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8 household objects you will only understand the importance of once you move out

You always thought your mother was mad for buying unnecessary large storage containers.

IT’S ONLY WHEN you get your own place that you realise that you didn’t know how good you had it at home. Whether it was the home-cooked meals, paying cheaper rent or being near your pets the home comfort longing is very real.

What is rarely mentioned though, is how moving out grants you a new level of appreciation that you never knew existed. This, of course, is the appreciation of random household objects that you always thought were unimportant but actually are very, very important. Here’s 8 of them.

1. The humble toilet brush

It may sound obvious but you don’t realise how important a toilet brush is until you don’t have one. Hard to remove the evidence of drinking eight pints of Guinness without one.

2. Lamps, specifically Big Lamps

Moving into your own place that doesn’t have any lamps is a big and unpleasant adjustment. The main lights are too bright in the evenings so you want a lamp to set an easy-going mood. Lamps for life.

3. Unnecessarily large storage jars

You used to slag your mam off endlessly for buying large glass jars for putting things in but now you don’t have any of your own, you have a longing for one just to show off your pasta. Because of course, all you can cook is pasta so you have a lot of it.

4. A nice couch throw

Of course, you can always bring your duvet to the couch when you get cold but duvets can be too warm. The throw is the perfect go-between for when you want to be warm and comfy but you don’t want to fall asleep on the couch.

5. Cushions

You can have a couch without cushions but is it really a couch? What will your passed out mates sleep on when they crash with you? What are you going to hide behind when your partner insists on watching a horror movie? EXACTLY.

6. A nice big rug

Floors are cold man. You need a nice big rug to absorb the sound from loud house parties and absorb the cold that turns your feet to ice in the middle of February. Your mother will be so proud of you.

7. Small glasses

Sometimes you just want half a glass of milk or water and you don’t want to go to the effort of wasting a big glass or a cup. Then you realise a small glass which you always thought was useless, actually has a use. Mainly just for drinking juice though.

8. Tupperware

Without it, you’d have nothing to put your lunch in. You never think to buy it until you’re trying to save money by making your own lunch and realising YOU’VE NOTHING TO PUT IT IN. And then you end up buying far, far too much and losing all the lids.

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