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Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Earlz » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:04 am UTC

Hi, I'm moving out of my parents house and into a studio-style apartment. It comes with Refrigerator and stove and dishwasher...

That being said. What do I need to buy in order of priority(as in, what do I need asap)? I'm going to be moving out Sunday(in 4 days) so what is it that I'm going to be looking to go buy at 12am when I finally figure out I do need it?

I've got the basic services of gas and electric, DSL internet will of course be next on my list and then some TV service(haven't decided on satellite or cable)... But what for furnishings and basic necessities? I'm moving out pretty bare. I just have a bed, TV, dressar, and desk to be moved to the apartment. I'm trying to find someone to give/sell away a cheap couch..

What advice would you also offer me as a new person at living on my own? I'm a college student, so I don't have a huge surplus of money or anything lol. But I do have a good job, so I should be able to live decently..
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Postby crowey » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:11 am UTC

plates, mugs, glasses, bowls, cutlery, cooking pans and utensils, kettle...

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Postby Sungura » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:15 am UTC

My advice is to figure that stuff out before you settle on moving to be honest...I am planning on moving in May and am budgeting already - I have a good idea having helped run the house I live in for years now and I pay for things (yay that apartments are cheaper than houses, except, boo you don't get anything for your rent money unlike a mortgage and you own something at the end) and also I am figuring out where to get stuff (I have my bedroom stuff, looked at Craigslist to get an idea for other item costs as I know I will need to purchase a sofa and table/chairs. I can do without a TV since I have a computer so that's not an immediate cost)

Figure out how much you make, and take out of that rent, utilities (gas & electric, maybe water too if the rent doesn't cover that), cell phone, internet, TV, if you have a car your car insurance cost per month and registration fee and gas and make sure if something breaks you have a stash of extra money to cover any expenses there, how much you spend on food. That'll tell you what you have left over. Depending on things, might want to look into renters insurance too.

things to think about:
Bathroom supplies (towels and the like)
Kitchen stuff (pots, pans, dishes, washcloths, silverware, knives, plates, bowls, glasses)
Dining table and chairs
Sofa
TV/entertainment system
Vacuum cleaner/broom/other cleaning supplies
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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby poxic » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:26 am UTC

Linens. Bath towels and dish towels, bedsheets and blankets. You can make do with a single set of bedsheets if you're willing to wash and dry them all in a single day (so they can be used again that night). Cleaning rags are good. Laundry detergent, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, dishwasher soap (if there's a dishwasher), dish soap of the non-dishwasher variety.

Dishes. Not a lot of them needed right away, unless you plan on entertaining. Cereal bowls, plates, some cutlery, lots of spoons and coffee mugs and a few reasonably good knives for chopping veggies and whatnot. A couple of pots and pans. You might decide you need a frying pan at some point, but it's not critical. A big spoon for serving soup, a spatula or egg flipper, maybe a whisk, and a slotted spoon for pasta. A colander or strainer, also for pasta.

A cutting board. A teakettle or electric kettle for coffee and tea (and a coffee filter holder). A toaster and a blender. A rice cooker is handy if you eat a lot of rice, but rice cooks in a pot just as well. Toaster ovens are handy but not required.

Chairs. Unless you'll be sitting on your bed a lot, chairs are good. A table of sorts is also good. If you're not ready for the full kitchen table thing (I didn't get one until I moved into my current 1 bdrm + den), a folding table or a couple of end tables will do. Shelves for your junk. Cheap, sturdy shelves, and lots of them. :wink:

Lighting. The place may have overhead lights, but you'll want a reading lamp of sorts, for the desk and maybe by your bed. Wastepaper baskets, one in the bathroom, one near where you'll be sitting most of the time, and a garbage can for the kitchen. A broom, dustpan, mop, bucket, and vacuum cleaner if there's carpet. A big candle or few for blackouts, and a pack of cards or some trashy books also for blackouts (the computer won't work, oh noes!), and a working flashlight.

A small toolkit: a couple of different screwdrivers, hammer, wrench, pliers, measuring tape, duct tape and/or electrical tape and/or masking tape. A small sewing kit with a few needles, assorted colours of thread (lots of black is good), straight pins, safety pins, assorted buttons. A couple of extension cords and power bars. A box and some folders for important papers, like tax documents, receipts, and the manuals for your appliances/gizmos.

