Your First Apartment Checklist
Finding your first apartment is an important step in becoming a bonafide grown-up—along with paying all your bills, saving money and stressing out over life’s curveballs. Figuring out what your place needs is just another challenge on the road to adulthood.
You want to find that elusive middle ground where you have everything you need along with all the stuff that makes your apartment a home—without spending a fortune. Follow this easy new apartment checklist and start off right.
1. Cleaning Supplies
While cleaning supplies might be the most boring items on your list, they are clearly the most useful. You should stock up on dish soap, hand soap and laundry detergent.
You will also need a broom, mop, wash cloths and sponges. Those all-surface vacuums also come in handy whether you have carpeting or hardwood floors.
Kitchenware is important for anyone starting out in their new apartment. Even the most austere bachelor pad has at least plastic utensils and paper plates. Buy your basics: plates, bowls, glasses and a set of silverware.
Consider also investing in some pots and pans, a baking sheet and large stirring spoons for those times you feel like getting creative in the kitchen.
3. Ironing Board and Iron
If you have to wear button-down shirts at work or are constantly getting invited to fancy events, you’ll want to put an ironing board and iron in your home to keep those wrinkles out of your clothes.
Just like the cleaning supplies and kitchenware, tools are not the most exciting items to have in your apartment, but they are necessary. The chances of you needing a hacksaw aren’t high, but a screwdriver and some pliers can come in handy for easy maintenance. Make sure you have a hammer, nails and measuring tape to cover the basics. Eventually, you’ll want to add a wrench or drill to your tool kit.
When the power goes out and your phone’s out of commission, a sturdy flashlight will help you navigate through the hazards lying around your place.
6. Extra Lighting
Since most apartments come with only ceiling lights, having an extra floor or table lamp can help make your rooms a little brighter. Place extra lighting in your living room space and some in your bedrooms.
7. Area Rug
Your rug doesn’t have to be expensive and luxurious. Even cheaper options help keep your feet warm if you have hardwood flooring, can cover ugly carpets, and can add a pop of color to any room.