Are you sick of first apartment? Well I promise this one will be the last one for awhile. I have lots of fun projects coming up to share with you. Today I’m sharing with you the First Apartment Checklist. It’s a very comprehensive list. It has literally everything you could need. Take a look:
I used this as a guide. First thing I did was go through a figure out what I already had and what other relatives had. That knocked a lot of things off my list. I probably had already 1/3 of the items. another 1/3 of them aren’t really essential. I’d say this is more of an IDEAL first apartment checklist. Salt & pepper set? Get the cheap black and white one at the grocery store. Bed sheets? 2-3 are nice, but you only really need one. Hamper and laundry basket? You only need one. 20 piece dinner set? Pick up some odds and ends. I got a bunch of dishes at a garage sale. Nearly a full set for $10. They were lightly used, but they would do. You can also invest in plastic dishes. Same goes with 20 pieces of flatware. My aunt had a bunch of mismatched silverware. I honestly don’t care if they match. I’m just glad I have something to eat with.
Really, I look at this as more of a list of thing to work to. It’s not everything you need to begin with. You can pick up a lot of things at garage sales, goodwill etc. Don’t pay full price for frames. People are ALWAYS looking to get rid of them.
These are essential items I think you REALLY need:
Bedroom – bed, 1 set of sheets, 1 pillow, comforter
Bathroom – Towels (I’d recommend at least 2-3), shower curtain & liner (or get the combo), shower curtain hooks/rings, wastebasket, handsoap (get a cheap one for $1 at most stores), toilet brush/cleaner.
Kitchen – Can opener, 2 pots, 2 frypans, 1 baking sheet, pizza cutter, microwave, blender/food processor, measuring cups/spoons, spatula, ladle, beer or wine bottle opener, 1 casserole dish, dish soap
Home Decor – Not essential, but hit up goodwill and garage sales for these.
Cleaning – vaccuum OR swiffer OR broom (all depends on your floors), garbage can, iron/ironing board, laundry basket/bag, cleaning products (duster, toilet cleaner, bathroom cleaner)
Closet & Storage – hangers, surge protectors, extension cords, flashlight
Travel – duffle bag and/or suitcase
Dining – at least 4 plates and bowls (can be plastic and mismatched), at least 4 forks/knives/spoons (the more you have the less often you have to clean), cups
Creative tips/replacement items
Chip clips – roll the bag and use a cheap roll of tape.
kitchen timer/clock – most phones have this feature.
toothbrush holder – use a cup.
Pot holders – Use the dish towel when dry.
plates/silverware – You can buy the jumbo plastic silverware and paper plates boxes at costco for cheap. But that will be more expensive in the end.
Salt/Pepper set – Buy the cheap on at any grocery store. Really who cares what these look like so long as they work.
Endtables/tv stand – use crates or pallets to make what you need.
Picture frames – Goodwill and garage sales ALWAYS have these.
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|This is really a GUIDE. An ideal guide. Most of these items you don’t need. In my first week/two of living at my apartment I’ve learned that being innovative on how you use things. Ex: instead of buying end tables, use an egg crate and cover it with a table cloth. Pinterest is full of ideas.|
|It is a nice reference of things to look for in the sales pile, but most of these items are not essential for a first apartment. I’ve learned that creativity is really key.|