Toiletries, of course. And clothes, and shoes, and all that other jazz you already have. And a book (or online bookmark) of how to get stains out of things and for small home repair jobs (holes in drywall and so forth).

That's all I can think of for now. Have fun!
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:53 am UTC

Ninja'd on most of these, but still...

Kitchen:

Cookware (pots, pans, utensils)
Dinnerware (plates, bowls, cutlery, dining implements, glasses/cups)
Small appliances (microwave, toaster/toaster oven, electric grill, slow cooker, etc.)
Some cookbooks
Pantry-stable ingredients (flour, sugar, cornmeal, various spices and seasonings)
Canned goods
Shelf-stable box dinners (optional)
Pantry-stable packaged grains and pastas (spaghetti, noodles of some kind, rice, oats)
Condiments/pantry-stable and perishable foods most people have in the home (peanut butter, jelly, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, etc.)
Storage containers and bags - for saving leftovers

Living Room:

TV
DVD player
Cable or Satellite receiver box
Table or stand/entertainment center to house above
DVD collection
CD collection
Kick ass-stereo
Couch
Easy chair/recliner
End table(s)
Coffee table (optional)
Bookcase/media tower
Lamps - as poxic said, while the room may have an overhead light source, it's always good to have lamps next to any chair or on either side of a couch, to give more light, or to only give the amount of light you really need, like to read by or just see where the hell you're going. Same for in the bedroom.

You should really have more than just one or two chairs in the living room, should you decide to have friends or family over on occasion.
Bedroom:

Bed
Dresser
Bedside table or nightstand
Clock radio w/ alarm
Clothes hangers (for clothes you shouldn't really just fold up, and for jackets/coats
Bed linens and blankets
Pillows

Bathroom:

Towels
Washcloths/one of those poofy things
Hand towel/paper towels by bathroom sink
Liquid soap dispenser
Toothbrush holder
Toiler paper holder
Toilet paper
Plunger
Strainer for both bathtub and sink (especially if you plan to shave, and a lot of hair can get caught in the tub drain, clogging it)
Shower curtain
Bathmat
Personal Hygiene supplies (razor, shaving gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb/brush, shampoo, bar soap/body wash, hand soap, etc.)

Dining Room:

Table w/ chairs
China Cabinet with "nicest" dinnerware you can afford - not necessary, but would make you look "sophisticated" or "grown up"

Laundry closet/room:

Washing Machine
Dryer
Laundry detergent
Dryer sheets (optional, unless you really don't care if your clothes are all staticky or if you don't care if they look a bit wrinkled
Clothes hangers - if you have any clothing that should hang to dry, instead of being tossed around in the dryer
Laundry basket/clothes hamper
Steam iron and ironing board - if you have any nice clothes, you need to know how to iron.

That's about all I can think of.
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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Carnildo » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:26 am UTC

Food. Unless you're subsisting entirely on microwave dinners, expect to spend about $250 or so to stock your pantry and refrigerator with the basics.

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Postby Enuja » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:12 am UTC

A lot of people have given long lists, but I advocate going as simple as you can. Unless you're planning on having a lot of people over, forget about the couch for now. I'm living in a studio without a couch (but with a big comfy chair) and I don't have room for or any interest in getting a couch. Since you're moving out of your parent's house, you might be able to grab a plate, a bowl, a pot, a pan, one set of utensils and a cooking knife with cutting board from them. If not, thrift stores are a great places to buy individual utensils, plates and bowls. Buy scissors, a can opener, and remember to buy a bottle opener the first time you buy beer. Look over the lists here, but really think about whether you need things (Do you need a kettle, or is a pot with a lid good enough to heat water? Do you really need a microwave, since you've got a stove? Don't buy anything unless you can think of a specific purpose for it - for example, don't buy flour until you're planning on cooking with it.)

