The Complete Moving List for a First Apartment

My baby boy just moved into his first real apartment! When my son was in college, we moved him from a dorm to a fraternity house and then he lived in houses with a bunch of roommates. Now, he has his big boy job in a new city! We are so proud of him and wanted to help make sure he had everything he needed to survive on his own! Here’s the complete moving list we used to make sure he had everything for his first apartment!

We ordered and purchased things from Etsy, Amazon, Target, Home Goods, and Dillards. We were also happy to pass on some unused furniture and other items he would need from our house. The basement and attic and provide quite the “consignment feel” shopping experience. The following list will help you furnish all the rooms for your first apartment!

Here’s Your New Moving List for your First Apartment

But First – Make it Personal!

Bourbon Barrel Wall Hanging & Small Bourbon Bar

First, think about how to make your new home a bit more personal. While you are collecting all the things that you will need for your first apartment give thought on how to make it your own style.

Ask yourself these questions. Do you have interests that could help you nail down your style? What are some of your loves and talents? What are your favorite colors? Where are you from?

My son has a lot of interests! He is a Kentucky boy with a love of all things aerospace, too! We enjoyed helping him collect bourbon barrel wall hangings, created a small bourbon “bar” and ordered some cool airplane prints for his walls. He mixed in a little of his college memorabilia – Roll Tide! – and quite a few books so he was surrounded with things that make him comfortable and happy in his new home. Did I mention he also added a puppy? You might want to wait on this one! She sure is cute, though! If you need a puppy training crate, here’s one similar to Luna’s.

The new puppy that came shortly after the new apartment!

Keep reading for the complete moving list to help you furnish your first apartment.

Kitchen Moving List

There are a lot of things you’ll need in a first apartment kitchen. It is no longer easy to pop over to the frat house for a buffet meal or dine on fast food and college bars every night. Your wasteline and wallet won’t stand for it. Stock up on everything a new or experienced cook might need to make meals at home and eat healthy!

  • Cookbook
  • plates, bowls
  • silverware
  • glasses
  • wine & drink glasses
  • food storage containers
  • measuring cups & spoons
  • pot holders
  • tongs
  • spatula
  • serving spoons
  • knife set
  • spices
  • baking sheet
  • casserole dish
  • cookware set
  • utinsel crock
  • cutting board
  • toaster
  • coffeepot/Keurig
  • whisk
  • trashcan
  • paper towel holder
  • dish towels
  • waffle maker
  • Ninja blender or Nutribullit
  • hand mixer


Most things in a bathroom are personal toiletries a young person already has from college living or living at home. You can also add these few things if you were sharing spaces with others in a new bathroom when moving to that new apartment.

  • shower curtain/liner
  • bath towels/hand towels
  • washcloths
  • bathmat
  • toilet bowl brush
  • hamper
  • scale
We couldn’t resist the cute shark rug! My boy has a little sense of humor as well!

Living Room/Dining Area

The living and dining areas of a new apartment may be the things to share cost with if you have a roommate. Make sure these things are on the list to collect for your new living space.

  • couch
  • end table
  • table & chairs
  • TV/TV stand
  • coffee table
  • area rug
  • lamp
  • floor lamp
  • clock
  • bookshelf
  • centerpiece
  • plant
  • chair/ottoman
  • bar/counter stools
  • curtains
  • throw pillows
  • throw blanket
  • wall art
Moving List for First Apartment Living Room
I know… I know… the couch became his in college when we got a new one. It is ugly, but my son LOVES how comfortable it is! Quite the little bachelor pad.

Bedroom Moving List

These are the must haves for your bedroom. Make sure your new bedroom is comfortable. You’ll be spending a lot of time here.

  • bed/mattress
  • bedding
  • sheets
  • pillows
  • dresser
  • desk/chair
  • bedside table
  • hangers
  • mirror
  • lamp
  • trash can
  • curtains
  • wall art
Cool bedroom for a first apartment

Cleaning & Miscellaneous

Cleaning may not have been at the top of the list while in college, but being on your own gives a new sense of responsibility and no one will be doing this for you. The apartment is yours to take care of! There are SO many products out there, but you won’t need everything. Some products will do double duty. Here’s a list of all the things that help keep an apartment spic and span without going overboard!

  • vacuum
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • detergent
  • Febreeze
  • broom
  • swiffer
  • dustpan/duster
  • mop bucket
  • cleaning rags
  • Furniture wipes
  • Clorox wipes
  • glass cleaner
  • Multipurpose cleaner
  • shower cleaner
  • sponges
  • trash bags
  • flashlight
  • candles
  • scissors
  • tape
  • dishsoap
  • dishwasher soap
  • dish scraper
  • hand soap
  • body soap
  • lighter
  • light bulbs
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
Cleaning products for a first apartment.

Have fun using this complete moving list to help you furnish and stock up on everything you need for your first apartment! Visit Etsy, Amazon, Target and Home Goods after shopping your family’s basement to get stocked up!

This complete list for your new apartment should be the ticket for getting you started in your first new home! Hope that this helps make your new move much easier!

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