10 Things You Should Always Have in Your Apartment

When you keep your Forest Properties apartment prepared for the unexpected, you’ll always be one step ahead of the tenant game. From safety supplies to cooking essentials, here are the top 10 things you should always have in your apartment. The best part? You already use them almost every day!


1. Tenant Tool Box

While it’s very reassuring to know maintenance help is always one click of the mouse away, it’s a good idea to keep a tenant toolbox under the kitchen sink to fix things… Other than the kitchen sink. Here are some recommended items:

  • Tape measure
  • Hammer and screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Spare batteries

Good to Know: Your DIY tenant toolbox may not be stocked with heavy duty supplies – and that’s okay! Don’t be afraid to call your Cloverleaf Apartments property manager or maintenance team for help, concerns, or questions.

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2. First Aid Kit and Emergency Contacts

Safety comes first – even when you’re living in an apartment. Whether you live with roommates or are venturing out on your own, one of the first things you need to do is write down emergency contacts. Consider adding the direct numbers of your parents, siblings, partner, best friend, or employer on a piece of paper and stick it on the side of your refrigerator.

Once you have your contact list in place, it’s time for your first DIY project: create a first aid kit! Stop by your local pharmacy and pick up the basics, such as Band-Aids, rubbing alcohol, antibiotic cream, tweezers, gauze pads, medical tape, and so on. Most stores have premade first aids kits for those of you who appreciate quick, pain-free convenience!

3. Fire Extinguisher

Make sure your apartment’s fire extinguisher is up-to-date and easily accessible. If your Wyndham Park townhome has more than one level, keep an extinguisher in the kitchen downstairs and bathroom upstairs for convenience.


4. Cleaning Kit

A clean apartment is a happy apartment, and in order to keep your Audubon Cove home shining, a cleaning kit is essential! We highly recommend adding these must-haves for quick clean ups, but it’s always helpful to refresh yourself on our Cleaning Tips Guide for a full list of essential supplies:

  • Vacuum, broom, dust pan, and a mop
  • Wood and glass cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Toilet plunger
  • Bleach or disinfectant spray
  • Paper towels (a lot of them!)

5. Extra Light Bulbs

In order to show off the adorable table lamp that ties together your cozy Parkside living room, you must stock up on all the bright essentials! Keep a variety of light bulbs nearby for last-minute changes. In addition, keep a flashlight in every room.

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6. Step Ladder

So, you need to change a lightbulb, huh? Now that you’ve stocked up on lightbulbs of all shapes and sizes, you may find yourself needing a step ladder to switch them out. Step ladders are also great for cleaning hard to reach places, like air vents or the top of cabinets, as well as hanging new curtains or wall art in your Parkview Exchange apartment.

7. Quick Dinner Fixes

After a long day at work, sometimes the last thing you want to do is cook up a meal. Not to mention – clean the kitchen afterwards.

If steering clear of the stove is high on your priority list, stock up on some quick dinner options like frozen or pre-cooked meals. If you know you have a busy week ahead, give meal prepping a chance. All you need to do it heat it up, eat it up, and off to bed you go!


8. Cooking Supplies

Speaking of the kitchen, one simply cannot cook without a few essentials! Treat yourself to a set of small and large sauté pans, lidded pots for pasta, a cookie sheet or baking tray, mixing bowls, a bottle opener, measuring cups, all the utensils, potholders, and a large stockpot. These items can be found at your local Target, HomeGoods, or kitchenware store.

A Helpful Tip: Once you’ve gathered enough cooking supplies and accessories, check out our post on how to maximize kitchen storage in your apartment!

9. A Guest Basket

Apartment guests – sometimes their visits are planned and other times it’s a surprise. One of the best ways to establish a welcoming vibe in your apartment is with a properly stocked DIY guest basket. Thoughtful items include basic toiletries, your Wi-Fi password, phone charger, bottle of water, and light snacks. If you have a spare bedroom to devote to guests, read up on these guest room must-haves.

10. Extra Blankets and Pillows

Whether you live in sunny Florida or chilly Massachusetts, you can never have enough blankets and pillows to cozy up your space. Add a few throw pillows to your living room couch for decoration, drape a plush throw blanket over your bed for a cozy-messy look, and keep an extra set of sheets handy in case visitors stop by for the night.

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