What You Need For Your First Apartment

We hear that a congratulations is in order… on your first apartment! Preparing for this big move is nothing short of exciting, and the team of Forest Properties has put together a list of essential first apartment must-haves. Whether you’re relocating from New Hampshire to Massachusetts or far beyond, here’s a checklist of everything you’ll need to make your first place feel like home in no time.

Before we get started, the best way to stay cool, calm, and collected in preparation for your new apartment is to have a strategy. The best way to do this? Tackle your agenda on a room-by-room basis. Here’s a breakdown of basics, helpful tips, and room-specific essentials.

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The Entryway

Regardless of the size of your apartment entryway, this space wears a variety of hats in your Spring Hill apartment. It’s the first area guests are welcomed into, it stores extra pairs of shoes, and it also boasts organization opportunities. Here are a few ideas:

  • Not a lover of dirt carried throughout your apartment? Place a small area rug or entry mat in front of the interior and exterior of your front door for the ultimate dirt catching system.
  • Make the most of hall closet space with baskets for gloves, hats, and scarves. Don’t have a hall closet? Ask your landlord if you can add a few wall shelves to hold lightweight accessories.
  • For larger entryways, add a small bench, cabinet, or end table. This will give your entryway personality (and provide extra storage!).
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Setting Up the Kitchen

New apartment renters will quickly realize just how valuable cabinet and counter space is once they settle into their new kitchen. From placemats to seasonal dishware, there is a place for everything in your modern Landing53 apartment, in addition to the following basic kitchen accessories from Kitchenwitch:

  • Silverware and knife sets
  • Cutting boards for meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables
  • Plates, bowls, glasses, cups, and mugs
  • Pots, pans, cookie sheets, measuring cups, and cooking/baking utensils, and mixing bowls
  • Oven mitts, cooking apron, and dish towels
  • A bottle opener, corkscrew, and can opener
  • Cleaning supplies, including dish/hand soap, bleach, sponges, paper towels, and glass cleaner
  • Various sizes of food storage containers
  • Plastic zip bags, foil, and plastic wrap
  • Small appliances (toaster, hand mixer, blender, coffee maker)
  • Trash cans and fitted bags

A Helpful Tip: Besides including these essential into your kitchen, don’t forget about stocking up on common ingredients from your local Boston grocer or farmers market! Ideas include spices and seasonings, condiments, flour, sugar, coffee, tea, and so on.

Cozy Up the Living Room

Besides the kitchen, your  living room at Parkview Exchange has a variety of uses, from entertaining to relaxation. It’s important to note that your living room will contain large pieces of furniture, so don’t feel pressured to purchase everything all at once. In the meantime, a few basics that will make you feel settled and comfortable include a couch, loveseat, coffee table, end table, lamps, television, and television stand. Throw in touches of your own style with a colorful area rug, plush throw pillows and blankets, pictures of friends and family, and window curtains.

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Making Up Your Bedroom

With peaceful views and a theme that expresses your unique style, setting up your bedroom at Wyndham Park is perhaps one of the most important areas. As your place of rest and relaxation, make your space all about cozy comfort with the following must-haves with a touch of personality:

  • Large furniture, including a mattress, boxspring, bed frame, dressers, mirror, and table lamps
  • A cozy comforter and sheet set from Wayfair
  • Clothes hangers, shoe racks, and storage bins for your closet
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • A clothes hamper
  • Flowy window coverings, including blinds and curtains
  • A small trash can

Setting Up the Bathroom

Your list of essentials for the bathroom is short and sweet! You’ll likely add items based off your specific needs and grooming habits, but start out with a shower curtain and liner, towels, washcloths, toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, a bath mat, tissues, an over-the-door hook, a small trash can and waste bags, hand soap, and cleaning supplies like glass cleaner and bleach. Plastic containers or wicker baskets are great for cabinet storage to hold extra accessories like shampoo, body wash, and first aid essentials.

All the Extras

From vacuum cleaners to laundry detergent and battery flashlights, keep a running list on your refrigerator of items you need (or desperately want) to pick up. From balcony seating to flowerpots, you never know what friends and family may gift you with as an apartment-warming present!

So, once you’ve handed in your deposit and signed the lease, it’s time to grab your new apartment keys and start setting everything up! What are your first apartment must-haves? Share with us on Facebook!

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