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What You Need When Moving Out for the First Time

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Wife. Mama. Writer. Expert mover and all-around shaker. I love helping people solve their moving problems!

Moving out for the first time can be overwhelming. Here's a checklist and some tips to make it a breeze.

Moving out for the first time can be overwhelming. Here's a checklist and some tips to make it a breeze.

When I was 18, I loaded up my mom's soccer van with a butterfly chair, an electric kettle, some bedding, and every item of clothing I owned to cram into a small two-person dorm. After graduating, I moved in with a friend and realized how little I had in terms of household items. I didn't even have a glass to drink out of, let alone a couch to sit on or a dining table to eat at! Once we had our new place, it seemed I was forever forgetting something else (oh yeah, lamps would be nice I guess...), and it took a few months until I felt like I could cook a meal without realizing I had to go buy a can opener or a spatula.

According to the 2015 Census, about 34% of adults live at home with their parents, but at some point, you'll likely move out. Recently, my 25-year-old colleague moved out of her father's house for the first time and asked me what I thought she'd need. I started listing off some of the main things I had forgotten and then began to make her a list, which I am sharing with you here.

Here is the ultimate moving checklist to ensure you don't forget anything.

Here is the ultimate moving checklist to ensure you don't forget anything.

What Are the Essentials I Need When I Move Out?

  • Bed: And please don't just put a mattress on the floor. Before we were married, my husband made the mistake of tipping his memory foam mattress up when the carpet was cleaned and putting it down again before it was completely dry. Months later when we finally did get a box spring and frame and lifted the mattress up again, the bottom was covered with mold. So please, don't put your mattress on the floor—let it breathe. This applies to hardwood floors as well!
  • Bedframe
  • Nightstand: You don't want to have to get out of bed to turn off the light, do you? Get one big enough to hold what you need—books, a drink, alarm clock, lamp, and even a laptop if you're a workaholic or Facebook addict. Or you could just drop stuff on the floor and trip over it in the morning—your choice.
  • Some place to put your clothes: Whether it's the closet, hanging shelves, a dresser, an 18th-century cherry wood armoire, or bins, you need someplace to keep your duds. Buy hangers if you plan on hanging your clothes in a closet.
  • Laundry basket: Yes, you do need one, if only for transportation.
  • Mirror: This is just to make sure you're just as pretty as you think you are. A door-mounted mirror can get warped and distort your image. Additionally, since the door moves so much, it’s more likely to fall off than one secured to the wall.
  • Something to sit on: A couch, sofa, beanbag, inflatable chair, etc. Remember, you can always get a slipcover to give an ugly couch a cute face.
  • Coffee table and/or side tables: As refined as most of us claim to be, we usually do a lot of our eating in our living rooms in front of the TV, so it's helpful to have something to put your beer and cheese puffs—I mean, Chardonnay and brie cheese—on. Consider something with drawers for remote control and magazine storage. We had two Ikea side tables pushed together as a coffee table for well over a year—a cheap and easy fix for $14!
  • Something to put your TV on: Be it a custom-built entertainment center, a $15 Ikea TV stand, or an old desk, put your TV on something. It's helpful to have some media storage as well so you don't have stacks of Seinfeld DVDs lying around.
  • Lighting: Whether it be floor lamps, table lamps, or ceiling lights, assess what your place needs and make sure it's well lit. You can find fun lanterns for as little as a couple bucks at a thrift store. A dark place looks dirty and uninviting while a well-lit home looks warm and welcoming. Plus, it scares away the cockroaches.
  • Dining table and chairs: These too can be found second-hand, and don't worry if the chairs don't match—just call it "eclectic."
  • Desk and chair: This is optional, but you can use it for your laptop, keeping your mail organized, or writing those long letters to aunt Gracie.
  • Fan and/or heater: You should definitely look into if your apartment has central heat and A/C. If not, depending on the time of year, it's smart to get a fan (or an A/C unit) or small heater.
  • Something to cover your windows: You'll want to see if your apartment supplies window blinds or shades. If not, purchase some ahead of time (measure your windows first!) or bring a sheet to temporarily hang.

