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Necessities When Moving Into a New Apartment

Oct 19, 2020

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Moving into a new apartment can be an exciting time for you and your loved ones. You’ve probably already thought about how your place will look, your new neighborhood and the happy memories you’re going to create. But the process can also be overwhelming when trying to remember all of the things you need to make your new apartment feel like a home.

There are several necessities you should have when moving into a new apartment. You know you’ll need the basics like a bed, a kitchen table and a couch for the living room, but a new place may require some items that you haven’t thought about.

What you need will largely depend on your previous living situation. Are you moving out of your parents’ house and into your first apartment? Will you have a roommate or multiple roommates? How much space do you have? Your new apartment necessities may vary, based on your specific arrangements, but with the right supplies, you’ll be prepared and relaxed.

The moving and storage experts at Oakley Relocation can help you accomplish any residential move and this post will give you all the advice you need.

New Apartment Necessities Checklist      

One of the easiest ways to get ready for a move is by creating a list of things you’ll need for your new apartment. Use this checklist to keep track.

The kitchen is an easy place to start, because everyone loves to eat and you’ll likely have guests over.

Kitchen Items

  • Plates, bowls, utensils (dinner and serving)
  • Water glasses, wine glasses, mugs and cups
  • Frying pans, pots, baking trays, cookware sets
  • Cutlery and a cutting board
  • Food containers and bags for storage
  • Foil & wraps
  • Measuring cups
  • Can and bottle openers
  • Dish towels and a drying rack
  • Table & chairs
  • Coffee station
  • Ice trays
  • Counter appliances: toaster, microwave, panini press, blender, etc.
  • Waste basket, recycling collector and garbage bags
  • Paper towels

Next, you can mark off anything you’ll need for the living room. If you have roommates, make sure to check with them and see if they can provide any of these.

Living Room Items

  • Couch, chairs and other living room furniture
  • End tables, coffee tables
  • Rugs (especially for wood floors)
  • Wall art, photos
  • TV & TV Stand
  • Bookshelves, storage space
  • Audio system
  • Entertainment center
  • DVD players and video game systems
  • Additional lighting: table lamps, floor lamps, string lights
  • Coasters, magazines

When you’ve bought items for any shared spaces, you can move onto your bedroom. Remember, you will spend a lot of time in your room sleeping, studying and lounging, so you want to be as comfortable as possible.

Bedroom Items 

  • Bed: mattress, box spring, mattress pad (for additional comfort)
  • Bedding set: comforter, throw pillows, sheets, blankets
  • Dresser
  • Nightstand
  • Desk, reading chair
  • Lamps
  • Personal TV
  • Closet hangers, shoe dividers, clothing bins
  • Laundry basket
  • Mirror
  • Wall decorations
  • Alarm clock

When you move into your new apartment you may have a shared bathroom or a personal bathroom. In either scenario, remember to bring these items.

Bathroom Items 

  • Toilet paper
  • Towels, wash cloths, loofah
  • Towel hooks, bars, brackets
  • Shower curtain, rod, hooks and liner
  • Bathmat
  • Shampoo, body wash, soap
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Grooming accessories
  • Toilet seat cover
  • Plunger
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Storage for supplies

New Apartment Needs

If you’ve checked the above items off your list, you should be in pretty good shape. However, some of your most important belongings may be special heirlooms that are essential in creating a welcoming home environment.

Maybe you need to move expensive artwork, antiques or a piano. Oakley Relocation can assist with specialty moving services so your valuable items reach your new residence safely.

Other necessities to remember when moving into your new apartment include miscellaneous items. Always remember to stock your new place with cleaning supplies, home office supplies, tissues, laundry detergent and dryer sheets, disinfectant, a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.

California Apartment Movers

Moving is a big step and one requires a lot of mental and physical energy. Ease your load by calling professional movers.

At Oakley Relocation, we are a women-owned moving and storage company that knows what it takes to get the job done. Founded with decades of moving experience, we are a certified North American Van Lines agent serving San Diego County, Orange County and the Inland Empire. If you’re ready to move, contact us for a free quote today or give us a call at 858-602-1010 for more information about our services.

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