Moving into your very own place for the first time is an exciting event in anyone’s life. However, if you don’t go into it prepared, it can turn into a pretty stressful ordeal. There are some first apartment essentials that you should buy before the relocation to make sure your adjustment to the new place goes smoothly. Of course, every person, home, and relocation is different, so this list might end up varying a little, but it is a good place to start when moving into your first apartment.
Create a Checklist for First Apartment Essentials Before Moving
The first thing to do before you go shopping for items for your new home is to create a checklist. You will want to divide the checklist by rooms in the apartment and list the things you should buy for each room. The checklist will help you stay on track and make sure you do not forget anything important to take to your new apartment.
Living Room Essentials
For most people, the living room is the place where they spend their leisure time. This means that not many things in the living room are really essential. However, you will want to get at least some basic furniture in the near future. This includes a sofa, a coffee table, a TV and a stand, and any other pieces of furniture or other items you deem necessary.
Unlike the living room, your bedroom will definitely need certain stuff for the very first night, so make sure you put them on your checklist. Of course, this mainly includes a bed, or at least a mattress if you can’t afford a bed frame right away. Bed linen and pillows are important as well. After all, you don’t want to be sleeping on a mattress that just got loaded off a moving truck. Stuff you will want to buy for the bedroom as soon as possible will also include a bedside table and a lamp. Drawers for clothes and, depending on your lifestyle, a desk, a bookshelf, and a wardrobe will also prove to be essential.
Bathroom and Toilet Supplies
Much like your bedroom, certain items for your bathroom should be on your checklist as well. For example, you will want to get some towels – at least two for starters, but we recommend buying more later on. Other items that every bathroom should have include a plunger and a toilet brush, an air freshener, a smaller trash can, and holders for soap and toothbrushes. Glasses can come in handy as holders for toothbrushes.
Your kitchen will also require some things added to your checklist. These include items for preparing food such as pots and pans, oven-safe dishes, as well as plates and utensils, glasses and mugs, a trash can and towels. As far as white goods go, a fridge, a freezer, and a stove and oven are pretty crucial. Of course, you can buy everything else you deem necessary, including cleaning products.
Of course, this is hardly everything you will need in your first home. There is a long list of other essentials that don’t always belong to the same category, for the simple reason that every apartment is different. For example, if your apartment has a laundry room, you will also want to buy a washer and dryer, along with detergent, softener, and dryer sheets. If there is no laundry room in your home, these objects could potentially take up too much space in your bathroom or kitchen. Here are some other items you should include in your checklist.
Boxes and Other Storage Solutions
Unless you are moving into a fully furnished home, you will likely need some temporary storage for the first few weeks. You can store your belongings in boxes, but there are also cheap build-it-yourself wardrobes you can use until your actual wardrobe arrives.
In case you’d like professional movers to give you a hand with your move, they can provide you with all the storage space you might need for your apartment.
First-Aid Kit Should Be Among Your First Apartment Essentials
Cars are not the only places where you want to have a first-aid kit. A large proportion of accidents happen at home, which is why it would be wise to add a box with essential first-aid items such as bandaids, sanitizers, and so on to the moving checklist.
When you relocate to a new place and you don’t know anyone who could give you a hand even with the smallest cut, the safest would be to have a first-aid kit of your own. You might injure yourself during unpacking or doing something in the backyard. Bring some first-aid items just to be on the safe side.
You might injure yourself during unpacking or doing something in the backyard. Bring some first-aid items just to be on the safe side.
Things Like Paper Towels and Toilet Paper
For some reason, we often forget about expendable items such as toilet paper until we need them. So make sure to stock up on such items enough that you don’t have to think about them for a few days. You can also add some instant meals to this list, as we’re sure you won’t feel like cooking with all that unpacking still left to do.
Of course, there are probably many good eateries where you can grab a bite, but it’s advisable to have some food in your house before you get the time to explore the area and find the good places to eat.
Of course, unpacking and furnishing your home won’t make much sense if you don’t clean it first. This is why you should also get some basic cleaning products. These can include sponges, brushes, rags, all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, and so on. Make sure all the floors are clean before you bring moving boxes and furniture in.
Stock Up the Kitchen
As we’ve already mentioned, you most likely won’t have time to cook in the first few days after the move. You will simply have way too much on your plate already. On the other hand, ordering delivery for every meal could prove to be expensive. That’s why it would be a good idea to stock up on instant meals that you can simply heat and eat right away.
If there was work being done to the apartment before you moved it, some rooms might still retain the smell of, for example, fresh paint. This can be quite a nuisance, which is why we recommend you buy air fresheners to battle these smells. Opening up windows and doors, if the weather permits, could also help get rid of them. Keeping the air fresh will help you feel more comfortable in your new home.
If you are moving in with your pet, there are some things you should bring for them too. First and foremost, their food and water bowls. It would also be a good idea to bring their beds and/or blankets, as these familiar objects could help the pet adjust to the unfamiliar surroundings.
If you are bringing a child into your new home, there are additional items you should think about. If your kid is still a baby or a toddler, you will want to child-proof the house right away. Besides, essentials for their daily routine, such as a bed, a changing table, and their toys should be at the top of your list.
Even if you’re not moving with a baby or a toddler, you’re still the one to think about all your child’s things that might be necessary or help your kid get used to the new room.
As we have already mentioned, your new apartment may or may not have a laundry room. If there is one, you should add washing supplies to your list, as well as a laundry hamper.
Set aside a necessity bag that will contain all the toiletries you will want to have in the first few days for your bathroom routine, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, a comb, a shaving kit, cotton swabs, and wet wipes. Don’t get carried away, though, as some of these products can take too much space and even get ruined during transport due to temperature, for instance.
Every home should have a basic tool kit containing a hammer, nails, screwdrivers, screws with nuts, pliers, and so on. You might need some tools when you start unpacking, for instance. Even if you leave this part to expert movers, something could break during your first days in the new house. Of course, you don’t want to think about that possibility, but it could happen. So, always be prepared for any potential situation so that you don’t have to look for a handyman as soon as you move in.
Nowadays, homes have electronic devices in practically every room. That is why you should stock up on extension cords, power strips, batteries, and light bulbs.
A fire alarm, carbon monoxide detector, and a door security system are a must for every home, especially if you live alone. No matter how safe your new neighborhood is, do bring these, too. It will help you feel even safer and completely at peace in your new home.
For all those small clothing mishaps, a sewing kit will come in handy. And of course, if you don’t know how to use it, it might be a good idea to learn.
A Heater or a Fan
If your future home doesn’t have air conditioning yet, you will likely want a portable heater or a fan, depending on the time of the year, to get you through the first couple of days.