6 Must-Haves For Your New Apartment



You did it! Finally, after months of searching and planning and filling out acres of paperwork, you finally have your own place. Now comes the fun part – figuring out what you need. Don’t wait until you’re in your apartment to realize you don’t own a spatula (or a frying pan, for that matter).

Here are six must-haves for your new place:

A bed. If you’ve ever played the Sims or Minecraft, you know step one is setting up your bed. This goes beyond having a mattress, box spring, and frame, though. You’ll need a fitted sheet, a top sheet, pillowcases, blankets, and a comforter. You’ll also have to put the bed together, which brings us to item number two.

Item number two: A toolkit. Even if you don’t consider yourself handy, you’ll need a toolkit with:

  • at least two screwdrivers (Phillips and flathead, and a hex key might come in handy as well)
  • a hammer
  • nails
  • wall hooks
  • a tape measure
  • pliers
  • an adjustable wrench
  • a utility knife
  • a level
  • a ruler

Third Item: Kitchen supplies! You need:

  • plates (you can purchase a table setting for four, which usually includes coffee cups and even bowls)
  • Glasses (water glasses, wine glasses, maybe some plastic cups)
  • Silverware
  • a can opener
  • a sauce pan
  • a frying pan
  • knives
  • a cutting board
  • a spatula
  • measuring spoons and cups
  • dish towels
  • toaster
  • a coffee pot (if you drink tea, a kettle)
  • scissors
  • a vegetable peeler
  • if you cook a lot, thermometers (meat, candy)
  • garbage bags
  • paper towels
  • dish soap (and dishwasher soap if your rental has a dishwasher)
  • spices (at the minimum, salt and pepper)
  • pantry basics (bread, milk, sugar, eggs)

Number four: Bathroom supplies: soap, toilet paper, towels, a shower curtain, bath mats or rugs, a toilet brush and cleaner, and a toilet plunger (don’t wait until you need one to get one)

Five: A sofa and chairs for the living room

And finally, number six: A television (unless you are fine watching everything on your phone or iPad)