What things will you need when first moving into an apartment?

August 29, 2008 at 5:52 pm (Apartment Living, Necessary Apartment Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well hey, it’s kind of hard to shop for things for your apartment when you don’t really know what to expect! To be completely honest, I didn’t even do my shopping until AFTER I moved into my apartment for most things because I didn’t want even MORE to pack. But for the sake of the readership, I’ll divide what you’ll need into the categories of the rooms in which they will belong. It’s a generic list of course tailored to my lifestyle. Adjust accordingly!


This is a key area for me because when I have guests over, this is where everyone loves to be. I can make everyone feel more at home with things I can make for them. The better/more supplies I have, the better off I am (or at least it feels that way). To have a workable kitchen, I made sure to have…

1.   Coffee Mugs – Coffee, tea, all delicious!

2.   Glasses – If  you’re not someone who likes to do dishes every few days, perhaps buying a few more to compensate will help you out.

3.   Can opener – I recommend not buying an electric one. It’s tempting, but you can’t use it in power outages and whatnot.

4.   Spatula – Turn burgers, chicken, fries, pancakes, lift cookies, biscuits, slap your boyfriend, etc.

5.   Silverware/ silverware holder/ knives – Silverware is easy to find, but don’t get knives that are TOO cheap. You don’t want them dull after using them for, say, 2 months.

6.   Toaster – Who doesn’t love some crunchy bagels in the morning? Or toast? Or warm, gooey poptarts, or….

7.   Big Serving spoons – These are handy for serving vegetables and fruit or stirring and cooking.

8.   Tupperware – I use it for leftovers and for bringing food to work. These are pretty much a staple of my kitchen.

9.   Dish towels – I guess you don’t HAVE to have them, but I like the convenience of wiping my hands somewhere without worrying about having to buy more (like paper towels).

10. Mixer – For those of you who don’t bake, it’s not a necessity. But I like making baked goods, cakes, etc. So for me? I HAVE to have one.

11. Baking pans – Cookies are pretty okay to cook on them, but I also use them for fries, pizza, and any generic non-liquid situation that is popped into the oven.

12. Pots and pans – I prefer non-Teflon since it’s not the most healthy thing to cook in or on. Try not to get cheap things that won’t last you. If you’re gonna move out, make sure you buy some supplies that are worthy of buying in the first place and will last you a long time. As for sizes, you want a variety. Some frying pans are nice for pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, etc. Medium sized pots are good for cooking veggies, rice, etc. For large ones? Stews, soups, lasagna noodles, etc. For those daring enough, a wok could be added to this area for stir fry!

13. Broom/ swiffer – I have several tiled areas in my apartment and it’s just nice to not have to bend down with a wet sponge and a paper towel.

14. Dish soap – Good for soaking greasy dishes or cleaning things that won’t fit into a dishwasher.

15. Paper towel – This is more functional for me when I need to clean up cat messes and don’t want it on my nice dish towels. But I’ve also used them for window cleaning and small messes on the floor.

16. Tea kettle – I like my instant coffee and I like my tea.

17. Salt/ pepper shakers – I haven’t invested in a true set of my own yet but I have the disposable ones for now and they function just fine. If you want to impress your friends, you can always invest in the grind-it-yourself salt and pepper dispensers. Those are more expensive to buy, and also to refill.

18. Various spices – I’m not a fan of bland food. Oregano, parsley, thyme, basil, garlic, paprika, onion powder, cinnamon, ginger…these are all your friends!

19. Garbage can/ garbage bags – If you don’t plan on buying these things, I would love if you wrote back to enlighten me on how that’s working out for you. Truly.

20. Saran wrap, aluminum foil, sandwich baggies – Leftovers are always abundant in my house and rather delicious the next day when I don’t feel like cooking. Saran wrap keeps it fresh and fancy. Foil is for wrapping my pans in. I HATE cleaning baking pans, so the metal keeps the fry grease off. Though in retrospect it’s probably not too helpful to the environment. Sandwich baggies are good for ANYTHING really. Just handy to have around I suppose.

