So you’re moving into your first apartment? This is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming to consider all of the items you need to purchase. Before you move in officially, you’ll want to make sure you have all of the necessities for a comfortable first few weeks. Here are the essentials you’ll want to make your new apartment home more comfortable.
Furniture is a place where you can easily spend too much, but it’s really not necessary. While you need the necessities, a bed, dresser, table, couch and maybe a desk and chair, they don’t need to be new. Look for comfort rather than modern style, as you can always upgrade later. Don’t be afraid to take hand-me-downs from people who are ready to move on to a new piece of furniture.
Basics for the Kitchen
Next, make sure you have the basics for the kitchen. Start with the necessities, including silverware, plates, cups and basic cookware. Then, build the supplies as you find that you need them. For instance, you may not ever need a melon ball scoop, so don’t buy one when you first move in. Don’t forget to get some towels and washcloths for your cleaning needs.
For linens, including sheets and towels, you don’t need a huge stash. Two sets of sheets, one to have on the bed and one t have in the wash, is sufficient. Have enough towels that you can do a wash once a week or once every two weeks and keep your fresh towels supplied. Have a few extras for the occasional guest or large, messy spill you may need to attend to.
Cleaning and Personal Care Supplies
Cleaning products, laundry soap, paper towels, soap, dish soap and a vacuum cleaner or broom are all important to add to your must-have list. These will help you keep things clean and tidy around the apartment, and will prevent a catastrophe when an accident happens and you don’t have the right cleaning supplies on hand.
Some Finishing Touches
Finally, add some finishing touches to make your apartment personalized and homey. You want to add curtains on top of the basic blinds that came with your apartment, throw pillows and throw blankets. These are affordable finishes, but will go far in making your apartment feel more like “home.”
Setting up your first apartment should be an exciting time. With this checklist, you can be confident that you are well prepared.