So， you’re moving into your first apartment or first home. With everything you’ll need to do to prepare， this milestone can feel daunting—but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be fun， too! Especially if you get organized before your first shopping trip and budget based on your priorities. Check out our first apartment checklist below for a breakdown of everything from the storage solutions to the kitchen essentials.
Before you begin， create a first apartment checklist for yourselfpersonalized gifts for girlfriend， making sure to include these essentials：accent pillow case baby decorative
When writing your first apartment checklist， it can be easy to forget the every day items we take for graned. Be sure to add these to your list.
More so than any other room in the house， the kitchen requires quite a lot of tools to get set up properly. To help you with just that， we’ve made a category-by-category checklist for all our top kitchen must-haves.
One thing to note before you make your shopping list： We’ve divided this list up by “kitchen essentials”—the things you’ll need to literally get cooking—and those items that are nice to have， but not necessarily essential. Start with group one， and expand to the second category if your budget allows (or when you’re ready for an upgrade). If you want to keep things to the bare minimum， check out the video below for a spotlight on our top must-haves. If you start there， you’ll be cooking up a storm in no time.
The essentials：- 10 inch frying pan- Small sauce pan (1-2 quart)- Large (at least 5-quart) Dutch oven- At least 2 aluminum half-sheet pans- At least 2-3 wooden spoons- Wide spatula or turner (choose nylon or silicon if you have nonstick)- Silicone spatula- Tongs
Nice to have， but not essential：- Stock pot- Multiple sizes of saucepans； consider a full pan set from one brand- Nonstick frying pan or frying pan set- Small frying pan for single servings- Spoon rest
The essentials：- 9x13 baking dish- 2 round 8-inch cake pans- Loaf pan- Rolling pin
Nice to have， but not essential：- Muffin tin- Springform pan- Cookie cutters- Waffle maker
The essentials：- 7- or 8-inch chef’s knife- Paring knife- Vegetable peeler- Can opener- Mixing/prep bowl set- Measuring cups- Measuring spoons- Colander- Large cutting board
Nice to have， but not essential：- Salad spinner- Mixing bowl with spout- Zester- 4 kitchen towels/tea towels- Box grater- Bread knife- Mesh strainer
The essentials：-Microwave- Blender or immersion blender- Toaster
Nice to have， but not essential：- Pressure cooker or electric multi-cooker- Food processor and/or Mini-prep processor- Air fryer
The Essentials：- Plates- Bowls- Flatware- Drinking glasses- Mugs
- Kettle- French press- Small electric coffee grinder
Nice to Have， but not essential：- Pitcher (or multiple)- Cocktail shaker set- Wine glasses- Bar glasses (4-6 highball glasses， 4-6 rocks glasses)- Platters (2x - Large and small)- Salad bowl- Cloth napkins- Electric coffee maker- Chemex
The Essentials：- Contact paper/ shelf &； drawer liners- Kitchen table and chairs- Butcher block cart or island- Trash can- Kitchen mats- Dishwasher or dish drying rack- Canister for cooking utensils- Drawer organizers for utensils/ junk drawer
Nice to have， but not essential：- Spice rack (if you’re not using a drawer)- Pot rack， if you need one
Simple?corn husk dolls have timeless appeal and, during fall, are just the thing to keep little hands busy at?a family gathering.
We know what you’re thinking - tie my sister a Rakhi? Have I fell down a rabbit hole, and into a parallel dimension where everything’s upside down? No, you haven’t - hear us out here! Let’s think for a moment. What is Raksha Bandhan? Raksha Bandhan is an age-old Indian festival, where sisters tie their brothers a thread, in exchange for a pledge from their brothers - that they will protect them. Sweets and rakhi gifts are then exchanged, in one of the biggest country-wide celebrations of the calendar.