93 Necessities You’ll Need When Moving to a New Apartment

Moving into a new apartment is as thrilling as it is overwhelming. Starting a new life will bring you a lot of happiness, as well as new responsibilities. 

The exciting news is that your new apartment, whether you are leasing or buying, will be yours. 

You will be able to decorate it according to your needs and taste, as it will reflect your personality and style. But, before you rush to decorate, its a few essential items you will need for your new spot.

Finding the right apartment is not easy, and stocking it with everything you need is expensive, so you def need a plan.

Before you press check out online, you need to come up with a budget. Having a budget helps you understand what your limit is. You have to determine how much you can spend immediately after moving costs and other related expenses.  You can find some helpful online tools and calculators like this one here, to help you get an estimate on your overall budget.

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The positive thing is that you don’t need to get all your essentials right now, there are many things that you don’t need at all. As time goes on you will acquire more things, in the beginning it’s best to focus on basic needs.

Remember, you are on your own, and you need to handle your money wisely. The following list should help you get started. 

Apartment Essentials

1. Bedding

Some of the first things you should buy are:

  • A mattress and a box spring
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Bedding
  • Blankets
  • Mirror
  • Hangers
  • Trash bin

If you have the budget, you could add a storage dresser, nightstand, lamp, and a TV stand.

2. Tools

When you move into your new apartment, you will regret not having a hammer or screwdriver nearby. There is nothing more upsetting than having to stop unloading to buy these things.

The basic toolbox includes:

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers – you need both:
    • Philips
    • Flat-head
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Utility Knife
  • Tape Measure
  • Flashlight
  • Hardware – such as:
    • Nails
    • Screws
    • Wall hooks
  • Tape

3. Kitchenware

You will need the basics if you are planning to cook and eat in your apartment:

  • Knives – you will need at least three:
    • A chef’s knife to do the cutting
    • A serrated blade for cutting bread
    • A paring knife for slicing
  • Cutting Boards – you will need at least two:
    • A wooden for veggies
    • A plastic for proteins
  • Glass Mixing Bowls 
  • Dishes – Plates and bowls at least two of each
  • Flatware – two of each:
    • Forks
    • Knives
    • Spoons
  • Four Drinking Glasses
  • One mug
  • Coffee Maker (if you drink coffee)
  • Four to six dish towels
  • Garbage can
  • One set of oven mitts
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cooking utensils:
    • Spatula
    • Large spoon
  • Dish drying rack 

4. Bathroom Essentials

The bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in the apartment. Focus on the essentials and later add decor.

  • Mirror
  • Wastebasket
  • Hand soap
  • Towels:
    • Bath
    • Hand
    • Hair
    • Washcloths
  • Toilet paper
  • Plunger
  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Shower mat
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Brush and combs
  • Hairdryer

5. Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies are essential, especially when you first move into a new apartment. As you move in, you will want to clean some spots the previous tenants overlooked. Clean the apartment before you begin unpacking; this way, you avoid the messiness. 

For the floors

  • Vacuum
  • Bucket
  • Mop or a Swiffer
  • Broom and dustpan

For the kitchen

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Oven cleaner
  • Scrubbing sponges
  • Cloths
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels

For the bathroom

  • Toilet brush
  • Tile cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Air freshening

For other rooms

  • Glass cleaner
  • Extendable duster
  • Lint roller

For the laundry room

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Stain remover

Don’t forget rubber gloves, baking soda, and vinegar. 

6. Furniture

Even though the furniture is essential, you can buy it until you have the money or find a great deal. Of course, you don’t want to eat on the floor, but if you have to do it until you can afford a dining or coffee table, it is not a big deal. In time, you will want these things for your new apartment.

  • Couch
  • Chairs
  • Coffee table
  • Dining table
  • Lamps
  • Sofa

Eventually you will want to buy:

  • Artwork
  • Throw blankets
  • Curtains
  • Rugs
  • TV
  • Sound system
  • Plants
  • Décor
  • Candles
  • Bookshelves

7. Food

Maybe the most difficult thing about being on your own is to know what food you need to buy. Keep in mind that having a stocked kitchen from day one will help you save money. The following list is an excellent way to start with:

  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Sugar
  • Coffee and tea
  • Pre-made stored dishes like:
    • Soups
    • Sauces
    • Pasta
  • All-purpose flour
  • Snack food – such as 
    • Chips
    • Pretzel
    • Nuts
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs 
  • Cheese
  • Vegetables
  • Frozen pizza
  • Canned tuna

Finally, be patient. Moving into a new apartment will often require lots of trips to the store. Start with the things you need and then upgrade as you can. 

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