My name is APK and you may remember me from such threads as "Minimalism (The Not Owning Stuff Kind)"
I moved into my own apartment when I was 21. The first full year I was living on my own, I went through this phase of accumulating all these things I deemed necessary for a great apartment to have. I chalked this up to maturation. Perhaps in a sense, but in retrospect, it was just me getting caught up in the experience of living on my own.
I'm 25 now and have been parring down my possessions for the last year. Part of this is because I want to relocate to a bigger city and moving hundreds of possessions is a logistical nightmare I want no part of. For what it's worth, here are three lists you may find helpful:Things I Bought That I Don't Regret
Things I Bought That I Do Regret
- Knife set
- Platform bed
- Staple clothing items (i.e. leather jacket, go-to boots)
- Assorted exercise tools (i.e. jump rope, pull-up bar)
Things I Will Keep/Buy When I Make My Move
- Black leather love seat
- L-shaped computer desk
- Bedroom dresser set (three separate pieces)
- Everything from first list
- My "essential" DVDs
In fairness, the furniture from my second list was either purchased second hand at rummage sales for great prices or a gift. Still, they ultimately weren't necessary for someone who isn't settled where they are. All of these things are going to end up on Craigslist this summer. I live in Michigan, so I need a car. But I didn't need the one I have. I totaled my first car four years ago. My mom offered to give me her Buick, but because I was young and concerned about that old people vibe Buicks give off, I declined and got locked into a four-year car payment plan. I'd have enough cash to relocate right now if I had just taken her offer.
Ultimately, what's "essential" to a twentysomething depends heavily on the type of person they are and where they are in their lives. My best friend is married, has a big mortgage with lots of flashy possessions. That works for him, but it'd be awful for me. I don't know where I want to be five years from now, so those things would just be anchors for me.
Universally speaking, I think the modern twentysomething really just needs a laptop, smart phone, decent clothes, a means to exercise, and a place to sleep. Naturally, if you're a single dude looking to get laid, it will bode well if you have a comfortable place with fancy plates and such to compliment your home cooking. But if we're speaking strictly barebones here, the average twentysomething doesn't and shouldn't own too many things they couldn't carry a long distance.