It’s about that time. You’re making your move to a new home and you need to make sure you have everything you need, but how do you keep track of everything?

Moving into a new apartment, whether it’s your first or fifth, is an exciting time. You have a lot to accomplish, and depending on your time frame, you may or may not have all the time in the world to do it. That’s why it’s so important to create the ultimate new apartment checklist to cover all the necessities for your new home, and we’ve got some tips for you to get your checklist going! To begin, the best way to organize your checklist is according to rooms, and their associated items.


Main Furniture

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Buying your big furniture pieces is probably the first part of your new apartment checklist that you should tackle, as choosing the main features of your new apartment will be the hardest part. You’ll then be able to work your way through the rest of the checklist and the smaller items. Here’s some key pieces you’ll probably need:

  • Bed
  • Dresser
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Desk and chair
  • Couch
  • TV

Kitchen

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The kitchen might seem self-explanatory, and you may think you just need some cutlery and a few pots and pans. However, when it comes to first apartments, the kitchen is often the most under-equipped part of the home. You don’t want to be eating your cereal out of a mug do you? Here’s some essentials to add to your list:

  • Dish soap, sponges, and drying rack for dishes
  • Pots and pans
  • Oven mitts and dish towels
  • Cutlery and cutlery tray
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cooking utensils like a ladle, spatula, and whisk etc.
  • Food storage containers (including zip-lock bags)
  • Bottle opener, corkscrew, and can opener
  • Cutting board
  • Plates and bowls
  • Serving dishes and serving spoons
  • Glasses (wine and normal), cups, and coffee mugs
  • Mixing bowls
  • Microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, and kettle
  • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, parchment paper, and wax paper
  • Strainer
  • Paper towels and paper towel holder
  • Garbage bags and trash and recycling bins
  • Ice trays

Bedroom

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The bedroom mainly depends on your personality and how you like to decorate, make, and create your own space. Here’s a list of essential items we recommend you put on your new apartment checklist, regardless of how you wish to decorate.

  • Mattress, with or without a pad, protector, and topper
  • Bedding including sheets and pillowcases
  • Blankets
  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • Clothing hangers
  • Nightstand
  • Lamp
  • Full-length mirror
  • Dirty clothes hamper

Bathroom

dan-watson-4326Although the bathroom may be small, it’s easy to forget to keep important items fully stocked. Take a look at these must-haves we recommend when ticking off your checklist:

  • Hand and bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Bath mats
  • Shower caddy
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Trash bin
  • Scale
  • Toilet seat
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet plunge
  • Toilet paper

Well, there you have it, a guide from us on what essential items should be on your new apartment checklist. Make sure you’re not leaving anything important out and write any other items down. Hopefully this list helps you, and gets you off to a great start before your move. Good luck!

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