21. Plates – As one reader pointed out in the comments, yes, they are needed. (I eat on plates, I swear.)

22. Dish dryer – If you find yourself going into an apartment without a dishwasher, you’ll need some place to stick the wet dishes after you’ve washed them.

23. Crockpot – It’s great to just throw some things into a pot, simmer it all day, and have dinner ready when you feel like it! And for those bachelors who think they don’t need one, just WHERE are you going to put those hotwings you’re cooking for when your buddies come over for football?

24. Oven mitts – I have the flat kind, and also the ones that you wear! It helps to have multiples. I also use the flat ones to set pots on when I have guests for dinner and want to set the food on the table.

25. Bowls – Soups and cereals are just FAR too difficult to eat on a plate! Large bowls are good for putting fruit in, mixing ingredients for baking, etc.

26. Microwave – Far easier than firing up the ol’ stove for everything, I wager.

Cleaning Supplies:

Gotta keep the place clean! Probably not much more unsettling than going to a friend’s apartment and it’s funky-not-so-fresh. Plus you don’t want to get sick. If you leave little bits of food in your kitchen, bugs are sure to come. Don’t get off on a bad start to a nasty feeling and looking apartment.Though if you are someone who likes to live organically, shop at your local Whole Foods (or organic store of your choosing) for organic cleaning supplies. (A vinegar and peroxide mixture is my sisters personal favorite.)

1. Windex – For those ever so sparkly windows and mirrors.

2. Laundry detergent/ dryer sheets (or fabric softener) – Gotta keep that slick, sparkling look about you! Plus I don’t want to smell your week-old undies.

3. Bleach cleaner – For sinks, tubs, counter-tops, etc.

4. Toilet cleaner/toilet brush – Yeah about this. I REALLY hate toilets that look like another culture is cultivating itself on the insides of the bowl. PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE. Clean your toilet at least once a week. PLEASE.

5. Vacuum – Don’t buy a cheap one, it won’t last and you’ll get pretty ticked when the belt, bag, suction, etc doesn’t work! Yay http://www.consumerreports.org! They are pretty nifty with helping you find a decent vacuum within your price range.

6. Sponges – General cleaning and kitchen supplies. Who knows if you’ll even have a dishwasher! And you need SOMETHING to wipe the counter.

7. Dishwasher soap – If you’re one of the beautiful people who got one in your apartment. And guess what? Don’t use dish soap as a substitute unless you want foaming soap and water to come spilling out of the sides of your machine.

8. Spot carpet cleaner – You know, for when you spill things on your carpet and don’t want to pay the complex to clean the stain or buy new carpet and charge it to you!

9. Spot laundry stain remover – I really hate it when I’m eating a salad with Italian dressing and a spot gets on my shirt. I love the few clothes that I have, so it’s a huge bummer when a stain ruins them for me! So keep something around for grass, blood, wine, dressing, and various other stains for your poor clothes.

10. Air freshener – Hey, clean air is still in the ‘cleaning supplies’ region. If your grandparents come over and bomb out the bathroom, whip out that Febreeze and have a field day. Go ahead, you earned it.


The bathroom is my source of comfort mostly for the thought that it’s where I can be and don’t need an excuse to be there privately. I take great pains in making sure that I make my bathroom the most comfortable place possible. I pretend I’m thinking of going to a friend’s house and the worse case scenario happens (something like I start my period unexpectedly, I feel sick, I need a makeup overhaul, I need to desperately shower, etc. Just think of experiences where you went to a bathroom needing and hoping beyond all rational thought that they had what you needed for your emergency and they didn’t.) In this, my list will be EXTREMELY biased because I have taken great thought in what would make me and others comfortable and am sure to add those things in my setting. And truly, you spend lots of time in there everyday. You get ready there, relax, use the bathroom, clean, etc. Make it a place worth spending time in.

1. Hand towels – When people wash up, they don’t want to use the towels you used to dry your body with after a shower. They are extremely cheap and you can even buy a nice, full bathroom towel set so that you look like you actually planned a nice looking apartment.

