ultimate “oh fuck i just got my first apartment and all i have is one change of clothes and a third sock” checklist

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CLEANING

  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Hand soap
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Wash cloths / rags
  • Vacuum
  • Dustpan
  • Lint roller
  • Sponges

KITCHENWARE

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Plastic wrap
  • Ziplock baggies
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towel
  • Tupperware
  • Ice tray
  • Oven mitts
  • Potato peeler
  • Mixing bowls
  • Frying pan
  • Pot
  • Baking sheet
  • Whisk
  • Stirring spoons / ladels
  • Tea infuser ball
  • Measuring cups
  • Strainer
  • Cutting board
  • Coffee maker
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Magnets
  • Dry erase markers
  • Sticky notes
  • Microwave
  • Wire sponge
  • Trash bin
  • Recycling bin
  • Rubber gloves
  • Silverware organizer
  • Measuring spoons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wax paper
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Containers for salt, sugar, flour, etc.

LIVINGROOM

  • Sofa
  • Rocking chair (you know you want one)
  • Loveseat
  • Coasters
  • Blankets
  • Throw pillows
  • Coffee table
  • Book shelves
  • TV
  • TV stand
  • Floor lamp
  • End table
  • Stereo system / radio

BEDROOM

  • Mattress
  • Box spring
  • Bedframe
  • Linens
  • Sheets
  • Comforter
  • Hangers
  • Laundry hamper
  • Trash bin
  • Curtains
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Night table
  • Alarm clock
  • Lamp
  • Dresser
  • Coat rack
  • Desk / vanity
  • Comfy chairs

DININGROOM

  • Dining table
  • Minimum of 2 chairs
  • Coasters
  • Placemat
  • Tablecloth
  • Tea lights /candles and candle holders

BATHROOM

  • Face clothes
  • Towel
  • Soap bar
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bin
  • Plunger
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Cold, flu, pain, and allergy meds
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • First-Aid kit
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Band-aids
  • Shower rod
  • Shower curtain
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Period products
  • Bathmat
  • Air freshener
  • Trash bin
  • Towel rod
  • Towels

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Elastic bands
  • Stapler
  • Stables
  • Paper clips
  • Needles and thread
  • AA / AAA batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Extension cords
  • Scotch tape
  • Duct tape
  • Shovel
  • Rake (if you have a yard)
  • Stain remover
  • Jar of courters for laundry mat
  • Screw drivers
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Sticky tack
  • Screws
  • Box cutter / X-acto
  • Pliers
  • Wrench
  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Welcome matt
  • Shoe rack
  • Coat rack
  • Flashlight
  • Flashlight batteries
  • Watch batteries
  • Rechargeable batteries and charger
  • Safe place to discard dead batteries
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Lighter
  • Mini travel fans
  • Real fans
  • Emergency Survival kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Landline phone
  • Window air conditioner
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Fire alarm

FOOD STUFF

  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Baking soda
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Olive oil
  • Tea
  • Jam
  • Peanut-butter
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Vegetable soup
  • Tomato sauce
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Crackers
  • Chickpeas / lentils
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Granola bars
  • Juice
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Frozen meats

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I feel like this is the adult test. You’ve been living on your own or with roomies for a few years now, you should have figured it out by now. How many of these things do you actually have

Go to the Dollar Tree (everything is $1) for most of this – Groceries and kitchenware and bathroom – get a cheap card table that includes chairs from Walmart until you can afford a proper dining table. When my roommate and I got our place it only cost us about $400 for everything including futon, dining table, and entertainment center – all kitchenware was about $150 put together. The Dollar Tree will save you I promise!!!

The Dollar Tree is too expensive! For small stuff, ask your older relatives if they have any old dishes and things in a box somewhere. Next, go to a thrift store/charity shop. Find the store in the fanciest neighborhood you can get to and go there first. Not only can you find whisks and bowls and pans and things for even cheaper than you can find them at the Dollar Tree, but you can find good quality things that won’t fall apart after two weeks.

True story: When I moved into my first college apartment, I went to a thrift store and bought four sets of eating utensils for like $3. None of them matched, but they were all in good condition. One of my roommates went to Walmart and bought six sets of eating utensils for like $9. But they were new, right? Anyway, the first day it got cold and we tried to stir our hot chocolate mix into our water with those crappy Walmart spoons, the silver coating on the spoons literally dissolved in the water. Then everyone fought over my utensils for the rest of the year until I had to hide my favorite fork under my bed between meals. (Maybe I didn’t have to do that, but I felt like I did.)

You may be lucky to find good furniture at a thrift store as well. I’d recommend Craigslist for used furniture as your second option. However, I do know that card tables are handy in their portabillity, if you think you’ll move a lot.

tl;dr: Used nice stuff is better than new crappy stuff.

—Elise

I NEVER thought of going to a rich neighborhood thrift store , that’s ingenious.

You know, this is a lot of great life advice–and you can use it in your writing. If you’ve never moved into a new place on your own, this is a great way to learn about what people typically need in their first home.

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