Moving into a new apartment in the new year? Here are a few things you’ll want to be sure to have around on your first day! If you’re moving from an old apartment into a new one, be sure to label your boxes well so that you know where to find the essentials. You may also want to pack these things together. If you’re moving into your first place, be sure to buy these right away since you’ll use them every day.
In the Kitchen
- A few easy meals such as frozen dinners or packaged dinners from the counter at the grocery store. These are a bit less expensive then take out from a restaurant and just as easy for the end of long days of unpacking.
- Drinks: coffee or tea for the morning, milk, juice, soda and plenty of bottled water. Make sure you have the drinks you like on hand.
- Snacks. Moving day is a great day to splurge a little and give yourself some of your favorite treats. After all, carting your boxes around burns about 400 calories an hour.
- A microwave oven. If your apartment doesn’t have on in it, this is a great investment.
- Paper towels.
- Dish soap.
- Silverware and a couple of plates, bowls and glasses. If you have some from your last apartment, make sure you know where to find them. If not, you may want to start out with a few inexpensive, heavy-duty plastic dining sets.
- Garbage bags.
In the Bedroom
- A lamp, especially if you’re bedroom doesn’t have an overhead light.
- A few books and magazines since it can sometimes take a couple of days to get the internet and the cable hooked up.
- Clothes for the next week. Consider packing a suitcase for your first week so that you don’t have to dig through your entire wardrobe in search of socks.
In the Bathroom
- Toilet paper. Though asking for a roll can be an interesting way to meet your neighbors, better if you’re not dancing on their doorstep when you first introduce yourself.
- Tooth paste and a tooth brush.
- Shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
- A bath towel and a hand towel.
- A rug so that you don’t flood the bathroom floor your first morning in your apartment.
- A shower curtain if your apartment doesn’t have one.
In the Living Room
- A set of speakers that you can plug into your iPod or smart phone. This way you can listen to music while you unpack and while you get settled into your new place.
- A comfy place to sit. If you don’t have furniture, a bean bag chair is a great first piece of furniture though you’ll want to get some more furniture in the apartment before you throw your housewarming party.
- A lamp—again check to see if your apartment has an overhead light. If not, it’s going to get dark that first evening.
- A game or puzzle to relax with, especially if you have some friends or family helping you move.
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