• Screwdriver, hammer and wrench
Realistically, every home should have a small toolbox, but at bare minimum you need this trio of tools. Just think: How will you hang up your framed pictures without a hammer? Warning: Just because you own a wrench doesn’t make you equipped to handle plumbing repairs!
• Tape measure
If you are shopping for furniture, you’ll want to know exactly how much space you have to fit in a bed, couch or dining table — especially if space is an issue. And when you’re hanging pictures, you’ll want to make sure you’re centering them.
What miraculous item will allow you to accomplish all of this? Why, a tape measure, of course.
Scissors are highly underrated. You can use them to cut open boxes that are shipped to you, cut tags off your new clothes, or cut away the irritating plastic wrap around the cords of your new entertainment center.
• Light bulbs
Say the light burns out in your windowless bathroom. If you have light bulbs in a drawer, you can solve the problem in about 3 seconds. If not, you’ll have to shower in the dark until you can run out and get some bulbs.
Maybe you use an app on your phone or your computer, but you also need another reliable way (other than using your head and your rusty grade-school algebra) to do math
If the power goes out, you’ll be glad you have one. Enough said.
• Sewing kit
Let’s say you have a big date and just before you leave, you lose a critical button. Without a sewing kit, you’ll have to change your entire outfit, or frantically run around looking for a tailor. Or what if the pant hem on your best suit falls the morning before a meeting with your boss or a big job interview?