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September 1, 2020

Your First Apartment Checklist


Finally, you’ve landed a place all to yourself! Freedom is within your reach, and it tastes so sweet. But the excitement of moving day will be overshadowed by stress if you forget essential items. Be prepared for your first apartment by referring to this list – it’ll help you keep track of all the things you’ll need: 

Mattress and Bedding

You probably don’t want to spend your first night sleeping on the floor. Enjoy your new bedroom by purchasing a mattress with sheets and pillows. After all, we spend one-third of our lives sleeping, so you might as well make it comfortable. 

Cleaning Supplies

We all hope that our first apartment will be spotless when we arrive, but those who have moved before know that this is usually not the case. Protect yourself from leftover germs by settling in with cleaning supplies. Add these items to your checklist: a broom, dustpan, mop, dish soap, sponges, toilet scrubber, laundry supplies, paper towels, glass cleaner, trash bags, and a disinfectant. You’ll be armed and ready to tackle any mess that’s left behind.

Kitchen Items

After all the work of moving, you’ll likely have just one thing on your mind: food. Don’t forget to stock up on groceries once everything is moved and done. Fill your pantry with whatever you prefer to eat, whether that’s pasta, rice, or cereal. For the fridge, purchase milk, eggs, fresh vegetables, and proteins like chicken or tofu. It will be exciting to cook your first meal in your new apartment – unless you forget all the appliances and tools you need to do so. Pack yourself some pots and pans, plates, glasses, mugs, mixing bowls, a can opener, cutlery, and oven mitts. Tupperware and plastic wrap will be useful for storing leftovers. 

Bathroom Necessities

We’ve all been there – sitting in the washroom, doing your business when suddenly you realize that you forgot the toilet paper. What could be worse? Save yourself from this dreaded scenario by stocking up on toilet paper before you arrive at your apartment. You’ll want to purchase a shower curtain to save the floors from water damage and keep your security deposit. Throw in some soap, shampoo, and a shaving razor. Finally, remember to pack some bath and hand towels. 

First Aid Kit

Accidents happen. When you’re moving all your stuff from your car, up a flight of stairs, and into your apartment, you’ll likely get a few bumps and scrapes along the way. Be prepared for unforeseen injuries by bringing a first aid kit with you. Include band-aids, ibuprofen, gauze, hydrogen peroxide, Polysporin, medicine for colds and coughs, and an ice pack. 

Extras

While these might not be essential, they’ll be useful in a pinch. Bring some screwdrivers to help with installing and disassembling items. Batteries will surely come in handy. To make your new apartment feel like home, you might want some decorations; consider buying a few rugs, throw pillows, blankets, or knick-knacks that will personalize your space without damaging the walls.

With this checklist, you’ll be ready to move into your first apartment without fretting that you’ve forgotten something. Now, all that’s left to do is find your dream suite. Looking for Winnipeg apartments for rent? At Globe Property Management, we have thousands of listings around the city. Visit our website to find a place that has the amenities you need at a price you can afford. 

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