Moving your entire life from one location to another may seem like a daunting task, but it can be an easy, streamlined experience that is quite pleasant when effectively organized. Moving into an apartment unique, as there are a lot of things you don’t need to purchase. For example, you don’t need to worry about most major appliances or yard maintenance equipment. But you may feel a bit overwhelmed by the question “What do I need”? Here is an essential list of things to consider when making your move. 

Moving Supplies

You might be tempted to go by grocery stores and various vendors asking for boxes and containers to pack your belongings in, but a moving kit might be the better option for you. The boxes are sturdy, have uniform dimensions and didn’t previously contain various items that might have a residual effect on your possessions. If you do not want to purchase a prebuilt kit, make sure you have the following items on hand to make the packing and moving process easier:  

  • Sturdy boxes 
  • Strong packing tape with a dispenser 
  • Permanent markers 
  • Old newspapers or bubble wrap for breakables 
  • A wardrobe box 

A great thing about buying a moving kit is that you can flatten the boxes and store them for future use. 

Room by Room

Your new apartment will feel like home once you’ve gotten everything you need. It is frustrating to settle into a new place and feel like everything is in its place just to realize that you forgot something. You know you need a bed, a sofa, and a television. But, don’t forget: 

Living Room  

  • TV stand or mounting equipment 
  • Lamps and proper lightbulbs  
  • Appropriate hangers for decor 
  • Comfy seating for guests 


  • A basic kitchen kit 
  • A set of dishes and complementary flatware 
  • Garbage can and appropriately sized bags 
  • Food storage containers 
  • Dish rack, sponges/scrubbers and soap 


  • Sheets and a cozy comforter/quilt 
  • Nightstand and alarm clock 
  • Hangers for clothes 
  • Full length mirror 


  • Wash cloths and towels 
  • Laundry Hamper 
  • Personal hygiene products 
  • Shower caddy 
  • Trash can with bags 

“Junk Drawer” & Miscellaneous  

  • Batteries 
  • Tools  
  • A sewing kit 
  • Lightbulbs 
  • Cleaning supplies 

Safety First

Preparing your new home is more than just décor and comfort, please don’t forget to consider the possibility of an emergency. You should always be prepared with the following items even if they are provided by your rental company:  

  • A stocked first aid kit 
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Smoke Alarm (with fresh batteries) 
  • Bottled Water 
  • Flashlight, matches, candles

There are many resources available online including handy printable checklists to streamline your moving experience. The links provided here are simply suggestions to get you started. Everyone is different and has unique needs, so go forth and use this guide as an outline to fill your apartment with the things you need to make “the new place” feel like home.  


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