Checklist for Your First Apartment

Moving into your first apartment can elicit a lot of different emotions. You may be excited about living in a space that you can call your own. You may be a little nervous about having to handle everything from laundry to dishes yourself. You may be overwhelmed by the list of things you will need to purchase that you always took for granted while living with your parents. And you may be thrilled about all the new adventures coming your way, and that you’ll finally be able to have the say on things like what art you have on the walls.

To help make this transition a little bit easier for you, we have put together a helpful checklist for you to reference as you are moving into your first new apartment.

Major Furniture

The first items to check off your list are the big pieces of furniture that you will use every day. If you are lucky, your parents may let you have your bedroom furniture to take to your new apartment. You may also have some family or friends who are looking to let go of some pieces. For the items that you do have to buy, keep your spending in check by using resources such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, IKEA, garage sales, and consignment stores.

  • Couch
  • Coffee table
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Desk
  • Bed
  • Mattress
  • Dresser


You don’t think about how many different items you use in the kitchen until you have to start from scratch. Keep things simple in the beginning. Trying living in your apartment for a little bit, and see what you really need. There will be plenty of time to grow your collection.

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Silverware (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Glasses
  • Coffee mugs
  • Pots and pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pot holder and oven mitt
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food storage containers
  • Can opener
  • Blender
  • Toaster
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Trash bags


One of the main priorities is to make sure you have a comfortable place to sleep. Everything else in the bedroom is extra.

  • Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Curtains
  • Hangers
  • Night stand
  • Lamp
  • Full-length mirror
  • Hamper

Living Room

A living room is functional as soon as you have a couch. But to make things a little more comfortable and enjoyable, here are a few items you may want to get sooner rather than later.

  • Television
  • Extra seating
  • Area rug
  • Accent table

Author: Oliver Curtis

Hi there. I’m Oliver. I’m just a young boy from the outskirts of… Okay, that’s a lie, I’m not a young boy anymore, although I certainly feel that way at heart.

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