Must Haves for Your First Apartment

This is an exciting time. Moving into your first apartment will open the doors for new experiences and meeting new people. There are plenty of benefits to renting an apartment, but it does require some planning. It can be easy to get caught up decorating your bedroom but there are some other important things to remember when moving in to your first apartment.

It is only fair to warn you, there is a bit of a learning curve… The stove could heat up faster than you’re used to. You might forget to check your mail daily. No matter how prepared you think you are, you’ll likely forget something. That’s why we wanted to help. This article explores the must haves for your first apartment.

The kitchen is the hardest room in a house to properly stock. There are many items you won’t realize are M.I.A. until you need them. Some apartments, such as The Livery, will offer a dishwasher. If your new apartment has one, it could affect how many dishes you buy. If, for example, it’s just you on your own and you don’t have a dishwasher, then you can get away with one or two coffee mugs, because we tend to hand wash dishes faster than machine wash. If you do have a dishwasher though, then you may need a few mugs, as you want to wait until the dishwasher is full before you run it.

Make sure these items are on your list.
– COOKWARE: You’ll need a big and a small pot, plus a large frying pan at minimum. We’d also recommend one large oven safe dish such as a glass casserole dish, but it doesn’t hurt to have one big and one small one.. Measuring cups, and a cutting board (preferably two, one for meat and one for everything else) are also important to have on hand.
– BAKEWARE: You’ll likely need at least one baking sheet, but if you love to bake, then two will be necessary. Other items in this category depend on personal preference. Muffin tins, bread pans, and mixing bowls depend on how often you bake. Don’t forget the oven mitts!
– UTENSILS: Knives, forks, and spoons are easy to remember, but chef’s knives are easy to forget. You don’t need an expensive set when starting out, just ensure you have one serrated (for bread), one pairing (for fruits and veggies), and one chef’s knife (everything else). Vegetable peelers, ladles, spatulas, and tongs also fall under cooking utensils.
– DISHES: You’ll probably want big and small plates, bowls, Tupperware, glasses, and mugs.
– DISH CLEANING: Even if you have a dishwasher, you’ll still need a drying rack for the items that aren’t dishwasher safe. Dish towels, wash cloths, a sponge or dish brush and soap are also must haves for the kitchen.
– MISC: You should also consider miscellaneous items like a coffee maker, kettle, garbage can, bread box, etc.

It’s nice to be able to head out and purchase brand new, stylish, durable provisions, but that isn’t always reasonable for most new apartment dwellers, such as you. It’s likely that you will learn some lessons the hard way, such as putting a non-oven safe dish in your oven. So, you’ll be thanking yourself for collecting your kitchen essentials from relatives, garage sales, or non-profit home improvement organizations such as the Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa ReStores.

You’re going to fall in and out of love with different cleaning supplies as you go. If you do not have carpet, you can probably get away with not having a vacuum, simply sweeping and mopping instead. For general cleaning, you will probably want to stock the following in your cleaning cupboard:
– Sponges and rags.
– Bucket.
– Multi-purpose spray.
– Glass cleaner.
– Dish soap.
– Baking soda and vinegar (for a tough natural cleaner).
– Rubber gloves.
– Wood cleaner (for any wooden shelves or surfaces.

This is often the easiest to stock in your first apartment, because it’s likely you’re bringing your current bedroom with you. Aside from furniture such as your bed and dresser you’ll likely need a bedside lamp, laundry hamper, curtains, and hangers.

Check out pictures or blueprints of your apartment online. Seeing its layout or how it is currently decorated can be a great eye opener for the items that will come in handy.

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