Then just see what you need. Write down what you wish you had, and revist the list a few times before you actually buy anything but the absolute necessities. If you get the simplest stuff first, you'll be able to make do until you figure out what else you want. If you have very little in your apartment, friends and family might think of you when they want to get rid of furniture in the next year or so, so you might be able to get everything you need for free or cheap. (Scavenging furniture can be good, but it can also come with bed bugs - especially if it's been abandoned - so be careful.) Don't try to duplicate everything your parents have in their house: a studio is much smaller, and you don't have to cater to the tastes and needs of an entire family: this is just about what you need. I've gotten away with buying collared shirts and slacks that don't wrinkle, so I've actually never owned an ironing board and iron. (I learned this while still living at home: my parents made me iron what needed to be ironed, so I simply starting choosing clothes that don't need to be ironed.) I haven't owned a dresser, couch, nightstand or bookcase in about 5 years, and I'm happier without them.

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Postby Low Caliber » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:13 am UTC

Helpful tip: Go through your pantry every two weeks and find any big company products and stuff. All of them will have a phone-line to make a complaint or suggestion, phone all of them, don't be too rude, just say that you didn't find the product completely satisfactory. Get free stuff. Rinse and repeat.

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Postby crickets » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:06 am UTC

Things i never realized that i'd actually /need/ to buy, cause they were always just /there/:
Lightbulbs.
Trash bags.
Toilet paper.
Dish soap/Laundry soap.

When i moved to the university, i realized that i super needed more than one pot and a single set of utensils. And at one point i forgot that i'd need a microwave.

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Postby dubsola » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:24 pm UTC

You have a dishwasher? Luxury!

My advice once you get there - teach yourself to cook. You'll save loads of money and learn a valuable life skill.

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Postby SurgicalSteel » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:23 pm UTC

I don't know what your budget is, but if it's tight make it as simple as possible. Do you need a lot of flatware? Not if you're living by yourself, you probably just need one or two of each basic utensil (fork, butter knife, spoon and chef or paring knife). Do you need bookshelves and an entertainment stand? Not really. If you're on a budget the floor makes a fine shelf, and doesn't look too terrible as long as the books aren't in a pile. This is also your first apartment, and I'm just going to guess that you're between 18 and 23 ish, your place doesn't have too look like some high society sophisticate's Parisian flat right away. Remember, a lot of what your parents and other people have in their house or apartment is stuff that has been acquired over many years or months. If you live on your own long enough you'll eventually acquire all the nice stuff, but for just starting out you should just focus on the basics. You have a computer with internet access. Right there you have dvd player, television and a regular old computer. You could probably do without cable or satellite since you have a computer with internet access. In short: go with Enuja's advice.
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Postby icanus » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:47 pm UTC

dubsola already said my only real tip for living on your own for the first time, but it's worth stressing: It's really easy to slip into the habit of relying on takeaway and microwaveable ready-meals - be disciplined about actually cooking yourself real food on a regular basis. You'll save yourself a fortune (and avoid scurvy).

Oh, and before moving your stuff in, take photos of the whole place as it is when you take possession, so you'll have proof that you didn't break that tile in the bathroom in a few years time when you come to move and want your security deposit back (the landlord may also give you a list of anything that's already damaged, but don't just take their word - go through the whole place and get them to add anything they missed off their list).

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Postby Aetia » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:06 pm UTC

[Edit- ninja'd]My teacher in high school advised us to take pictures of the apartment before we moved it, making sure to take pictures of any deflects or damage, then give the landlord/owner/etc. a copy of the pictures and give a copy or two for yourself, so you can't get stuck with paying for preexisting damage when you move out.


Also, have a copy of your contract and keep it somewhere safe, with both your and the owner's signature, date signed, etc. It's something to refer to if there's a problem. Multiple copies, if you're the type to lose things or forget where you put them.

Maybe make a list of non-food things that you might forget to check to see if there's none left and stick it on your fridge to remind yourself to check for those items. I'd imagine nothing sucks worse than forgetting toilet paper, then not being able to go back and get some the same day. A first aid kit and a list of numbers to call in an emergency is probably helpful too.
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Postby Zohar » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:10 pm UTC

The taking pictures idea is excellent. In the last apartment it really saved us some grief and money. What we did is save them to a file and post it online, somewhere where it says the last update date, so you can prove to the landlord "this is when we put these pictures up".

