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Setting up your first apartment can be an exciting but overwhelming task. To help you get started, here’s a list of must-have items to consider purchasing:

Kitchen Essentials:

  1. Cookware set (pots, pans)
  2. Utensil set (spoons, spatulas, ladles, etc.)
  3. Knives (chef’s knife, paring knife)
  4. Cutting board
  5. Mixing bowls
  6. Measuring cups and spoons
  7. Can opener
  8. Toaster or toaster oven
  9. Microwave
  10. Coffee maker or kettle
  11. Basic set of dishes (plates, bowls, glasses, mugs)
  12. Silverware (forks, knives, spoons)
  13. Bakeware (baking sheets, muffin tin)
  14. Food storage containers

Bedroom and Living Room:

  1. Bed frame and mattress
  2. Bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, comforter)
  3. Dresser or wardrobe
  4. Hangers
  5. Couch or seating arrangement
  6. Coffee table
  7. Lamp(s)
  8. Curtains or blinds
  9. Television and entertainment setup
  10. Shelving units or bookshelves

Bathroom Basics:

  1. Shower curtain and liner
  2. Towels (bath towels, hand towels)
  3. Toilet paper
  4. Toilet paper holder
  5. Toilet brush and plunger
  6. Bathroom rug
  7. Toiletries organizer or caddy

Cleaning and Organization:

  1. Broom and dustpan
  2. Vacuum cleaner
  3. Mop and bucket
  4. Trash cans (for kitchen, bathroom, bedroom)
  5. Trash bags
  6. Cleaning supplies (all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant, broom, mop, etc.)
  7. Laundry basket or hamper
  8. Laundry detergent and fabric softener

Basic Tools:

  1. Screwdriver set
  2. Hammer
  3. Pliers
  4. Tape measure
  5. Level
  6. Allen wrench set
  7. Flashlight
  8. Basic toolset

Home Maintenance:

  1. Fire extinguisher
  2. Smoke detectors
  3. First aid kit


  1. Extension cords
  2. Power strips
  3. Basic kitchen appliances (blender, rice cooker, etc.)
  4. Iron and ironing board
  5. Step stool
  6. Door mat

Remember that this list is a starting point, and your specific needs and preferences may vary. Prioritize items based on your lifestyle and the size of your apartment. It’s also a good idea to gradually accumulate items over time to avoid overspending all at once.

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