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Move-In Day Ready Your First Apartment Starter Kit

Move-In Day Ready: Your First Apartment Starter Kit

Moving for the first time? Here’s your first apartment starter kit.

Move with ease with this first apartment starter kit!

Are you getting ready to leave the nest? Are you worried that you don’t have everything you need at your new place? No need to run around like crazy. Instead, follow this first apartment starter kit.

Get ready for your move by following this list!

Kitchen and dining room

The first stop to stock in your new apartment is the kitchen and dining room. Here’s everything you’ll need to make sure you can cook and eat comfortably:

  • Cooking/serving utensils (spatulas, spoons, whisks, tongs, etc.)
  • Pots and pans with lids, sheet pans, casserole dishes
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Rugs
  • Silverware
  • Silverware holder
  • Knives (cutting and steak)
  • Cutting boards
  • Strainer
  • Bowls and plates
  • Cups
  • Oven mitts
  • Small towels
  • Ice maker (if the refrigerator doesn’t have one)
  • Trash can
  • Trash bags
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Appliances (microwave, blender, food processor, etc.)
  • Food storage containers
  • Table & chairs
  • Cabinet and drawer liners
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Drying rack or mat



Now you’ve ventured into the room where you’ll get ready — the bathroom. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Shower curtain
  • Rugs
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Air freshener
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash
  • Toiletries (razors, shaving cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Hairbrush, accessories, and tools
  • Hand soap
  • Towels (body, hair, and hands)
  • Plunger
  • Trashcan
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Decorative items


One of the most important rooms in your new place is your bedroom! This is the one room where you will get some shut-eye, relax, do homework, or do whatever else you want to do. This is a list of what you’ll want to bring:

  • Bed
  • Bedding with pillows
  • Dresser
  • Side tables
  • Table lamp
  • Desk
  • Storage options
  • Hangers
  • Decorative items


Outdoor area

You’ll most likely have some sort of outdoor area, whether that be a balcony, porch, or deck. To make it feel more like home, here are some of the things you’ll want to add:

  • Outdoor seating
  • Small table
  • Mood lighting
  • Additional items to make it feel cozier (decorations, plants, etc.)

Laundry room or utility room

If your apartment comes with a laundry room or utility room, you’re very lucky, and there are some items you need to make sure you have:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Trash can
  • Hanging rack
  • Laundry basket


Living room

For the place where you and your friends are going to hang out, these are the items you may want to add:

  • Seating (couches, chairs, beanbags, etc.)
  • Coffee table
  • Entertainment stand
  • Television
  • DVD players, gaming consoles, etc.
  • Standing lamp
  • Additional decorations, games, etc.

Cleaning supplies

Now that you’re on your own, mom and dad won’t be there to clean up after you anymore. Instead, it’s on you. Therefore, you need to stock up on cleaning supplies. We recommend the following:

  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Duster
  • Vacuum
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Air freshener
  • Disinfectant spray or wipes
  • Floor cleaner (varies depending on the type of flooring you have)
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Dish soap

Additional supplies

Now that everything in the house is accounted for, there are just a few more good-to-have-on-hand items you’ll want to keep in your new place.

  • Fully stocked first aid kit
  • Medications
  • Air mattress (for guests)
  • Suitcase
  • Emergency numbers
  • Extra chargers
  • Storage options (bookshelves, floating shelves, etc.)
  • Internet connection
  • Ziploc bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Parchment paper
  • Candles
  • Lighter or matches
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries

For an easier time, print out this first apartment starter kit blog and check it off as you pack and move in. Once you move, show our team at MOBILESTYLES what your new crib looks like! Send us photos on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


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