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First Apartment Checklist – 10 Things You Need For Your First Apartment

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When you first get your own apartment, there are certain things you’ll need to make it feel like home. No matter what you do, though, your place will always be missing something — unless you live alone, in which case that something would just be another person! If you don’t have roommates, though, these 10 things will help your apartment feel more like home and less like just someplace to sleep at night.


1. Renters Insurance

One of those first apartment essentials is renters insurance. Just like standard homeowners insurance, a policy for your rental property covers your belongings in case they’re damaged or stolen. Though it’s not legally required, you’ll want to have it anyway because it will protect you against accidents that could happen on your landlord’s property — say, if he doesn’t keep up with necessary repairs.

Make sure to read and understand all of your policy’s fine print before signing up so you know exactly what type of protection you have and whether or not any special clauses exist. Then file away everything in a safe place so you can be ready when disaster strikes! It may seem silly now, but being prepared can save you a lot of hassle later.



2. Lamps

As you think about which essentials you’ll need for your first apartment, don’t forget to pack some lamps! Make sure that there are enough outlets for all of your lamps (you don’t want to be left in a dark situation). Ideally, you should have at least one lamp per person or space.

If possible, try to find floor lamps because they provide more flexibility when it comes to arranging your furniture. Floor lamps also take up less room than table lamps and can easily be moved if you decide to rearrange your living room. In addition, make sure that any light fixtures in your first apartment are either dimmable or adjustable so that you can adjust them based on how much light is needed.


3. Kitchenware and Cookware

When you first move into your apartment, you might not have much in terms of kitchenware and cookware. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable options out there—so if you’re shopping on a budget, make sure to stock up on non-perishable food items and standard kitchen accessories. (For example: small appliances, silverware, dishes, etc.) Luckily for you (and me), I wrote a whole post about it! Check it out here.



4. Cleaning Tools

So you’ve found your place. Awesome! Now it’s time to start putting together your tool kit for keeping it clean and tidy. Make sure to include all of these items in your first apartment essentials checklist: a broom, dustpan, vacuum, mop, cleaning supplies (like a towel and sponge), dust cloths, scrubbing pads and carpet cleaner. Set aside an hour or two every week to deep clean at least one room of your apartment.



5. Storage Bins and Boxes

Moving into a new apartment is like moving into a brand-new house. Everything’s different! That said, you don’t want to bring all your belongings with you when you move in. First of all, there probably won’t be room. Second of all, it feels nice to make your own space over time, rather than being bombarded with every last piece of furniture and knickknack from your parents’ basement or attic.




6. Bed Sheets and Pillows

It is well known that comfortable sleep contributes to our health and well-being. If you’re using bad quality sheets or pillows, chances are you are not getting a good night’s rest. Invest in some high quality bedding. They will not only improve your sleeping but also make your apartment feel cozy and put together. Quality bedding doesn’t have to be expensive!



7. Mattress (A Good One!)

The first thing to consider is whether you want a mattress that is designed to be hard or soft. Hard-sided mattresses provide great support for your back, but some people find them too firm, making it difficult to sleep on. Soft mattresses are more comfortable, but don’t provide much support and can make it easy for your spine to become crooked over time.

The mattress is often one of your biggest purchases when it comes to furnishing an apartment so take your time choosing one that is right for you and your budget. Do you like a harder mattress or softer? What’s important is that you have a good nights rest in order to wake up refreshed and ready for work each morning.



8. Bathroom Essentials

All apartments are going to come with a bathroom. But if your new place doesn’t have one, don’t worry. Just make sure you get these essentials before moving in: toilet paper, soap/shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Oh, and don’t forget towels! Having at least two is a good idea—one for showering and one for drying off after washing up. It also helps to keep some extra toilet paper in a nearby closet or drawer just in case you run out mid-bathroom break.




9. Laundry Items

Living in an apartment means that you’ll have limited access to laundry facilities. Detergent, stain remover, and other items are necessary for keeping your clothes clean without taking a long trip to a laundry mat.

Pack several of these essentials so you can avoid doing loads of laundry every week. If you do live in an apartment with on-site laundry facilities, be sure to check out what machines are available—and which ones will cost extra.



10. Internet Service

Getting high-speed internet is a pretty important part of apartment living, so if you’re a renter and don’t have internet, it might be time to find new housing. But there are some things to consider when choosing between different internet providers. First, look at download speeds; 15 Mbps or less might make it tough to stream video without lagging or buffering.

Then think about price; some companies charge based on how many devices you want to connect at once and how much data you want per month. The more people in your household who use Netflix—or any other streaming service—the more you should expect to pay for your internet service each month. Finally, check out customer reviews online before signing up with an internet provider.