As for a grocery list, I have a fixed one, with everything important on it (apart from food, also garbage bags, shampoo etc.). It's very useful - just print it out, cross out the irrelevant parts (what you already have) and you're done.
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Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:20 pm UTC

Along with the pictures thing, I'd advise telling the landlord about anything that's broken that they doesn't appear to know about, just in case. Thrift shops are great for bits of furniture/crockery that you may need. I don't know where you are, but see if there's a freecycle group or similar near you?
Regarding the food, yes cook for yourself, you might be able to get two portions out of every meal you make, and the freeze/eat the leftover's a couple of days later :) Plan meals around the fresh food that you have, so you minimise food wastage.
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Postby micco » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:30 pm UTC

Make sure your fire alarm works, and get a fire blanket. Ans when you are buying furnitures, make sure that they actually fit in your apartment.
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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:43 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:The taking pictures idea is excellent. In the last apartment it really saved us some grief and money. What we did is save them to a file and post it online, somewhere where it says the last update date, so you can prove to the landlord "this is when we put these pictures up".
Even with that, it's still a good idea that, if you notice anything (gouge in a wall, hole in a closet wall, marks in the carpet, etc) before you move in, go through it and point out the flaws with someone that works for the apartment and have them write it down and keep it with your file.

Your photos + their writing = They can't do shit for stuff you didn't do, can't accuse you of faking stuff, and so on... even if the apartment company switches several times while you're there. Which happened to me in one apartment. When I was there, it went through at least three different owners, possibly more.
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Postby _MC_ » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:05 pm UTC

You might think you can get by without a fire extinguisher until the day you need it. Trust me on this, you need to get one as soon as possible. The electric heating coils on the stove at the last place I rented were so old and worn out that they started sparking one day and I ended up with a small fire on my stove.

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Postby Earlz » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:52 am UTC

_MC_ wrote:You might think you can get by without a fire extinguisher until the day you need it. Trust me on this, you need to get one as soon as possible. The electric heating coils on the stove at the last place I rented were so old and worn out that they started sparking one day and I ended up with a small fire on my stove.


A regular fire extinguisher wouldn't (officially) help me with such a problem.. It seems like you need 3 different fire extinguishers. One for paper, one for electric, and one for oil... Is this true?
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Postby Ashlah » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:03 am UTC

Most people have covered everything. I second the need for a can opener. Sucks to go to eat your canned food and find you have no way to get to it. (This didn't actually happen to me, although my can opener was shitty enough that I still almost couldn't eat my food). A stockpile of some kind of pain reliever (ibuprofen, Tylenol) is good to have. Pens, pencils, paper. Scissors and tape. Oh a bathroom rug for outside the shower so the floor doesn't get all wet (unless you're the type to just use a towel on the floor). Extra batteries and light bulbs. Shortly after I moved in, the batteries in my smoke detector went out, as did at least four light bulbs.

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Postby Carnildo » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:28 am UTC

Earlz wrote:
_MC_ wrote:You might think you can get by without a fire extinguisher until the day you need it. Trust me on this, you need to get one as soon as possible. The electric heating coils on the stove at the last place I rented were so old and worn out that they started sparking one day and I ended up with a small fire on my stove.


A regular fire extinguisher wouldn't (officially) help me with such a problem.. It seems like you need 3 different fire extinguishers. One for paper, one for electric, and one for oil... Is this true?

No. In the US, it's called a class ABC fire extinguisher: an extinguisher designed for class A (solid combustibles), class B (liquid and gas), and C (electric) fires. As a side note, an "electrical fire" isn't really a separate class of fire, just one that requires a non-conductive extinguishing agent.

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Postby apricity » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:32 am UTC

Think about getting renter's insurance. It's maybe $10 a month? And can get you all your money back if things are stolen or there's a fire or something.

Also, if there's a small fire, baking soda works really well to put those out. No needs for a fire extinguisher.

