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


  1. Bathmat
  2. Bath towels
  3. Hand towels
  4. Plunger
  5. Shower curtain and rings
  6. Soap dispenser
  7. Toilet brush
  8. Tooth brush 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. Hanging shoe rack
  9. Desk and chair
  10. Dresser/a>
  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 sweeper
  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 hamper
  6. Shoe rack

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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