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7 handy little items every first apartment needs

comp:0000506961d2:0000000e75:5351 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"><p style="text-align: left;">Everyone thinks of the big necessities when moving into a new apartment: repainting, buying furniture, getting along with roommates. These are all important, of course, but then there are the little things that really matter in a pinch — tools that you should keep handy in your kitchen drawer for when the need strikes.</p> <p>You may not be grateful for this list today or tomorrow, but you will be someday. So, be prepared like a good scout. Your local hardware store should carry everything, except the last item.</p> <h3>Screwdriver, hammer and wrench</h3> <p>Realistically, every home should have a small toolbox, but at bare minimum you need this trio of<br /> tools. Just think: How will you hang up your framed pictures without a hammer? How will you<br /> assemble your IKEA furniture without a screwdriver? How will you adjust your bicycle seat<br /> without a wrench? (Warning: Just because you own a wrench doesn&#8217;t make you equipped to<br /> handle <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/home-improvement-plumbing/">plumbing</a> repairs!)</p> <h3>Tape measure</h3> <p>If you are shopping for furniture, you’ll want to know exactly how much space you have to fit in a<br /> bed, couch or dining table. And when you’re hanging pictures, you’ll want to make sure you’re<br /> centering them. What miraculous item will allow you to accomplish all of this? Why, a<br /> tape measure, of course.</p> <h3>Scissors</h3> <p>Scissors are highly underrated. You can use them to cut open boxes that are shipped to you, cut<br /> tags off your new clothes, cut open that irritating plastic vacuum-packed container on the new<br /> headphones you bought — in other words, scissors come in handy quite often. Therefore, get a<br /> sturdy pair, rather than a flimsy one. They might cost a little more, but they will last you literally decades.</p> <h3>Light bulbs</h3> <p>Say the light burns out in your windowless bathroom. If you have light bulbs in a drawer, you can<br /> solve the problem in about 3 seconds. If not, you’ll have to shower in the dark until you can<br /> run out and get some bulbs. So get some now, before it becomes an issue.</p> <h3>Calculator</h3> <p>Maybe you can use an app on your phone or your computer, but whatever it is you need<br /> some way other than using your head and your rusty grade-school algebra to do math. For<br /> example, it’s unlikely you want to do your taxes without a calculator. And will your roommates<br /> trust your long division when you split the common expenses with just paper and pencil? Not<br /> likely, unless you’re a certified public accountant.</p> <h3>Flashlight</h3> <p>If the power goes out, you’ll be glad you have one. Enough said.</p> <h3>Sewing kit</h3> <p>Let’s say you have a big date, and just before you leave, you pop a critical button. Without a<br /> sewing kit, you’ll have to change your entire outfit, or frantically run around looking for a dry<br /> cleaner with a tailor. With the proper kit, you can simply sew the button right back on — in about<br /> 2 minutes. Which one will it be?</p> <p>And one final thought: Keep these items in a place where you can find them when the<br /> emergency strikes. This is especially true about the flashlight! Don&#8217;t let the zombies catch you<br /> unprepared.</p> <h3>&gt; <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_rent/">Find Rentals on Zillow</a></h3> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-09-24/6-ways-to-make-the-landlord-pick-you/">6 Ways to Make the Landlord Pick You</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-08-22/tips-for-choosing-your-rental/">Tips for Choosing Your Rental</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-04-19/how-to-negotiate-your-rent/">How to Negotiate Your Rent</a></li> </ul> <p><em><a href="http://myfirstapartment.com/">MyFirstApartment.com</a> helps novice renters successfully navigate the first year of living on their own. The blog shares proven <a href="http://www.myfirstapartment.com/archive/">tips and tricks</a> for everything from finding the perfect rental or roommate, to furnishing on a small budget or no budget, to dealing with landlords or roommate&#8217;s girlfriends.</em></p> <p><em><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></em></p> </div>
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