The things I totally forgot about when I moved into my own place until I actually needed them: Shower curtain and thingies to hang it up with. Extra power strip. Hangers. Can opener. Flashlight. Trash cans, at least one with a lid (you do NOT want to invite roaches or mice in by leaving the trash in uncovered bins).
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Postby Earlz » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:31 pm UTC

Well, thanks everyone for the advice and list. I believe I have almost everything(except more food!!) that I need and have been living here for about 3 days now.. It's pretty great being on my own.. though a bit expensive..
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Postby Zeroignite » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:32 pm UTC

I myself am moving out in a few months, and this thread spurred some pre-planning on my part. Here's my own list of stuff that will need to eventually be acquired, in pdf form. This thread was pretty useful to me.
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Postby Ashlah » Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:16 am UTC

Earlz wrote:It's pretty great being on my own.. though a bit expensive..

Ugh, I know. But living alone is so awesome. I'm kind of glad that my friendship, and planned roommate, fell apart, if only because it pushed me to get a place completely on my own. At first scary, then completely great.

If I may ask, how much did you spend on a basic outfitting?

I don't feel like I spent that much, BUT I moved into a furnished apartment, so I didn't have to buy furniture. The only bad thing is, of course, I will eventually have to purchase those things when I move. If at all possible, take anything extra you can from your parent's house (and/or guilt your family into buying things for you). It's much more fun to buy your own things because you get exactly what you want, but it's also very nice to save a lot of money. My mom gave me a bunch of extra kitchen stuff she wouldn't need with just one person at home, stocked me up on food basics, and gave/bought me any other random stuff she could throw at me. My extended family was also more than happy to buy me apartment stuff for Christmas. I know this isn't possible for everyone in various situations, but it can be pretty damn helpful.

Oh and of course it's easier to buy a few things at a time, and store them away, rather than going out and purchasing everything at once.

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Postby eaglewings51 » Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:50 am UTC

Enuja wrote:Buy scissors, a can opener, and remember to buy a bottle opener the first time you buy beer. Look over the lists here, but really think about whether you need things (Do you need a kettle, or is a pot with a lid good enough to heat water? Do you really need a microwave, since you've got a stove? Don't buy anything unless you can think of a specific purpose for it - for example, don't buy flour until you're planning on cooking with it.)



Ditto this. And you don't really need a toaster. I grew up in a family of seven without one. All you do is just turn the oven to "broil" (with the door open) and stick your bread/bagel/whatever in there. But keep an eye on it. The nice thing about toasters is you can stick your stuff in there and forget about it. Broiling it, you have to keep an eye on it because it will stay white for what seems like forever and then turn to golden brown and then to black in the blink of an eye.

And you don't really need a microwave. Yes, they are WONDERFUL inventions and I absolutely love having ones that come with the apartments I've rented but they're not necessary. I grew up without one for 18 years and ovens work just as well (although not quite as fast) for warming stuff up.

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Postby Cathy » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:48 am UTC

Don't Buy TV Service.

It's not worth it. It'll be around 100 dollars a month that you don't need to spend. Think how many pizza pockets that could buy! :P

Don't spend a bunch of money on deco. Little nails, a hammer, and free posters or family pictures in frames or whatever if you want, but don't buy the 30 dollar posters at school.

I got a ton of furniture at Goodwill - bookcases, drawers, a mirror. All of these purchases were around 20 dollars, they would have been 50+ in a normal store. Don't be above scavenging a bookcase someone tossed out by the dumpster.

Living on your own is great and grand, but don't forget to get out of the house and off the computer and go see friends - socialization is important.

I got a swiss army knife - it has a screwdriver, a bottle opener, scissors, and all sorts of little things that are useful in a bind. Instead of digging for all these things separately, you have one tool you keep handy.
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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Djehutynakht » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:08 pm UTC

I recommend a "survival kit". Not necessarly like a "roughing it" survival kit, but an "in case things go horribly wrong while i'm transitioning" kind of survival kit.

Get good books and scope out your neighborhood.