2. Wash cloths – I use shower poofs for my personal cleanliness, but if I have guests, I know better than to not have any of these. There’s nothing worse than being ‘forgotten’ as a guest.

3. Towels – Try not to buy something JUST because it’s cheap. You want a high thread count and have 100 percent cotton towels. If you buy something lackluster, it won’t absorb the water off from your body which is kind of the idea. Be sure to have a couple sets for when you have guests and when your other towels are in the laundry.

4. Air freshener – I can tell you now, after observing people, the one thing they fear is leaving a smell behind when they know others are in the house and will need to use the bathroom too. Don’t give your guests reason to have embarrassment. C’mon! Your (insert parental figure) raised you better! Oust and Febreeze are rather nice brands that I’ve tried and don’t feel guilty recommending. If you’re having a party, light a nice candle in the bathroom and leave it lit for constant air freshening. Be careful though! Make sure it’s monitored or in a safe jar. Another good idea would be having a plug-in air freshener. I ordered some recently from bath and body works and the Moonlight Path scent is heavenly!

5. Rugs – I hate stepping out of a shower wet thinking I’m going to slip on the floor and go smashing face first to my doom. Rugs keep the water contained and keep the bathroom looking nice and well put-together. If you want to be extra snazzy, make the rugs match the towels. I have teal and black towels and black rugs to match. (Even my shower poofs are black and teal!) It’s also nice to have something soft to stand on when I’m standing in front of the mirror every morning to get ready. And when I say rugs, I also mean a snazzy toilet seat cover as well.

6. ‘Shower’ paraphernalia – My apartment complex had a built-in shower rod, but not all of them do. Most large chain (i.e. Walmart) stores have your basic needs: a shower rod, curtain, and rings. Since mine came with a rod already, all I needed was the curtain and rings. My friends had extra rings so they just gave them to me (a package of 12 or so should do the trick). As for the curtain? I didn’t get a decorated fancy one. I got the inner lining to prevent shower water from spraying my bathroom and that was it. I only have one light in my bathroom and shower curtains are fairly opaque. I like to see how I’m shaving and what I’m doing so I simply bought a clear, see through one. It was also labeled antimicrobial. Curtains can get moldy you know! Some places like Bed Bath and Beyond sell curtains that you can wash in your washer!

7. Guest needs – This is the unnecessary part so feel free to skip if you feel so inclined. In order for my guests to feel more at home, I provide basic necessities lest they stay and need things. I keep disposable razors at the ready, spare deodorant, a spare hairbrush/ comb, nail clippers, ibuprofen, Excedrin, shower soap, shampoos and conditioners, hair sprays/ gel, tampons/ pads, a spare toothbrush and toothpaste, spare makeup, and other generic needs as I think of them. I know people don’t HAVE to do these things. But isn’t it nice going to a friends house, realizing it’s too snowy to go home and then having them reply, “Oh don’t worry about anything! We have everything you’ll need.” And the best part would be knowing they are right!

8.  Hand soap – I keep a couple different kinds. My sister is allergic to perfumes so I keep Dove liquid hand soap because it’s free of scent and dyes. On the other hand, some people enjoy having those fruity soaps so I keep the pump-foam soaps scented with apple and berry as well. I hate using  bar soap because of how it leaves residue behind, but that is just a personal preference.

9. Plunger – Be proactive for your own sake.

10. Toilet paper – You know, this is sort of an essential ingredient in the bathroom process! I don’t buy the most expensive kind, but I don’t buy the cheapest either. If it’s on sale and looks fairly decent, I do some prices versus brand versus quantity and quality comparisons and make my decision from there. I also have a handy dandy toilet paper holder as well to keep spares in beside the toilet. I can’t imagine anything much more annoying that being at someone’s house reaching for toilet paper and panicking, realizing there is only 1 square left. And conveniently they store it in their hallway closet or bedroom or something. THANKS.

11. Tissue paper – I can use toilet paper to wipe my nose just like the next girl or guy, but there’s something appealing about having some that’s lotion and soothing to your nose. I keep a fairly decent box around just because I hardly ever use it so expense isn’t an issue. I even have it under a pretty little metal box that matches my other things.

