Moving out is a huge step on your adulthood journey. If you’re getting ready to do so: congratulations!
This is going to be one of the biggest changes of your life. Like any big change, you may not know what you’re doing – and that’s okay! That’s what you have me for 😉
Many people wonder what kinds of things they’ll need when they move out of their parents’ or other caregivers’ house, so I created a checklist for you. Next time I move, I know I’ll be referring back to this, so I hope it helps you, too!
I’m writing only the absolute minimum you’ll need to have a full-fledged adult home, but there are lots of other things you can get depending on your preferences, how much you like to decorate, etc. Just make sure they’re all in your budget!
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Here’s the moving out checklist:
- Bed frame/headboard
- Clothes hangers (I like this kind because they don’t take up as much space in the closet)
- Lights or a lamp
- Trash can
- Under-bed storage
- Closet storage
- Toilet paper
- Floss (yes, really)
- Hand soap
- Shower soap
- Bathroom towels
- Trash can
- Shower curtain*
*Many apartments don’t come with a shower curtain, so you may have to buy one yourself. If you do get one, you may also have to buy hooks and a liner to go with it. Here’s a nice one that comes with hooks. Make to measure the length you need so you don’t buy the wrong one!
Generally, a living room can be whatever you want it to be. In my opinion, no living room is complete without a couch, but hey, some young adults are okay with one full of nothing but lawn chairs. I put everything in the living room as optional because technically, you can get by without any of it.
- Coffee Table
- TV Stand
- Rug (if your new place has non-carpet floors)
Kitchen and Dining
- Dining table
- Dining chairs
- Toaster or toaster oven
- Kitchen Towels
- Trash Can
- Trash Bags
- Plastic Wrap
- Plastic Ziploc bags
Some homes may include these already, but some don’t, so make sure you have them before moving in:
Even if you don’t cook at all, I’d still recommend you have these items at minimum, since some ready-to-eat items require them. Plus, you never know when you might want to start cooking:
- Can opener
- Bottle opener
- Pots and Pans (a set like this is perfectly basic)
- Spatula (like this one)
- Pasta Strainer
- Parchment paper
- Baking Sheet
- Measuring Cups
Most apartment complexes have a washer/dryer room on premise if there isn’t one in your unit. Many rented out houses do not come with a washer/dryer. If your home doesn’t come with a place to wash your clothes, your options to do laundry are:
- Go to a laundromat
- Buy a washer and dryer
- Buy a washer and hang dry your clothes
- Wash all your clothes by hand in the bathtub and hang them to dry
- Wash your clothes at your parents’ house if you plan to see them often
With that being said, here are the necessities for laundry:
- Stain Remover (trust me, you’ll need it)
- Laundry Hamper
- Fabric softener
- Dryer sheets
You don’t actually need fabric softener or dryer sheets to clean your clothes, but if you want your clothes extra soft, go for it!
Remember you won’t have access to the comforts of home anymore! When you get sick, the last thing you’ll want is to go to the store for medicine. Here are some medicines you might want to keep stocked in your adult home:
- Any Prescriptions You Are Taking
- Ibuprofen (Advil)
- Vicks Vapor Rub
- Throat Lozenges
- Airborne/EmergenC (this is a staple for me!)
You should absolutely buy cleaning products before you move into your new home. You don’t want to risk falling behind on chores. It’s a lot more work to do all at once, and it’s harder to maintain a clean home once you’ve gotten behind. Here are some cleaning essentials:
- Mop (this one is my favorite)
- Window Cleaner (like Windex)
- Surface Cleaner
- Dish Soap
- Toilet Cleaner
- Toilet Brush
- Bathroom Cleaner (you can also use your surface cleaner for this)
- Shower Cleaner
- Paper Towels
- Microfiber Cloths (or something else to wipe surfaces with)
- Disinfecting Wipes
If you’re super adult, you could DIY many of your own cleaning products. I personally hate the smell of vinegar and stay away from cleaners with it in them, but if you don’t mind it, DIY cleaners are a great money and earth saving option.
And there you have it: all the things you need for your very own home. If you’re thinking of moving out soon, I recommend slowly building up your arsenal of supplies for your home before you make the big move. The cost of all these home items adds up, and can be a lot to try to swing at once.
If you’re worried about the cost of moving out on your own, you could also consider living with a roommate so you can split rent and the cost of many of these items.
Any moving out essential I missed? Let me know in the comments!