ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

First Apartment Essentials

Updated on September 9, 2014

Making Your First Place Home

Setting up your first apartment is a fun and exciting time. You've been waiting for a long time to get into your own place and now, it's finally come true! I remember all those truly wonderful, freeing and slightly scary feelings I personally felt when I was handed the key to my first place. It felt like someone had given me the key to my new life, literally opening the door to a new adventure. Well, ok it might not be quite as dramatic as all that, still, it is quite a change with new responsibilities that go along with it.

Whether it's two rooms or a sprawling penthouse, it's all yours, and you have the freedom to do what you want in your new space.(within reason of course..lol). What a wonderful feeling!

Ok, so where do you start? Furniture, of course, you need furniture, you knew that. But you've already figured all that out.

You need your clothes, stereo system, computer, all stuff that you use everyday.

A television of course, dvd player, video games, ipod. Check.

Jewelry, make-up, razors, shaving cream,shampoo, moisturizers, a toothbrush, Check.

Great!

Now, what about the other things that most of us, when we lived at home, never gave a second thought too because these things were just always there for us to use?

When I was living at home I never gave a second thought to the paper towels on the counter or the hand soap on the sink. Chances are you never gave these things a second thought either.

It's all these little things that we use everyday that, as unglamorous as they may be, are essential to running a household. This article is about those little thought of, and, often forgotten things that can get lost in the excitement of moving into your first apartment.

The Front Door and Beyond...... - Entryway - Kitchen - Bathroom - Bedroom - Laundryroom

The best place to start with your checklist in hand is at the front door. Think of what your day to day activities will be from getting up in the morning to coming home every evening. Do you have a coat closet to hang your coat in when you come home? Is there a place to store your shoes that you kick off at the door after a long hard day at work? Will you need something to wipe your feet on? Is there space enough for a message/device charging center with a place for reminders, bills, keys and other essentials?

Will you need a lot of cooking utensils and bakeware? Pots and pans? Or will you be eating take-out most of the time.

Do you have hardwood floors? Carpeting? Laminate? Tweak your list accordingly. All these things that already exist will help you determine what you need to buy.

For instance, if you have hardwood, laminate or tile floors then you might want to get an area rug or two. If you have carpeting then you can skip the area rugs and put your money somewhere else.

You are probably going to need many more things than you figured on, so if you're on a budget determine which items from the list below that you can do without for now. Don't drink coffee? Skip the coffeemaker for the time being.

As you step from room to room with your checklist you may also spot some things that pertain to only your space. For instance, maybe the bathroom doesn't have a toilet tissue holder, or the kitchen has no space for spices, or the bedroom doesn't have curtains. Customize your list to suit your needs.

Ok, so here we go with the dreaded list of things you're going to need. Some are. absolutely essential and others are secondary.

Have fun! This is your first place!

  • ENTRYWAY

    * Freestanding or wall hung coat rack

    * Tray, cubbies, shelf or a large decorative lidded container to hold shoes

    * Tilt-out shoe storage cabinet

    * Storage Bench

    * Doormat or rug

    * Umbrella holder

    * Lamp

    Some Non-Essentials to add later:

    * Mirror

    * Small table with drawer

    * Small cabinet to hold items you need evedryday like keys, umbrellas, shoes, etc.

  • KITCHEN

    * Garbage can, bags

    * Soap dish, sponges, scour pads, cleaning products, mop, bucket, duster

    * Pot holders, tea towels, dish rags, throw rug, placemats, tablecloths, blinds/curtains

    * Dish Drainer, Dishpan, dish liquid, dishwasher liquid

    * Can opener, toaster, microwave, blender, mixer, coffee maker, tea kettle

    * Ice cube trays, butter holder, salt/pepper shakers, shelf/drawer liner

    * Utensils, wooden spoons, pizza cutter, chopping knives, colander, plastic containers, cutting board, trivets, measuring cups/spoons, vegetable scrubber

