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First apartment checklist: Make moving day stress free

Worried you're forgetting something? Use our handy checklist to make sure you've got all your new home essentials sorted.

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You probably don’t have the cash to buy every little trinket or piece of furniture you could ever want before you move out, but there’s nothing worse than realising you’ve forgotten one of the essentials.

To save you eating off of paper plates and drinking your first bottle of celebratory wine out of a coffee mug, here’s our list of every possible item you should need for every room in the house (or the flat) upon moving in.

We’ve also listed the best places to buy affordable appliances and furniture… because we’re nice like that.

Your bedroom

Apartment bedroom

The chances are, you’re waiting until you’ve got some more cash behind you to shop for a bed, but you will still need a decent mattress. Yes, you can get them on the cheap, but we think a mattress is the one product that’s worth investing in – it reinforces good sleeping posture and supports your spine as you snooze.



Your kitchen

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The kitchen is where you really need to think carefully. No one wants to get halfway through preparing a delicious meal, only to realise that you don’t have a sieve, a rolling pin or a grater to finish the job. Luckily, most kitchenware is relatively inexpensive and makes for a pretty great housewarming gift… so start hinting now.



Your bathroom

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The bathroom is one area that you can save a bit of cash on. Let’s face it, the main priority here is having a good towel set or two, as well as a bath mat to stop your floor from getting all wet and slippery. If you’re living with housemates, you may also want to invest in drawer dividers. These can help to separate your personal things and avoid arguments later on.



Your living Room

Apartment living room

We recommend that you buy all your essentials first, but you don’t need to feel bad about spending money on items that will help make your house feel like a home. We’re talking a cosy, comfy area to watch a movie, or a comfortable reading space to curl up with a good book. Indoor plants can work wonders for this, so too can fairy lights, candles and diffusers. And when it comes to a TV, remember that you don’t have to spend a fortune on the latest model. It just needs to work.



Your laundry

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Moving into your own place is oh so exciting until you realise you will probably need to buy your own washing machine and dryer (not very glamorous). They’re appliances that you will need to use often though, so don’t skimp. If you are really tight on cash, you can save money by keeping an eye out for package deals that offer both machines for less.



Other essentials

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It’s often these little essentials that don’t really fit into any other category that most people forget about. We recommend investing in a basic tool kit and a first aid kit. It also pays to have items like a flashlight and spare batteries in case your power goes out (it happens). And if your new place doesn’t come with curtains or window coverings, you may also want to start shopping around.



First home checklist:

Your bedroom

  • Mattress
  • Pillows and pillow covers
  • Sheets
  • Quilts and covers
  • Blankets
  • Coat hangers
  • Bed
  • Bedside tables
  • Bedside lamps
  • Storage solutions (boxes, shoe racks, etc.)
  • Full-length mirror

Kitchen

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Dining chairs and table
  • Dinner plate set
  • Cutlery
  • Pots and pans
  • Drinking glasses
  • Spatulas, ladles, whisks
  • Can and bottle openers
  • Bin
  • Sieves, graters and peelers
  • Mugs
  • Oven gloves
  • Bakeware (trays and baking dishes)
  • Frying pan
  • Knife set
  • Cutting boards
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Dish towels
  • Dish drying rack
  • Mixing bowls

Bathroom

  • At least one good towel set (two is better)
  • Bath mat
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Toilet brush
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower curtain (if needed)

Living Room

  • Couch
  • Television
  • Television stand (if needed)
  • Coffee table
  • Armchair
  • Bookshelf
  • Candles, a diffuser or fairy lights
  • Indoor plants

Laundry

  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Laundry hamper
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum
  • Mop

Other essentials

  • Curtains
  • Cleaning supplies (cloths, bleach, rubber gloves)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Toolkit with basic tools (screwdriver, hammer, etc.)
  • Rubbish bags
  • Washing up liquid
  • Spare light bulbs
  • Spare batteries
  • Fan (if you don’t have air conditioning)

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