The Ultimate Apartment Moving Checklist

Finally! You’re moving up and out, literally. Maybe you’re finally bidding farewell to dorm life or getting your first apartment without a roommate. Either way, we can help make sure you have exactly what you need for your new place. After all, you don’t want to end up flipping pancakes with a school binder, washing laundry with dish soap, or using toilet paper as a Band-Aid. Check out this exhaustive first apartment checklist of exactly what you need for every room of your new home sweet home, then get to packing!

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First Apartment Checklist

Kitchen

  • Dining table and chairs
  • Pots and pans
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Placemats
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Dishtowels
  • Dish drying rack
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cups, mugs, wine glasses, etc.
  • Cooking utensils: spatula, whisk, ladle, etc.
  • Strainer
  • Tupperware
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Bottle opener
  • Aluminum foil and cling wrap
  • Cooking essentials: salt, pepper, cooking spray, etc.
  • Serving dishes and spoons
  • Oven mitts
  • Baking sheets
  • Casserole dish
  • Blender
  • Mixing bowls
  • Microwave
  • Toaster/toaster oven
  • Coffeemaker
  • Paper towels and holder
  • Ice trays
  • Trash can and trash bags

Bedroom

  • Bed
  • Mattress
  • Sheets (fitted and flat)
  • Comforter
  • Blankets
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Dresser
  • Nightstand
  • Lamp(s)
  • Curtains
  • Clothes hangers
  • Alarm clock
  • Mirror
  • Hamper
  • Slippers

Bathroom

  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Trashcan
  • Bath mat
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet brush and cleaner
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Hand soap
  • Plunger
  • First aid items (bandages, pain reliever/fever reducer, etc.)

Living Room

  • Couch/seating
  • Television
  • Television stand OR hanging accessories
  • Bookshelves
  • Coffee table
  • Lamps
  • Desk and chair
  • Rugs

CleaningSupplies

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop
  • All-purpose surface cleaner
  • Bathtub and sink cleaner
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Glass cleaner
  • Duster
  • Rubber gloves

Miscellaneous

  • Décor (tapestries, framed photos, artwork)
  • Command Strips and hooks
  • Extra batteries
  • Extension cord
  • Light bulbs
  • Candles and matches
  • Paper and writing utensils
  • Extra storage bins
  • Flashlight

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Even though you'll probably forget something after moving into your first solo space, this handy checklist can help keep that number of things to a minimum. Now you know what you need for your first apartment kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom, but have you actually found your first apartment? Get started on ApartmentSearch.com and get rewarded with a $200 reward once you sign your lease. Use that money to help stock your brand new home… or treat yourself to a night on the town in your new city!

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