The Essential First Apartment Checklist for your Move



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Moving is characterized by an exciting and joyful moment of changing the environment, especially if it is your first apartment move.

You tend to enjoy freedom and access to your own things and time, prepare your meal to your taste, using your personal household items.

It is a time worth wait for; but before you think of hiring the right mover for your move, you need to organize and arrange all that will be required for a perfect first apartment.

Remember, moving into your first apartment is a like a new world. You need to organize some essential items ranging from furniture, kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom, to cleaning supplies for your new home.

Imagine after you moved in, you discover you lack some essential household items to cook, clean, or sleep; it sometimes turns relocation to hell.

This is one of the reasons Moving Feedback created this essential first apartment checklist to make your move a successful one.

The key here is to prepare and get organized. This checklist will be discussed room by room as required by most organized homes.

Though it is advisable to get every item on the list, it is also good to work based on your budget.

What are the Essential Items for my First Apartment?

Moving into your first ever apartment involves a lot of stuff you may not think of. This is different from your college life or when you’re under your parent.

However, when moving into a first apartment, a list of necessities may differ from one person to another.

Below is a general checklist for a new apartment but you can select those items that are essential for your situation:

1. Furniture

Furniture provision cuts across every space of an apartment; ranging from living room, bedroom, dining, to kitchen.

However, you can do this stage by stage by buying the essential ones first, and continue to compliment it as time goes on.

Herewith is the list of pieces of furniture for your new apartment:

  • Sofas
  • Bed
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Cabinets
  • Wardrobe
  • Dresser
  • TV stands
  • Desk and chair


There is a long list of items for the bedroom; however, your item selection on the list will be based on the size of your bedroom.

Below are the essential items for your bedroom:

  • Mattress – with an option of protector, pad, and topper
  • Bed frame (though you may prefer to put your mattress on the carpet)
  • Complete Bedding: sheets, duvet, and pillowcases
  • Carpet/rugs
  • Spare blankets for guests
  • Curtain
  • Pillows
  • Dresser
  • Alarm clock
  • Nightstands
  • Hangers
  • Nightlight
  • Fans or space heater
  • Door or full-length mirror
  • Trashcan
  • Hamper
  • Storage box or container (closet or under-bed)
  • Blinds or drapes

2. Bathroom

The bathroom is another important section of the apartment that should be equipped with essential items to make the room comfortable.

The following bathroom checklist will position your bathroom as standard as possible. It is highly recommended to put guests into consideration when shopping for some bathroom supplies such as towels, toiletries, and much more.

Below is the checklist for the bathroom of a new apartment:

  • Bath and hand towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Bath Rug
  • Shower curtain
  • Tissues
  • Soap
  • Soap dish
  • Hooks for hanging towels
  • Air freshener
  • Toilet plunger
  • Trashcan
  • Shower caddy
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Washcloths
  • Bathtub Mat
  • Wastebasket
  • Toothpaste and brush
  • Toilet brush
  • Shampoo
  • Personal care items (such as a razor, mirror, etc.)

3. Kitchen

If you are moving to your new apartment, the kitchen is always characterized by a long list of items due to the purposes this section is serving.

It is usually stocked up with different items; hence, you have to pay attention to essential items as categorized in the list below:

  • Kitchen Electronics
  • Hotpot or kettle
  • Toaster
  • Hand mixer
  • Juicer or blender
  • Microwave
  • Coffeemaker
  • Toaster oven
  • Cooking and Baking
  • Pots and pans
  • Serving bowls
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knives – slicing knife, pairing
  • Mixing bowls
  • Grater
  • Colander
  • Spatulas
  • Serving spoons
  • Ladles
  • Cutting board
  • Whisks
  • Can opener
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Food Dishing
  • Dishes
  • Silverware
  • Glasses or/and mugs
  • Miscellaneous items for your kitchen
  • Dish drying rack
  • Cabinet paper
  • Drawer silverware organizer
  • Dish towels
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Bottle opener
  • Wax paper
  • Ice cube trays
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Corkscrew
  • Area rugs
  • Trash cans with a disposable bag
  • Food storage container
  • Plastic bags for preserving food and lunches
  • Dish soap – scrubbers

4. Living Room

The living room is the first place your visitors will see when they enter your apartment and many of them may not even proceed beyond the space.

