Before we were to move to our new place, my wife created an apartment move in checklist, a list of things we were going to need in our new home. As I was expecting, she missed several home essentials in her first apartment checklist. You cannot remember everything at that time. It’s true. That’s why I was least interested in a detailed new apartment checklist. Just keep it small. I was interested in compiling an apartment essentials checklist containing items to address our most essential needs.
We both lead a simple life. We have limited needs and fewer desires. Still, when we moved there, one question was surfaced in our minds more than once – how could we miss something that basic? We transformed that empty property into a modern home over a span of four months.
Today I will create a checklist of kitchen and bedroom essentials only.

Bedroom

Mattress

It is one of the main bedding items. The quality of sleep depends on the comfort and support to the spine provided by the mattress. Foam, spring, therapeutic and coir are some of the popular mattresses.

Mattress Pad

It is a multifunctional bedding item that goes on the top of the mattress. Apart from providing extra comfort, it also serves the purpose of a protective layer for the mattress.

Mattress Protector

A mattress protector primarily works as a liquid resistant protector. It goes between the mattress and the sheet.

Pillow

Buy a comfortable one. There are firm pillows. There are fluffy pillows. Pillows are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes. There is no such pillow that is ideal for everyone.

Pillow Protector

This bedding item is a liquid resistant protector for pillows. An ideal pillow protector is waterproof, stain resistant and anti-allergic.

Pillow Case/Cover

This piece of bedding used as the topmost layer of the pillow provides protection from stains and dust mites. The pillow case is also used as a decorative covering.

Bed sheet

Find one that feels great and lasts longer. Cotton sheets are soft, comfortable and affordable as well.

Blankets/Quilts/Comforters

Blanket is a single-layered piece of cloth that keeps the body warm. A quilt is a multilayered bedding item for cold days. A quilt usually has three layers of fiber. A comforter is just like a quilt. The only difference is fabric, patterns and stuffing.

Kitchen

Basics Kitchen Items

Cutting board

Size, cost, material, maintenance and its effects on the knife are some decisive factors you should consider while buying a cutting board.
Size – It’s up to your needs.
Cost – It’s up to your budget.
Material – Knife does not lose its sharpness on a wooden cutting board. A wooden cutting board is heavy and therefore it is stable and stays put. As wood is a porous material, clean the cutting board regularly. A plastic cutting board is lightweight and dishwasher-safe and non-porous as well. Whichever cutting board you are buying, it should be antimicrobial.
Maintenance – Wood cutting board demands more maintenance.

Knives

You need chef’s knife (5 to 10 inches), utility knife (2 to 4 inches) and serrated knife (9 to 10 inches) when you are setting up a small kitchen.
A knife made from carbon steel is known for its strength but it is prone to rust. It is also reactive with acidic foods. It might discolor the food.
A stainless steel knife comes with a well-balanced blade. This material is stain resistant and also lasts longer.
A blade made from high carbon stainless steel is sturdy and more durable than stainless steel.
You cannot sharpen a ceramic knife at home. You will have to send it back to the manufacturer. It is lightweight, sharp and very hard. So, it does not dull easily. Don’t drop it. It will shatter the moment it hit the ground.

Kitchen utensils

Kitchen Shears

You will need one to break down poultry, snip herbs and open food packaging.

Wood Spoons

Wood does not conduct heat. It does not scratch utensils. It does not chemically react with food when you are cooking.

Zester and Grater

You need zester to zest citrus fruits such as lemon. You need a grater to reduce fruits and vegetables to small shreds.

Silicone Spoon Spatula

It is required for mixing, spreading, stir-frying, serving food and even scraping jars. Silicone does not melt and hence ideal to stir hot sauces. Silicone is durable, cool to touch, does not corrode and also non-stick.

Garlic Press

Garlic is an essential ingredient in numerous recipes. So, you will need a garlic press in new kitchen.

Pots and pans

Colander

You need this perforated bowl for straining off water from rice and other foods. You can also put washed fruits and vegetables in a colander.

Measuring Cups

Dry measuring cups are used for measuring dry ingredients such as sugar and flour.
Liquid measuring cups are used for measuring oils, water and other liquid ingredients.
Dry measuring cups – 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1 cup
Liquid measuring cup – 1 cup, 2 cup and 3 cup

Mixing Bowls

Mixing bowls come in different sizes and also made from different materials. The size you should choose depends on your needs. I can help you in choosing the material.
Glass – nonreactive, microwaveable, durable, fragile, sensitive to changing temperature and too slippery
Metal – inexpensive, durable, lightweight and transfer heat.
Ceramic – decorative, heavy, oven-safe and prone to damages such as cracking, chipping and even breaking
Copper – beautiful and classic, best for beating egg whites and also expensive
Plastic – lightweight, inexpensive, unbreakable, easily stains, melts when contacted with extremely hot materials or surfaces, and sometimes retains odor of the ingredients mixed in it
Wood – natural feel and look, porous and not smooth
Silicone – easy to clean, durable, temperature-proof, nonstick, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, flexible and retain odors of some foods

Pepper Grinder

Potholders

You need pot holders for handling hot pans.

Dish Towels

You need dish towels for drying dishes.

Kitchen Appliances

Mixer

A mixer is one of the most essential kitchen appliances.
There are affordable, lightweight and portable hand mixers.
Stand mixers are more powerful, faster and stationery. So your hands are free and you can finish some other kitchen duties meanwhile. However, stand mixers are expensive, occupy kitchen space and also difficult to clean.
Consider your cooking needs, budget, weight, speed settings, size, ease of cleaning and noise level when you are shopping mixer online or from a store. Attachments allow you to expand the functionalities of the mixer. Dough hook, wire whip and flat beater are the common attachments you can use with a mixer.

Coffee Maker

Drip coffee maker is affordable and easy to use. This coffee maker makes a lot of coffee at once. It makes no fancy coffee.
Single serve/one cup coffee mixer is easy to use, easy to clean, affordable, allowing multiple flavors coffee pods and ideal for offices. You have to buy individual pods.
French press coffee maker is also very affordable and easy to use. It needs no filters and no power supply.
An Espresso coffee maker makes the finest quality lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and mochas. Making coffee with this coffee maker is extremely easy. It is very expensive and also makes a small amount of coffee.
Consider the quantity of coffee, cost, convenience, space and features when you are buying a coffee maker.

Blender

Performance, storage, price and features are the decisive factors for buyers.

Food Processor

Check the features, power, size, attachments, accessories and price before you shop one.

Toaster

Size, browning control, energy efficiency, power, life expectancy and features are the factors to be considered when buying a toaster.
Pop up toaster is very affordable and easy to use. It makes 2 or 4 slices at a time.
Countertop toaster oven goes beyond making toasts.
Compact and large-sized toasters are also available. However, these toasters are very expensive.

Microwave

A solo microwave oven is used for reheating and cooking.
A grill microwave oven can be used for reheating, cooking and grilling.
A convection microwave oven is used for reheating, cooking, grilling and baking.
A microwave oven with a capacity of 15 liters is ideal for a small family. If you are a family of four then buy a 25 liters microwave oven. A 28 liters microwave oven is ideal for large families. Auto cook menu, child lock, rotisserie, defrost and timer are the features you will find in a microwave oven.

Water filter/dispenser, storage Containers, kitchen timer and strainers are other items you will need in your new kitchen.

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