Things to Buy When you Move

things to buy before you move

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new apartment and realizing that you don’t have everything you need. Here’s a basic shopping list of things you’ll probably need within your first week. If you brought some of these things over with you, great! If not, get yourself to a discount store (such as a dollar store, thrift store, or warehouse store) and stock up.

stuff to buy before you move

  • dish soap
  • sponges
  • foil and plastic wrap
  • plastic baggies
  • paper towels
  • garbage bags
  • a garbage can and a recycling bin
  • a can opener
  • a corkscrew
  • a cutting board
  • a medium-sized pot and medium-sized frying pan
  • wooden spoons
  • plates, bowls, cups, and silverware
  • a set of knives
  • a microwave
  • a few take out menus



  • toilet paper
  • hand soap
  • facial tissue
  • shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • a plunger
  • a garbage can



  • lightbulbs
  • laundry detergent
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • a mop
  • a broom and a dust pan
  • a vacuum cleaner
  • lamps (if your new place doesn’t have overhead lighting in every room)

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(Image Source: Simply Sadie Jane)

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