Hence, it is essential to decorate it to be an optimal place to have fun and relaxation. Check out the list below:

  • Couch and chairs
  • Area rugs
  • Side and center tables
  • Candles
  • Drapes/Blinds
  • Throw pillows
  • Shelves
  • Picture frames and hooks
  • Futon
  • Lamps
  • Art paintings, photographs, posters, etc.
  • TV (and stand or fixtures to hang it)
  • Foot Mat

5. Other Essential Cleaning Supplies

You can’t do without cleaning, even from the first day of your move. It is your first apartment and you would want to keep it in a tip-top level for you and your guests.

The following items are worthy of mentioning to make your list:

  • Mop and mop bucket
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Bucket
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Garbage bags
  • Garbage can
  • Sponges
  • Cleaning supplies such as baking soda, stain removal, vinegar, air fresheners, disinfectant, all-purpose cleaner, alcohol, etc.
  • Ladder or step stool
  • Spray bottles
  • Laundry basket
  • Rags
  • Cleaning towels
  • Fabric softener and laundry detergent
  • Feather duster
  • Paper towels
  • Window cleaner

6. Miscellaneous

  • Light bulbs
  • First aid kit
  • Scissors
  • Extension cords
  • Hammer and nails
  • Multi-plugs
  • Matches
  • Batteries for wall clock and remotes

Final Words

It may seem impossible to list every item in just one post, even it is impossible for the best apartment packing checklist out there.

However, Moving Feedback has come up with this checklist to touch the most essential departments in an apartment for your first move.

Are you ready to move into your most anticipated first apartment? Print out the above checklist and you are good to go. Stay tuned for a more informative post from us!

Thomas Campbell
Thomas Campbell
He has a degree in literature from Stanford University and a profession in Mass Communication. Thomas is a member of the Moving Feedback research team, an expert in writing educative articles to help readers make the right buying decisions. He is well versed in moving industry matters to give the best advice on moving needs.
Thomas Campbell
Thomas Campbell
He has a degree in literature from Stanford University and a profession in Mass Communication. Thomas is a member of the Moving Feedback research team, an expert in writing educative articles to help readers make the right buying decisions. He is well versed in moving industry matters to give the best advice on moving needs.

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December 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

LOL. I can’t believe I forgot some little things on this list. It’s just funny how these things work. I bet having a copy of this won’t be a big deal. Thanks.

December 8, 2018 at 9:48 am

I almost forgot my shower curtains. Had to hold this list while the workers were packing my stuff. I really want to be sure I’m not leaving anything behind because I do not want to be stranded at any point at all.

December 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Woah. Such a simple list but a lot of people would still forget one thing or the other in their rush. I’ve helped people pack and after reaching their new place, they realize something is missing. I guess this would really be a good guide.

December 9, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Amazing list. You really saved me a lot by sharing this. I’m really glad I saw it on time. I’ll just go ahead and print one just so I do not allow the day’s rush make me forget little things that count.

December 9, 2018 at 2:37 pm

This list sure has helped me. I realized that I would have forgotten some things but my wife was thoughtful and got us this list which made everything really easy for us while packing. Had to come back to show gratitude.

December 10, 2018 at 11:20 pm

A look at your packing boxes would appear like you’ve got everything packed and ready. But going through this list, I know I’m still far from finishing up. This is really appreciated.

Alicia Key
December 10, 2018 at 11:21 pm

Ah. It was really hard moving for me. I kept boxing and unboxing as I realized I was forgetting little things. It was really hard and at the end, I was so exhausted I had to take the weekend off just to rest. I guess life has been made easy now but I didn’t really think about that.

December 13, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Hmm. This is interesting. There are some things here that I haven’t even thought of packing up. Who knows what would really happen if I get to my new place and find out I didn’t pack these up. Would totally not be nice.

December 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Very good list and very resourceful. I can really be forgetful especially when in a rush. This would be helpful as I’ll just ensure they are in the box before been loaded.

December 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm

When you have loaders breathing down your neck, you are likely going to forget a few things. But armed with this list, I bet I can overcome that. I really would not want to go as far as the other and of the country only to realize that I forgot some things.

Anna Kieu
June 20, 2019 at 4:51 am

I think that your article will be helpful for us. I learn more information that you published on your site. Thanks for sharing this article.

August 7, 2019 at 3:00 am

Thanks for interesting post…I think that I must re-decor my house after reading this post.
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