Apartment Checklist - Moving Must-Haves

First Apartment Checklist

August 17, 2014 | Apartment Hunting, Moving Tips

By Jen Jackowski

If you’re about to move into your first ever apartment, congratulations! Now you probably don’t have all the furniture and supplies you’ll eventually need. However, you can get by for awhile on the bare minimum, so your friends at Rent.com have developed this first apartment checklist.

Eventually, you’ll need more items, but for now, make sure you move into your new place with the following necessities:

First Apartment Checklist

 

Click to download the printable checklist.

First Apartment Checklist: Bedroom Necessities

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your health and brain function. You won’t get a good night’s sleep on your apartment floor wrapped in towels. Here are must-haves for your bedroom:

  • Bed (or mattress if you really can’t afford the frame just yet … or air mattress if you’re really strapped for cash): While mattresses can get expensive, you should really consider making the investment. You’ll use it every night and no one likes to sleep in an uncomfortable bed.

  • Bedding: This includes sheets, blankets, a comforter and pillows. If you’re looking to save money, look for a set that includes everything rather than buying each piece separately. You can also save by purchasing a discount store like Ross.

  • Lamps: While your apartment likely has ceiling lights, having a lamp for extra illumination is key.

  • Alarm clock: Just in case your cell phone battery dies overnight. You don’t want to be late for work!

First Apartment Checklist: Kitchen Necessities

Even if you’re not an aspiring home chef, there are a few things you’ll need in your apartment kitchen right away.

  • Trash bags: Because no one wants piles of trash in their apartment.

  • Dish soap: Washing dishes isn’t fun—but it’s definitely a necessity. 

  • Sponge: See above.

  • Pans: Ordering in and going out on a daily basis can do a number on your bank account. Buy a simple set of pans so you can cook at home.

  • Spatula: In addition to pans, you’ll need this to cook.

  • Silverware: To eat with (even if it’s off of paper plate).

  • Knives: To cut things with.

  • Cutting board: To cut things on.

  • Coffeemaker (if you rely on a cup of joe to get up, that is): The cost of getting coffee at a shop every day will quickly add up. If you need a morning jolt, a coffee maker will quickly make up for the initial cost.

First Apartment Checklist: Bathroom Necessities

You’re just not going to feel at home without these bathroom necessities.

  • Toothbrush: Hopefully you already have one of these and use it multiple times every day. 

  • Toothpaste: Also something you should already have and be using regularly. 

  • Hand soap: Sanitation is important.

  • Toilet paper: Umm … you know why you need this.

  • Towels: That shower just won’t be as satisfying if you have to air dry.

As you settle into your new home, there are plenty of other things you need, but this apartment checklist is a great start.

Renters: What do you need right when you move in to really feel at home? Sound off in the comments!

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