12. Garbage pail – Get a nice, big one too. And keep bags in it. It’s soooooooooooo gross when people use them without bags.

13. Reading material – C’mon, you thought you’d escape this one? You know your dad loves his magazine time. Don’t leave a bored bathroom reader. Put a few fun and unique reads in there (visual puzzle books, short stories, magazines, etc.)


Well, we’re nearing the end of the line now. Let’s keep trucking along to create that great ‘I just moved, am living on my own, and actually know what I’m doing!’ feeling we’re all so desperately craving now. I don’t feel the need to make living room recommendations. That will be up to you for how you’d like your main room to look.

1. Sheets – Sadly I only have 1 set, but rest assured I WILL be getting another soon. Try to wash them every 2-3 weeks or at least once a month. It will keep your room smelling fresher!

2. Laundry basket – I keep my clothes in my room so that’s where I change. It’s handy to just keep a nice basket in there to throw them in.

3. Hangers – My dresser is tiny, so I need tons of hangers to keep my room not looking like a dump.

4.  Bed Spread – I have a nice gold, red, brown, and tan theme going for my room so of course I have a bed spread to match. To be honest, I don’t even USE it unless I need my room looking nice if people are going to see it. I have nice old cotton blankets for all other sleeping occasions.

5. Alarm clock – Getting to work on time is handy to pay for the apartment you’re living in.

Want to add to the list? You know what to do. Have a dispute? I don’t care. Whoops, I mean, please let me know. My hope is this helps you generate ideas for your own ideal living situation. After all it’s going to be YOUR place, YOUR decisions, and all about, well, YOU! Feels good to hear doesn’t it!

User submitted suggestions:

Batteries – Double A and triple A are the most commonly needed ones! Children’s toys need them, as do Wii remotes, portable controllers, etc. And NOTHING is more a pain in the butt that wanting to use something badly and having to run to the store to get more. I use Sanyo Eneloop batteries. They are rechargeable and sold on amazon.com. This site is my SAVIOR. I’ve tried other brands, but after a years time they just don’t hold the charge.

Extension cords – Quite honestly I’m surprised in myself for not remembering to include this on the list. I literally DEPEND on these things.

Scissors – Yes. You will definitely need these.

Kitchen mats – I will agree with adding this. If you’re spending lengths of time in front of the kitchen sink or stove, standing is a pain on your back and feet. Mats will take some of the hurt away. My mom uses carpeted ones in her kitchen, though I’ve also seen rubber washable ones.

Curtains/ Blinds – I’ve seen some apartment complexes that have buildings side by side, facing each other. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my neighbor watching me, no matter WHAT I’m doing.

Toys – No matter who you are, eventually you’re going to have a friend who has kids. And at some point they’re gonna bring those kids over. And how BORING is it being a kid and go to someone’s house and they have nothing for you to do! Disney movies are also your friend if you want to pop one in to entertain the kids for a time.

Tools – I don’t seem to use these as often because I have a great maintainance staff here at my complex. But opening up toys, measuring to fit furniture, and assembling things all need tools like screwdrivers, hammers, tape measures, etc.



  1. Amy said,

    haha silly you forgot to put plates inthe kitchen section.

  2. aphroditesrabbit said,

    Ha! You’re right. Plates do tend to help things, don’t they?

  3. Melissa said,

    how much did all of this cost about?

  4. aphroditesrabbit said,

    It’s hard to say, because it all depends on the quality of item you buy. I recommend asking friends and family if they have anything they don’t want anymore. Hit up garage sales. Check Goodwill and Salvation Army. Exhaust your resources for inexpensive things, because it ends up adding up to a LOT of money if you buy everything new off the shelf.

  5. Maddie said,

    Dont’t forget!!! You might need to iron every once in a while.

  6. lexi said,

    thanks for your list…my boyfriend and i are moving in together and we had no clue what to get..you helped a lot 😀

    • aphroditesrabbit said,

      Glad I could help!

