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Moving Tips: Things to Know when Moving to a New Apartment

Updated on June 9, 2018
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Items you Need the First Morning in your Apartment

There are some things you simple cannot live without in your new home the first night you arrive there.


  • Cups and plates
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Kettle
  • Coffee maker
  • Tea towels
  • Toaster


  • Bath towels
  • Bath mat
  • Shower mat
  • Face cloths
  • Shower curtain


  • Sheets
  • Pillow cases
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Duvet
  • Folding bed or blowup bed


  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Jam
  • Tea
  • Coffee

If you returning home after college, moving for a new job or if it’s your first time leaving home, then you'll find that having a prepared list or itinerary can make things go more smoothly in the long run.

There might be something each morning you cannot go without, like a cup of tea or coffee or a hot shower. If that's the case, then you need to ensure you bring the items with you so you can stick to your routine upon awakening in your new place.

When moving house, it can be nice to leave teabags,coffee, biscuits and milk for the new incoming tenants.

Anything that is non essential can be boxed up and later transported to your new place by the moving company.
Anything that is non essential can be boxed up and later transported to your new place by the moving company. | Source

Organizing your Move to your New Apartment

Leaving your current place and buying or renting a new place, then here are a few tips to follow to make your move as seamless as possible. The more organized you are now the less hassle you will have unpacking on arrival at your new place.

  1. Create as index list for each room
  2. Organize boxes according to each rooms
  3. Write out on each box what room it relates to
  4. Have one box with all the first night essentials you will need for your new place

Kitchen Equipment

Kettle | Coffee Maker | Toaster | Cups | Spoons | Knives

Breakfast Items

Milk | Sugar | Tea | Bread | Butter | Jam

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Kitchen Ware
Kitchen Food
Toilet Paper
Coffee Maker
Hand Towel
Bath Towels
Duvet & Cover
First Aid Kit
Bath Mat
Cleaning Products
Knives, forks & spoons
Shower Curtain
Pillow cases
Folding Bed/ Blow-up Bed
Oven mitt
Shower Mat
Can opener
These are just some essential items that every room will need when spending your first few night in your new place.

Moving from Another Location

If you're moving from one city to another, then you might have to wait a few days before the delivery company delivers all of your stuff. If that's the case, then you need to bring some essential items that will last you a few days.

In this box of one week essential items, you need to include kitchen, bathroom and bedroom items.

You can pop into your local grocery store for lunch and dinner produce once you learn how to find your way around your new area.

Make sure you pack everything securely in your car so it doesn't get damaged.

Bring plates and cups with you for your first night in your new place.
Bring plates and cups with you for your first night in your new place. | Source

Unpacking your Kitchen Items

Once you arrive at your new place the first thing you will do is unpack this box and put the items from the box into the correct rooms.

Set up your coffee maker, toaster and the kettle on the counter. Wash out all the cupboards and place your dishes and cups in them.

If you have a utensil holder you can pop your knives, forks and spoon in here for the time being.

If you're moving to a new town or city, then you might decide to pack the essential kitchen items you will need for a night or two into a box and then bring it with you in your car to your new place.

If you’re lucky to get an apartment fully furnished with dishes and utensils, you might put these in a spare drawer or your utility room instead of using them as some landlords can factor in the condition of these items when you start looking for your deposit back.

Moving to Home you Built

If you've built your own home, then you won't have to worry about moving every item in all at once. You can do it over a few weeks and bring things in the evening after work especially if you built your house in the same city or town that you are already in.

If you've got a month to move into your new place then you can take your time and move in over a period of weeks

Organizing your Apartment Bathroom

Set up your bathroom your first night in.
Set up your bathroom your first night in. | Source

Essential Bathroom Items

The next room you should set up is the bathroom. For the first night in your new place, you'll only need a few items while you wait for all your stuff to be delivered.

You can purchase a lot of the items you need at your local grocery store or if you have space in your car, bring them with you.

Items you can purchase/ bring:

  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Hand wash
  • Shower gel

If you're travelling by plane, it might be cheaper to buy your bathroom supplies when you arrive at your location, especially if your moving supplier isn't arriving until a day or two after your arrival.

