First Time Moving Checklist

Moving out for the first time is a big and exciting adventure. Now that you’ve picked the new place you want to move into, the next step is making sure you have all the things to make the move successful. On the first go, it can be a bit overwhelming with all of the items you have to think about. And there’s nothing worse than getting done with a long day of moving in to find there are no sheets for the bed.

This is why we’ve made a checklist of the items you need to have when making your first move. Keep this list nearby and you’re guaranteed not to be scrambling to find a much-needed item at the end of a long day.

Bedroom

One of the best parts about the move to a new apartment is getting to sleep in your new place the first night. Even if nothing is fully unpacked, everyone wants to sleep in their new home. However, it’s not a fun night if you don’t have all the sleeping essentials. This is why we’ve put the bedroom checklist at the top. Make sure you have these items for the bedroom for an easy transition into your new apartment.

  • Mattress
  • Sheets
  • Pillow
  • Curtains
  • Hangers
  • Bed frame
  • Box spring
  • Laundry hamper
  • Comforter
  • Alarm clock
  • Full-length mirror

Bathroom

I think we can all agree, the second most important room in the house to have set up fairly early in the bathroom. Some of these items are easy to pick up at the store, it’s always easier to plan ahead. That way you aren’t making multiple trips to the store. Or worse yet, find yourself in a soap-less situation.

  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain, rod, and hooks
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bath mat
  • Plunger
  • Tissues
  • Toiletries
  • Trash can

Kitchen

Next, we have the kitchen, which is packed full of stuff you’ll need when moving out on your own for the first time. But don’t let this list overwhelm you. If you can’t get all of them now, get the essentials like plates and silverware. Then work your way up to all the items you need in the kitchen.

  • Silverware
  • Plates and bowls
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Cutting board and knives
  • Pots and pans
  • Can opener and bottle opener
  • Coffee pot or tea kettle
  • Pot holders
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Dish drying rack

Living Room

Now that you’ve got the three most important rooms set up, you can follow up with the last room. The living room is where you’ll spend a good amount of your time. And is somewhere you might want to spend a bit more time on perfecting. While you might not be able to add all the art and houseplants when you first move in, they can be a step in the future. For now, stick with these important basics.

  • Seating
  • Coffee table and side tables
  • Television
  • Cable box and streaming services
  • Window coverings
  • Extra lighting

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies is an easy thing to overlook when you’re first moving into a place. While there are so many other things, like the bed, that you’ll need immediately, your cleaning supplies is something you don’t want to forget. Be sure to pick these items up when you’re getting all of the supplies for the bathroom.

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum
  • Mop
  • Multipurpose wipes and liquid cleaner
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet scrubber and cleaning solution
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap and dishwasher detergent
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels

Miscellaneous

Though it may not seem like something you’d need, this list is items you’ll likely want to have around at some point. Some more than others, like the batteries and light bulbs. Having these on hand makes it a lot easier than when you’re scrambling later when you’re in a fix.

  • Power strips and extension cords
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Flat and Phillips screw drivers
  • Hammer
  • Nails and hooks
  • Tape measure
  • Step stool
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight
  • Sewing kit
  • Scissors
  • First aid kit

Living on your own is a big deal and by following this checklist, you’ll be one step closer to an easy move into your next home. Head on down to the comments to let us know some of the items you didn’t think about. Or if you feel we’ve forgotten something that is on your must-have list, let us know.

If you’re looking for a new place to live, or are interested in moving to the amazing city of Las Vegas, find your next dream apartment here. And while you’re on your search for the best place to live, head on over to our post about some surprising facts about renting in the city.

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