Essentials You Absolutely Need For Your First Home
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Moving into your first apartment or home can be a very stressful, yet exciting time. If you’re anything like me, perhaps the most exciting part of the entire process, next to actually obtaining the keys in hand, is planning out all the fun decor. Some pieces are truly timeless and will never get old as it comes to home life, and oddly enough, some of my favorite things were gifted by way of friends and family who knew exactly what would come in handy.

Now that I’ve been in the game for a while, here are a few household items that have been in heavy rotation that you should consider purchasing for your humble abode. These may seem like no-brainers, but you will be surprised by how many things you never knew you needed.


  • Vacuum
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and mop bucket
  • Cleaning cloths and sponges
  • Disinfectant, bleach, all-purpose cleaner


  • Utensils (forks, spoons, knives)
  • Plates, cups, mugs, wine glasses
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic wrap and aluminum foil
  • Tupperware
  • Cutting board
  • Spatula, cooking spoon, tongs
  • Oven mitts
  • Measuring cups
  • Can opener and bottle opener
  • Coasters
  • Stove cleaner
  • Fire extinguisher (also, ensure smoke detectors throughout home have fresh batteries and are in working order)
  • Trash bags
  • Blender, juicer and/or coffee-maker


  • Laundry hampers
  • Dryer sheets, detergent and bleach
  • Clothes hangers and pins
  • Iron and ironing board


  • Toilet paper
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Toilet brush and plunger
  • Shower curtain (plus liner and rings)
  • Bath mats
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Full-body length mirror
  • Scale


  • Hammer and nails
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Screwdriver and pliers
  • First aid kit (fully-loaded)
  • Heavy-duty tape


  • Welcome mat
  • Plants
  • Candles
  • Lamps
  • Wall art
  • Decorative pillows and throws
  • Comforter and sheet sets


  • Couch and chairs
  • Tables and end-tables
  • Dining room and/or kitchen table(s) + chairs
  • Rugs
  • Bed
  • Nightstand
  • Television stand (or you may want to have the t.v. professionally hung)
  • Bookshelf
  • Desk and office chair


It can be overwhelming, and it is perfectly fine to pick up things little by little in piecing together your ideal space. Do you have anything you would add to this checklist?