I moved into my first “apartment” when I was 18 years old.
Yes, it was in the basement of my aunt and uncle’s house, but it was my own apartment.
This was extremely exciting until I realized I didn’t even own forks, and how the heck was I supposed to take things out of the oven with no oven mitts?
Luckily, I was able to spend my first few weeks quietly borrowing things from my family, but by the time I really moved out on my own I knew I didn’t have this luxury!
This is why I have made sure to have the essentials for all my apartments since then.
A Checklist of 5 Essentials for Your First Apartment
- Nice wine glasses and a bottle opener
- First of all, get wine glasses that don’t break. Plus stemless. You will thank me later. Also, make sure you have a wine bottle opener that can also open regular bottles. You don’t want to be that person.
- A tool kit
- A basic tool kit is a necessity in every apartment. I promise you there will be a point where you need a screwdriver, and having to go find a neighbor to borrow one from is embarrassing.
- Step stool
- Okay, I can admit that maybe this is not a necessity for everyone. However, I think many of us can benefit from a step stool. Especially for the really high kitchen cabinets.
- Lightbulbs and batteries
- These are the things your parents always just had a bunch of extra’s of, and it doesn’t hit you until the first time your remote runs out of batteries and you realize you have never bought them in your life.
- A first aid kit
- Safety is key. Need I say more?
I’m adding one honorable mention: a carbon monoxide detector (and a fire extinguisher) if your apartment does not come with it.
You would think all apartments would have basic safety measures included but… nope.
So what do you think?
- Have you ever found yourself without something you needed in a critical moment?
- What is something you think is a “must have” for every apartment renter?