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Top 5 must-have items students need to live on their own


Home Hardware experts identify essential products for students making the big move 

As the end of summer draws nearer, thousands of students are anxiously gearing up to live on their own for the first time as they head off to college or university.

In addition to the fun and excitement that comes with the big move, adulting can be daunting for teenagers leaving the nest. Whether they’re moving into residence or off-campus housing, getting organized and equipped with the essentials can make the transition go a lot smoother.

Home Hardware has been helping outfit Canadians across the country with top-quality home supplies for more than 55 years. Here are a few must-have items Home Hardware experts say every student needs to navigate their first year of independence:

1) Toiletries Kit

Shared bathrooms are a staple of life in student residences and off-campus housing, which means there’s not usually room to store personal belongings. Having a proper case or bag to bring your toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. – from your room to the washroom is more than just a convenience; it’s a necessity.

2) Cleaning Supplies

Students living in residence generally have it easier when it comes to cleaning than those in off-campus housing because school custodial staff do much of the work. But even in residence, students will be required to take care of their own rooms. Having a few essentials make tidying less of a chore. Home Hardware recently launched a cleaning tool that can single-handedly take on most students worst disastors. The Duop Cleaning Solution has reinvented the mop hinge, replacing it with a ball and socket design that enables you to easily clean any surface in your home — floors, walls, windows, ceilings, no matter the surface or materials. Perfect for students who have little time, the Duop is an ideal solution for students looking to keep their home-away-from-home spotless.

3) Mini Fridge

Even with meal plans and roommates who love to cook, it’s still recommended you bring along your own personal mini fridge for your room to keep essentials like water, fruit, left-overs and other snacks. Mini fridges don’t take up much room and they also give you another surface to store supplies.

4) Power Gear

Residence rooms and bedrooms don’t necessarily have electrical outlets where you want them, especially if the room is doubling as a place for students to sleep and do school work. It’s a good idea to bring a few smart plugs with usb ports to give yourself flexibility to plug in essential electronics exactly where you want them.

5) Laundry Supplies

Chances are most students living on their own for the first time will be handling all of their own laundry for the first time. Most residences have laundry facilities on site, but you still need a laundry basket or bag that can be packed away between loads. It’s recommended to bring the other laundry basics – detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets – so you don’t have to spend more on individual serving supplies.

About Home Hardware Stores Limited

Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials, and furniture home improvement retailer with close to 1,100 stores under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Founded in 1964 in rural St. Jacobs, Ontario, Home Hardware remains 100% Canadian owned and operated. Through the Home Hardware network, Dealer-Owners have access to 66,000 quality, brand name and private label products, a state-of-the-art distribution system and extensive marketing and training programs. Offering a mix of tradition and innovation, Home Hardware Stores Limited has received designation as one of Canada's Best Brands and Best Managed Companies and is committed to helping Canadians with all their project needs. More information about the company is available at homehardware.ca.

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