You did it! Finally, after months of searching and planning and filling out acres of paperwork, you finally have your own place. Now comes the fun part – figuring out what you need. Don’t wait until you’re in your apartment to realize you don’t own a spatula (or a frying pan, for that matter).


Here are six must-haves for your new place:


A bed. If you’ve ever played the Sims or Minecraft, you know step one is setting up your bed. This goes beyond having a mattress, box spring, and frame, though. You’ll need a fitted sheet, a top sheet, pillowcases, blankets, and a comforter. You’ll also have to put the bed together, which brings us to item number two.


Item number two: A toolkit. Even if you don’t consider yourself handy, you’ll need a toolkit with:


  • at least two screwdrivers (Phillips and flathead, and a hex key might come in handy as well)
  • a hammer
  • nails
  • wall hooks
  • a tape measure
  • pliers
  • an adjustable wrench
  • a utility knife
  • a level
  • a ruler



Third Item: Kitchen supplies! You need:


  • plates (you can purchase a table setting for four, which usually includes coffee cups and even bowls)
  • Glasses (water glasses, wine glasses, maybe some plastic cups)
  • Silverware
  • a can opener
  • a sauce pan
  • a frying pan
  • knives
  • a cutting board
  • a spatula
  • measuring spoons and cups
  • dish towels
  • toaster
  • a coffee pot (if you drink tea, a kettle)
  • scissors
  • a vegetable peeler
  • if you cook a lot, thermometers (meat, candy)
  • garbage bags
  • paper towels
  • dish soap (and dishwasher soap if your rental has a dishwasher)
  • spices (at the minimum, salt and pepper)
  • pantry basics (bread, milk, sugar, eggs)


Number four: Bathroom supplies: soap, toilet paper, towels, a shower curtain, bath mats or rugs, a toilet brush and cleaner, and a toilet plunger (don’t wait until you need one to get one)

Five: A sofa and chairs for the living room

And finally, number six: A television (unless you are fine watching everything on your phone or iPad)