    * Silverware, Serving spoons, silverware drawer divider, canisters

    * Baking pans, cookie sheets, pizza pan, casserole dishes, roasting pan

    * Pots, pans

    * Serving bowls, mixing bowls, platters

    * Dishes, soup bowls, mugs, glassware

    * Paper towels, wipes, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, lunch bags, zip storage bags,

    coffee filters, tea bags, garbage bags Cookbook? :-)

    * Spices, salt/pepper, oils, vinager, flour, baking soda, sugar,

  • BATHROOM

    * Wastebasket, bags, toilet brush and holder, bathroom cleaners, bath mat, tub mat, soap dish, tissue, toothbrush holder, bath towels, wash cloths, hand towels, hand soap, over the door hooks, shower curtain, curtain rings, plunger, dirty clothes hamper/laundry basket, scale....and of course toilet tissue!

  • BEDROOM

    * Sheets, pillow cases, blankets, pillows, bedspread, full-length mirror, wastebasket, alarm clock, shoe organizer, underbead storage bin

  • LAUNDRY

    * Laundry baskets, bags, laundry detergent, bleach, softener sheets, spot remover, drying rack, iron, ironing board, empty spray bottle (for dampening clothes).

Don't forget to stock the fridge with staples like catsup, mayo, mustard, eggs...

Heart of the Home

Setting up an Efficient Kitchen

There's nothing cozier than sitting in your own kitchen sipping a cup of tea, reading the newspaper with the delicious scent of cinnamon buns baking in the oven wafting through the air. Since this is your first home of your own, you may never have cooked much or at all before, therefore haven't really thought about how a kitchen should be set up. There is a way to store items in your kitchen that will save you steps and frustration whether you cook a great deal or just here and there.

Your kitchen will be the most used or visited room in your new home..

Whether you are planning on cooking a lot or not it's best to set your kitchen up for convenience and efficiency.

Store glasses, cleaners, sponges, near the sink, the coffeemaker as close to the sink as possible, coffee filters near the coffeemaker.

Store flatware, dishes, placemats nearest to the table; pot holders, cooking utensils, spices, pots and pans near the stove.

Knives should be placed near the cutting board near or on the prep area. Items used often should be stored within easy reach. Lesser used items should be stored up high or in the deepest part of your cabinets.

If possible set your garbage can up as close to the sink or your prep area as possible. This will save you a lot of steps when preparing meals. If your kitchen is small with little storage and counterspace then choose the things you buy for the kitchen wisely.

Buy items that will do double duty. Casserole dishes can be used to bake and serve food as well. Cover a cookie sheet with a pretty napkin, scrapbook paper, or tea towel and you have an instant tray to carry items or to serve food on.

Buy bowls to use for both cereal and soup, and mugs instead of cups and saucers.

A junk drawer is a must! I have a few myself. Store things like matches, rubber bands (great for securing an open bag of frozen veggies), scissors, tape, flashlight, batteries, etc.

Your kitchen will be an inviting, efficient and pleasurable space to work and relax in when your items are located conveniently.

Broom, Sweeper and Lightbulbs

Don't Overlook These !

There's nothing worse than needing to sew a button on at the last minute and you don't have a needle and thread. Or the electric goes out and you don't have a flashlight.

I saved this checklist of miscellaneous items for last so that you will take special note of them. These are things that you are most likely going to need sooner or later but may not think about during all the hub-bub of moving.

* Scissors, stapler, paper, pens, personal phone book, phone book, phone, envelopes, stamps, calculator, calender, tape, glue, rubber bands, household log

* Fire-proof box, extension cords, lightbulbs, batteries, ice cube trays, cork board,

* Tool kit, nails, picture hanging kit, measuring tape, matches,

* Candles, flashlights, clothes hangers, lamps, sewing kit, a file cabinet, dustpan, broom, sweeper

* A Plunger

* First Aid Kit

QUICK TIP

Pack one box with immediate essentials such as: Roll of toilet tissue, paper towels, mail, checkbook, pen, paper,essential paperwork, personal phone book, phone,chargers,daily planner, snacks, paper plates, plastic forks, flashlight, batteries, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.