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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby KestrelLowing » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:45 pm UTC

I know that you've already moved, but for others that might need some info, here's what I see as the absolute minimum:

Funiture:
  • Bed
  • Some sort of storage for clothes and other things - I've used those plastic drawers as my dresser for the past couple years and they've worked just fine. I also have a bookshelf and some plastic tubs
Everything else is extra. A couch is really nice, but a bed will work fine as someplace to sit for now

Linens:
  • One set of sheets
  • Two towels (one for you, one for floor)
  • Two or three washcloths
  • 3-4 dishtowels
  • 3-4 dishrags (or sponge if that's more your style)

Cookware
  • 2 plates
  • 2 bowls
  • 2 sets silverware
  • 2 cups (buy two mugs and then you can drink cold or hot liquids)
  • 1 pot (preferable about 3 quarts) with lid
  • 1 frying pan (with lid if you can find one)
  • 1 cookie/baking sheet
  • 1 cake/brownie pan (not just for baking, but also for cooking anything that has juices)
  • 1-2 spatulas (the pancake turner kind)
  • 1 large spoon
  • 1 pair tongs (not strictly necessary, but really, really useful)
  • Strainer/colander
  • Set of measuring cups and spoons - only if you're planning on following recipes - which I suggest everyone should do initially if they're not familiar with cooking - or baking
  • Mixing bowl (My favorite is the pyrex 8 cup measuring cup - it's not just a mixing bowl, but also a liquid measuring cup! And it has a handle!(although it only goes down to 1 cup, so if you need a liquid measuring cup, you'll likely have to get a 1 or 2 cup one as well) It's a little expensive compared to a red plastic mixing bowl from WalMart, but well worth it in my opinion. Also, microwave safe if you've got a microwave and fits in every tiny microwave I've seen
  • Can opener
  • paring knife (get a decent one, it's not that expensive - this one is great, in my opinion and in the opinion of America's Test Kitchen)
  • larger knife (like a chef's knife)
  • Cutting board (get a plastic or wood one - glass ones kill your knives)
  • Pot holders (not strictly necessary as you can use dishtowels, but spend the $2 and get a couple oven mitts)
You can get nearly all of this at your local thrift store. If you see Corelle plates and bowls, buy those. They last forever and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Tools
  • Screwdrivers (Phillips and Flathead, and a tiny set is also very useful)
  • Box cutter/exacto knife (also very, very useful for many things, but not needed if you already posses a pocket knife)
I haven't had to use anything else, but it likely depends on your needs

Basic Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Pad of Paper
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Duct Tape
  • Batteries
  • String (seriously, most randomly useful thing ever)
  • Flashlight or light source of some kind
  • Hangers
  • Something to throw clothes in (laundry basket, hamper, etc. I used a plastic bin that I pack up to move stuff in)
  • Safety pins
  • Needle and thread (if you will actually patch up clothes)
  • Extension cords (make sure to get three prong ones)
  • Power strip
  • You may need 2 prong to three prong converter (assuming you're in the US) but wait to buy until you see
  • Medicine (pain killer, allergy, cold, etc.)

Cleaning Supplies
  • Plunger (this in particular is something you typically don't think about until you need it, and then you NEED it)
  • Toiletbowl brush
  • Sponge
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dawn dish soap (don't skimp on dishsoap, get the dawn blue stuff)
  • broom and dustpan
  • vacuum if you have carpet and can afford it
Seriously, with just baking soda, vinegar and dish soap, you can clean anything. Also, if you're living by yourself but have a dishwasher, chances are you will hardly ever have enough dishes to wash it. While you don't strictly need a dish drainer (just put stuff on the dishtowels) they're very useful.

That's all I can think of for now...
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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Endless Mike » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:49 pm UTC

This is actually somewhat useful to me, as I'm planning a move soon. I currently live with a roommate, but want to get back to living alone, and I'm thinking of starting mostly over with furniture (except my mattress and box spring, which is fine, though I may get a new bed). my friend Catherine has shredded the shit out of my couch, and that's about all I have for non-bedroom furniture, anyway, beyond a couple lamps, so I can probably get by just getting a new one of those. Thankfully, I have mostly everything else I need.

Another thing I'm not sure if I've seen mentioned: garbage cans - kitchen, bathroom, and wherever you have a desk. And maybe more than one, depending on your recycling situation.

