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The Ultimate Packing List for Your First Apartment

You finally did it. You walked across that stage with your cap perched precariously on your head and hey, you may even have done it in heels. You have your degree and you’re finally out of college. Graduated and a member of  the real world. Congratulations! So, what’s next? Your fab—or not so fab—new apartment. Moving into a new apartment for the first time can be an extremely daunting task. Some of these are obvious, like couches and chairs, but some are definite necessities you may have overlooked. Check out everything you’ll need to make your new “house” a home.

1. Kitchen

  • Pots and pans 
  • Dishes and bowls 
  • Cutlery
  • Serving utensils
  • Serving dishes
  • Blender 
  • Standing mixer
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Dish towels 
  • Coffeemaker 
  • Broom
  • Dish soap
  • Dish drying rack
  • Duster
  • Dustpan
  • Hand soap
  • Microwave
  • Toaster and/or toaster oven
  • Glasses 
  • Mugs 
  • Oven mitts
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins 
  • Garbage bags
  • Wastepaper basket
  • Tupperware
  • Water pitcher/filter (HC Pick: Brita 10-cup pitcher)
  • Sponges
  • Swiffer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Slow cooker
  • Wooden spoons
  • Slotted spoons
  • Colander 
  • Knife set 
  • Meat thermometer 
  • Reusable water bottle (HC Pick: self-filtering water bottle)

2. Bathroom

  • Bath towels 
  • Hand towels
  • Bath mat
  • Shower curtain
  • Rug
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Scale
  • Air freshener
  • Shower organizers
  • Toilet plunger
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries

3. Bedroom

  • Bed 
  • Comforter 
  • End table or nightstand 
  • Hangers
  • Closet organizers
  • Shoe rack
  • Under-the-bed box
  • Storage boxes 
  • Over-the-door storage units
  • Desk and chair
  • Safe
  • Jewelry box or stand/organizer
  • Full-length mirror
  • Dressers
  • Alarm clock
  • Curtains or blinds
  • Air conditioner (HC Pick: no-nail, portable AC unit) 

4. Living Room

  • Couch 
  • Chairs 
  • Coffee table 
  • Floor lamp 
  • Ottoman
  • TV stand
  • Throw blankets
  • Throw pillows
  • Area rug
  • Curtains or blinds

5. Laundry

  • Hamper and/or laundry bags
  • Lingerie bag/mesh wash bags
  • Drying rack
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Garment bag

6. Technology

  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Game consoles
  • Computer/laptop
  • Wireless Internet router
  • Debit card (HC Pick: Venmo card)

7. Miscellaneous

  • Flashlight for emergencies
  • Emergency/First Aid kit
  • Batteries
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Extension cords
  • Surge protectors
  • Fan or air conditioner
  • Doormat

8. Home Improvement

  • Shelving 
  • Adhesive hooks
  • Nails
  • Basic tools such as a screwdriver and hammer
  • Bookcases

So, that’s it! Hopefully, after reading this handy little guide, you’re just a little more informed about what you’ll need to make your move-in day more exciting and less stressful. Who knew we needed so much stuff just to live?! 


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Lisa is a freelance writer and lifestyle blogger. She loves reading at 2 a.m., dark dark dark chocolate, and sunny days. Read her blog at http://themosthappy.me.
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