Essential Purchases When Moving into Your First Place

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What to Buy for Your First Apartment

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Moving into your first place is exciting. However, it is also expensive--besides laying out your first month's rent and security deposit, you'll have to purchase furnishings and supplies. When calculating your budget for moving in, it's a good idea to sit down and make a list of everything you'll actually need to determine your expected costs. Read on to find out some of the most important things you should buy for your new place so you can be better prepared!


One of the most important things you'll need for your new place is furniture. Your home won't be very cozy without a comfy couch to cuddle up or a table to enjoy your meals.
  • Sofa. One of your biggest investments when moving into a your first place, a sofa can be pretty costly. While you may be tempted to go with the cheapest bargain couch you can find, remember that sofas get a lot of use and wear out pretty quickly. You're better of f investing in a slightly more expensive, higher-quality couch that will last you longer than a cheap, bargain-bin sofa you'll have to replace within a year.
  • Tables. Your new apartment will likely need a dining table, coffee table, and possibly several end tables. If you are on a budget, you may acquire some decent finds at a thrift store--tables are easy to refinish, paint, and make like new again. Plus, you can always cover them up with a pretty tablecloth.
  • Bed. Another hefty purchase, a good bed is imperative to ensure you receive a full, peaceful night's sleep. Consider your options, needs and space when bed-shopping--do you need cabinet storage under or behind your bed? A fancy headboard? A cabinet? Weight your needs/desires with your space and budget to choose the best bed for you, and remember comfort should always take priority over aesthetics.


Many apartments already come equipped with major appliances--such as a refrigerator, washer/dryer, or dishwasher. However, you may need to buy your own smaller appliances, depending on your needs.
  • Microwave. Essential for anyone that prefers convenience above all else, a microwave comes in handy when you rather not slave over a stove.
  • Blender. Perhaps not a necessity, a blender is useful for making smoothies, homemade sauces, whipped cream, and margaritas! If you plan to have any of these things in your life, a blender should have a place in your kitchen.
  • Food processor. If you fancy yourself a bit of a chef, a food processor is an essential kitchen staple to make cooking your favorite meals a breeze. Consider your needs when choosing a model--food processors come in a variety of sizes, with varying speeds and blade attachments.
  • Toaster oven. If you're not keen on microwaving everything, a toaster oven is a useful compromise between convenience and quality food. If you live alone, you can prepare almost any meal for one in your toaster oven rather than your conventional unit.
  • Coffee machine. Can't get started in the morning without your daily cup of joe? A coffee-maker will be an essential purchase. If you live alone, you may want to consider a single-cup brewing system--quick, easy, and no wasted coffee!


Unless you want to be ordering takeout every night, you'll need some kitchen staples to prepare your meals.  Necessities include:
  • Pots and pans
  • Baking dishes/pans
  • Utensils
  • Knives
  • Silverware
  • Dishes
  • Glasses

Bedding and towels

Your new bed won't be very comfortable without a quilt and bedsheets. Whether you require a fancy comforter set or just a cozy blanket and sheets is up to you--but having a few sheet sets in your closet can be convenient so you aren't constantly washing the same one. The same goes for towels--buy several sets so you aren't tossing them into the washer every other day.


If your apartment isn't carpeted, you may want a few vibrant area rugs to brighten up (and soften up) the floors. Plus, small throw rugs in the bathroom and the kitchen--such as in front of the sink and tub--are useful to prevent water damage.


Lighting fixtures in apartments often leave something t be desired--spruce up your decor by adding several stylish lamps. A combination of table lamps, standing lamps, and wall sconces can create a layered lighting scheme and allow you to create any atmosphere you wish--from brightly-lit to ambient and cozy.

Cleaning supplies

Now that you have your own place decorated just as you wish, you'll want to keep it clean! Be sure to get the appropriate supplies and products to keep your apartment spick and span, such as:
  • A vaccuum
  • A broom
  • A wet mop
  • A dry/dust mop
  • Dust pan
  • Dust rags/cloth
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Bathroom cleanser
  • Toilet brush
  • Wood cleaner
  • Floor cleaners
  • Sponges
  • Dish soap
  • Steel wool pads

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on May 6, 2015 - Moving Expert
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