January 15, 2019
First apartment checklist is different than any other moving in or moving out checklists you ever had before. It's not an apartment or house. It is your first true own home. A first apartment is just like a first-time marriage. Different from all kinds of relationships you ever had.
With our most detailed first apartment checklist, be assured, you will have everything you will need as your new home essentials.
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Before you begin
Before moving into your first apartment, there is a strong chance, you were taken care of, at your parent's house or in shared accommodation. You did not have to worry about a lot of things. Everything was taken care of like furniture and kitchenware etc.
It could be a little tricky to figure out what things you need for your first apartment. What you need for your first apartment to make it a complete a household?
Don't worry. It is your first time having your own apartment, it is a new and exciting experience, let us help you make it memorable.
You might not need each and everything from our first apartment move-in checklist but everything you will need is on the checklist.
When deciding what to buy, you need to carefully think:
What do I actually need and what do I actually want to have in my new apartment?
Along with, for all those items you think you will need, rethink, how often. The best way to do is to make three categories:
- apartment essentials
- very much needed
- may be needed
Start your shopping rounds with the apartment essentials, from onto much-needed items.
You will learn over the time and your needs will change as well, so it's better to save the money and not waste on something you think you only "might need".
Living Room Checklist For First Apartment
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Let's start with the living room or lounge or living space as some might call it.
The living room is the place we spend most of our time at home, another reason why it is called the living room. We are not going to discuss ideas to make your living room an ideal one. It is a topic for another post. In this article, we tend to cover all the basics items you may need to give you a head start when you move in.
1. Comfortable sofa / couch
The living room is incomplete without great couch or a sofa set. You need to consider your lifestyle, your social circle, and your personal needs when making a decision.
If you are used to hosting lots of parties, movie nights and social gatherings, consider something which is more durable along with the comfort.
If you are not of that type, focus on things like fabric, cushions and the feel of it. Basically, all things that would make it more comfortable for all times for personal use.
Make sure to try it before you buy.
2. A Television with streaming service and DVD player
We are more used to our gadgets these days. Everyone has a smartphone. Many own a tab or a laptop as well. As the definition of entertainment has changed over the last decade, you might be inclined to think:
Do I really need a television?
If you are going for your first apartment in 2019 or later, you might have to make this choice.
When I moved into my first apartment, way back in 2007, I thought about it for a long time. Over the last two or three years before moving into my first apartment, I probably had not spent more than an hour a week, in front of a television set and even that was at someones else's place. All the TV programming I ever watched like documentaries were on the portable devices using apps or a web browser like BBC Iplayer app etc.
So I didn't get one to start with and I was wrong. Unless you are a solitary, Buddhist monk, who would use your apartment for meditation and sleep only, buy a television.
You might not use it THAT OFTEN but you'll definitely need it at times.
Awesome movie nights.
Those football finals...
3. Coffee / Ottoman / End table
A coffee table is one of the essentials for a living room. It not only adds great look and feels to your living room, but it also is a basic necessity. There are uncountable uses for a coffee table but here is a list of a few to convince you when you can use a coffee table for:
- drinks and snacks
- reading material
- remote control and gadgets
- flowers and decoration
- hot drinks
- as a workstation
- for board games
And not forgetting.. coffee table makes a very good footrest. Never mind your wife.
4. Storage space
The living room can provide solutions for storage as well. Think about the space under the couch or under the coffee table or the free space under the television. If you organize things right, it is better to place frequently used items in the living room rather than bedrooms.
Try looking for furniture with built-in storage compartments, especially if you are short of space in your apartment as a whole.
5. Floor cushions, throw pillows and blankets
The living room is the place you will spend most of your time. Make it comfortable, cozy and relaxing. Have a few throw pillows and blankets and also a set of floor cushions to make comfortable for someone sitting or lying on the carpet.
6. Other living room checklist
- TV stand
- Streaming device (Roku, Chromecast, etc, if no cable)
- Magazine rack
- Artwork and decorations
- Vase (for flowers)
Bedroom Checklist For First Apartment
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7. A cozy and comfortable bed
A nice and comfortable bed is vital for a good night rest. Never compromise on your bed. Always try before you buy and try with as many kinds of structures and frames.