For the Kitchen

Here's what I use most in my kitchen:

  • Coffeemaker: But then again, I'm a severe addict...
  • Skillet: A good-sized one with a lid
  • Saucepan and/or stockpot: 1.5 qt and/or 3 qt, with lid
  • Mixing bowls
  • Utensils: wooden spoon(s), spatula, slotted spoon, slotted turner, ladle, can opener, bottle opener, and tongs
  • Oven mitts
  • Baking dishes: Glass or ceramic. I mostly use an 8x8 inch or a 9x13 inch.
  • Cookie sheets
  • Cutting boards
  • Knives: A large chef's knife, a serrated knife, and a small utility knife for everything else.
  • Kitchen shears
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Plates, bowls, glasses, and mugs

And here's a list of things you may not think of:

  • A drying rack (especially important if you don't have a dishwasher)
  • Potholder
  • Strainer
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Aluminum foil and saran wrap
  • Zip-loc bags
  • Dish soap and a sponge
  • Salt and pepper

Investing in these items ahead of time will ensure you don't blow all of your money on takeout every night. Plus, it's way more fun to cook!

For the Bathroom

  • Bath towels and washcloths
  • Shower curtain: Go with something PVC free. I use a cloth one, and it's so easy to clean—I just throw it in the washer and dryer.
  • Toilet bowl scrubber and plunger: Get the plunger before you really need it.
  • Bath mat
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Trashcan
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap
  • Toiletries

Other Things You'll Need

  • Trash cans: For the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Don't forget the bags.
  • Cleaning supplies. You'll need a vacuum, broom, dustpan, mop, bucket, Windex, paper towels, cleansers, scrub brush or sponge, duster, laundry detergent, etc.
  • Step stool: When your fire alarm is going off at 3am and you need to change the batteries, you'll be thankful you have this.
  • Towels: Kitchen, bath, hand, washcloths, cleaning cloths, etc.
  • Iron and ironing board if you care about your appearance.
  • Smoke/carbon monoxide detectors: So your mother can sleep soundly.
  • Fire extinguisher: To aid in your Top Chef attempts.
  • Matches
  • Light bulbs: The lights won't work without them, after all.
  • Toolbox: You can buy a basic set just about anywhere. Make sure you have essentials like a hammer, flathead and Philips screwdriver, measuring tape, level, nails, and screws, and some duct tape!
  • First aid: At the very least, you should have some band-aids, antiseptic, a thermometer, and Tylenol on hand.
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • Flashlights/candles for blackouts
  • Extension cords
  • Bins for storage
  • Duct tape

Home Decor to Consider

Here are some other optional pieces you might want to purchase:

  • Bookshelves
  • Entry table and entry hooks or coat rack: For keys and jackets
  • Hanging shelves: For either books, media, knickknacks, or anything you wish to display
  • Rugs: To make a room seem cozier and more colorful
  • Artwork or interesting accessories to decorate
  • Curtains: To keep your place warmer in winter and cooler in summer and to cover those hideous vertical blinds
  • Microwave cart or buffet: Useful in the kitchen if you need more countertop and storage space
  • Candles: You want your place to smell nice, right?

Don't Go Crazy on Home Decor

This is the first place that is all yours, so it will be tempting to go to the nearest Target or Crate and Barrel and go crazy. You want your apartment to look like it one of those places you see on HGTV. But it's important to be frugal. You don't want to blow all of your money on paint, trendy pillows, or a $1,000 rug. It will take some time to decorate your home, and that's okay! Your priority right now is to make sure you have all of the basics. Plus, it's fun to go to estate sales or second-hand stores in search of unique items to make your apartment feel like home. Don't rush it.

Prep things ahead of time to make moving day less stressful.

Prep things ahead of time to make moving day less stressful.

Some Tips to Make Moving Day Easier

  • Buying empty boxes can be expensive! Ask around to see if you can score some free boxes from friends who recently moved. Local grocery stores (like Trader Joe’s) are often happy to fork over boxes. (Insider tip: you’ll want to ask for DFN, frozen, and chip boxes.)You'll also want to make sure you have bubble wrap if you're moving any fragile objects, like glasses.
  • Label your boxes using different colored markers or tape based on what room it's for.
  • Make sure you pack anything you'll need those first few nights in a separate box. The last thing you'll want to do at the end of the day is dig around looking for your toothbrush or medication.
  • If possible, set up utilities ahead of time so you'll have electricity and water the first night. You might need to schedule an installation for Internet, so you could be without it for the first few days.
  • If you're doing a DIY move, start enlisting friends and family members to help you on the big day. Offer to buy them dinner in exchange for their assistance. It's also a good idea to reserve a moving truck and confirm the reservation a few days before the move.
  • If you're buying furniture ahead of time, measure the doorways at your new place to ensure it will fit.
  • If you're renting an apartment, take photos of it before moving in. You'll want to document anything that's broken or damaged as part of the move-in condition report.
  • Create a to-do list, so you can keep yourself on track.