A Good Thing

Look into getting renter's insurance. Most people overlook this thinking that they don't really have anything of value. Take stock of what you have. Write it all down in a log, take pictures for your records. You may be surprised at what you have and how much it would cost to replace those things.

Your Excitement is Contagious

Family and Friends Love to Help. Don't be Afraid to Ask!

I was inspired to write this Lens while talking to my Niece Erica who is moving into her first apartment soon. It made me think back to the time when I moved out of the house and set up my own first apartment. I don't remember thinking about the necessities, the toaster, the dish rack, the simple everyday things that were supplied at my parents home by, of course, my parents.

I noticed she wasn't thinking of those things either.

Truly, I had no idea what I "really" needed. My thoughts were more on the lines of freedom, decorating, having friends over and finally being all grown up and on my own. The excitement of moving out overshadowed all practical thinking.

I was 20 and ready to start my life. Who thinks about plastic wrap at 20?

My niece's excitement over her first place is contagious! I've been scouring through my house making up boxes of various items that I had put away and will most likely never use again. She will be glad to have these items and I will be glad to get rid of them. Win-win situation.

Check with family and friends for small appliances and houshold items like; sweepers, microwaves, blenders, coffeemakes, dishes etc,.

I personally have more sweepers than any "normal" human being should have, not to mention pretty much two of everything else, and I know I'm not the only one, so speak up! Put the word out, you never know what little treasures you'll be given.

I'm actually having fun going through my items and seeing what my niece could use. Chances are your family and friends will feel the same way.

This is an exciting and fun time for you. Enjoy the process. You'll make mistakes here and there when setting up your place, but these are always fixable. And you will still probably forget to buy something you need. Don't stress about it, you can always get it later.

Really, there is only one thing you absolutely, positively have to rememeber to buy above all others on the checklist. Yes, you guessed it. Toilet tissue. Crucial.

Never leave home without it. '-)

Great Items for your Entryway - ............and Beyond!

Tvilum Springfield Storage Cabinet, Beech
Tvilum Springfield Storage Cabinet, Beech

Great for entryway or bedroom. If too tall for entryway there is a shorter version.

Also think about other things you could slide into these compartments like scarves, gloves, clutch bags.

 

More Stuff on Amazon - I Need Some New Stuff Too! ;-)

Don't forget the toolkit! ;-)

Lipper International 8813 Bamboo Folding Dishrack
Lipper International 8813 Bamboo Folding Dishrack

Great for limited space. Just fold up and put away when you're finished!

 

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Tell Me What You Think - Come on in......

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Kelsey Farrell profile image

      Kelsey Elise Farrell 2 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great ideas, I'd also recommend looking into a portable microwave cart if you have limited counter space. I recently helped my friend move into her apartment and she has such small space that we found a cart to hold all of her larger appliances and it can be moved around the kitchen/dining room to make space.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @Sunset_Apartments: sunsent...thank you !

    • profile image

      Sunset_Apartments 4 years ago

      Nice job on lens keep on doing...

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm glad to hear that you have that excitement about moving to your new place. Good luck with your adventure!! Thank you so much for the great comments...it really means a lot.

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well this may sound silly, but at the age of 45, after being married for 17 years, I am going to be moving into an apartment. This was the first article I read, and yes I know what I will be needing. But I have that excitement, & your article was an outstanding tool helpful to ANYONE, whether your 20, or 40! Very helpful!!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Melly, I am so happy that this lens helped! Knowing that is my reward ;)

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      Brilliant, definitely would have missed out on some important items if not for these tips, thanks so much! :)

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @uneasywriter lm: Uneasywriter, thank you for the compliment. I appreciate your taking the time to comment!

    • uneasywriter lm profile image

      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      Some great tips! Nice job on this lens should help some of those leaving the nest!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      Shelterguru,,,thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I am really happy that you found this lens helpful. My goal was to focus on little thought of items...things we take for granted...but of course I somehow expanded into other items as well. I do hope to write another related lens in the near future. Thanks again for stopping by and leaving a comment, it means a lot.

