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Managing Those Must-Haves for Moving In

So you’ve been looking all over for apartments near the University of Cincinnati, and you’ve finally found the one you like. The lease has been signed and the check has been written. Now what? Start a list of ‘Must-Haves’ for moving in! Your new apartment won’t truly feel like home until you’ve put your stamp on it. Keep the following checklist of apartment essentials handy as you start packing those boxes:

Living Room Essentials

  • Couch, chairs, etc. – You will need a place to sit!
  • Coffee table
  • Bookshelves
  • Floor and table lamps – These are a must-have, as many apartments don’t come with an abundance of built-in light fixtures. This is true for the bedroom(s) as well.
  • Extra blankets and pillows – For when friends stay over!

Kitchen Essentials

  • Kitchenware of all kinds – Plates, cups, glasses, utensils, silverware, pots, pans, spatulas, whisks, oven mitts, ice cube trays, etc.
  • Silverware organizer – For the kitchen drawer.
  • Countertop container – For larger utensils.
  • Basic kitchen appliances – Toaster, coffee maker, can opener, blender, microwave (if the apartment isn’t furnished with one already), etc.
  • Dish towels and paper towels
  • A set of Tupperware or other storage containers – If you’re on a budget, leftovers will be your best friend.
  • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, zip-seal bags, and wax paper
  • Measuring cups and spoons – For your cooking experiments.
  • Trash can and recycling bin
  • Of course, food!

Dining Area Essentials

  • A table and chairs
  • Napkins, placemats, a tablecloth, etc.

Bathroom Essentials

  • Toilet Paper!
  • Shower curtain – Don’t forget the rings!
  • Shower caddy and towel hooks – Provides convenient places to store and hang things.
  • Plunger, toilet brush, cleaning supplies, trash can, and several scrub sponges
  • Plenty of towels and washcloths
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo, lotion, hand soap, deodorant, etc.

Bedroom Essentials

  • A bed! – This includes the mattress, box spring, and mattress pad.
  • Pillows, sheets, and comforter – Two sets will be good in case one set is in the laundry.
  • Hangers – Probably more than you might think is necessary.
  • Curtains
  • Night stand(s)
  • Wrinkle-free clothing spray – No one irons these days anyway!
  • Dresser
  • Desk and chair – For those long study sessions.
  • Trash can

Miscellaneous Essentials

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Swiffer
  • Vacuum
  • Cleaning supplies – Glass cleaner, duster, air freshener, cloths, paper towels, etc.
  • Trash bags
  • Clothes hamper
  • Storage bins
  • A basic set of tools – You never know when you’re going to need them. Make sure to get at least two screwdrivers (flat head and Phillips head), a hammer, some nails, a box cutter, some duct tape, an adjustable wrench, pliers (large and needle-nosed), and painter’s tape or masking tape.
  • Flashlights and plenty of batteries – In case of power outages.
  • Extra light bulbs
  • Pens, pencils, and a notepad – For grocery lists, etc.
  • Oscillating fan or box fan
  • First aid kit