So you’re in your brand-new apartment or house. Some of the boxes are still waiting to be unpacked, but you’re so excited about making this space into a home that you’re spending hours on Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond, comparing sofa pillows and loading up shopping carts to see how much everything you might want is going to cost.
But take our advice: buying everything you want right away is a mistake. It’s worth taking some time to get to know your new place before filling it with furniture or appliances. Here’s what you should buy right away—as well as what you should avoid buying until you’ve lived in your new home for a while.