I Just Moved Into a New Apartment—Here’s Everything I Bought to Get My Space in Order
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These clever items are an organizing must.
I just moved into a new apartment two weeks ago, and while moving is always stressful and exhausting, as a home shopping editor, I think it’s equally fun to outfit a new space. The first few days of moving require, what else, a shopping list of necessities to fit your belongings into this new home. Think: organizers, cleaning supplies, household essentials, and small decor items. The big stuff (like accent tables or area rugs) can always come later.
The checklist quickly builds up once you walk through your new home, noticing the spots where you have more to store and where you’ll need to get creative in spaces like tight closets or shallow drawers. I, for one, had to get all new drawer organizers because the previous ones were too large, but I had more vertical closet space for large storage bins for off-season clothing. And with an additional bathroom came the need for more organizers and trash cans. The list kept getting longer.
Without further ado, here’s everything I got for my new apartment within two weeks of moving. Pst, keep scrolling to see what’s still on my shopping list—moving is a work in progress! And did I mention the prices start at $2?
Editor’s Moving Shopping List:
Iris 72-Quart Plastic Storage Bins Pack of Four, $75; amazon.com
Faridabio Silverware Expandable Drawer Organizer, $18 with coupon (was $20); amazon.com
Max Houser Three-Shelf Hanging Organizer, $12 with coupon (was $13); amazon.com
Threshold Performance Bath Towel, $9; target.com
Brightroom Three-Drawer Wide Tower, $30; target.com
Songmics Dual Compartment Trash Can, $119 (was $140); amazon.com
Brightroom Two-Pack Large Storage Trays, $2; target.com
Room Essentials Indoor/Outdoor Self-Watering Planter, $8; target.com
Command Large Utility Hooks, $10 (was $11); amazon.com
Swiffer PowerMop Multi-Surface Floor Cleaning Kit; $30; walmart.com
YouCopia SinkSuite Under Sink Caddy, $30; amazon.com
Paddywax Petite Collection Wild Fig Reed Diffuser, $20; amazon.com
Brightroom 5-Liter Trash Can, $15; target.com
Threshold Two-Pack Striped Kitchen Towels, $6; target.com
Organizing a new closet is a daunting task, and while my closet is smaller than the old one, it’s a lot deeper. I immediately went to purchase a set of large storage bins so I could stow my off-season clothes and towels—saving precious hanging and floor space. I grabbed a set similar to this Amazon best-seller that features see-through bins and snap-closure lids. Now I just need a small step stool to reach them.
To buy: $75; amazon.com.
Small apartment kitchens require smart organization solutions to maximize limited space—that’s exactly what this expandable utensil organizer did for my tight silverware drawer. The double-row angled compartments utilize vertical space rather than horizontal, while the extended side panel allows extra space for my kitchen shears, wine bottle openers, and measuring spoons. There’s even a small top section that I use to hold wine stoppers, rubber bands, and chip clips.
To buy: $18 with coupon (was $20); amazon.com.
Another closet life-saver was this three-shelf hanging organizer that houses my leggings, sports bras, and T-shirts. It’s sturdy and holds much more than I expected. Plus, it comes with two mesh pockets on the side to store my hats and belt bag.
To buy: $12 with coupon (was $13); amazon.com.
It was high time to replace my bath towels, so moving was my sign to finally get a new set. Bath towels are notoriously expensive, but this cotton-blend towel is soft, absorbent, and affordable. I also got a new set of hand towels to match. And you can choose from 27 colors.
To buy: $9; target.com.
I received this as a free sample from Songmics, and it has completely changed my kitchen. The dual compartment trash can allows you to separate your trash and recycling in one place. Each section has a step pedal and soft lid closure, so I can throw away kitchen scraps and take out the trash without wrestling with the lid. It even comes in six colors to match your kitchen.
To buy: $119 (was $140); amazon.com.
Keep scrolling to check out the rest of my post-move shopping list. Items include self-watering planters, clever under-sink cleaning organizers, Command hooks (a moving must), and a fresh-smelling reed diffuser. I was even lucky enough to test out a free sample of Swiffer’s newest PowerMop—spoiler: It was a mopping marvel that swept up stuck-on mud from moving in the rain in minutes.
To buy: $30; target.com.
To buy: $2; target.com.
To buy: $8; target.com.
To buy: $10 (was $11); amazon.com.
To buy: $30; walmart.com.
To buy: $30; amazon.com.
To buy: $20; amazon.com.
To buy: $15; target.com.
To buy: $6; target.com.
More on the List:
My shopping list is far from checked off after moving, so take a look at the items that are still on my wishlist. At the top is iRobot Roomba’s 694 robot vacuum that will remove pet hair on its own, so I can achieve clean floors on a daily basis without lifting a finger. There’s quite a few opportunities for rugs and lighting, too, so I’ve got my eyes on this machine-washable option from Ruggable and this mid-century modern floor lamp from Amazon.
iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum, $180 (was $275); amazon.com.
Utopia Home Folding Step Stool, $11 (was $12); amazon.com.
Ruggable Heathered Solid Dove Rug, $219; ruggable.com.
West Elm Profile Media Console, $450 (was $500); westelm.com.
Brightech Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp, $76 with coupon (was $110); amazon.com.
Ninja BL610 Professional Countertop Blender, $70 (was $100); amazon.com.
Urban Outfitters Lyra Table Lamp, $99; urbanoutfitters.com.
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