    • profile image

      shelterguru 4 years ago

      Believe2255, This was an awesome lens with tons of great tips. I was reading a blog www.livinginchico.com/blog/ about the benefits of apartment living, and I'm glad I found this lens to help with decorating my apartment. The amazon products were a great touch to give me an idea of what I could get. Thanks for posting.

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      really helpful but what about the living room? I know its mainly common sense but you never know!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Mika, glad that you found this lens helpful. The livingroom consists mostly of furniture and whatever you find functional for that aspace, whether you're using it to just relax in or use it as a space that has many functions. Actually, some people's first apartments don't have a specified "livingroom"..some are in fact just one large room to do everything in. This lens is not about decorating, but about buying the essentials you need for your first place. I didn't get into furniture because that is pretty much a given. Livingrooms usually have places to sit, a tv, possibly a lamp or two, etc...depends what you're using it for. Maybe a desk might fit in so you can use it for double duty, or a bookshelf. I will work a on a lens about stting up different rooms in the apartment.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @starelectric1: 5starelectric...I'm really glad that those tips helped you. I might elaborate and write a whole lens on it. I learned this from running from one side of the room to the other too lol. ;)

    • starelectric1 profile image

      starelectric1 4 years ago

      I used your tips on organizing the kitchen, I'm always running to one side of the kitchen to the other when I should just keep the cooking stuff close by my stove.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Patricia, glad this lens helped. Good luck in your new place!

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      I recently moved into my own place and at first I thought of the big obvious things. However, i knew there was more I would need,but I just couldn't think of everything. Luckily my family helped out a lot. Great advise & list. My second shopping trip is today & I just added a few more things from your list. Thanks a bunch :)

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Shana, I'm glad that this lens was helpful! Good luck with your move!

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is very helpful. Im moving out within a few weeks and there were some essentials that i forgot to write down form my major shopping trip.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Brit..lol. Gotta have plastic wrap! ;)

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      Plastic wrap! I forgot plastic wrap! Thanks for the list! Moving out this weekend and need to make that big first shopping trip to the store for the "essentials".

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Trisha I'm so glad that this lens was a help to you!

      Good luck on your move...and much happiness and health in your first place!

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you. my son is soon moving into his own flat and although I have done lists etc for and bought certain items there were a few things i did not think of

      a) mat at front door

      b) coat hooks/coat hangers

      c)ice trays

      d) tool kit

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Wendy, I know what you mean some things you just don't think of !

      Thank you so much for commenting ;)

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Mom thank you I'm glad you found this Lens helpful ;))

      I appreciate your nice comments.

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm moving into my first place next week and I am glad I came across your list!!! I thought I had it all written down and I was good to go, but I missed a few important things!! Thank you.

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think your info is great. I'm a mom moving a 20 year old into her first apartment. I thought of most things but missed others that I picked up by using your list. I found it very useful.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree, buy what you need. Don't drink coffee skip the coffee maker

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Jo!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Junebugg...sounds exciting! Glad that the lens was helpful!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Kimberly, I'm glad that this lens was helpful to you, good luck on your move!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: LMA I'm glad that this was helpful to you! Good luck with your first place, and thank you for commenting!

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is all good and well BUT there are a lt of things you don't need to buy if you're concerned with being green or frugal. My toaster broke and I learned that bread in a dry frying pan = great toast! Only buy what you really need rather than collect a bunch of junk that's going to break. Buy the essentials and make a list of things you wish you had. When something makes that list more than a few times go ahead and get it. Even though the thought of buying a ton of stuff is exciting it's not necessarily the best idea.

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      awesome info

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Haha im twenty as well and moving by myself to a trendy neighbourhood! Thanks for the list im really excited

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      moving into my first apartment and this was perfect cause i knew i wasn't thnking of everything i needed. thankyou!!

