You will find that the 100-yen shops in Japan have a lot of inexpensive items you can buy to make life easier around your home. Check out our article on the 5 essential items from Daiso.
You can find many different shops in Japan and each one will usually specialize in the type of goods they sell. Some will only sell household goods while others only sell medicine. 100-yen stores take a different approach and try to sell a wide variety of items at once. You can find everything from simple snacks and meals to furniture. These items won’t be made of the highest quality materials, but they will be readily available and cost only 100 yen. The other good thing about 100-yen shops in Japan is that there are so many locations. The most popular of these stores is Daiso. The Daiso shops are well-known and the first store most people go to when they need small household items. Some Daiso shops are bigger than others which allows them to offer more items for sale. You will be surprised at the selection of goods you will have to choose from. There are a few items in these stores that should be looked at and bought by all people living in Japan. These are essential items that will help make your life easier and save you some much-needed cash.
One of the biggest problems when living in a Japanese apartment is the lack of space. Your belongings will quickly take up most of your space requiring you to think about how to store your things in smart and easily accessible ways. The best way to facilitate this is to buy storage boxes from Daiso. They have a wide range of sizes and shapes to fit your room’s design. They can be small enough to hold your jewelry and small items, or large enough to hold your clothing and laundry. The best boxes to buy are the stackable type. Stackable boxes allow you to store vertically without taking up as much area as a large dresser or a group of boxes would. There are boxes that slide from the front and can act as storage for clothing or for your larger items. There are thin boxes that are great for storage under the bed or in closets. If you have a loft area containers are great for storing items you won’t be using, but want to keep.
You will need items to write with, keep notes, or for general scheduling. Every Daiso has a stationary section that offers a wide range of products. There are large a variety of pens and pencils to meet any writing need. You can find different kinds of erasers and there are different styles of notebooks and paper to choose from. You can find most of the stationary you will need outside of some specific small items.
You’re going to need to clean your clothes, and even if you can have a washing machine in your apartment, you will need a place to dry them. Your patio area will usually have some metal poles with holes cut out of the middle of them and this where you will put the clothes line. You can find them in the laundry section of the store and you can get them in different lengths. Many kinds of clothespins and hangers will help you maximize the space on the line as well. If you don’t have a patio area and you can’t hang a laundry line from your windows, you can buy a standing laundry line and hang your clothes inside your apartment.
Eventually, your apartment will need cleaning. Daiso stores have a large number of cleaning products to help you keep your place spotless. You can still buy the more expensive well-known brands from the local drugstore, but the Daiso versions of the same products will clean just as well. They will cost you less and give you the same level of cleanliness. The best thing for you to get is the multi-purpose cleaner. The bottles are large, and you can have enough to last you for a few cleanings.
You will quickly find that eating out in Japan can begin to drain your bank account. It isn’t good money-wise and it could lead you to make bad decisions in terms of healthy food. You would do better to cook in your apartment, even if the kitchen is very small. The kitchen section in Daiso stores will have the utensils and cutlery you will need for basic food preparation. The pots and pans are inexpensive and will work well for whatever kind of food you want to cook. You can fill your entire kitchen out for around 2000 yen.
These are the essential items, but Daiso has a selection of hobby items, simple decorations, frames and beauty products as well. Daiso is a great one-stop-shop for many of the small things you may need. Make sure to explore all of the 100-yen shops in your area to get the best products for your home.