Apartment Essentials You Need

Moving into your first apartment is a fascinating experience. There’s something almost surreal about sitting in your new bedroom or kitchen for the first time and realizing that you finally have a place of your own. Even if you’re sharing it with a roommate, a first apartment is a milestone, free from the restraints of your parents,  college, or employee’s life.

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But sitting there, soaking in the newfound sense of freedom, you’ll likely have some other thoughts. You know, like: wait, do I even have any dish towels?


See, the thing about first apartments is that signing a lease, writing a rent check, and moving in your new furniture (or whatever hand-me-down furniture your family bestowed upon you) isn’t enough to make it home. There are many big and little things you’ll still need to buy to stock your apartment with everything you need fully.


Before getting into the first apartment essentials, though, let’s talk reality. Acquiring everything you need for your first apartment is an expensive undertaking, so you need to go into it with a plan. Before you head to the store or the Amazon search box, come up with a budget of what you can spend right away regarding moving costs and other related expenses. Then stick to it. You don’t need to get everything right away, and some things you might be surprised to find you don’t need at all. Spend wisely, and stick to immediate needs. This first apartment checklist should help you get started.


Apartment Essentials



Unless you’re planning to get take out every night (and let me warn you now – that adds up fast), you’re going to need to make use of your new kitchen. Unfortunately, you can’t do much there without the basics. Add on as you can, but make sure you have these from the get-go.


Pots and pans:- Just enough pans and pots for you or if you got a company to live

Dishes: Plates and bowls (two of each)

Flatware: Forks, knives, and spoons (two of each)

Drinking glasses:



Cooking utensils:

Cutting board

Garbage can

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Keep in mind that none of these items have to be top quality. 


Cleaning Materials


You might be surprised by how much more inclined you are to keep things spick-and-span when you’re finally living in your own space. You don’t need to go all out for an expensive vacuum off the bat, but you will want to make sure you’ve got the following.

Garbage bags:  

Broom and dustpan

Sponges for dishes: 

Soft rags and microfiber cloths

Laundry detergent

Dish soap

Baking soda and white vinegar

Rubber gloves

Hand soap



Furniture is essential, of course, but most of these items you can put off buying until you have the money/ find a great deal. If you are a minimalist person, these are the things that you’ll need.

Plastic  or foldable stool

Portable table 

Folding laptop table




Bedroom essentials


Sleep is essential, so if you are buying a new mattress for your apartment, you may want to spend a little bit extra to get a commodity you know will be comfortable for you. However, it’s OK to go with a futon or air mattress to start, If you can not go to a decent bed right now. We have all been there. Then is what else you will need.

Sheets: One set to start is sufficient, as long as you can trust yourself to wash them regularly. If not, get two.

Pillows: One or two to start

Comforter or portable sleeping pad.


Appliances and Gadgets

Appliances are a must in your apartment. Most of these are basic but very important.

Induction stove

Electric fan  – Bring at least two electric fans with you and use them alternately to avoid breakdowns or overheating.

Small refrigerator  – this may be expensive, but you can stock your one week supply of food especially frozen meats and saves you from buying cooked meal daily.


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