Everything You Need on Your First Apartment Checklist

First Apartment Essentials: 10 Things You Need on Your Checklist

First Apartment Essentials: 10 Things You Need on Your Checklist

You probably have a ton of ideas for decorating your apartment. I am here to give you some must-haves to put on your shopping list. When moving time comes, keep all of these items close by so you won't have to dig through boxes for things like toilet paper.

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First Apartment Checklist:

Shower Curtain

This is one of those items you want to keep on top of your moving boxes so you can put it up right away. You don't want to take "exposed" showers because you didn't feel like digging through your moving boxes. Don't forget to buy a shower mat so you won't slip and a small rug for when you step out.

Pillows and Bedding

Moving into a new apartment is just like moving into a dorm, except you get a bigger and comfier mattress. If you want a new mattress, buy one! Then, pick out decorative sheets and pillowcases to match the interior of the room.

Cleaning Supplies

Keeping your apartment clean is an important especially if you have spaces that get dusty fast. Keep your rags, dusters, disinfectant, and cleaner stored out of site but somewhere easily accessible for when you need it. If you have hardwood floors, you might want to keep a broom in there too.

Kitchen Essentials

If you like to cook, it’s a good idea to think about what you'll need on a daily basis. This can include pots and pans, bowls, utensils, plates, and cups. Don't forget cooking oil and other spices you want to fill your pantry with. If you don't cook a lot, it's still a good idea to have utensils, dishes, a microwave and toaster.

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Trash Can

Think about every room that you want to have a trashcan in it. Depending on your decor, you can find colorful or patterned cans to fit the room.

Bath Essentials

These are things in addition to a shower curtain— like towels, toilet paper, lotion and soap. Just your everyday needs for bathroom use. You can think about storing extra supplies if you plan on having guests.

Toilet Plunger, Scrubber, and Cleaner

Keep your bathroom clean with these! You don't want an accidental toilet overflow with company on their way without these items nearby.

Toolkit

You might want to keep some handy work supplies around like nails, screwdriver, a hammer, wall hooks, etc. If you made plans to hang pictures, artwork, or even putting a bookshelf together. Nothing's worse than being in a decorating mood and having to stop to buy supplies.

Living Space Essentials

You should know beforehand if you're bringing your own television and where you want to put it. What about a cable box? If you're a gamer, make sure to pack your games and systems. Pack extra batteries, an extension cord, and light bulbs.

Final Touches

In your head, go through every room in your new apartment. Be sure to picture how the rooms are set up and that you're not missing anything. The bedroom is where you'll be each morning and night so decide if you need an alarm clock, night stand, desk lamp, and your favorite books. Take your checklist everywhere you go so you can have a stress-free transition to your new home.

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