Moving into your first apartment is an incredibly exciting experience. There’s something almost surreal about sitting in your new bedroom or kitchen for the first time and realizing that you finally have a place of your own. Here is a checklist to make this experience even more pleasant.

Kitchen essentials

Unless you’re planning to get take out every night, you’re going to need to make use of your new kitchen.

Cleaning essentials

You might be surprised by how much more inclined you are to keep things spick-and-span when you’re finally living in your own space. You don’t need to go all out for an expensive vacuum off the bat, but you will want to make sure you’ve got everything necessary.

Bedroom items

Sleep is important, so if you’re buying a new mattress for your apartment you may want to spend a little bit extra to get something you know will be comfortable for you.

Bathroom supplies

In addition to your basic toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, etc. you’ll also need a few things to keep your bathroom organized and functional.


Furniture is essential, of course, but most of these items you can put off buying until you have the money/ find a great deal.

Food storage

One of the most difficult things about being on your own for the first time is figuring out how to stock your pantry and fridge. A smartly stocked kitchen from day one however can help you save money in the long run for the bigger items that your apartment needs.

Electrical appliences

Some basic electrical appliances are necessary to make your life easy. So make sure you get the right items first.

Bills & expenses

Keep track of your bills and expenses because you might not want to get these bills pile up because it will make only trouble afterwards.


It's your first time independent so make sure you get security details from apartment owner and remember emergency protocols.

Don't forget to enjoy

This is the transition phase of your life so, it's obvious you want to enjoy to the fill but keep everything in moderation.

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