The Minimum Apartment Essentials

"There is always a sadness about packing. I guess you wonder if where you're going is as good as where you've been. - Richard Proenneke"


Let's face it - the process of moving is stressful, tiring, and always takes up more time than we are willing to offer. Have you ever considered that maybe the process is so daunting because we try and go overboard to have the "ideal living space"? Of course, when moving from one place to another you want to make sure you have all of your belongings, but for the initial move, you really only need the essential apartment necessities.


With so much going on it's easy to forget to pack the everyday instruments. Imagine unpacking boxes late into the night, getting ready for bed, and then realizing your toothbrush and toothpaste are missing. Often times we are already overwhelmed by the move so remembering to pack the bare essentials is not always the first priority in our minds. When you move in, forget about getting everything to look nice or decorations, focus on the basics that help you to live comfortably until you are able to fully settle into your new home


To help with the unpacking and organizing of the essentials we have simplified the process by doing the research for you. Below we will discuss the importance of ensuring you have the minimal yet essential everyday instruments for your apartment move.


Our checklist focuses on each room with a breakdown of the items you need for your first few weeks of living in an apartment. We are here to help you plan and organize so things are less stressful and just a little bit easier!

Let’s start with the bedroom….


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An Infographic of the basic essentials needed on your apartment checklist, from the bedroom, to the kitchen and even the bathroom.
The Minimum Apartment Essentials Infographic

The Bedroom

The primary bedroom necessities include clothing, the bed, sheets, pillows, side tables, and maybe a lamp or two. What you should pack in a separate box or bag are the following items:


  • A pillow

  • Blanket

  • Clothing for a few days including underwear!

This way you won’t have to rummage through boxes just to reach your clothes and essentials you need until you can pack your things into the new closet.

If you are looking at getting new bedroom items always consider the size of the room. However, for the initial move, all you need is a mattress for its essentiality, whereas a whole new bedroom set may be a bit nonessential.

Be sure to check the lighting. Some rooms have very poor lighting which can be taxing on your eyes. If you don’t have a lampstand or small side table lamp, think about getting one for your bedroom. Side tables hold importance as they are everyday storage that most people use frequently.

Image depicts a brown colored room with two lamps sitting on end tables on either side of the bed.
Simplistic Bedroom With Great Lighiting.

The Bathroom

The last thing you need to happen after a day of moving is bathroom essentials that you just can’t find. You want to use the bathroom, but you can’t find the tissue paper. You need to brush your teeth, but your toothbrush and toothpaste are under a heap of goodies! Ensuring you have the basic necessities such as the proper toiletries readily available will make for a more sustainable move.

When you move into your apartment, keep your toothbrush, toothpaste, and tissue paper separate so you can find it quickly and easily. You may also want to bring a bottle of disinfectant along to clean the shower, floors, and toilet before using it.

Other essential items that you will need for the next few weeks include:

  • Towels

  • A new shower curtain and hook

  • Toilet paper

  • Bathroom cleaning agents

If you can think of any other bathroom essentials you’ll need while unpacking, please leave those in the comment section below!


The image above shows basic bathroom toiletries such as toothbrush, toilet paper, Q-tips and etc.
Bathroom Toiletries Are Definitely an Apartment Essential.

Living Room

This is the last room you need to be concerned about when you move. Your living room will probably look like a tornado moved through it for the first week or two but that’s OK.<