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for this information. I am currently planning to move out of my parents home into my first place but didn't have the first clue as to what I would actually need, of course my priority was food and kitchen items. Some of the things that you have put on your list are things that I would never have thought of, like the essentials of cleaning products.

      Thanks very much, this was very helpful and I will definitely be referring to it for future reference.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: AMS thanks for the great comments, I'm really glad that you found this lens helpful, and I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Katie glad you liked it!

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for taking time to put this info together. I am helping my son and fiancé move here from out of state and set up their first apartment. This list saved me from having to spend time trying to make my own list for them. I hadn't thought of the flashlight, candles, sewing kit. It was great to find these suggestions in one place!

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome! Thanks!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Ciara, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate you're taking the time to leave such a nice comment, it means a lot. I'm also very happy that this lens helped you. Good luck with the move.

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      My boyfriend and I are getting ready to move into our own place. Just like D.M, we really don't have anything. Your list helped me a lot. I love making lists and on my list, I found that I forgot simple things like cleaning products, a vacuum, sheets and ever paper products. Now I have a somewhat thorough list and I do feel a lot better knowing that when we do move we won't forget most of the basics. I'm so glad you posted such a detailed list. Thanks! :)

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: D.M. thank you so much for the great comment, I really appreciate it! I'm so glad that this lens was helpful and I want to wish you and your husband goodluck with your move and much happiness in your new home!

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      My husband and I are moving into our first place the 14th of this month with basically nothing but our clothes, a laptop and an Xbox. Lol This was extremely helpful and I had a lot of fun going through it and creating something I enjoy: a list! :D Even if we can't get everything at once (important stuff first) this made it a lot less stressful for me. Thank you for this! <3

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The future Mrs. Johnson, thank you so much for taking the time to make a comment about this lens, I'm very happy that you enjoyed it and want to wish you luck in the future!

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is verry helpful im twenty and ready for freedom thankfully my grandma is a organised hoarder, i wanted a checklist to make sure she didn't push off to many of her unwanted items on me..

      thanks a lot

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @laundrysink1: Laundry sink thanks for visiting my lens, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Also thank you for taking the time to comment, I really do appreciate it.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Danielle I'm glad you found some tips to help you, thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @AnzE02: AnzE02 I'm so glad that this lens was helpful to you! Thank you very much for talking the time to comment, I really appreciate it.

    • AnzE02 profile image

      AnzE02 5 years ago

      This is really a helpful lens.

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is great! Thank you for all this. I just wrote down a whole lot of stuff that I needed. THANKYOU

    • profile image

      laundrysink1 5 years ago

      your lens sure was fun to visit this morning, thank you indeed.

      laundry sink

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow Angela, you are really prepared! Good for you! Best of luck to you in your new place!

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      so helpful, im 18 and going to be moving out soon with my girlfriend. it maddde me laugh that you said you were 20 and what 20 year old thinks they need plastic wrap because im 18 and iv got a whole stock up of laundry detergent scrubbies dish soap towels, bleach and all these other things most 18 year old arnt thinking about as well for people who are moving out i suggest couponing i have probaby over $100 worth of everyday essentials and haven't spent over $20 dollars on iv gotten 10 bottles of purex laundry deterget this week all for free because i had 3 dollar off coupons and they were on sale for $3 at shoppers. i couldn't imaginge moving out without coupons.

      really awesome list helped with the few things that are really out of an 18 year olds thought process, ie- dish rack or a shoe rack, my mom puts my shoes up for me cause i don't use the closet rack for them.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Nicole thank you for the nice comments. I'm so glad that this lens was helpful! Good luck to you!

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks, you never think how much a checklist would help me. i am a very neat person. it is hard not to forget your needs when it being your first time moving away from my parents after high school and college are both completed. so i tell you again. Thank -you:)

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Congratulations on getting your new place Jen! You're right it is an adventure...and adventures are supposed to be a little scary and exciting at the same time. When I was your age I was still living at home and never thought about where the dish liquid came from or how miraculously there was always TP in the closet ...so don't feel bad. ;) I'm glad that my lens was helpful! Good luck to you !

