Top Essentials for Your First Apartment

Don’t go overboard on shopping for your apartment! Below is a checklist of all the essential items you need for your first apartment, so you can save yourself some money and focus on the important things.


Basic Kitchen Tools

Besides your average spoons, forks, knives, and glasses, you’ll need some kitchen tools for everyday cooking. Since this is your first apartment, it’s likely that you don’t have a set of pots and pans just lying around. Buying a few different sizes of basic pots and pans are essential to cooking in your new apartment, as well as having a  can opener, cutting board, toaster, a full set of dishes and measuring cups.

Storage Containers

Having extra storage for your apartment is essential! To maximize more space, it’s best to find storage solutions such as containers to hold some of your items in. Flat containers, under the bed storage, and stackable drawers are all extremely helpful and provide more storage opportunities for all of your belongings without adding clutter to your new apartment.

Extension Cords and Power Strips

Don’t sacrifice the layout of your apartment because of a few outlets. If your TV or furniture ends up blocking a couple in your apartment – invest in power strips and extension cords so you can fully charge all of your electronic items or plug in that lamp you just bought. You can always hide them under your furniture when you’re not using them too.

Tool Kit

A small tool kit is always a necessary item when living in any type of home. While one of the many luxuries of living in an apartment is 24/7 maintenance, sometimes you need an instant fix that may only require your toolkit, like hanging up a picture frame that fell.

Laundry Accessories

You’ll definitely need a full supply of laundry accessories when you first move into your apartment. Make sure you have detergent and dryer sheets for when you do laundry, but also stand-alone drying racks or over the door hanging racks for clothes that can’t be put in the dryer. But don’t forget, you’ll also need an iron and ironing board to get out unwanted wrinkles in your clothes.

Extra Bedding

Though you may not think it, you’ll need and an extra pair of blankets and sheets. When you’re halfway through your 1:00 AM Netflix binge and you spill your chips and salsa all over your bed, you won’t want to get up and put your sheets in the washer. Do yourself a favor and get extra bedding items so you won’t have to get up in the middle of the night to do laundry.


Last but not least! To make your space your own, you’ll need decor for your apartment. Even if you aren’t in tune with your inner interior designer, items like throw pillows, blankets, and bright or patterned area rugs are the best way to add life to your space. But don’t go overboard with the decorations! Before you go shopping, make a Pinterest board of apartment decor you like first to determine your style. From there, pick out the most essential items you couldn’t live without to piece together the vibe you want in your apartment.


Apartments for Rent Near You in Denville, NJ

Find your first apartment at Estling Village in Denville, NJ! With our variety of floor plans and luxury community amenities, you’ll feel at home right away. Contact us today to schedule a visit or fill out an apartment application today.