What Will I Need Money for When I Move Out?

Before you make the move, you should start saving. Everyone should have a financial cushion substantial enough to cover three to six months of living expenses. Here are some costs you'll likely incur:

  • Rent and a security deposit (usually first and/or last month's rent)
  • Moving: Even you don't hire movers, you might need to rent a U-Haul or a furniture dolly.
  • Utilities: You want to have Internet, electricity, and water when you move in, right? Well, some companies will require a deposit for these services, especially if you haven't established credit yet. Plus, the bills will start coming in before you know it.
  • Furniture: Hopefully you have a mattress you can take from your old bedroom, but you're going to want a couch or a chair to sit on.
  • Renter's insurance

It's also wise to establish a small emergency fund. You never know what kind of snags you're going to run into during the move, so you'll want to be prepared.

Other Questions to Consider Before You Move Out

Do you have a job lined up?

If not, make sure you have enough money saved so you're not scrambling if it takes you a little bit of time to find one. However, you should really think about getting a job before moving out.

Do you know how to pay bills and understand what you'll be financially responsible for?

Up until now, it's likely that your parents have been paying most of the bills. Ask them if you have any questions and confirm what bills you'll be expected to pay when you move out, including things like car insurance or student loans

Are you going to live alone or have a roommate?

Living with roommates if definitely cheaper, so if you are on a budget or are moving to a city, you might want to consider this option.

What's your credit score?

If you're moving into an apartment or house, you'll want to know what your credit score is so you'll know if you qualify for an apartment or if you'll need to put down a deposit for utilities. If you don't credit established, now is the time to work on that. Open a credit card and ask your parents if there is a bill you can start to pay.

Have you set a budget for yourself?

You'll be surprised at how fast your money dwindles when you live on your own!

That should be enough to help you survive your first week without ordering out every night.

Remember, it may be a bit expensive right at the get-go, but you can always ask family and friends for old furniture and dishes or go bargain hunting, and once you have your basic setup, continue to add décor as time and money allow. Just make sure you have dishes before you get that amazing hand-painted urn.

Good luck, and here's to independence!

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments

JESUS FARIAS on March 08, 2019:

Jesus Farias wants to move out for the first time ever.

From his parents house. I need a good paying job on lock smith.

Date of birth: 07/24/1990

Zip Code: 92509

Code: 28 years old

David Johnson from Denver, CO on April 25, 2018:

Wow this is a very helpful hub! I remember when I moved to a college dorm and thought I had everything I needed to live. Then I got my first apartment and it felt like every time I went to get something done, there was something I was missing that was holding me back. The kitchen supplies are the things that got me the worst. I'd go to start cooking something and realize half-way through that I didn't have a measuring cup or cookie sheet or whatever else it was. I don't know how many trips to Walmart or Target I took that first year. I wish I would have had this guide back then!

R Obrian on September 24, 2017:

Im at a dead on job living in an abusive relationship no transportion what can i do to survive rents 500$

Takudzwa Mlambo on June 22, 2017:

thank you soooooo much. May God bless you. it was so helpful

Jessie Byrd on May 20, 2014:

My younger sister is making the transition from college to "adulthood" in a few weeks. It'll be nice to keep these tips in mind when our family gets together to move all her stuff (and there's definitely a lot of it). Even with all the things that she already has, I'll definitely print this list out so we can make sure that she has everything she needs to live on her own. Thanks for the help!

Jessie Byrd http://www.pedemonts.com.au

raquelle148 on March 06, 2014:

You have completed all the list of things that needed when moving. I brought all those basic things when I first move in my own house.

Sarah Forester from Australia on February 24, 2014:

I still remember when I first moved out! It's such fun but there are so many things that are easily forgotten in the whole process.

mackenzie on January 14, 2014:

Im 18 and moving from brisbane to melbourne (ballarat) for university. This was great help, thanks heaps!

Michelle Widmann on July 24, 2013:

This hub was super helpful. I'm currently looking to move out on my own, probably with a friend, and I've been making up a list of what I'd need, but your list has covered everything and more! Thanks!

someone on July 17, 2013:

Don't forget the wine bottle opener!