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the nice article. I am moving into my first apartment at the start of September and I am both excited and nervous. Looking back on all I've taken for granted while living my mother(albeit paying rent since 19) has made me overwhelmed realizing all the things I'll be solely responsible for. Being a bit older than 20 I've also felt some shame for not working on some of these things sooner. :/ Still, I'm coming around to it pretty well as I've started work listing all the essentials I'll need. It's even feeling like somewhat like a fun adventure in the process. So thank you again for this helpful guide.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Congratulations Ryan! It is overwhelming and exciting at the same time. I'm glad that the lens helped. Good luck in your new home!

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm moving into an apartment with my girlfriend on the 26th (we've been together for 8 years). This is my first time living away from home, and I'm super excited. Your article has been very helpful. It's pretty overwhelming at first, but I think once I get moved in I'll see the stuff I'm missing more so than I do now.

      Thanks again.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Cassie, you must be excited about your new place! I'm glad that this lens was helpful to you. Yes...I agree..the "initial essentials" box is really important. If you're getting a mover, or if other people are helping you make sure you keep the box with you in your own vehicle. I would suggest putting a big red "X" on the box in case it somehow gets mixed in with the rest of your boxes. I learned this the hard way..haha. Those are the best lessons though...you tend to not forget them ;) Good luck to you!

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am moving into my first apartment in a few weeks and this has been a very helpful list of general items! I really like the idea of packing a box with initial essentials.

      Thank-you for the help!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Ash, Congratulations! I'm glad that my lens helped you! Thank you for taking the time to make a comment it really does mean a lot! Good luck to you!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh,,,I'm glad that it was a help. I appreciate your taking the time to comment! It means a lot! Good luck!

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      BIG help!!!!!!!!!! oh this was great! i am just moving into my first apartment tomorrow. this helped me so much! thank you!

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your list, big help, thanks :)

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Aly, how exciting! Thank you for commenting. I'm glad that my lens helped! Good luck with your move and have fun with it. Check back soon, I'm doing another lens on decorating your first apartment.

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      Moving into my first apartment this summer, and this checklist definitely helps. A lot of things i didn't think about that i have at my current place and will def. want when i move.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @TravelingRae: Thanks TravelingRae! That was a smart thing to do!

    • profile image

      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      Great lens! I was lucky in that my mother thought of just about everything I needed for my first apartment. We started on my 'hope chest' when I was about 15 (I moved out at 19). I think the only thing I was missing was oven mitts!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @Heatherseesthel: Thanks Heather! There is no better compliment than that! I'm glad that this lens was helpful. I'm working on one right now about decorating your first apartment on a budget....so check back soon!

    • Heatherseesthel profile image

      Heatherseesthel 6 years ago

      So glad you made a checklist! My sister is moving out for the first time and I'm forwarding this on to her. You're a very helpful writer, Believe2255! :)

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      @dperry1: hey im moving into my 1st ever apartment with my 2 year old and im so excited/nervous i no im going to forget something iv got so much to do between now and the 2nd of luly which is when im moving its going to be so hektic i haven't got a clue what im going to do with my little boy im dredding it and looking forward to it at the same time any tips please and thanks

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Congratulations Sarah! I know it is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time! I'm glad that this lens was helpful to you. All I can say is...don't rush things....get your essentials and...enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! ps. I'm working on a lens right now for decorating your first apartment or home on a budget.

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just bought my first apartment yesterday! I am so nervous excited!! I need all the advise I can get thans so much it was really helpful! i realised that I don't have pots!! hehe, i have most of the other things tho! THANKS!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @stephenteacher: Thanks StephenC. I know what you mean...it seems just when you think you have everything you need other things pop up that you never thought of!

    • stephenteacher profile image

      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Terrific lens! I remember way back when in my first apt. I was constantly making a list as I went along.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for your comments Lucas. I think I was around 22 or 23 when I finally moved out of my parents home, and, like you, I didn't know how to cook or do anything..lol. I learned through trial and error...which I think is what most of us did. I hope when you do move out someday that you'll remember to come back to this lens ;) . Good luck to you.

