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New Apartment Checklist

by | Jun 3, 2024 | Parenting, College Kids

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New Apartment Checklist

It’s time to move out of the dorm and get an apartment!!! I have compiled a complete New Apartment Checklist to assist you as you navigate the aisles of IKEA, Target, and order from Amazon. And best of all, the list is printable!! I have gone through stocking apartments with my sons and my daughter several times. They have lived in both furnished and unfurnished apartments. When we needed to furnish the apartments, we bought furniture from IKEA, Craig’s List listings, Amazon, and the Container Store.

A friend of mine said her daughter used the checklist in preparing her wedding registry.

You can get the New Apartment Checklist HERE.

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New Apartment Checklist

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Here are some items to consider as you shop and gather items for your apartment. You will not necessarily need everything on this list, but the list will help you answer: What do you absolutely need for a new apartment?

New Apartment Checklist: Furniture

Some apartments will be completely furnished, some partially furnished, and some will not have any furniture all. IKEA and Craig’s List are great places to get reasonably priced furniture.

  • Cool Gel Chill Memory Foam Mattress: We have bought 2 of these mattresses. They are easy to ship, a great price, and are very comfortable.
  • Bedframe
  • Nightstand
  • Dresser
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Armoire (if there is not a closet)
  • Dining table and chairs and/or barstools
  • Couch
  • Chairs
  • TV
  • TV stand
  • Coffee table/end tables

New Apartment Checklist: Kitchen

  • Skillet
  • Sauce Pans
  • Crockpot
  • Indoor Grill:  My sons have used their indoor grills more than any other appliance. It is an easy and quick way to grill chicken breasts, cook hamburgers, make grilled cheese sandwiches, etc.)
  • Airfryer: A great apartment cooking gadget. Great for heating frozen food to crispy perfection. It is also an easy place to cook one chicken breast.
  • A Cookbook like How to Cook Everything: The Basics
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Cooking Utensil Set
  • Can Opener
  • Pot Holders or Mits
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Pizza Pan
  • Silverware
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Microwave (Check to see if the apartment provides one.)
  • Paper Towel Holder
  • Strainer
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish brush or sponge
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Food Storage
  • Trash Can
  • Trash Bags

New Apartment Checklist: Living Room

  • Streaming device
  • Lamps
  • Rug

New Apartment Checklist: Bedroom

Check the size of the bed if the apartment is furnished. Some are twin XL and some are full-size.

New Apartment Checklist – Bathroom

  • Towels
  • Bathroom Drawer and Cabinet Organizers: The Container Store or Target are great places to shop for these
  • Makeup Organizer
  • Trash can
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Bath mat
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Shower curtain
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Toilet plunger
  • Toilet paper

New Apartment Checklist: Closet

New Apartment Checklist: Desk

New Apartment Checklist: Cleaning Supplies

  • Vacuum
  • Bucket with cleaners and rags or sponges
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Swiffer

New Apartment Checklist: Laundry

  • Laundry bag and/or hamper or basket
  • Clothing Steamer: We have mostly given up ironing at our house and use this wonderful steamer for all of our de-wrinkling. Our kids have asked for this same steamer as gifts and love theirs.
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Ironing pad
  • Drying rack -there are some things I taught my kids to hang instead of drying, plus, you never know when the dryer might be on the fritz!

New Apartment Checklist – Storage Ideas

New Apartment Checklist: Comfort and Decor

New Apartment Checklist: Other Practical items

The first goal of setting up an apartment is to purchase just enough items to make the apartment comfortable and functional, but not more than you need. Take the New Apartment Checklist with you to the store or use it as you order online.

It can be helpful to have the dimensions of apartment rooms, closets, cabinets, and any furniture provided. If you have this information, take advantage of it, and plan out the room. If not, work with whatever information you have knowing that you can always go to the store or order additional items after you move in.

Get the New Apartment Checklist HERE.

Best wishes as you and your child shop and prepare for their new apartment and may the apartment not be on the 3rd floor!

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