10 Tips for Buying Household Items for Moving into a Share House

12/29/20235 min read

Today, I’m giving you a sneak peek into my life as my son gears up for the thrilling adventure of heading off to college. Trust me; it’s a rollercoaster of emotions, from excitement to a hint of nervousness, as we dive into the realm of shared rental houses and the art of creating a home away from home.

Moving into a rental house can be daunting, especially when houses for students might not be the epitome of perfection. My friend’s son once ventured into a house that could easily be a set for a comedy of errors — holes in the floor, a near catastrophe in the lounge room. Lesson learned? In this competitive rental market, tenants are often reluctant to rock the boat. The rental house my son is moving into is a cut above my friend’s son’s place; however, there were issues that needed attention and broken items that needed repairing. Some items the house owner reluctantly agreed to fix, while others my son and his housemates turned a blind eye to, fearing they might lose out on the house.

Fast forward to July — my son and his roommates are figuring out the essentials for their shared abode, from the lounge to the fridge and the holy grail — the washing machine. The big debate arises: what to contribute, what to buy, and what to snatch from the cozy comfort of their family homes? My golden nugget of advice — take as much as you can from home and cut down on buying. Why? Because, let’s face it, every saved penny is important until he could find a job in the new city

Now, a confession: I might have nudged my son to take more from home. Why? Well, besides the altruistic motive of wanting him to feel at home, there’s a subtle hint of selfishness. I mean, who wouldn’t want a speedy way to declutter their own living space? Win-win, right?


Despite borrowing goods from home, there were a few items such as white goods that they needed to buy. To help them out, I went on a quest to find practical, reasonably priced, and space-saving items for my son’s shared living space. After days of research, I present to you a list of 10 practical and compact items I found for my son’s move into a Shared House.

An Air Fryer will be an efficient alternative to the vintage electric stove, offering a reliable and modern way to cook, crisp, roast, reheat, and even dehydrate. With its air-frying technology, it ensures that meals are cooked quickly and evenly, allowing for a variety of dishes without the need for extensive preparation or supervision. It’s a time-saving solution for students juggling academic and social responsibilities.

When you are sharing a small room of a house, you do not want an ironing board and a bulky iron to take up room. A handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer emerges as an alternative solution for those who prefer a hassle-free approach to ironing. Its compact design, and ease of steaming make it an ideal companion for those who want to maintain a sharp look without the hassle of traditional ironing.

Invest in practical furniture pieces that serve multiple purposes and are not bulky. For example, a futon or a sofa bed that can double as a seating area during the day and a bed at night. Look for furniture that can be easily disassembled or moved around to fit your space requirements. A Multi-Function Folding Ottoman Sofa Bed will be a versatile piece of furniture, offering a dynamic solution for those seeking both comfort and space optimization.

In the quest for efficient storage solutions, tiered plastic storage bins have emerged as a game-changer, especially for rooms lacking proper storage. These kinds of stackable containers with wheels and lids are not just practical; they redefine organization for undergarments, socks, and T-shirts, bringing a new level of order to bedrooms, kitchens, and dormitories.

If the shared house doesn’t have a communal washing machine, consider investing in a compact washing machine. These machines are designed for smaller spaces and allow you to do your laundry conveniently at home. Look for models that are energy-efficient and have a smaller capacity, suitable for a single load.

A portable induction cooktop can be a useful addition to your shared house. It allows you to cook meals without relying solely on the communal kitchen. Opt for a compact and lightweight induction cooktop that can be easily stored when not in use.

Having a mini fridge in your room can be a convenient way to store your snacks, beverages, and leftovers without having to share space with your roommates. Look for a compact mini fridge with adjustable shelves to accommodate your needs.

When you share fridge and kitchen space with others, it would be convenient to keep your food items stored and labeled. That way, there won’t be any arguments about what belongs to whom. When you look for storage containers, stackable glass containers would be better, making it easy to see what’s inside, and you can pop them in the microwave without a worry.

A compact desk is essential for students who need a dedicated study space. Look for desks that have built-in storage or shelves to maximize functionality. Opt for a minimalist design that won’t overwhelm your room. Assembling furniture can sometimes be a headache, so look for a desk that can be easy to assemble with clear instructions.

A multi-functional bed frame can be a game-changer for students living in shared houses. Look for bed frames that come with built-in storage drawers or shelves, allowing you to maximize storage space without sacrificing comfort.

In a shared house, having a microwave is super convenient for zapping meals, leftovers, or snacks on the fly. When picking a microwave, opt for one that can stand the test of time, especially with lots of users putting it to work regularly.