New Apartment Checklist


Moving into your first apartment will likely be one of the most exciting days of your life. If you are like most though, you probably do not realize just how much stuff you need! In many cases, family will pitch in and give you odds and ends, but this will not even come close to touching the amount of things you need. Sure, you know you need toilet paper, pans, dishes, towels and other common essentials, but there are a lot of things you probably take for granted at your current residence that you won’t realize how much they are needed until you reach for them, and they are not there. You will understand the need for this list the first time you go to open a can of soup, and you don’t have a can opener!



You really do not need to run out and spend a fortune on furniture quite yet. You can get by with the bare minimum. Spend your money stocking your apartment with items you actually need. Besides furniture shopping is fun, especially when you take your time to find the perfect pieces. If you don’t have a bed or sofa, then you may need to do a little furniture shopping to get you started.


Everyone will have different needs when it comes to kitchen supplies. For example, a raw food vegan will need a dehydrator and food processor as opposed to the person who loves to cook extravagant meals. This list is merely a guide.  You will definitely need to do some tweaking, but this should help.

  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Pot holders
  • Dish towels
  • Chip clips
  • Cutlery
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Paper towel holder
  • Cooking utensils
  • Food storage containers and bags
  • Bottle and can opener
  • Cutting board
  • Plates and bowls
  • Serving dishes
  • Pots and pans
  • Glasses and coffee mugs
  • Cookie sheets
  • Serving bowls
  • Blender
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Coffeemaker
  • Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • Colander
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags


  • Hand and bath towels
  • Wash clothes
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Rugs
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Rugs
  • Shower caddy
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Trash bin
  • Scale
  • Toilet brush


  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillow
  • Hangers
  • Pillow case
  • Curtains
  • Alarm clock
  • Full-length mirror
  • Under-the-bed or closet storage containers

Cleaning Supplies

  • Vacuum
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Garbage can
  • Garbage bags
  • Ladder or step stool
  • Laundry basket
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Feather duster
  • Sponges
  • Laundry soap

Odds and Ends

  • Drawer organizers
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Storage solutions
  • First aid kit
  • Extension cords


There is a very good chance that you will have most of the things on this list, but just in case you don’t, this list will help.

  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair styling products
  • Straighter or curling iron
  • Contact solution (if applicable)
  • Lotion
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton swabs
  • Moisturizer

The smartest thing you can do is create a list of everything you need. You don’t have to write it all in one day; this can be an ongoing list for a few days. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything. This way, you can prioritize the list, and buy the things you absolutely need first.

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