By: Bob Kozik | May 25th, 2014 | 36 comments

These days its a lot more difficult for people to scrape together the cash to buy all the necessary items for a comfy apartment life, so rather than dismissing all you who’ve found yourselves on hard times or are just willing to rough it I’ve created this bare-bones first apartment checklist.

We’re keeping it dirty, we’re keeping it simple, and leaving those creature comforts behind. This lifestyle is not going to work for everybody. Should this not be something you’re down for we offer much more comprehensive apartment checklists for first timers as well.

Basic Bathroom Checklist

This one could potentially get a litter dangerous, but to avoid that just remember to throw down a towel to stand on when you get done with your bath(Come back to the dark-side)/shower.

  • Bath Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Plunger
  • Shower Curtain
  • Shower Hooks
  • Shower Liner
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Waste Basket
  • Barebones Bedroom List

    For me personally, I would just look at this list as something to hold myself over while I found my footing. Because let’s be honest, who wants to sleep ten or twelve inches above the floor every night?

  • Alarm Clock (In lieu of a phone)
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Lamp
  • Mirror
  • Mattress
  • Sheets & Comforter
  • Wardrobe (If no closet)
  • Not for you? The full-length bedroom checklist is much longer.

    Cleaning & Safety

    Without mom and dad or whomever around to look after your its time to clean up after yourself. Like I said before, when you’re barely getting by you cannot afford to get sick.

  • All purpose cleaner
  • Brand-aids
  • Broom and Mop
  • Bucket
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Scrubby
  • Rag
  • Smoke Alarm
  • Dining Room Furnishings

    Your mother is going to complain for sure, but you don’t actually need a dining room table and matching chairs to get by. I’ll readily admit those items certainly class up the joint but they’re not necessary.

  • TV Tray Table
  • Entry-way

    If your first apartment has carpeting make sure your company takes off their shoes and removes their wet jackets. Otherwise you’re going to have a hard time getting your security deposit when you leave.

  • Coat Hook
  • Rug/Runner
  • First Grocery List

    Because we’ve all got different dietary restrictions: allergies, cultural and religious obligations, dental work, etc. etc. there’s no way in good conscious post a single uniform list. So I created something better; a tool for you to use to tailor a grocery list specifically to your needs.

    Ready to create your custom list? Click-here to get started.

    Living Room Furniture

    If you’re going for the full-Spartan first apartment lifestyle and you just have a laptop or tablet then you really don’t actually need the computer desk, but that being said its not going to be a comfortable experience by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Computer Desk & Chair
  • End Table
  • Lamp
  • Sofa
  • Starter Kitchen Checklist

    There’s no way around this being so long because you cannot afford to get sick when you’re roughing it. You’ll have to call in sick, fall behind on classes, pay for doctor’s visits, buy over-the-counter medicine. Perhaps even fall behind on your rent.

  • 3Qt. Sauce Pan
  • 10in Fry Pan
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Serrated Kife
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Spoons
  • Coffee Mugs
  • S&P Shakers
  • Do you like to cook? Want to save progress online? click-here to get a more well-suited kitchen checklist.

    Small Appliances

    What’s a French Press? A non-electronic appliance used to brew coffee, and because it doesn’t draw phantom power like the one in your parents house its perfect for your first apartment.

  • Can Opener
  • French Press
  • Toaster
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