Checklist of Items Needed for Your First Home
Whether you're moving from your parents' home for the first time or making that first transition from a rental unit to a home of your own, knowing what you need will make this new beginning an easy one. Too much stuff will just add clutter, while not having what you need may leave you scrambling or stretching your budget to fill in the gaps. Smart planning will provide the essentials you need in your first home.
Depending upon the home you're moving into, you may need some large items to set up your first house or apartment. While most rentals include a range and dishwasher, not all will have a refrigerator. Check with your landlord to avoid surprises before you move into your new place. You'll also need, at minimum, a place to sleep and a place to sit, so plan on a bed and linens, table and at least two chairs. If possible, you'll likely want a couch or upholstered chairs and a dresser.
This is an often-forgotten home essential, particularly if you've never been responsible for daily home upkeep before. You will need a good all-purpose cleaner. Choose one that cleans and disinfects to use in both the kitchen and bath. Add a glass cleaner, a scrubbing powder, dish soap and toilet bowl cleaner. Make sure you have a broom and dustpan, vacuum cleaner, dusting and cleaning cloths and a toilet brush. For convenient storage, tuck your supplies into an inexpensive plastic caddy. Laundry and clothing care essentials include laundry detergent, stain remover, a basket and hangers.
Whether you live in a house or an apartment, a few basic tools will help you handle basic home repairs. The most important of these, in everyday terms, is the toilet plunger. You should also have a hammer, flat-head screwdriver, Phillips-head screwdriver and a pair of pliers on hand. Depending upon your rental agreement, you may also want a picture hanging kit or no-residue adhesive strips to hang pictures. Homeowners may find that they need additional tools and supplies for maintenance, without the benefit of a landlord to call.
Stocking your kitchen will allow you to prepare simple meals at home, save money and stay healthy. You need, at minimum, a saucepan and a skillet, plates, bowls, glasses, silverware and cups. Small appliances, like a coffee pot or toaster, are a good idea if you need or will use them. Include a can opener, at least one good knife, a cutting board and a dish drainer. A few wooden spoons, a spatula, measuring spoons and a colander or strainer are helpful. You'll also want a kitchen trash can and trash bags on hand. In addition, pick up salt, pepper, oil and other pantry essentials right after your move.
The bathroom has its own list of must-haves. You will need at least two bath towels, plus hand towels and several wash cloths per person in the household. Stock your preferred personal supplies and items, including bar soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene needs and hand soap. When you're planning your move, don't forget the toilet paper. Tuck at least two rolls into the bathroom box or one into an "open immediately" box for your first home.
Let us know if we missed any basics in the comments and good luck in your new 1st home!