A good bed is one of the important investment you can make. Remember, you are going to use it every night for the next few years. You will spend one-third of your life each year in your bed so never compromise on comfort. Make sure you look at as many options as possible. Spending reasonable time on choosing one is a time well spent.
The mattress is going to be the first place of comfort when you are done with unpacking after moving into your first apartment. A mattress is not for life. If you had your current mattress for 5 years or more, I'll recommend going for a new one.
New home, new bed, new mattress. A new and supportive mattress can deliver a better experience and a healthier sleep.
Make sure you add it as the first thing to buy on your checklist. Many people leave as the last item on the list and end up missing it. Sleeping on the floor after moving in not a good idea, no matter how content you are after making your move into your first apartment.
Make your first night a memorable one and set the tone right.
9. Pillows and beddings
Have at least two pairs of good quality bedding and pillow sets.
10. Closet and storage
If you do not have a built-in closet, you will have to buy one. When buying one consider the following factors:
Make sure you have the correct measurement of available space in your bedroom. Buying a bulky closet or storage solution would not only waste space but create problems while installations and during moves as well.
If you are a minimalist, stick to a small one. Get a larger one if you ever feel the need in future:
11. A mirror
A full-length mirror is not necessary but a mirror is. Adding a medium sized mirror into the first apartment checklist will do.
12. Trash can / bin
A trash can/rubbish bin is a must. In fact, have one for every room. It's your first apartment. Keep it shining like a new penny and keep the rubbish where it belongs.
13. Laundry basket
if you had a habit of throwing clothes on the chair, sofas or couch. It's time to correct your habit. New house new rules. Have laundry baskets/hampers for your bedroom and make sure you make an effort to use it as well.
14. Blackout curtains / window treatment
Again, this should be one the top of your first apartment checklist. For a good night sleep, a dark room is as much necessary as a quiet room and comfortable bed.
15. Other bedroom checklist
- Mattress pad
- Alarm clock
- Hangers (more than you think you need)
- Iron and ironing board
- Standard Curtains
- Some Artwork
- A fan/air conditioning or heater
Kitchen Checklist For First Apartment
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This is going to be along the list. Are you aware that the kitchen is the place which has most of the tools you use when at home?
Before you get too excited, we would like you to consider your lifestyle and eating habits. It is better to rely on home cooked food for health benefits but ask yourself the following questions:
How much do you enjoy cooking?
How many times do you like to eat at home?
Are you good at cooking? It's nothing wrong if you can't do great dishes
Do you intend to host many for dinners at your place?
How big is your family?
How much time do you have for cooking in an average day?
Score your self on the scale from 1 to 10 in terms of your interest and probability for you having meals at home. Lower your score, more the basics you can get away with. If you are on the other side of the scoreboard, we have a complete checklist of all items you will need for your kitchen, from most essential to extras.
16. Kitchen electrics
- Microwave oven
- Air cooker
- Coffee maker
- Electric Hand Mixer
17. Kitchen cleaning equipment
- Hand soap
- Washing up liquid
- Window cleaner
- Trash bin and recycling cans
- Drying rack for washed dishes
- Dish soap and sponges/scrubbers
- Hand towels
- Dish towels
- Paper towels
18. Dishes, pots, and pans
- Complete dish set including plates
- Mixing bowls
- Serving platters
- Fruit bowl
19. Cutlery for kitchen
- Silverware including serving utensils
- Organizer for silverware preferably a drawer insert
20. Cooking equipment and tools
- Frying pan
- Cooking pot
- Cutting boards
21. Tastemakers and spices
- Spice rack
- Ready-made pastes
- Tea bags
22. Cooking exotics
- Cayenne pepper
- Chili powder
- Ground cumin
- Dried rosemary
- Bay leaves
- Ground cinnamon
23. Containers for kitchen
- The storage container of spatulas, ladles, whisks
- Airtight containers for staples like flour, sugar, oats, etc
- Plastic or glass containers for leftovers (e.g., Tupperware, Gladware or Pyrex)
- Sandwich bags
- Zip-top plastic bags
24. Miscellaneous kitchen equipment
- Bottle opener
- Can opener
- Aluminum foil roll
- Parchment paper
- Cling wrap
- Wax paper
- Plastic wraps
- Baking sheets
- Kitchen scissors
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