A List of Things You Need When You Move Out for the First Time

To download this printable moving out checklist, click here.

I’m including this post in my post-grad blog series because when I was about to move out, I honestly didn’t have a clue about what I needed to get for my new place. I mean, I knew I needed the essentials, like plates and bowls, but when it came to all those important yet random things, like bathmats and lint rollers, I really didn’t know where to start. Of course, as a true millennial, instead of asking my parents for help I turned to Google for the answers. Unfortunately, no matter how many variations of “A List of Things You Need When You Move Out” I queried, I could never find a post that just had everything laid out for me. Google, don’t fail me now!

Fortunately for all of you who find yourself in a similar situation, I’ve complied a complete list of things you need when you move out. Sure, some of these things on here you could probably live without, and there may be things not on this list that you’ll later think to yourself “How did I live so long without a lemon zester?!” But all in all, this list will save you a ton of headaches and overall make that transition from your parents house to some landlords basement that much smoother.

Click to download the printable first moving out checklist so you can start using it right away!


  1. Baking sheets
  2. Blender
  3. Bottle opener
  4. Cake pans
  5. Can opener
  6. Cooling racks
  7. Cutlery
  8. Cutlery drawer organizer
  9. Dish drainer
  10. Electric kettle
  11. Electric mixer
  12. French press
  13. Fridge magnets
  14. Garlic press
  15. Garlic keeper
  16. Glass casserole dishes
  17. Glasses
  18. Ice trays
  19. Kitchen towels
  20. Knife set
  21. Measuring cups and spoons
  22. Mixing bowls
  23. Mugs
  24. Muffin baking sheet
  25. Oven mitts
  26. Oven timer
  27. Oven thermometer
  28. Paper towel holder
  29. Place mats
  30. Plastic cutting board
  31. Plastic flipper
  32. Plastic tupperware
  33. Plates and bowls
  34. Pots and pans
  35. Potato/carrot peeler
  36. Salad spinner
  37. Spatula
  38. Strainer
  39. Rice cooker
  40. Tea pot
  41. Tea infuser
  42. Toaster
  43. Utensil organizer/holder
  44. Water jug
  45. Wine glasses
  46. Wine rack
  47. Wine opener
  48. Whisk
  49. Wok
  50. Wooden spoon


  1. Bathmat
  2. Bathroom towels
  3. Hand towels
  4. Plunger
  5. Shower curtain/rings
  6. Soap dispenser
  7. Toilet brush
  8. Toothbrush holder
  9. Trash can


  1. Armoire
  2. Bed comforter
  3. Bed mattress
  4. Bed frame
  5. Bed sheets and pillow covers
  6. Blanket
  7. Box-spring
  8. Closet-hanging shoe rack
  9. Desk and chair
  10. Dresser
  11. Lamps
  12. Mattress protector
  13. Mirror
  14. Nightstand tables
  15. Pillows
  16. Plastic storage bins

Living Room

  1. Bookshelf
  2. Coasters
  3. Coat rack
  4. Coffee table
  5. Couch
  6. Couch cushions
  7. Lamps
  8. Side tables
  9. TV
  10. TV stand


  1. Broom
  2. Dustpan and brush
  3. Mop and bucket
  4. Scrubbing brushes
  5. Swiffer broom
  6. Swiffer duster
  7. Toilet bowl cleaner
  8. Tub and tile bathroom cleaner
  9. Vacuum
  10. Windex


  1. Doormat
  2. Fan
  3. Iron
  4. Ironing board
  5. Laundry basket
  6. Shoe racks

For more on life after graduation, check out my complete post-grad blog series:

What did you realize you couldn’t live without when you first moved out?


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