The Ultimate New Home Checklist

So I recently moved into a new apartment! (Hold your congrats)

Anyway, I made this list of everything that I needed to make sure I had in my new apartment and I kid you not, checking off one thing at a time was so satisfying.

Because of the stress of moving, we need to latch onto anything positive. That’s why I wanted to share this list. To help you feel the satisfaction of filling up your home with essentials.

If you’re planning a move and are interested in it being stress-free, here are some other articles you most certainly need to check out:

Now, onto the new home checklist…


Ordering takeout is a fun tradition when moving, but nothing beats a homecooked meal. Be ready to channel your inner chef with the following kitchen essentials:

  • Cabinet and drawer organizers
  • Cutting board
  • Cooking utensils (spatula, spoon, whisk)
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Drying rack
  • Flatware, plateware, and cups
  • Kitchen towels
  • Mixing bowls
  • Oven mitts
  • Paper towels and paper towel holder
  • Shelf liners
  • Spice rack
  • Trash can


Though one of the smallest rooms in your new home, bathrooms require several items to make them feel homey. Even forgetting one of them can put you in a tough spot!

  • Air freshener
  • Bath and hand towels
  • Bath rug
  • Hand soap
  • Loofahs
  • Plunger
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Shower hooks or rings
  • Shower rod
  • Soap dish
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet brush and holder
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Towel bars/racks
  • Trash can


A good night’s sleep is crucial to feeling happy and healthy, so make sure you have everything you need when you’re ready to hit the hay.

  • Blankets/comforters
  • Duvet covers
  • Mattress/air mattress
  • Mattress protectors and pads
  • Pillow protectors and pillowcases
  • Sheets


Moving to a new home is the perfect time to reorganize your closet! Whether your style aligns with Marie Kondo or the Kardashians, these items are a must:

  • Accessory organizers
  • Clothes hangers
  • Door hooks
  • Door mirrors
  • Drawer and shelf organizers
  • Shoe rack
  • Space bags
  • Storage bins


It’s easy to overlook the windows in your new house. However, giving them a bit of attention will give your home both privacy and style.

  • Blinds and shades
  • Curtain rods
  • Curtains and drapes
  • Tie backs
  • Window hardware


Perhaps the previous owners or renters weren’t the cleanest and left a mess when they left. Basic cleaning supplies will keep you and your home looking fresh!

  • Cleaners (bleach, glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, etc.)
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Gloves
  • Hamper
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Lint roller
  • Mop
  • Sponges
  • Vacuum cleaner


It’s easy to forget the seemingly random odds and ends when moving, but these household items will prepare you for almost anything.

  • Basic tools (pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, hammer and nails, sandpaper, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Clocks
  • Extension cords
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Heaters/fans/humidifiers
  • Home security system
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Light bulbs
  • Smoke detectors
  • Step stool
  • Surge protectors
  • Wifi router

Living Room and Other Home Decor

Last of all, don’t forget your home decor! This is what really makes your new home your own, so here are a few items to get you started:

  • Area rug
  • Bookcases
  • Coffee table
  • Door mat
  • Furniture
  • Lamps/lighting
  • Picture frames/wall art
  • Shelving
  • Side tables

Be Ready to Move In with New Home Essentials

Settling into your house is a breeze with a new home checklist! It’s got you covered so you don’t forget basic household essentials in the midst of the move (because we’ve all been there before). What items do you consider essential in a new home? Let us know in the comments section so you can help others!

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