Apartment Madness: How to Plan it Out and How to Move Smartly

If you’re moving into your first apartment, this is the guide for you. From the major items needed to purchase and up to the tips and tricks, here is iMoving’s apartment guide.

First Apartment Checklist

Moving to your first apartment is a grand adventure. Maybe you’ve just left your parents house for the first time and moved to the bug city, or maybe you’re moving from the countryside to the city as a family, no matter the reason, good luck on your adventure. Apartments have their pros and cons, but like anywhere can be tailored to fit your needs.

Apartment Pros

  • Apartment living usually involves less maintenance compared to owning a house. Property managers are responsible for repairs and maintenance upkeep, and sometimes even kitchen appliance maintenance. This is a huge reason many choose to live in apartments to avoid the headache.
  • Many complexes offer amenities such as pools, gyms, community play rooms, and sometimes even laundry. 
  • Renting an apartment is more affordable than owning a house. Rent payments also include utilities and amenities, which makes things simpler.
  • You can sign for different amounts of time if you don’t want to be tied down.
  • Apartment complexes help forge a sense of community. 
  • Security features such as controlled access systems, security cameras, and door guards are a huge reason to go for apartment living.

Apartment Cons

  • You may hear noise from adjacent units or have limited outdoor space for personal use and feel like you lack some privacy.
  • Rent prices can increase over time making it challenging to budget for long-term costs.
  • Apartments are usually more cramped and generally offer less living space compared to houses. This is usually a make it or break it point.
  • Apartment living can be noisy, since you will have neighbors in close proximity. Make friends with your neighbors and be considerate of each other.
  • You have limited control over the space compared to if you move to a private house, there are usually rules and restrictions set by the property management company, such as laws about decor, pet ownership, or noise levels after certain hours.
  • Landlords might prohibit making customizations such as painting, installing fixtures, or making true structural changes.

Apartment Items Checklist

With this comprehensive list at your fingertips, you’ll be sure to have everything you need for your first new apartment. Get excited, because we’re going shopping baby!

Bedroom Items

Your bedroom is your throne! Make it fully your holy space to get a good night’s sleep. The more comfortable your bedroom is, the better you will sleep. Try not to keep it cluttered so that this can truly be your space to wind down. 

  • Mattress 
  • Bed, 
  • Dresser
  • Nightstand
  • Multiple sheet sets
  • Comforter or blanket
  • Mattress topper
  • Pillows galore
  • Window curtains
  • Clothes hangers/coat hangers
  • Closet
  • Bed frame
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Bedside lamp
  • Laundry hamper
  • Shoe rack
  • Full-length mirror
  • Rug
  • Artwork and decor

Living Room Must Haves

The living room is the have all of all rooms. The way you style it sets the tone and vibe for the household. Try and put effort into your decor efforts and think about the space and what you will use it for.

If you are big into hosting, ensure enough sitting space and chairs and tables. If you are a homebody then cozy vibes are what you should go for.

  • Comfy amazing couch 
  • Small table for in front of the couch
  • TV
  • Lighting solutions for ambiance
  • Decor
  • Mirror
  • Chair

Kitchen Essentials

Every kitchen is different and depending on what type of person you are, you might only need cereal bowls and milk, or a full blown mixer and baking set. Buy according to what you will really use, and not who you hope to be. 

  • Mixer
  • Coffee machine
  • Chopping board
  • Good quality knives
  • Silverware set
  • Plates and bowls
  • Microwave
  • Toaster oven
  • Dish towels
  • Kitchen trash can
  • Containers to save leftovers for tomorrow’s meals
  • Mixer, spatula and other basic tools
  • Strainer 
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Pots and pans

Bathroom Sets

Your bathroom doesn’t have to be a fully blown styled room, but with a little mix and mach work of towels, the floor mat, and the shower curtain you can fool your friends into thinking you are a put together human being.

  • Towel Set
  • Slippers for after shower comfort
  • Toilet Brush
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shower curtain 
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Soap
  • Shower curtain liner
  • Shower curtain hooks
  • Hamper
  • First aid kit


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Ask them what they really need. It could be a few hours where you take the kids off their hands so they can pack up the house in peace or even go out for a date night, or it could be a helping hand at home with the actual packing that they need. Ask them directly and don’t take no for an answer.

Take the time with your family to sort through all your old objects while packing. Maybe you’ll want to get rid of some old items or give them away to family members to store. It's a shame to move more clutter into your new home and now is a perfect time to clean up.

Try to take care of all the paperwork ahead of time such as adding your name to all new utilities ahead of time with your credit card on auto withdrawals.

Signing and locking down the new home should be done well ahead of time to avoid added stress as well as booking your moving date.

Closing Up Shop

Renting an apartment is a great step towards freedom! While there are some setbacks, many people would agree that the pros outweigh the cons here. Consider everything and take our checklist to the store with you when planning your apartment layout. Make sure to plan ahead just as with every move to avoid stress.

Rachel Kaplan

Rachel has spent the last few years writing for moving companies while actually moving across the globe. After many years of moving between many states in the US, she moved abroad to try the remote work life. She’s a pro at moving all her things with her dog and hundreds of plants. Thankfully she’s a minimalist so moves aren’t too much of an issue.

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