Iris on January 18, 2013:

Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Thanks so much to the author of this Hub! I'm 22, still living with my mother, but not for much longer, as she'll be moving up to PA in 3 months while I'll be staying in VA. This list definitely gives amazing advise and it's funny as hell to boot! (I especially laughed about the cockroaches)

Also, another thanks to the commenters: some of the suggested ideas are wicked as well, like the pizza pan and cutter, seran wrap, and foil! I use these items all the time at home, yet I never would have remembered them!

Thanks so much, and good luck to all others like myself who are leaving the nest soon!

Chelsea on January 10, 2013:

Some other suggestions:

-AA and AAA batteries

-Flashlights/candles for black outs

-Extension cords

Depending on what your home is already equipped with, things like a portable fan, microwave, and water purifier (I love the Brita pitcher) can really come in handy!

Edith on December 04, 2012:

Already moved out a few times but it's always nice to refresh the memory of what I need. In the past, almost every place had most of everything. Now that I'm moving out again and in with my bf, I need to take notes of everything I don't have and start shopping. Thanks!

neenee on November 17, 2012:

Helped out a lot

highschooler2015 on June 12, 2012:

I am a sophmore in highschool and I have high hopes of moving to California right after highschool. I am trying to start preparing for when I move so I don't have to worry about not having enough money for certain necessities. This helped me so much! Thank you for doing it!

Reya on May 31, 2012:

This is very helpful. Thank you so much! :)

Blake T on May 11, 2012:

Amazing. I missed some of these. The shower curtain was the worst. My floor was drenched afterwards. Ha ha. I have the furniture but I have to put it together. However, I forgot tools! I am think I may recruit a straight male friend to come do it for me for free beer and diner from a loving homosexual. Ha ha.

Samantha on April 19, 2012:

This list is the bomb! You just forgot clothes hangers :)

Nakisha Bray on April 02, 2012:

lots to do and so little time thank you so much for the help! cant think of much that anyone left out, managing grocery lists and kepping a file cabnit for bills etc, that would be helpful as well thanks!~

guest on March 23, 2012:

don't forget office supplies like scissors, rubber bands, stapler, paper clips, tape (scotch, masking, shipping), and maybe a ream of paper. if you're a kid at heart, throw in some crayons or markers. they're more useful than you think!

and a sewing kit comes in handy, too. just some string, needles, + safety pins..

Colinblack95@live.com on February 20, 2012:

Someone please email me this list 1 year from now :P

Beelal on February 15, 2012:

wait people eat their pets??? cuz that's how i read it?

Nikki on January 30, 2012:

Man, moving out with my boyfriend all the way to Seattle washington from around sanfransisco California, making a list and checking it numerous times!!! Were not the average teens, I'm 19 he's 18, we don't watch much tv, I read he is a computer guy, we both love art. He's going to school I'm working, trying so hard to find planning pages so that our family believes we're ready for this step. And to assure ourselves. I came across this wonderful page! Yay!!! Much help to my notebook of planning! Which I still need much help with. :/ if anyone can help shoot me an email? Bsahippiechick@sbcglobal.net or pandybear.miyamoto@gmail.com, any help would be much appreciated!!!!

Kendra on January 27, 2012:

I'm 18 and moved into my boyfriends two weeks ago and tonight we are moving to a rental by ourselves. It's deff scary, but as long as you don't let yourself get overwhelmed its not too bad. The only thing that really sucks is the price of everything. I work part-time, so we have to think of what's necessary at the moment...

Ryan B. on January 19, 2012:

Thank you so much, I've looked around and this has to be the most comprehensive list I have seen yet. I am 17(Turning 18 in March) and am on the verge of getting my own place with my girlfriend of three years. I am a bit worried about expenses and want to be prepared for any added cost I might encounter. This list is sure to be a godsend in the up and coming months. Thank you again for taking your time out to write this. God bless.

Sydney on January 16, 2012:

This list is fantastic. I've seen plenty of articles about the main things you need as far as furniture goes, but those little things-utensils and appliances-I knew I would forget. Thank you!

Ana on January 15, 2012:

Thank you.! In roughly three years, I'll be successfully living on my own....meanwhile, I'm gunna go look for some spoons.

Amanda Chavez on January 13, 2012:

Thanks so much! I was getting really nervous bout what i need to pack and now i know im set. I got my stuff and all i need is to rent a truck! AGAIN, thank u.

