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Everything You Need for Your First Apartment!
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Guest Blogger
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023

Moving into your first apartment can be a bit overwhelming. After thinking of all the things I would need to purchase to make my apartment feel like home, I know it has been for me. To make it easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of all the essential items you’ll need for a functional new apartment!


An essential part of shopping for your first apartment is knowing your budget and staying within it! You can find your budget by writing down all your recurring bills, adding the totals, and subtracting them from how much you make a month. You will use the leftover amount to budget toward purchasing items for your apartment. I also recommend putting some money aside for your first month’s rent.

Now that you know your budget, let’s talk about what you need for each room or area in your first apartment!

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Checklist provided by SimplyCamden!


The kitchen is where you will have the most items to buy! You will need pots and pans, cooking utensils, silverware, and more. Instead of buying these items individually, you can save a lot more money by purchasing these essentials in sets.

Open kitchen with stainless steel appliances and kitchen island in the Bennington floor plan at Camden Westchase Park apartments in Tampa, Florida.

Photo courtesy of Camden Westchase Park

Bedroom and Living Room

Your living room is the center of your home and where you will spend most of your time! You only need a few items for this area. Decorations can be purchased over time. The most essential part of your bedroom is having somewhere to sleep. A mattress and a bedframe should be your priority! As far as the living room, starting with a simple two-seater couch, a console table, and a TV. You can save money by purchasing these items at thrift stores, local garage sales, or from family members!

Bedroom in the B2 floor plan at Camden Atlantic apartments in Plantation, Florida.

Photo courtesy of Camden Atlantic Apartments


Your bathroom is your self-care central! Having the perfect bathroom setting can set the tone of your new apartment and make it feel like home. From shower curtains to the perfect hand towels, our apartment checklist will have everything you need. If you need a little help with bathroom organization, we got you covered! This Camden post will tell you everything you need to utilize your bathroom space in the best way possible.

Bathroom with quartz countertop undermount sink and bathtub with curved shower rod

Photo courtesy of Camden Deerfield Apartments

Cleaning Supplies

As my mom would say, “A clean home is a happy home!” Cleaning supplies are generally inexpensive, but you can get coupons from your local grocery stores to help save even more on these everyday household items. Here are some tips on creating a cleaning routine that works for you!

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Photo courtesy of Pexels by Karolina Grabowska

Moving should never be stressful, and over here at Simply Camden we like to make it as simple as possible for you. Check out these articles on more ways to have a smooth moving experience!

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