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Moving into a new Toronto apartment and looking for all the condo living essentials you need?
October is Fire Prevention Month, and it’s so important to be prepared and keep your home safe.
Have an emergency escape plan, practice it with your family, and make sure to install and regularly check on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!
Fire alarms are one of the most important condo living essentials, and I’ll be sharing even more essentials below, as well as fire safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
I’m going to assume you already have the basics (dishware, linens, etc.) and tell you what you didn’t know you needed for your condo.
Whether you’re moving into a new condo or apartment or are just looking to make sure you’ve got everything you need, here’s a list of my Toronto condo living essentials!
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1. Working Smoke & CO Alarms
If you’re moving into a new apartment, you’ll want to test the fire alarm to see if it needs to be changed.
Fire alarms need to be replaced every 10 years, so make sure to regularly test your fire alarm and make sure it’s up-to-date!
If you’re not sure when the last time your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms were replaced, it’s best to replace them completely.
Alarms should be installed on every floor of your home and in every bedroom, which is especially important if you live in a multi-storey condo unit.
First Alert’s Combination 10-Year Sealed Battery Alarm with Voice and Location Technology actually detects and tells you the type and location of the danger, making it easy to follow your emergency escape plan.
The combination alarm provides 2 in 1 protection from both smoke and carbon monoxide!
The alarm also has a 10-year sealed battery, so you don’t have to replace the battery or hear any light night battery chips for a whole decade.
It’s also important to have an emergency escape plan for your family, and here’s how to create one:
- Identify two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
- Figure out a meeting spot outside that’s a safe distance away from your home.
- In the event of an emergency, make sure to call 911 once you’re safely outside and never go back into the home until it’s cleared by officials.
- Practice your emergency escape plan at least twice a year with your entire family.
You can get this escape planning template on First Alert’s website.
Also, in the event of an emergency, remember to always take the stairs and not the elevators in your building!
If you’re living in a small space, you’re going to want mirrors to open the space up.
Living in a condo often feels like living in a shoebox in the sky, but mirrors will help to make it feel like less of a shoebox and more of a home.
3. Thin hangers
Space is already limited as it is inside a condo, so you’re going to want to maximize the closet space you have.
You’re going to want thin hangers, especially if you’ve got a huge wardrobe and want to be able to fit everything!
As someone who has thick wooden hangers, it ain’t fun trying to squeeze dresses in and out of my wardrobe.
4. Under sink organizers
You gotta make do with what you can, and there realistically ain’t much space for stuff in a small condo.
If you’re lucky, you might have a coat closet to stuff things into, but you’ll likely be filling it up with your coats and shoes.
Grab under sink organizers for both the kitchen and bathroom so you can maximize the storage for all your cleaning supplies and extra household items.
5. LED lights
Icky yellow lighting just isn’t comfortable to live in, especially when you’re confined to a 500 square foot space.
LED lights are brighter, more pleasant looking, and better for the environment!
If you really want to spice it up, you can get a smart light bulb that changes colours so you can throw your own dance parties.
Toronto condo living essentials list:
- Working Smoke & CO Alarms
- Thin hangers
- Under sink organizers
- LED lights
If you’re moving into a new apartment, you’ll definitely want to save this list of condo living essentials!
Remember to test and check your fire alarms to see if they’re up-to-date, and create an emergency escape plan with your family.
To learn more about First Alert, please visit their website.
Are there any other condo living essentials I missed? I’d love to know in the comments!