Noobie on January 03, 2012:

Oh gosh, I almost forgot the toilet paper.

Thanks for the reminder!

Athena P on December 03, 2011:

Great list! But you forgot the recycling bins. Those are essential. ;)

Theresa on November 06, 2011:

Don't forget the cheese grater. I really needed a cheese grater when I moved out of home

Simone on November 04, 2011:

Moving out, 8 hours away from home, this spring. Already starting to buy everything! Buying a bed will probably be the most expensive. Thanks so much for the list! Definitely adding bean bag chairs and black lights to mine though. ;D

Maddie on October 13, 2011:

Thanks for the list! I'm only not even 18, but I'm making a binder for when I get older. ;D

Ray on October 08, 2011:

Best thing to do before moving out, is 6 to 12 months before moving out, it's good to buy things little by little. Trying to buy everything at once is very expensive.

Gina on October 07, 2011:

Wow, very helpful. Have been planing to move for a while and finally doing it. I started my own list n thought i had a Lot till I realized a kitchen table n a sofa. My co worker told me when he moved out he went to throw stuff out n realized he had no trash can.. Thanks for everything!

kylie. on October 04, 2011:

i'm moving out of my mom's house in 6 months and this really helped!

John G on September 10, 2011:

Check Craigslist for free stuff and yardsales to buy cheap

Morgan on September 04, 2011:

This really helped, thanks!

Khan on August 23, 2011:

Great Article :)

Brit on July 18, 2011:

This was absolutely amazing! Thanks so much!

Student Discount on June 09, 2011:

Great post! Truly helpful for student like me! Planning to move out after summer. Thanks for the list.

ari on May 25, 2011:

this seems awesome! is that all though?

Olis on April 28, 2011:

All that's missing is that first shopping list, all the little things you take for granted like salt and rice

OCD me on April 27, 2011:

I always have had about 5-6 different lists of the same thing listed by room (i have ocd like mad), currently i have located a few, so i decided to use MS excel to make a check list to keep in my purse, since i already have a lot of things, i need to make sure i don't get duplicates. i always feel like i'm leaving things out, this definitely helped me when i was going over my list.

Nikk-a-Dee on April 14, 2011:

Thank you so much for this! I am only 16 and only moving out when I get married, but any who, I am making a list of what I will need, this helped a lot!

lalalalauren on April 13, 2011:

my fiancée and i are moving out in this july. we are so excited.

Marley on April 10, 2011:

Very helpful! Except if people are moving to a house, they need appliances, that can run 10 grand easily =-(

tilly on April 03, 2011:

washing machin!!!!!! or some thing to keep your clothes clean would also help :)

Thia on March 29, 2011:

This list has helped sooo much! i cant wait to come home with a truck full of stuff for my boyfriend to unload!

Danny on March 22, 2011:

All that's missing is that first shopping list, all the little things you take for granted like salt and rice

Brittany on March 22, 2011:

Thanks so much! its really helpful especially for someone young like myself. I've done this twice before, but the roommates that I'll be living with next are new to this. I was trying to make a list to help them the way I was not helped - and you finished that list for me!!

Tyler Walkowiak on March 14, 2011:

Very useful. i have everything on this list so i feel confident.

Una on March 05, 2011:

This is so very helpful. I also found another site of a couple that are blogging about their process of moving out, and giving tips/ I think is pretty cool. If you wanna check it out is missionupandout.wordpress.com

neil on February 08, 2011:

wish i could move out. i need to, but i'm so not ready.

rpm2004 on January 21, 2011:

"Something to put your TV on" So you just assume everybody owns a TV?

Sophie on January 08, 2011:

this list is making me second guess my move! I'm soo not ready :/

Fred Siman on December 20, 2010:

i read your article. i think it is great. i like it very much.

Susan on December 10, 2010:

Awesome list. My daughter and her boyfriend just moved into their 1st place on Nov. 30.

Here are other essential items :

microwave - microwave safe dishes(anything with gold trim will cause sparks in microwave) microwave safe plastic containers to thaw food in, not heat up, microwave food cover to prevent "horrible messes."

toaster oven, cutlery tray, pizza cutter & pizza pan or pizza stone (the best), potato peeler, potato masher, cheese grater, icecream scoop, icecube trays, wire whisk, juice container, glass measuring(2)cup for liquids,glad re-usable plastic containers for fridge leftovers - best not to heat in. Can freeze food & thaw in though, handmixer, kitchen timer, meat thermometer, saran wrap, foil, serviettes, scrubbies for washing pots, kitchen table cloth.

bathmat for bottom of tub, vim cleaner(awesome stuff).

wall clocks, alarm clock, clothes hangers, pillows, blankets, comforter.

