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Essentials You Need for Your First Apartment

Essentials You Need for Your First Apartment

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So, you're getting ready to move into your first apartment and are excited to begin your new life of independence and freedom. But the problem with first apartments is that signing a lease, hiring Singapore movers to transport your belongings, paying rent, and putting your new furniture in isn't enough to make it a home. What you'll need to get started in a new place are apartment essentials. You'll need to buy a lot of tiny and large stuff to fully furnish your residence.

We've compiled a few important items you’ll need to get started, but keep in mind that you won't need all of them right immediately.  Take your time, especially if you're short on cash.


If you're living on your own for the first time, this may be one of the most important items you need. Unless you plan on ordering takeout every night (and let me warn you, that adds up quickly). Here are some of the items you will need. 

  • Chef knife and a small paring knife

  • Coffee maker and filters

  • Tupperware

  • Cutting board

  • Coffee mugs and glasses

  • Dishtowels

  • Silverware

  • Microwave

  • Toaster

  • A few pots and pans

  • Plates and bowls

  • Can opener

  • Ice cube trays

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Paper towel holder

  • Serving spoon and spatula

  • Colander

Things to buy later: food processor, serving dishes, toaster oven, cake pans. 

Cleaning supplies

When you finally have your own place, you might be amazed at how much more motivated you are to keep it clean. You don't have to go all out and buy an expensive vacuum right away, but you should have the following items.

  • Small broom and dustpan or vacuum

  • A Swiffer with both dry and wet pads

  • Trash bags

  • Dish soap

  • Sponges

  • Multi-purpose spray

  • Toilet scrubber

  • Toilet bowl cleaning solution

  • Laundry detergent

  • Rubber gloves

  • Paper towels

  • Handsoap

Things to buy later: microfiber sweeper, furniture polish and fancy vacuum.

Don't forget about pest control - it's always best to hire professionals when dealing with pest control.

First-aid kit essentials

Accidents do happen when moving, unfortunately. You'll need bandages and ointment on hand if you cut your finger opening boxes or on a broken water glass. And by the end of the day, you might be feeling a little achy. 

  • Bandages and plasters

  • Antibacterial ointment

  • Pain killers

  • Thermometer

Bathroom necessities

You'll need a few things to maintain your bathroom organized and functional, in addition to your essential amenities (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, etc.). You must have.

  • Shower curtain and liner, if necessary

  • Soap holder, toothbrush holder and makeup mirror

  • Bath mat

  • Small trash can

  • Toothbrush case - Any small plastic cup will do

Things to buy later: Water cup, fancy soap dispenser, shower speaker, extra storage.

Essential furniture

For you and any guests you may have, having a comfy couch and chair in your living room is crucial. Also, if your apartment contains a bar, use barstools instead of a tiny kitchen table for the corner of your kitchen. You'll want enough furniture to enjoy your meals without overcrowding the space. These items should definitely be on your first apartment checklist while you're preparing a list of the furniture you'll need:

  • Coffee table

  • Comfy sofa

  • End tables

  • TV stand

  • Small dining room table and chairs

Things to buy later: Area rugs, plants, wall decor or artwork, sound system, decorative pillows.

Bedroom essentials

Because sleep is so important, you may want to invest a little more money on a mattress for your apartment that you know will be comfortable for you. If you can't afford a good mattress right now, a futon or air mattress would suffice for now. You'll also need the following items.

  • Sheet set

  • Pillows

  • Comforter

  • Window treatments

  • Lamp

  • Hangers for the closet

Things to buy later: Bedside table, bed frame, rug. 

Living in an apartment will be a lot of fun, and moving will be a lot easier if you have a list of things you'll need. When you are planning your next move and you are looking for trusted movers Singapore that will help you move into your apartment, Wise Move is a one-stop marketplace for your moving needs. Our Singapore movers are passionate about moving your important investments while making sure safety is the top priority.

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