There’s a first for everything, and the first time you move out from your childhood home may be one of the hardest yet. It could be for college, or it could be because of work – but there will come a time you need to stand on your own two feet and live independently.

Tips for First-timers

During this moment, you’ll almost want to bring along your entire home – everything you have known since you are a child. But know that this won’t do. Even if you have space for even your bed, the moving cost will be high.

To make your move easier and cheaper (if you’re hiring a moving company), the best thing to do is bring little as possible. A box for the kitchen, the living room, your bedroom, and a small bag for your toiletries are basically all you need.

That said, here are some of the necessities you need to bring when moving for the first time:

For the kitchen

It’s better that you buy appliance, equipment, and gears for your kitchen as you would soon figure out cooking is better than take out. Even when all you can do are simple recipes, you’ll be saving more money by preparing your own food for the day.

For a comfortable life on your own, the kitchen will likely require the most stuff. But here are a few necessities will come in handy:

  • Dishes (utensils, plates, mugs, and cups)
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Pans and pots
  • Spatulas and ladle
  • Bowls of different sizes
  • Kettle (or an electric one)
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Fridge
  • Blender
  • Oven mitts
  • Can and bottle opener
  • Toaster

Most of all, you will need food that could at least last you a week. This is to avoid running to the store in the middle of making food. Along the way, you’ll also know what else you might need for your little corner.

For the living room

You can make do without a living room, or at least with only a few belongings in a smaller space of your place to entertain visitors. Here are the most important things you’ll want for your living room:

  • Couch and chairs
  • Coffee or side table
  • Home entertainment system (TV, DVD player, speakers, etc.)
  • TV cabinet
  • Throw pillows

For your Bedroom

Apart from the kitchen, the bedroom might be the place where you’ll need more things, specifically a place where you can keep your personal belongings. Most places also offer a ready-made bed, but you’ll still need the following:

  • Sheets (for bed and pillows)
  • Blankets and duvets
  • Comforter
  • Nightstand
  • Lamp
  • Cabinet/Drawers
  • Mirror
  • Hamper
  • Hangers

For the Bathroom

Besides your toiletries, there aren’t really that many things to buy. However, there are indeed a few often forgotten objects that you might need:

  • Bath mat
  • Shower curtain
  • Plunger
  • Cleaning tools for the bathroom

Besides that, you’ll want to get a washing and drying machine and cleaning materials for your home such as mops, cleaning detergents, and soap.


You don’t have to buy everything in this list. You can find old ones from your old home that you can bring along with you. However, it does feel good to have new stuff for your new place. If you’re on a budget, you can always prioritize what you really need and buy the others later on.