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:
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:
- Dining table and chairs
- 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
- Spare blankets for guests
- Alarm clock
- Fans or space heater
- Door or full-length mirror
- Storage box or container (closet or under-bed)
- Blinds or drapes
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
- Soap dish
- Hooks for hanging towels
- Air freshener
- Toilet plunger
- Shower caddy
- Toothbrush holder
- Bathtub Mat
- Toothpaste and brush
- Toilet brush
- Personal care items (such as a razor, mirror, etc.)
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
- Hand mixer
- Juicer or blender
- Toaster oven
- Cooking and Baking
- Pots and pans
- Serving bowls
- Vegetable peeler
- Knives – slicing knife, pairing
- Mixing bowls
- Serving spoons
- Cutting board
- Can opener
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Food Dishing
- 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
- 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
- Throw pillows
- Picture frames and hooks
- 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
- Broom and dustpan
- Garbage bags
- Garbage can
- 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
- Cleaning towels
- Fabric softener and laundry detergent
- Feather duster
- Paper towels
- Window cleaner
- Light bulbs
- First aid kit
- Extension cords
- Hammer and nails
- Batteries for wall clock and remotes
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!