If you're thinking about putting down that deposit on your very own apartment, congrats! But now what? Living on your own for the first time can be exciting. It can also be stressful managing your finances, handling household chores, and figuring out what that weird noise is coming from. But fear not—we've got you covered with essential tips and a handy checklist to ensure you thrive in your newfound independence.


Financial Savvy

First things first: let's talk finances. Living on your own (even with roommates) means shouldering all the financial responsibilities yourself. From rent and utilities to groceries and other expenses, it's crucial to create and stick to a budget. Track your expenses, prioritize your needs, and save for unexpected costs. Agree upfront about what everyone is paying for so there are no "misunderstandings" later.


Safety First

If you have roommates or are lucky enough to live alone, safety should be a top priority. Make sure your apartment has the essentials, like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, and a basic first aid kit. Just like on an airplane, know where the emergency exits are. Practice emergency procedures and have important contact numbers handy.


Household Essentials Checklist

To help you get started on the right foot, here's a checklist of essential items you'll need for your first apartment:


  1. More Than A Futon: Bed frame, mattress, sofa, dining table and chairs, and storage solutions.
  2. Kitchen 101: Cookware, utensils, dishes, glasses, silverware, and small appliances (e.g., toaster, coffee maker).
  3. Keepin' It Sparkly: All-purpose cleaner, disinfectant wipes, broom, mop, vacuum cleaner, and trash bags.
  4. Bathroom Basics: Shower curtain, bath mat, towels, toiletries, and toilet paper.
  5. Live Like Royalty: Bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets), bedside lamp, and storage for clothing.
  6. Keep It Safe: Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguisher, and basic first aid kit.
  7. Embrace Your Inner Bob the Builder: Screwdriver, hammer, pliers, and flashlight.
  8. 411 on 911: Flashlight, batteries, and a basic first aid kit.
  9. Magic Touches: Decorative items, artwork, plants, and anything else that adds personality to your space.

Moving out on your own the first time is an exciting milestone filled with opportunities for growth and self-discovery. We hope this helps you thrive in your new space.


Cheers to the adventures that lie ahead in your first apartment! 🏠✨