  7. claire said,

    dollar stores are greta for this kinda stuff,, moving today so im on my way to get half the stuff u mentioned,, thanx for thinking of it for me

  8. Bitsattitwoge said,

    Neat information=D I will visit again.

  9. Jennifer said,

    Lol! My husband and I are planning to move to a new apartment in a couple of months and as most men do, he won’t worry about basic needs until we’re already moved in! So it’s left up to me to get everything together or else we’d be living like guests in our own home and there really would be that last square of toilet paper on the roll…

    I did notice that in a few of the rooms there were several things left out that I think could definitely be considered “staple” items.

    Kitchen mats, for example. You said your apartment has a lot of tile in it. Well, I don’t know about you but standing on tile vs. carpet is not so comfy on the feet. Walmart carries some really nice kitchen mats to go in front of the sink and the stove.

    Curtains over the windows are a must! Blinds don’t always come with the apartment and sometimes they do and can be damaged or they just plain don’t work. Therefore, to keep your neighbors from getting more than they planned for when looking outside, curtains are the way to go.

    Something when thinking of guests as well, what if they have kids? Cheap toys from yard sales or thrift stores will work wonders to keep them occupied (at least for a little while anyway) while you entertain your guests. This should also include some cheap paper and some washable crayons. Kids love crayons, lol.

    Your list is truly amazing and very well thought out. I especially loved the thought that went into “what would I need if I were a guest and it was an emergency?” because I’ve been there too. I’ll have to make an emergency care package for just such an occasion.

    • aphroditesrabbit said,

      Good points!

      I would like to invest in some kitchen mats, I just haven’t found ones I like that have enough cushion….YET.

      I can tell you why I didn’t think about curtains. I had to consider it for a minute before it occurred to me that I am renting an apartment where a previous renter purchased window coverings and left them on. I felt pretty lucky. 😀

      Funnily enough about the toys, I do have that. I call it my “Troy Box” based off of the name of the little boy who uses them. But mostly it’s filled with my old action figures, some old beads, bracelets, stuffed animals, and odds and ends like that. VERY good point though. Nothing worse for a visiting kid than having nothing to do.

  10. Kamila said,

    Thanks for your website it really helped me since I’m about to get my 1st apartment with my fiance.If you could help me with finding any tips on decorating our place like how to make it seem more space and more homely i would appreciate it. Thanks
    polish princess

  11. danielle said,

    me and my boyfriend are moving into our apartment today and your list really helped me out thanx

  12. Ryan said,

    Moving out very soon…thank you so much!!

  13. Johnny said,

    Hey thanks for the list me and my girl friend are moving to uni soonish and we are slowly buying stuff this list helped me think of how much we have to get…thank you anyway 🙂

  14. Erma said,

    This really helped me out. I felt very frantic in the store. This list gives me some sort of direction. Thanks again!

  15. Jillian said,

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  16. Chas32va said,

    Thanks the list helped!!!

  17. TORI said,

    Thank you so much….me and my boyfriend and our 4 month old daughter are moving into our first home together as a family. Its amazing what u can find on the internet…it led me here. I APPRECIATE IT!!!


  18. Alissa said,

    You might also want to include tools on your list such as screw drivers, wrenches, a hammer, nails, and pliers, maybe even a few Alan wrenches, as these are necessary around most households. 😀

    • aphroditesrabbit said,

      Very true! I’ve found I don’t need these items as much because I live in an apartment, but for your basic household needs (opening kids toys, messing with my nintendo, putting together gifts), these items are a staple. Thanks for the suggestion!

  19. Kacey said,

    what about scissors, or a microwave. lol

    • aphroditesrabbit said,

      Yup! Definitely need those things! Some apartments come with a microwave…buuuut I don’t actually know too many that do.

  20. Emilee said,

    Thanks so much for the list… I took some awesome notes and had a bit of a panic attack when i realized i still need pretty much all of it *sigh* Anywho you may want to add batteries to that list. I hate buying some cool new little gadget and having no power source! That’s so annoying. Extension cords sometimes come in very handy too. I find myself using tape measures all the time and scissors. ok i’m done… THANKS!!!