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      i just graduated last march and i love to move out from home but i think i'm yet that oriented and prepared to lived alone without my parents and my side.I don't know how to cook for myself and i don't enough money to pay for an apartment and utility billing Well this lens help me to to be aware on what to do.Thank for the info.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: It is amazing ..you're right! I know that I learned the hard way,,,but after my very first move I always remembered to pack that "essentials" box for when you first get into the place. There's nothing worse than searching through boxes for paper plates or your toothbrush when you're dead tired and ready to call it a day. With a few essentials at your fingertips makes things a whole lot easier.

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      It is amazing how much we can plan and cut down the surprises while moving to our first abode.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @SteamerforClothes: It is amazing all the little things we forget and take for granted. I'm glad that you liked my lens and appreciate you're taking the time to comment....it means a lot.

    • profile image

      SteamerforClothes 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens!! It's really amazing all the things we overlook before moving into a new place. Thanks for your time!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @CuriousCookie LM: Thank you curiousCookie for taking the time to comment, I'm glad you liked it.

    • CuriousCookie LM profile image

      CuriousCookie LM 6 years ago

      What a great lens about items we often overlook and yet use all the time.

    • CuriousCookie LM profile image

      CuriousCookie LM 6 years ago

      What a great lens about items we often overlook and yet use all the time.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      Suzy, hearing that this lens was useful to you really makes my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I truly appreciate it. Good luck with your move.

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have to say after just reading this article how pleased I am to be able to put it to good use! I am moving after 15 years and letting go of some things, thinking to myself as I happen upon this site...that I just need essenntial checklist...going to a smaller place. Again thank you so much.

      Suzy

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @WorldVisionary: Thank you WorldVisionary for taking the time to comment, I really do appreciate it.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for taking the time to comment Melissa, I'm glad you found this lens helpful!

    • profile image

      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I wish I had seen this when I got my first apartment. Blessed by a Squid Angel

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is an excellent article! I am moving into my first place in 3 weeks and you have given me so much information! I actually bought several of your suggested items already, some the exact same brand color... everything!! Thanks for the info!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @ElizabethSheppard: Thank you Lizziebeth I'm happy that you liked the lens and I hope that it helps your daughter in her new place. I appreciate you're taking the time to leave a comment.

    • ElizabethSheppard profile image

      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I think this lens is really good. The part about looking into Renter's Insurance was good too. I am planning to send this to my daughter, who recently moved into her first apartment.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 6 years ago

      @kyreyz: Great idea! Thanks for the input. It certainly would be a challenge working with that much of a limited budget. There are huge bargains to be had at Thrift stores and dollar stores that would definitely stretch the dollar. I used to work for a thrift store and we would help furnish veterans with household goods when they were setting up an apartment. For a mere 50 bucks worth of vouchers they were able to get just about everything they needed.

    • profile image

      kyreyz 6 years ago

      This is a great list, however I challenge you to purchase what is needed if you are 18 and have no family. Try to go to the dollar store and thrift stores and see how much you can save by looking for bargains. Thousands of foster youth in our country emancipate without homes every day. If you could try this and they can see it on the net, it would be great! Because target is not an option when you have $200 and your clothes in a backpack. An article on using this list with a limited buget would be great and encouraging to these youth and other youth who are trying to get out of poverty.

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 7 years ago

      [in reply to nikelover] Nike, thank you for the kind words, I truly appreciate it!

    • sneakerz profile image

      sneakerz 7 years ago

      I Love this lens. When I moved into my first apartment I was so excited. I thought I had everything I needed, but everyday I had to head out to target to pickup something essential. This is great!

    • dperry1 profile image
      Author

      dperry1 7 years ago

      [in reply to little kid from brooklyn] Little kid...congratulations! I'm glad that you found this lens helpful, and I truly appreciate you taking the time to leave me a message. Good luck with you new place.