Hope this list helps as I just helped move my daughter less than two weeks ago this stuff is still fresh in my mind.

Happy Moving !!!!

Oh and,

flashlights & candles & candle holders & matches

(in case power goes off) - I hate when I can't find matches - and I hate fumbling in the dark.

TIP: After learning the hard way I now leave my matches in cutlery drawer.

Have fun enjoying your new place.

sarah on December 01, 2010:

this helped a lot! im only 17 i have another year before i move out so thanks so much! this really helped me know what to take. great job:)

Alex on November 28, 2010:

Cool ideas and things but what do i do if my pet(dog)What if she don't like the place.

bobbi on October 20, 2010:

im moving across the USA. from colorado to pennsylvaina. im almost 18. im terrified. not of the move or anything. more of the plane and if my dumbass gets lost. i think im more upset about leaving my three pets than anything. i don't know what to do. my mom will be in CO. and i will be in Penn with my best friend. its gonna be hard. i know. this list helped remind me of things ive forgotten. and it made me laugh. thanks.

Vicki on September 17, 2010:

I noticed that a lot of it is kitchen stuff. My boyfriend and I are planning on moving after I've been in a new for a month or so. I was making a list so I knew when I had to start searching Craigslist and I knew I was missing a TON of stuff. This has been such an epic help

Naomi on September 15, 2010:

There are laudromats... but they do tend to get expensive after awhile.

Megan on September 15, 2010:

Where's the fridge or washing machine?

alexandra on September 11, 2010:

Im so glad i found this list!

My cousin, sister, and I are planning on moving in together in a year in an apartment.

This list actually made me realize how much money I need to start saving up.

Thanks

melony on September 02, 2010:

omg, I'am moving out soon and totally forgot about the plunger and most importanly the dectecors and vacuum. damn now I have to buy it :)

Colleen on August 25, 2010:

My boyfriend and I are moving out of our parents house and getting a place together for the FIRST TIME!!! Its not far from his family's home, but its like an hour away from mine. my biggest fear is missing my family. And i have no idea what to do for like cable and all that other crap. LOL im only 20, and hes only 21. Kinda scared

Ann on August 18, 2010:

Awesome List - I was just browsing because my boyfriend and I are planning on moving out and I just couldn't figure out where to start - Lo and behold, this popped up! thank you so much for putting this up.

Best,

Ann P

Joey Dawn on August 09, 2010:

Thank you so much, me and my boyfriend will be getting an apartment when I turn 18 next year. We've still got a year, but I like to plan ahead and have been making lists, this helped tremendously! Thanks again. Anyone else who may have advice on moving out feek free to email me at joeydawn13@yahoo.com. Thanks again :)

jim on August 09, 2010:

This helped me a lot. ty for putting this up. just about to move out in less than a month & i didn't know what to get at all :P. ty again big help

aliviana on July 30, 2010:

big help me and my husband and are little girl are getting our own home for the first time and it really helped to make sure we have everything

Katie on July 21, 2010:

This is a great list! Another helpful thing would be a small sewing kit (at least some thread and a needle lol) in case a button falls off or whatever. I'm planning on moving out in about a year, and I've been buying lots of smaller items like dishes, utensils, and cups, and I also found towels on a good sale recently. I also got some storage boxes to store the things in until I move, and they'll also be handy in my new place. :) Plus I won't be as stressed because I'm spreading out the money spending and I'll already have a lot of the essentials. :)

amsmoving on July 20, 2010:

There's a great book called "Life After School Explained" by Cap & Compass that has a lot of excellent advice about what to do when you move out, and not just for college graduates. It helped me a lot - especially its section about budgeting and financial planning. I needed a lot of help with that when I got out on my own!

Bella on July 17, 2010:

Wow thanks so much. Im 17 and Im getting an apt with my boyfriend and well, this is a lot of help. I didn't even think of half the stuff there even though I use these things on a daily basis. I don't want to have to get up and go to the store every 5 minutes because I keep forgeting things! Thanks again, so much

Solorya (author) from Oklahoma on July 13, 2010:

Thanks for the compliment Lindsay!