If travelling by car, you might decide to bring some necessary items with you like bath towels, hand towels, face clothes, shower mat and bath mat if you plan on having a shower the next morning.

If your bathroom doesn't have a shower door then you are going to need a shower curtain.

You can get things like a toilet brush, a bin, and blinds and first aid kit later on in the week once you're settled in.

How to Prepare when Moving to a New Place

Dress your bed if you have one, or if you're waiting for your to be delivered, organise a blow up bed or folding bed in the meantime.
Dress your bed if you have one, or if you're waiting for your to be delivered, organise a blow up bed or folding bed in the meantime. | Source

Organizing your Bedroom in your Apartment

Some apartment might already come fully furnished with a bed already in it. If there isn't a bed in your new place, you're going to have to wait for the delivery of yours to come.

The other option for the night is to either sleep on the floor or buy a folding bed or a blow-up bed to sleep in till your own bed get delivered.

You're going to need:

  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Pillow cases
  • Blankets
  • Duvet
  • Duvet cover
  • Bedspread

If you haven't purchased a duvet, you could bring some warm throws to keep you warm for the night till you get a chance to unpack yours.

If you’re sleeping on the floor, you might want a camping mat as most floors in my personal opinion are extremely hard. There's nothing worse than trying to sleep on an uncomfortable hard floor.

It's better to be prepared and have this essential overnight kit ready prior to your moving day as none of these items are perishable. If you are travelling to a new city and you don't have a car you could bring these items in a suitcase as extra luggage. I would advise checking the fee prior to using this method.

© 2014 Sp Greaney


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    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      3 years ago from Ireland

      @raquelle149, thanks. I'm a big fan of lists!

    • raquelle148 profile image


      3 years ago

      Great hub! I like your lists of essential things. Those things is really needed when moving.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      hi marieloves, thanks. Oh I can emphasis with your there. :-)

    • marieloves profile image


      5 years ago from Canada

      Useful hub, sangre! Voted up!

      I remember when moving into our new house a couple years ago, we had no garbage bags when we needed them!

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, sangre,

      You are a very caring person. I appreciate you very much. And expect a personalized thank you note for the following in the days ahead.

      I take your following that seriously.


    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      Hi kenneth avery, thanks for your lovely comment. Will pop over and check out what's happening with ya then. :)

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, sangre,

      Loved this hub. Very informative and helpful. Voted Up and away. You are a super-talented writer, if you will overlook my usage of "super." Check your fan mail.

      Now I cordially-invite you to check one or two of my hubs and follow me.

      I would love that.


      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      hi ChitrangadaSharan, thanks. Appreciate your comment.

      It can get so stressful trying to get everything organised when moving, that I think the more organised you are in advance the less hassle it can be. Plus there's always going to be something you forget!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice and useful hub!

      I do make a list when shifting from one home to another and it is very important to make one, I agree.

      Well done and thoughtful hub with nice pictures!

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      Hi grand old lady, that's a super cool idea, but that's a long way in the future for ye. :) You're totally right there to in what you say.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      I think it's a great idea to make a list of things when you move. The hubbers and I are already thinking of having a retirement home. Now might be a very good time to start making a list, you can never start too soon and lists are easily altered, after all.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      hi WiccanSage, thanks. :)

      I'm a list lover myself, I have them for everything. Thanks for your feedback.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      hi gamerjimmy23, thanks for those great additional tips. Music is very important indeed when unpacking. : )

    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      Hey, very well done. Nice and organized, that's how I like things. Your check lists are very useful, and very cleverly done. This is an excellent work here, thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful, shared & all. Nice work!

    • gamerjimmy23 profile image

      Jimmy Gent 

      5 years ago from California

      Useful hub! Because moving is a physically demanding activity I would add deodorant to your bathroom "essential products" list. Also, bringing a radio that plays CDs or has a port to connect your iPod is a good idea since music contributes to the fun. ; ) ~ Voted up.


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