First Apartment Checklist

first apartment checklist

After finding your apartment, it’s now time to get shopping for all the essentials! While furnishing your first place can be daunting, follow Apartment Home Finder’s apartment checklist to making moving in a breeze.

Apartment essentials

Everything below is the bare minimum you need for your first apartment, ideally before you even move in. Think of the rest of the list as icing on the cake.

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Mattress, pillows, and bedding
  • First aid kit
  • Shower curtain
  • Kitchen essentials: frying pan, pot, utensils, glasses and silverware
  • Scissors, screwdriver and a hammer
  • Toilet paper
  • Extension cord
  • Hangers
  • Large trash can
  • Vacuum
  • Swiffer or broom

Bedroom furnishings checklist

Outside of the essentials, the following items can make a huge difference in making your apartment comfortable. We recommend not skimping if you can avoid it and purchasing:

  • Blanket
  • Dresser
  • Mirror

Living room checklist

One (if not the) most used spaces in your home, your living room is the heart of your apartment. Make a lasting impression with:

  • Couch, futon or sectional
  • Throw pillow and blanket
  • Coffee table
  • Area rug
  • TV
  • Plants or greenery
  • Floor lamp

Bath essentials checklist

We’re focusing on the essentials here:

  • Bath towels (at least two)
  • Hand towels (at least two)
  • Toilet brush
  • Hand soap
  • Plunger
  • Bath/shower mat
  • Small trash can

Kitchen essentials checklist

We love a good kitchen tool but you really don’t need much beyond the basics, and often you can build your kitchen gadgets up over time.

  • Pots and pans
  • Large and small plates
  • Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Chef knife and pairing knife
  • Colander
  • Oven mitts
  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Cutting board
  • Silverware set and organizer
  • Wine opener
  • Can opener
  • Coffeemaker
  • Dishtowels
  • Paper towels

Just remember, you don’t have to buy everything brand new. Asks friends and family if they have anything they don’t need, check out area thrift stores and Craigslist’s for used items. You’ll be surprised at what you acquire for free or cheap.