Moving To Your First Apartment? Check This out

Making that leap and begin a new stage of life can be a bit intimidating. Setting everything by yourself, ensuring things go smoothly, paying for the extra sudden expenses during moving out, and everything else can be a lot to handle. There’s something nearly surreal about enjoying your new bedroom or cooking a meal at your kitchen for the first time and realizing that you finally have a place of your own. Even if you’re sharing it with a roommate, a first apartment or house is a milestone; free from the restraints of your parents perhaps.

Whether it’s moving into a new apartment or a house, both need extra energy and time. First things first, note in mind that you souldn’t rush the moving time. It requires a gradual process. You might finish with the furniture but there’s a chance that you’re still missing a thing or two. Nevertheless, with the right prep work, you’ll be settled to roll when the time comes. To keep track of everything and cover your bases, we put together this moving checklist for all the fundamental things to prepare when moving into your first apartment.

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First Checklist: Bedroom

This room is the place where you’re going to spend most of your time. Ensure that this room can fulfill your emotional needs and dedicate the most care. If you can, buy a high-quality mattress and sheets. It may sound that you’re spending too much. However, you need to understand this situation as a form of investing. Otherwise, if you think that now isn’t the time to grab a decent mattress, it’s fine to go with a futon or air mattress to start. Just remember that these things can make a huge difference in your life, so don’t skimp here if you can avoid it.

Mattress and Bedding

  • Mattress
  • Bed frame
  • Sheets
  • Bed pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Bedspread/Comforter
  • Blankets

Bedroom Furniture

  • Dresser
  • Nightstand
  • TV Stand
  • Electric socket

Other Bedroom Essentials

  • Fan
  • Space heater
  • Additional storage boxes/containers
  • Trash bin
  • Hangers
  • Shoe rack
  • Mirror
bathroom apartment

Second Checklist: Bathroom

Besides your daily use necessities like soap, shampoo, and toothbrush, you will need a few things to keep your bathroom organized and functional. When putting your bathroom together, vouch first it’s fully functional, then add on some decoration later. We don’t want you to have to get out of your shower just because you forget to bring in the soap, right? Moreover, indeed, having a nice and clean bathroom is highly recommended and essential for you.

Bathroom Necessities

  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap
  • Plunger
  • Shower mat/Bath mat
  • Toiletries
  • Small trash bin
  • Small trash bags
  • Hair towel/shower cap
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies

Additional Bathroom Essentials

  • Air fresheners (Socket plugin)
  • Candle
  • Bathroom brush
  • Potpourri
  • Weight Scale
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Extra storage
kitchen apartment

Third Checklist: Kitchen & Dining

Living by yourself for the first time and buying everything for your kitchen might surprise you. Sometimes, and this happens to everyone, there are a ton of things that you miss until you get to a point where you need them. However, it’s okay to buy what you for sure need at first and then slowly add in things like the crockpot and chip clips.


  • Pots and pans
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Knife set
  • Drying rack
  • Baking tray
  • Oven mitts
  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Cutting boards
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cooking utensil set
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wax paper
  • Electric socket

Dining and Utensils

  • Dining table and chairs
  • Large and small plates
  • Glasses
  • Glasses
  • Paper plates
  • Placemats
  • Silverware set
  • Silverware organizer
  • Tupperware
  • Coasters

Kitchen Appliances

  • Colander
  • Bottle opener
  • Wine opener
  • Can opener
  • Blender
  • Coffeemaker
  • Toaster/toaster oven
  • Crockpot

Kitchen Cleaning and Extras

  • Chip clips
  • Fruit basket
  • Dish soap
  • Dishtowels
  • Sponges
  • Dishwasher pods
  • Paper towels and holder
  • Ziploc bags
  • Trash can
  • Trash bags
moving in to apartment

Fourth Checklist: Living Room

Lounging and entertaining at its finest require a comfortable and chillax living room. It can also bring homey feels to anyone who enters it. You can try to spruce it up with some greenery and decor to bring it all to life. But before the matching-color decorations and all that glitter, there are basic needs that should be spotted in your living room.

Living Room Furniture

  • Couch
  • Couch pillows
  • Chairs/additional seating
  • Coffee table
  • End tables
  • TV stand
  • Electronic socket

Additional Living Space Decor and Comfort

  • Area rug
  • Throw blankets
  • Plants
  • Wall decor


  • Television
  • Blu Ray Player or Streaming Devices
  • Speakers

Fifth Checklist: Cleaning supplies

You might be awed by how more inclined you are to keep things topsy-turvy when you’re finally living in your own space. However, don’t be deceived by the marketings telling you to go all out for an expensive vacuum off the bat. Just check whether you’ve got the following or not.

Cleaning Essentials

  • Garbage bags: Kitchen-size and small
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Sponges: Separate sets for dishes and cleaning
  • Soft rags and microfiber cloths
  • Paper towels
  • Bucket
  • Mop (if you have hard-surface floors)
  • Handheld vacuum: Sufficient until you can get something bigger
  • Bathroom cleaning spray
  • Multi-purpose spray
  • Wood cleaner (if you have wood surfaces)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda and white vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hand soap

Additional Cleaning Complementaries

  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Fancy vacuum
  • Furniture polish
  • Microfiber sweeper

Sixth Checklist: Food 

Figuring out how to stock your pantry and fridge can be tricky. A prepared stocked kitchen from day one, however, can help you save money in the long run for the major items that your apartment requires. Obviously, you will eventually make plenty of future grocery trips for specific ingredients, but these are good basics to start with. Don’t feel like you need to buy everything off this list, but do use it to guide you on that first trip to the store.


  • Rice
  • Bread
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Coffee and tea
  • Cereal
  • Quick-cooking oats
  • Grains (quinoa, lentils, farro, etc.)
  • Nut butter
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • Cooking oil
  • Vinegar (white, red, apple cider, balsamic)
  • Soy sauce
  • Canned or dried beans
  • Canned tuna
  • Dried pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Jam or preserves


  • Frozen pizza
  • Frozen patties (burgers or veggie burgers)
  • Meat/poultry
  • Frozen fruit
  • Frozen vegetables

Additional Food Essentials

  • Spices 
  • Snacks (chips, pretzels, nuts, etc.)

At the end of the day, remember to purchase all items above as you need, instead of excessive spending. In other words, there might be certain things that you don’t necessarily need. Adjust them to whatever comforts you the most. Foremost, don’t forget to keep your place clean! We hope this helps you settle down in your new apartment!

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