and a chopping board (my husband bought a really nice cleaver with a wooden handle, and a thick wooden chopping board with our family name carved on it).
After these staples, you can then slowly build on the nice and soulful things that make a house a home, like a comfy couch, a bookshelf, maybe? Different appliances suited for your family’s needs…We are not fond of watching too much television, you see, so having no television really wasn’t that big a deal.
In the end, even without these nice extras, you would already be able to live in your own house which you could call your own home, and isn’t that really what’s important?
I am starting a new series every Friday called #FreebieFriday where I will share free printables like quotes, bookmarks, and probably more stuff in the future! So be sure to check that out. Here’s a preview for this week, in line with this home post: