What to Do When You Move into a New Apartment

What to Do When You Move into a New Apartment

With my recent moving on my mind, I figured it would be the perfect time to do a write-up about what to do when you first move into an apartment. It’s usually a bit of a mess when you’re moving, so making things easier or having a guide on things can make it significantly easier. I’m going to list things you should do, things I’ve forgotten to do, and some of the essentials for a new apartment.

Take Photos

I completely forgot to do this before moving some things into my new apartment. One of the, if not THE most important thing to do when you get to your new apartment is take photos of what it looks like when you moved in.

This is huge for when you leave and want to make sure you’re not cheated out of a security deposit. It’s proof of what you walked into on day one.

Walk around your apartment and take pictures, or even a video, of each room, closet, nook, and cranny. That way if your landlord tries to charge you for that chip in the bathtub, you have the proof that it was there from the start.

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Move Books in Suitcases

This is something I read while wandering the internet. I can’t remember when or where, but it’s a real life saver. Books are a huge pain in the ass to move, so put them in suitcases!

They’re heavy and if you put enough of them in a container it becomes a two person job. If you pack your books in small suitcases they’re much easier to handle in your new apartment. They already have wheels, and if they’re not packed too tight, you’ll be able to lift and carry them as needed, even if you’re a tiny 5-2 woman like me.

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Move in some Essentials First

A big thing with moving into a new apartment is to make sure you have a few bits of essentials that you know exactly where they are.

  • toilet paper
  • soap
  • dish soap
  • sponge
  • plunger
  • basic tools
  • shower curtain

When you’re in the middle of moving and you need to pee or if something leaked and your hands are all gross, making sure you know where they are. Having a plunger is also on my list of things to have when your first apartment! having some basic tools like a screw driver and hammer on hand will work for taking apart or putting together most furniture. I know I’m going to have to put together two beds once they make it inside my new apartment.

What to do when you move

Have Cleaning Supplies on Hand

Cleaning supplies are always good to have on hand in a new apartment, especially once you start putting things away. Say you want to put your dishes away in the cabinets but you realize that they’re dusty. If you don’t know what box the cleaning products are in, you’ll spend more time looking for them than necessary.

I’d pack up your favorite cleaning products in a bucket and make them one of the last things you throw in the car on your way to the new apartment. That way you have those things when you need them.

I’m particularly fond of Soft Scrub, and Clorox products. It might be the bleach aspect that I like. Always want to make sure


Pair of PJs or Lounge Clothes

Okay, hear me out first. Picture this: you’ve finally moved all of your stuff into your new apartment, you’re sore, exhausted, hungry, and don’t have the desire to do much of anything. But you’re in those sweaty clothes you’ve been in all day.

What do you do?

Having a set of clothes to lounge in is a life saver. You can hop in the shower and put on your comfy clothes, order a pizza, and just relax in your new apartment until you have to actually start unpacking things the next morning.

Related: 11 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (Even in a Rowdy Dorm)


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  • Shelby Stover

    This is actually awesome! Moving in the essentials first (toilet paper & paper towels) is a life saver as you’re back and forth 🙂

    • There’s nothing quite like moving all your stuff and having to pee, then realizing you don’t have any toilet paper! lol