Vacuums, Lawnmowers, and Toasters, Oh My!

stand mixer in kitchen

We’ve finally made a decision. No, we haven’t quite decided whether to rent or buy, but we have decided we’re done with apartment living. Now, where we live depends on what we can find. Our lease is up this year, and if we can’t find a house we’d love to buy, we’ll at least find a house we can rent. I’m excited about the idea of having more space, and I’m already planning my shopping list.

Things for our new space

Soon I’ll be a dog mom, and dogs come with hair. And I have allergies. So, my plan is to research the best HEPA vacuum we can find in hopes of keeping the floors clean and the air free from dander. I’ve had a lot of issues with dirt and allergens in the past, so I’m hopeful that this kind of HEPA vacuum will do the trick for us. It should be bagless, have great suction, and trap almost everything. I’m weirdly excited.

Whether we rent or buy a house, a lawn is in our immediate future. That means that we’ll need a lawnmower quite soon. I can’t say that I’m thrilled about this aspect of being in a house, but it’s kind of a necessary evil. I hope that we can find a postage stamp yard that will give us a little room to have a table and chairs outside but not a place so big that we have to spend hours every weekend dealing with yardwork.

Espresso machine
I love coffee. I’ve always made do with a drip coffee machine supplemented by the occasional Starbucks, but it’s my dream to have a real espresso machine. The one I want is nearly twice the size of my regular coffee maker, so I need to wait until we have more counter space. I’m counting the days on this purchase! Vanilla lattes, here I come!

Stand Mixer
A lot of people feel like stand mixers are the registry holy grail. They’re expensive as can be an take up a lot of room. Honestly, I don’t know where I’ll find a ton of time to bake (what other things do you mix?), but I feel like I owe it to myself to see what all the hype is about.

Good toaster oven
I often find myself with leftovers when I come home from restaurants or simply with too much food from a home cooking project (cooking for one isn’t always easy). And there are many things that don’t reheat well in microwaves—namely pieces of meat or dishes that have a lot of bread. Those just tend to get hard and gross, even if you’re careful with the microwaving time. Toaster ovens work so much better for this kind of thing. However, as with espresso machines, they take up a lot of room. Can’t wait for my bigger kitchen!

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