    • aphroditesrabbit said,

      Yes! Extension cords have saved my life just about 1 million times!!

  21. Rosemary said,

    OMG THANK YOU! I’m the process of getting ready to leave the nest and move in with my boyfriend and your list helped loads.

  22. kajan said,

    it’s a good web site to the people new to this country they can learo more about this. thaink you


  23. jj said,

    bowls maybe 🙂

  24. Karthik said,

    Just a comment to let you know that having something like this helped a lot – thanks!

  25. Tara said,

    what about the living room??? you should prob have couches and stuff like that!!! also a dining room table is nice to eat on sometimes!! but this list has helped alot!!! my fiance and i are getting our first apartment so this was a huge help!! thank you sooooooooo much!!!

  26. Blitz2117 said,

    Thanks 4 the help

  27. Alexandria said,

    Thank you SO much!! I am getting my first apartment and I’m pretty nervous! Your list helped calm my nerves!! Thank you so much!!

  28. omgalexxx said,

    I’m moving out this weekend
    & this list is amazzzing
    thank you so much it rlly helped


  29. Caroline said,

    Thank you for the info! We just moved into a place and he has a lot of stuff but i have nothing lol! it was funny because we made food… we had a pot and a spatula thing, but then we had no silverware!! lol, we turned ravoli into finger foods!

  30. Melanie said,

    My husband is moving into our new home in a different state before I come with the furniture because his job transferred him so fast. Your list is incredibly helpful in putting together the basics to send with him until I get the movers in and down there! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  31. april said,

    thnx. me and my bf and another friend couple are gonna get an apartment soon(:
    this TOTALLYYY! helped:D
    thnx sooo effn much lolz!!!!!

  32. ladytyty said,

    tools that are needed philip screwdriver, flathead,and assorted nails and hooks. All of these can be brought at your near dollar store. “Life not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived” author unknown

  33. Jack said,

    Im moving into an apartment and I’ve been putting together my own list over the lst few days and this blew mine out of the water. Thank you very much for the ideas. You couldn’t be more right about basically everything on this list. Very helpful, and it will be put to good use!

  34. Megera said,

    Ice cube trays!

  35. Lyn Conard said,

    Hey, I found your blog while searching on Google your post looks very interesting for me. I will bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!

  36. Kimberly Christensen said,

    My daughter just moved out with her new boyfriend and as a mom i’ve always got a few extras sittin around.. however, since she has a baby and is still in highschool (although 18) I couldn’t stop her, I also reccommend thrift stores, goodwill, and even checking out the ‘free stuff’ in the classifieds as well as putting up ‘items wanted’ in the paper. You’d be surprised how many people just have stuff sitting around taking up space and would rather give it to someone that needs it rather than giving it to be sold. I’m just that kind of person and there’s many more out there. The stuff is also usually pretty nice stuff. kimmilouncurtis@aol.com

  37. Katelyn said,

    would have been LOST without this! i only had about 10% of the objects on this list in mind — i completely forgot about everything else! THANK YOU!

  38. Jessica said,

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Just moving into my first place with my little brother and boyfriend and felt overwhelmed. Truly helped a TON!

  39. Tawnie said,


    Thanks so much for this list! I’ve been getting ready to move out so my best advice is to slowly aquire things over time and save up for the rest. (: Got a microwave in the box waiting and silverware so they’ll be ready when I need them!! Another thing that I realized is a good thing to have is a sink stopper for your kitchen! It’s one of those things you just never think about until you need it. Oh and don’t forget to check if you’ll need a tub stopper, not all apartments or houses are as modern. Thanks again! Mucho love !

