What Should You Buy For Your First Apartment

Before we get into the basics of the first apartment let’s talk about facts. It’s a costly undertaking to purchase all the things you need for your first apartment, so you have to go into it with a plan. Before going to the store or the Amazon search box, get an estimate of what you can spend right away with moving costs and other related expenses in consideration. Hang on to it instead. You don’t need to get everything right away and you might be surprised to find certain stuff that you don’t really need at all. Spend wisely, and stick to your immediate needs. This list of the apartments will help you get going.

  1. Bedroom

After signing your apartment lease a mattress should be one of the first items you buy. Therefore it is #1 on our first checklist of apartments. Yeah, on the floor you’d be good sleeping, but life is getting crazy busy and that first night on the floor might easily turn into a month before you find the time to buy a mattress. Before moving, don’t forget to buy a mattress topper (a.k.a. mattress pad), new pillows, and any other bedding which will make your place feel like home. Here’s what you’ll need more.

  • Sheets: One set to start is enough, so long as you can trust yourself to regularly wash them. If not, then get two.
  • Pillows: One or two to start
  • Comforter or duvet and duvet cover
  • Lamp
  • Storage: Dresser, plastic organizers, or under-the-bed containers
  • Hangers for the closet
  • Laundry hamper
  1. Kitchenware

You could stay with paper plates and cups before you buy a full set of dishes, but we suggest that you go ahead and buy some of those things before you move in. It’s also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint not using paper plates. That way, if it takes you a couple of weeks to choose kitchenware you enjoy, you’ll have at least the essentials at hand.

Continue adding to your kitchen by filling your pantry and fridge as time allows and you get more comfortable. Take your time and don’t overload the space with food for your first trip to the grocery store :

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Utensils
  • Knives
  • Pots and pans
  • Cutting boards
  • Sponge
  • Dish soap
  • Dishtowels
  • Food storage containers and sandwich bags
  • Kitchen furniture
  • Microwave
  1. Living Room

Living rooms are all about convenience. They’re the place you’re going to curl up for a game night out for a movie or host friends. While decor is a must for this room, there’s plenty of time for you to curate the perfect space. Focus on the essentials of these living rooms first:

  • Couch, chairs, or other things to sit on
  • Coffee table
  • Bookshelves
  • Television
  • Stand for TV
  • Throw pillows for couch/chairs
  • Artwork
  • Lamp(s)
  1. Bathroom

Using toilet paper is already a good first step in making your bathroom efficient. Keep it moving by getting your shower ready:

  • Shower curtain (and rings to hold it up)
  • Shower caddy
  • Toothbrush
  • Toiletries (e.g. bath soap, hand soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet plunger
  • Bath mat(s)
  • Air freshener
  • Tissues
  • Trash can
  • Over-the-door towel hook
  • Towels (bath and hand) and washcloths (be sure to have extras for any guests who spend the night)
  1. For Cleaning

Unpacking is something of a messy business. Plus, there’s no guarantee that your new apartment meets your standards of cleanliness. Getting a few important supplies on hand to tidy up before you start putting things away saves a lot of time:

  • Garbage bags: Kitchen-size and small
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Sponges: Separate sets for dishes and cleaning
  • Soft rags and microfiber cloths
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Bucket
  • Mop, if you have hard-surface floors
  • Handheld vacuum: Sufficient until you can get something bigger
  • Bathroom cleaning spray
  • Multi-purpose spray
  • Wood cleaner, if you have wood surfaces
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda and white vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hand soap
  1. Additional

Having a basic, starting toolkit on hand will help improve your move. Plus, not everything requires a request for maintenance, so you’ll never know when tools will come in handy. Most of the shelving and furniture comes with its own set of hardware so no special items are needed:

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers (flat-head and Phillips-head)
  • Allen wrench kit
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Stick-on wall hooks or Command hooks
  • Small first aid kit
  • Small fire extinguisher to store in your kitchen
  • Batteries (AAA, AA and D are the most common)
  • Extension cords or outlet adapters

So are you ready to prepare everything before you move to your first apartment?

(Source : updater.com, moving.com, myfirstapartment.com, apartmentguide.com)

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