Lindsay N on July 12, 2010:

What a relief! Thanks for your help :P I've done most of the shopping for our apartment, between my husband and I. Really looking forward to the move in two weeks. By the way, you are an amazing writer I really enjoyed reading and learning because of it. Thanks again :D

Linds

kimberly on June 28, 2010:

thanks soo much im moving out soon and i was writing my own list.!

Smitz on June 26, 2010:

Very Very helpful!

Thank you!!

Kym on June 26, 2010:

Great list! Perfectly practical and fun. :D

Thanks!

Ansley on June 10, 2010:

I'm moving out by Next January or February. I'm in grade 11 now but I hope to graduate early!! (:

Then I can move out; and I'm thinking of moving to Cambridge, Ont. My best friend lives there so I'll have him when I move there atleast.

I'll be 5 hours away from home though. But I'm sure with researching things about moving out now I'm sure I'll be more then ready for the big move (:

and I'll only be 17 but hey I can make it on my own (:

Easy Fit Inc. from Woodside, NY on June 04, 2010:

What a great checklist and advice for young adults moving out on their own. Since most end up with hand-me-down furniture or thrift store finds, it's great advice to spruce them up with slipcovers in fashionable fabrics that match their style-whether contemporary or shabby chic.

angela on May 30, 2010:

Great list! Did you go to SDSU or USD?

I've been at SDSU this past year living at home and finally getting to move right next to campus! Thanks for the tips!!

meagan on March 27, 2010:

thanks so much! nothing else out there is this helpful!

Craig on March 08, 2010:

How about a brita or pure water filter! :)

Bukan from India, Kolkata on February 08, 2010:

Next time when i am on move i preferred with your this post, because i like practical experience, rather than theoretical. Thanks for this Post.

Ash on February 07, 2010:

Thanks Solorya....very nice list....just the right and very essential things you need to get started...thanks

movearoundus from Miami, FL on January 31, 2010:

Ohhhh! it's really nice. Absolutely, great tips. I think moving a house isn't very easy task to do, and it need a longer time and checklist's or planning actually to relocate your house and pretty thinks like, sofa, cooking utensils are funny things you know!, but the things you shouldn't carry that you have specified in your post is really magnificently describe and everybody should get a help from it.I have also a well reputed moving service company statewiderelocation.com providing similar services.

GW on January 31, 2010:

Great list

Barbara on January 27, 2010:

Here's a great tip: When finding the apartments of your dreams, the floors or carpeting may not be in the best condition, so buy "runners", basically various sized rugs. Go to Bed, Bath and Beyond, places like that.

brian on January 20, 2010:

thanks so much im 19 and moving out in 2 weeks im hitten every 1up and by far your list has been the most helpful damn a bin that and a broom never even crossed my mind :-) thank you so much :-]

Abby on January 19, 2010:

wow. I'm only 16, 17 this summer, and two of my friends and I are moving out in like 4 years together. this list helped a LOT. thank you so much. very informative. though duct tape should definitely be on here - all Alaskans use it.

deanna on January 12, 2010:

first aid kit

strainer for noodles

laundry bag

Amie on January 11, 2010:

This is a GREAT list. My boyfriend and I just decided to get an apartment at the end of this semester, and I was stressing cause I don't want to forget to buy anything important. This DEFINITELY helps though! :)

Sammie on January 05, 2010:

Shoot! I am 18 and i think its time for me to move out of my parent's home.........its scary:(

Emily on January 05, 2010:

Wow. I thought I had thought of everything -- my list only covers about a third of this one. Thanks for this!

Aaron on January 02, 2010:

I think fingernail clippers and other stuff like that should be added. And scissors! But overall, a very good list

Flatty on December 16, 2009:

This is also very useful if you split with your partner and everything belongs to them :) I searched for this list after I put food in the oven and realized I had no oven mit.

Thanks for putting this up!

Freda Raffeal from New York on December 05, 2009:

practical enough..good job

emily on December 01, 2009:

i knew i would need a lot of stuff to move out but i didn't realize how much, i am planing on moving out in may, i think i'll start know on gathering everyone up so it doesn't all get pilled on me when i move.

this was really helpful.

Laura on November 22, 2009:

Haha - i forgot the oven mits and tea towels my first time so i had to serve food whilst it sat in the oven/micowave still. got a few burns. Don't forget the toaster and kettel too =]