  40. Rhaniyah said,

    Thank you soooo much. I’m moving out soon and have recently just been walking around the house taking inventory of thing that I’ll need in my apartment. This list helped soo much. It’s crazy the amount of things you don’t realize that you’ll need. I’m not moving until the end of July but why not get a head start on all of these things? Thank you soo Much I’m printing this out as I type. 🙂

  41. Rebekah said,

    Might check out Wal-Mart’s Back to College stuff this time of year… below are some items that might help out

    3 in one set (coffee pot, electric griddle, iron- bright colors) $20

    To match in the bright colors $1.50 – can opener, spatula, ladle, serving spoon set (3 piece set), chip clips, 4 pack drink cups, 4 pack bowls, 4 pack plates

    Bed linens (comforter roll and sheets) $16

  42. April said,

    I’m moving out very soon and your list helped. Thanks!

  43. Ashley said,

    Thank you so much, your list was very helpful to me.

  44. me said,

    Don’t forget a cheese grater or a peeler!…. maybe a jug to keep juice/lemonade in!

  45. Shay said,

    Thanks. Helped alot. Im planning on moving out next year (yes im already making lists and planning things) there were some things on here that I didnt think of. Thanks alot. 🙂

  46. Faith said,

    oh wow. this helped me a bunch! my mom and brother have been encouraging me to get an apartment of my own (i turned 18 a couple of months ago and they thought it would be good for me to move), and i had no idea of where to begin of what i would need. i ended up walking around my house writing stuff down to get a general idea, but your list topped mine, and i’m grateful for it. thank you so much! 😀

  47. zukkiiluv said,

    one thing i think i would NEED is a sewing kit/ needle n thread. (you never know when u might need to fix that pretty shirt u havent seen in a long time and want to wear out) maybe even some buttons. the dollar store has a few great “travel” sewing kits =)

  48. zukkiiluv said,

    BTW THNX for the list. super useful.

    also wanted to add IKEA is awesome and has a lot of “little” things that are cheap. one of the first places i will go b4 i move

  49. Becca said,

    Thanks so much for this list. As it is, my boyfriend and I are moving in with another couple that we are really close to. This list is helping me fill the gaps, AND prepare for when we DO get our own apartment.

    Thanks so much!

  50. Shawn said,

    You need almost nothing from the kitchen if you live of take-aways…consider that!!!!!

  51. Shawn said,

    Just joking though. 🙂

  52. Leah said,

    Me and my fiance are moving in together. Right out of our parents home. And we had no clue. Thanks so much

  53. Emilee Rose said,

    What about things like ice cube trays? It’s something a lot of people don’t think about, but I realized that the apartment I’m moving into doesn’t have a built in ice despenser on the freezer like I was used to with my parents. Your posts have been extremely helpful, and your sense of humor is fantastic. Thanks for being such a great help.

  54. Emilee Rose said,

    I just thought of another – fridge magnets. They’re something small that can be very helpful.

  55. Sereniti A. said,

    Thank you so much for this list! Im moving out of the nest and into a apartment with my boyfriend, our friend, and his gf.(possibly 2 more roommates too) So We’re trying to see what everyone’s bringing and what we still need! This was so helpful! I sent my boyfriend a link so we can get all that figured out before we all move in!
    Thank you so so so much!

  56. Lora said,

    Thank you so much for this list. My boyfriend and I and our newborn son are about to move into a new place together. I freaked tried making my own list but I needed something to make sure I had everything. Needless to say I didnt. I looked at another site but it just kept listing and kept listing stuff which made me freak more. Then i found this website. We really need a list both of us are very forgetful or dont get something till we need it RIGHT then. I have so much to do to move 3 different people into 1 home but this has helped so much just takes a load of my shoulders. Thanks again this is really going to make sure that my family and I start off on the right foot!

  57. Charlee Sturch said,

    I would remember to put surge protectors on there, and also a cable cord, to hook your tv up to the cable source. Then there are always things like thumb tacks to put things into the walls (if allowed), a rug for the bedroom (if it’s hardwood floor, but usually an apartment will be carpeted), a memo board for the fridge, (what if you need something?!), and some might like to have a mirror for the bedroom that hangs on the back of the door. Also a shoe rack works wonders. I’m a college student and just moved into a dorm, turns out, a lot of stuff is the same. My fiance and I are now looking for an apartment and this list really helped with the things that I don’t have for my dorm, Thanks!!

    • Charlee Sturch said,

      oh also! light bulbs!!

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