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Household Goods

Setting up housekeeping for the first time requires a lot of stuff, which I refer to as "goods" or "household goods."

Each of the Setting up Housekeeping categories have their own associated goods, but here is where they all come together.

In this section, using The Goods Steps, you decide what you need to run your household and make it a home, compare that to what you already have, and go about getting what you don't have.

Hmmm. That almost sounded easy! While some of it may be enjoyable, there is nothing easy about picking the best gift registry, deciding which washing machine to buy, finding the best deals on lawn and garden equipment, choosing quality linens that will last, or trying to get two completely different people to agree on a color scheme!

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The Goods Steps

Goods Step 1: Make a list of everything you will need.

Goods Step 2: Make a list of what each of you already have.

Goods Step 3: Consolidate your goods (on paper at first).

Goods Step 4: Make a list of what you need to acquire.

Goods Step 5: Divide your list in terms of how you plan to acquire the goods.

Goods Step 6: Register for gifts. Registry is useful but not required.

Goods Step 7: Acquire the things you don't expect to receive as gifts.

Goods Step 8: After the wedding, reevaluate and acquire still needed goods.

Read the detailed series here.


Some Types of Goods to Consider (not really meant to be comprehensive!)

  • Accessories and decorating accents
  • Artwork
  • Audio-visual media
  • Bakeware
  • Bath linens and accessories
  • Bed linens and bedding
  • Books
  • Building materials/hardware
  • Camping gear
  • China or other dishes
  • Cleaning agents and supplies
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Crafts supplies
  • Cutlery
  • Electronics/computer equipment
  • Food
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Health/Home Remedies books and supplies
  • Household appliances
  • Kitchen and dining linens
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Kitchen tools and utensils
  • Laundry equipment and supplies
  • Office equipment and supplies
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Personal care items
  • Plants, seeds, bulbs, etc.
  • Pots and pans
  • Safety and first aid equipment and supplies
  • Sewing equipment and supplies
  • Silverware or other flatware
  • Storage equipment
  • Tools
  • Yard care tools; gardening equipment


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