Essential household items for your new apartment

Essential household items for your new apartment
Olivia RoundJune 19, 2019

You’ve bought the house, signed the contracts, established your mortgage payments and now it’s time to move in. Before the move, take a look at your household inventory, and stock up on some household essentials for your new home.

With the environment in mind, try upcycling by making thrift stores, Gumtree and Facebook marketplace your first port of call when sourcing new furniture, appliances and decor.

Here is the move-in checklist:

Keys & Locks

Firstly, you'll want to start by getting a spare key cut to leave with your neighbour or a family member in case of an emergency or if you lose your primary key. However, if the house is not brand new, it's always a good idea to change the locks in case the previous owner had keys cut for multiple people.

Tape measure

When buying furniture, you’re going to want to measure up each room before you go shopping. 

A basic toolkit

The beauty of having your own home is that you aren’t reliant on anyone else to get things fixed. Invest in a good toolkit so you can make general repairs. You’ll need a screwdriver (flat head and Philips), a hammer, a power drill, screws/nails and pliers. 

Paint test pots

Pick up a couple of test post of paint colours used throughout the house to touch up any marks made on the walls. 

Dining table + chairs

When you first move in, you’ll need somewhere to eat dinner. Find a table which fits the space effectively. 

House plants

Arguably essential, houseplants undeniably make any new apartment look and feel like a home.


If you have a balcony or garden big enough for a BBQ, then you might like to invest in one for summer evenings and al fresco dining.

Outdoor lighting

Solar powered fairy lights can create a lovely atmosphere for evenings spent outdoors, and they’re also energy efficient and low maintenance. 

Outdoor furniture

Measure up your balcony and head to your local thrift store to find some cool garden seats, picnic tables, etc.

Circuit protectors

Some new apartments aren’t fit with enough powerpoints, so if you’re using a multiword and running several electrical devices at once, it can be a good idea to use a circuit protector to prevent power overloading or device failure.


You'll need a vacuum cleaner, toaster and fridge, and you might also consider purchasing a blender, sandwich press, sewing machine and steamer/iron.

For the bedroom

Linen, coathangers, mirror, art/photo frames, blankets, dresser, laundry hamper, pillows, lamp

For the bathroom/laundry

Toilet roll/brush/plunger, bath mat, towels, hand towels, facecloths, washing detergent, hand soap

For the kitchen

Cutlery organiser (if not built-in), cutlery, spice rack + spices, crockery + cups, rubbish bin, compost bin, recycling bin, pots and pans, drying rack, food storage containers, chopping board, can opener, cooking knives, table cloth, colander, teatowel, measuring spoons/cups, spatula/ladle/whisk, coffee percolator, teapot

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Olivia Round

Olivia Round is the Features Editor of Olivia specialises in news reporting, in-depth editorial content and video + podcast interviews with industry experts.

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