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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby omgryebread » Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:21 pm UTC

Tupperware or whatever plastic containers you want. Even some of the plastic containers from grocery stores can be cleaned and work very well. Leftovers save money, and using reusable containers to store them saves even more over something like foil or plastic wrap. You can also store other stuff in them, like we tend to keep some simple salad dressing in one in my apartment. Shake it up before using, and just put it back in the fridge. Or if you're my roommate, you can store jellyfish in them for short periods of time.

Also good for mixing drinks, storing chopped ingredients, tossing salads, marinating stuff, and a ton of other things.
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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby KestrelLowing » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:00 pm UTC

omgryebread wrote:Tupperware or whatever plastic containers you want. Even some of the plastic containers from grocery stores can be cleaned and work very well. Leftovers save money, and using reusable containers to store them saves even more over something like foil or plastic wrap. You can also store other stuff in them, like we tend to keep some simple salad dressing in one in my apartment. Shake it up before using, and just put it back in the fridge. Or if you're my roommate, you can store jellyfish in them for short periods of time.

Also good for mixing drinks, storing chopped ingredients, tossing salads, marinating stuff, and a ton of other things.


If you don't want to specifically buy tupperware, look for the lunch meat that comes in the reusable containers.

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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby RollingHead » Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:22 pm UTC

I'm moving into a small apartment with my boyfriend and we bought a lot of stuff today, but reading this thread made me realise we missed a bunch of things. I'd also like to recommend a cork screw for those who drink wine, a doormat and maybe some rugs if the floor is prone to becoming especially cold in the winter. Depending on where you live you might need a snow shovel.

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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Eomund » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:29 am UTC

Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry; go when you are full.

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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Kaden » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:11 pm UTC

This thread is full of tons of useful advice! :D I wish I had heard all this advice the first year I moved into my dorm. I packed waaaaaay too much stuff- it took two full minivan trips to get all my junk down to school. By the second year, I had trimmed it down by over half. By the time I moved out of state to be with my fiance, I was down to two big boxes and two big suitcases.

One thing I didn't see mentioned here is blankets. I'm the type who gets cold easily, and you can save yourself money on a heating bill if you buy a couple extra blankets to wrap up in. Also, for any women out there, buy a heating pad. :wink: I found one for $15 at Walmart, and it has been invaluable when I have cramps or backaches. (my friend Catherine also likes it!)
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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Tyndmyr » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:39 pm UTC

crowey wrote:plates, mugs, glasses, bowls, cutlery, cooking pans and utensils, kettle...


Consider all disposable dishes. It's sometimes actually cheaper than buying, washing, moving, etc for places you're not gonna be for ages. More flexible for company, too.

Sammich meat containers typically are very re-usable. Not a bad idea at all for storage.

Do food shopping when full. Don't buy ridiculous quantities, but keep a small reserve of favorites that keep well. You really, really will want a can opener and a knife, regardless of whatever else you have. Paper towels are your best friend.

Renter's insurance is a good thing. Skipping tv service, also smart.

Make sure you know the parking situation and rules. Some places will tow you if you have things like poor parking, expired tags, yadda, yadda. These are expensive incidents. Best to avoid them.

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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Cathy » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:49 pm UTC

Re: blankets - I go to a fabric store and find the price for a stretch of double-side-fluffy fleece. A number of times this is cheaper than buying a blanket of the same size.
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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby tms » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:12 pm UTC

When looking for freebie furniture, skip the ones with padding. It may have been thrown out for a reason.
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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Nylonathatep » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:49 pm UTC

Advice:

If you are renting... inspect the place before you actually move in... preferebly with the landlord/superintendent. Write down a list of things that is already broke/missing before you moved in. Have both of you sign the list and keep it in a file.That way there's no arguments on what's coming out of your safety deposits when you do decided to move out.

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Re: Moving out into an apartment.. Checklist and advice!?

Postby Ashlah » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:06 pm UTC

^This. And take your time with it.

Our apartment required that we do that. But we had to turn it in within 24 hours of moving in, we didn't get there until the evening, and worked the next day. We were tired and stressed, and we rushed it. Afterwards noticed some damage that we may now get charged for when we leave. (But we've both always operated under the assumption that the deposit is lost money, and that getting it back would be a pleasant surprise)


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