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What is a glory box you ask? Well it’s simple really. It started in the ye olden days (that’s an official time period, or so I hear) the glory box was a wooden trunk or chest filled with linens, children’s clothing and household items in preparation for a woman’s wedding and subsequent move from her father’s home into her husband’s house.
While the whole concept of a woman staying in her father’s home until marriage is long gone for most, there is a lot to be said for the glory box. Now it’s about being prepared, not preparing to become chattel, and that’s why we think you, millennial child of the future, DO need a glory.
When I was younger I would go to stay at my cousin’s house. She was six and half years older than I am and had been working for a couple of years at this point while living at home. During that time she had used the money she earned to stockpile a huge assortment of household items in a spare wardrobe in their house.
That wardrobe was filled to the gills with things she would need to set up her new home. It was a treasure trove of toasters, an iron, tea towels and fluffy bath towels. There were even items like shampoos and cleaning products that she’d grabbed while they were one sale. She was so ready to move out when she left home. And that’s what it is about.
The glory box is just another way to be prepared. And being prepared for anything is a good thing. It is our strong suggestion that you buy these things, like a toaster and fresh bed sheets, while leaving off the generosity of your parents. Money will never be as free-flowing as it is while you still live at home.
Now that you know what a glory box is, refer to our new house check-list for items to add to your glory box. Most people add the smaller, easier to store items. If you have the room, larger items are fine too. Traditionally you would start with the linens, some smaller appliances and go from there to the remainder of the kitchen items and home wares.
Pop over, grab that download and before you even set foot in your first apartment, you could have ticked off the list of things you need for your home.
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.