What you need to move into an apartment

While moving out is an exciting moment, the times that follow it, however, can come with plenty of surprises. Usually, because of all the excitement, it’s easy to end up splurging on beautiful yet unnecessary things, only to forget the significant ones. To avoid such disappointments here’s a first apartment checklist to ensure you have everything you need.


If you’re on a tight budget, an excellent way to save money would be to borrow furniture from friends and family. You certainly will not get fancy furniture, but at least your house will not look empty for a start. On the other hand, if you’re like most who don’t like to move with home furniture, you could still easily get cozy and comfortable furniture at reasonable prices. Check at garage sales, on Craigslist or even at discount stores. 

Beware though, some furniture, particularly beds, can have fleas or bedbugs. It’s recommendable to check that they are free and clean from such pests. It’d be unfortunate to have them in your first apartment. With that said, make sure to include the following furniture items:

  • Bed
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser/shelving( if the house isn’t furnished)
  • Couch
  • Mattress and bedding

These shouldn’t miss in your new apartment. Considering that the bedroom is where you’ll spend most of your time, try to dedicate some care. Invest in a comfortable mattress. Besides the mattress, buy new pillows, sheets, and a mattress topper. On top of that, don’t forget to buy some curtains, clothes hangers, a bedside lamp, and a clothes storage box. 

A toolkit 

Once you start packing, don’t forget to have a box for the hammer, screwdriver, nails, and wall hooks. You’ll likely want to put something together or to fasten some nails in an area in the house. When that time comes, you won’t have to borrow your neighbors. It’s also advisable to carry a step stool with you. They are extremely useful during unpacking, especially if you need to reach high ceilings. Just make sure while shopping, you buy a step stool that’s light, portable, and easy to store.  

Cleaning supplies

Make sure to keep your cleaning supplies at an easy reach. This way you can deal with any hidden spills or dirt spots as you unpack. Here are a few things you may need:

  • Mop and bucket
  • Garbage cans and papers
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Laundry basket
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Rags
  • Cleaning supplies – stain removers, glass cleaners, disinfectants, toilet bowl cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, etc.


It’s common for first-timers kitchens to be under-equipped. Most people prefer to use paper cups and plates for the first few days to simplify work around the house. While it’s not wrong, you should still not forget to invest in a few kitchenware like:

  • Mugs and glasses
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pots and frying pans
  • Kettle or coffee maker
  • Food storage containers
  • Toaster, microwave, and a blender
  • Dishtowels
  • A dish drying rack
  • Sponge and dish soap

You’ll obviously need to eat something after all that heavy work. So make sure to pass by the grocery store once you settle. You could buy the following for a start:

  • Salt and sugar
  • Cooking oil
  • Flour
  • Pasta
  • Spices

Bathroom Essentials

It would be a bummer to unpack everything only to realize you don’t have toilet paper. Make sure that bathroom essentials are easily accessible so that after you’re through with unpacking you can refreshen up and relax. Here are some of the essentials you’ll need in the bathroom:

  • A shower curtain (if it isn’t there)
  • Big and small towels
  • Shampoos, lotions, and soaps
  • Toothbrush
  • Bath mats
  • Toilet plunger
  • Toilet paper

Miscellaneous items

Don’t forget to carry your phone’s charger. Yes, there are home items that are easy to forget. Some of them include:

  • Extension cables
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Matches/lighters
  • Pen and paper
  • Curtains
  • Candles
  • Iron box
  • Sewing kit
  • Umbrella

Reduce the Frustrations of Moving

Now that you’ve checked off your entire checklist, you can finally start shopping. You’re probably worried that you didn’t get to buy everything at once. Don’t worry. Moving in for the first time will require several visits to the shop. For starters, try buying every vital item you need for your apartment in advance to simplify errands during this period. Other than that, enjoy your new home and the fun process of settling down.