Essentials You Need for Your First Apartment

So, you’re getting ready to move into your first apartment and are excited to begin your new life of independence and freedom. But the problem about first apartments is that signing a lease, hiring Singapore movers to transport your belongings, paying rent, and putting your new furniture in isn’t enough to make it a home. What you’ll need to get started in a new place are apartment essentials. You’ll need to buy a lot of tiny and large stuff to fully furnish your residence.

We’ve compiled a few important items you’ll need to get started, but keep in mind that you won’t need all of them right immediately.  Take your time, especially if you’re short on cash.


If you’re living on your own for the first time, this may be one of the most important items you need. Unless you plan on ordering takeout every night (and let me warn you, that adds up quickly). Here are some of the items you will need.

  • Chef knife and a small paring knife
  • Coffee maker and filters
  • Tupperware
  • Cutting board
  • Coffee mugs and glasses
  • Dishtowels
  • Silverware
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • A few pots and pans
  • Plates and bowls
  • Can opener
  • Ice cube trays
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Paper towel holder
  • Serving spoon and spatula
  • Colander

Things to buy later: food processor, serving dishes, toaster oven, cake pans.

Cleaning supplies

When you finally have your own place, you might be amazed at how much more motivated you are to keep it clean. You don’t have to go all out and buy an expensive vacuum right away, but you should have the following items.

  • Small broom and dustpan or vacuum
  • A Swiffer with both dry and wet pads
  • Trash bags
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Multi-purpose spray
  • Toilet scrubber
  • Toilet bowl cleaning solution
  • Laundry detergent
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Handsoap

Things to buy later: microfiber sweeper, furniture polish and fancy vacuum.

Don’t forget about pest control – it’s always best to hire professionals when dealing with pest control.
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