Adulting 101: First Apartment Essentials Checklist

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Adulting 101: First Apartment Essentials Checklist


Whether you’re moving out straight from home or upgrading from a dorm room, there’s nothing sweeter than scoring your first apartment.


And the best thing about that first apartment is making it your own. Personalizing your space with the furniture, art and style that is all you. That’s the fun part. 


What’s not so fun is having to buy all those little every day necessities. Shopping for sheets, toothbrush holders and toilet plungers isn’t too sexy. But you’re going to need them (especially the first time your roommate clogs your toilet up).


But we’re here to help with a handy list of all those little things you’ll need to get your little Shangri-la up and running. Our list is broken up by room and includes the basics along with the things you won’t realize you need until you don’t have one.




  • Table and chairs (if you have space for an eating area or breakfast nook)
  • Pots w/ lids (small, medium and large)
  • Skillets (small, medium and large)
  • Dishes set (should include plates and bowls)
  • Silverware set (4 to 8 set)
  • Knife set (should include chef knives, bread knife, paring knife and steak knives)
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cups, measuring spoons and a large liquid measuring cup
  • Glassware (drinking glasses)
  • Coffee mugs
  • Colander (strainer)
  • Spatulas
  • Tongs 
  • Large wooden spoons
  • Baking sheet
  • Toaster 
  • Dish towels
  • Cleaning supplies (dish soap, sponges, scrubbing pad, disinfecting cleaners, etc.)




  • Pint glasses
  • Shot glasses
  • Wine glasses
  • Coffee Maker/Keurig
  • Blender
  • Water filter/pitcher
  • Cheese grater
  • Tea kettle




  • Towel set (matching)
  • Bath mat
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Water cup
  • Shower caddy
  • Soap dish or dispenser
  • Toilet plunger
  • Toilet scrubber
  • Shower curtain + liner (don’t forget the hooks)
  • Trash can
  • Bathroom cleaners (toilet bowl cleaners, window cleaner, shower scrubbers, etc.)




  • Bed frame
  • Mattress
  • Mattress pad
  • Sheets (2 sets)
  • Comforter (often you can get a comforter/sheet/pillowcase matching set)
  • Pillows
  • Laundry hamper
  • Dresser
  • Night stand
  • Alarm clock
  • Lamp
  • Fan
  • Hangers
  • Door hooks
  • Full-length mirror
  • Plastic totes (use under bed or in the closet for organizing and storage)
  • Shoe rack




  • Couch or chair
  • Area rug
  • Coffee table
  • Floor Lamp
  • Bookshelf or free standing shelves
  • TV and TV stand
  • Throw pillows
  • Coasters




  • Curtains/drapes 
  • House plant(s)
  • Art (wall, decorative pieces)




  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop w/bucket
  • Swifter
  • Trash can
  • Ironing board
  • Iron 
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Door mat
  • Keys holder/hooks
  • Surge protector power strip


It’s surprising how long a list of essentials gets, isn’t it? But those are the things you’re going to need a one point or another. A way to make shopping for these items less daunting is to break it up by room, doing the most important ones first.


Work your way through the list and when you’re done you’ll be set. It’s your first apartment – enjoy it!



There’s nowhere better to get your first apartment than at Red Road Commons Student Living in South Miami, FL. Style and sustainability, lavish amenities and services, beautiful spacious apartments in the heart of South Miami just across the street from the University of Miami – it has everything on your list.


Take our virtual tour then stop by for a guided visit. You’ll definitely check “Need an apartment” off your list when you see what we have to offer.

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