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    43 Must-Haves For Your First Apartment

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    1. A pack of command strips because you'll inevitably want to hang things on your walls, and if you're anything like me, you're not gonna want a hammer and nails involved...

    2. An expandable over-the-shower caddy or an over-the-door caddy so you can keep your shampoo, soaps, and shaving cream organized and within arm's reach.

    3. A six piece towel set that is as absorbent as it is quick-drying. You'll wanna wrap yourself in this suuuper plush towel after you take your first shower in your new home.

    a folded set of grey blue everplush diamond jacquard towels on a wooden cabinet

    4. A set of six colorful Cuisinart knives sharp enough to cube cheese and slice salami for your housewarming charcuterie board. These stainless steel knives have a color-coded non-stick ceramic coating so you can avoid chopping veggies with the same knife you prepared raw chicken with.

    colorful knife set

    5. A pack of three silicone ice cube trays with nonspill lids so you can easily stack them in your freezer to have more space in there for your hoard of Amy's Burritos.

    reviewer image of the ice tray with lids

    6. A toilet bowl ring remover that'll help you scrub away any rust or lime buildup left behind by previous tenants.

    On the left a before picture of a customer's toilet with yellow stains. On the right an after picture of the stains gone from the toilet bowl.

    7. A luxuriously shaggy bath mat because you're past layering towels to avoid dripping an entire puddle onto the bathroom floor. And did I mention that this super soft mat is also super absorbent? Okay, well now I did.

    8. An upright dustpan and broom set so you can get rid of the dust bunnies the previous tenants left behind and make sure they never return to make a home for themselves. This dustpan even has a comb that'll pull tangled messes of dirt and hair from the broom so you don't have to.

    reviewer image of the orange homemaxs broom and dustpan set in a customer's kitchen

    9. An entryway storage rack with space for your shoes, coats, and more! There's also a bench so you don't have to hop and hobble your way into your boots.

    reviewer image of the VASAGLE Coat Rack in a customer's entryway

    10. A plant-based all-purpose cleaner concentrate that'll not only wash your floors, cabinets, tubs, laundry, and windows, but leave behind its gorgeous blended scent of aloe, lavender and lemongrass.

    a bottle of the ocean views all purpose cleaner concentrate

    11. A leaning full-length mirror because you'll want to give your outfits a full body check before leaving the house and your bathroom mirror just isn't built for that kind of responsibility.

    12. A sleek stainless-steel French press for coffee in just four minutes, because nothing is worse than waking up after a night of unboxing all of your belongings and realizing you can't even make a cup of joe to celebrate a job well done.

    the Bodum Chambord 8 Cup french press

    13. A toilet paper holder and storage rack so you're not stuck stacking toilet paper on the floor. You're a big kid now.

    reviewer image of toilet paper stacked in the chrome SunnyPoint Bathroom Toilet paper holder

    14. A Simple Human drying rack that has a hanging rack for your wine glasses and a drip tray for your non-wineglasses. This durable and spacious drying rack is made of stainless steel, so it won't rust on you.

    the simplehuman drying rack on a kitchen counter

    15. A set of 12 stainless-steel measuring cups and spoons because the difference between a cup of flour and one cup of flour is bigger (and stodgier) than you might think.

    the set of 12 Kitchen Measuring Cups and Spoons on a kitchen counter

    16. A classic bronze floor lamp so you can actually see the words you're trying to read while you cozy up in your little book nook.

    the kayne modern downbridge bronze floor lamp in an empty living space

    17. A durable plastic shower curtain liner that'll make sure you don't accidentally splash so much water outside of your tub that you turn your bathroom into a lakeside destination.

    reviewer image of a cat inside a tub that has a clear AmazerBath Plastic Shower Curtain hanging from it

    18. A set of two adjustable memory foam pillows because adjusting to a new space is hard enough without it affecting your sleep, too. With these comfy clouds, you'll get the best rest of your life.

    two enerplex home adjustable pillows

    19. A 60-piece tool set with everything from a power drill and bits, to a level and tape measure so you can do all the household projects that'll make your apartment feel like a home.

    the full black & decker home tool kit

    20. A stack of six pastel geometric coasters designed in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts will help you (and your guests) protect your furniture and feel festive and fun while doing so.

    21. A lightweight Dyson vacuum you can easily carry around the apartment to give each room a deep clean! Whether your floors are covered in carpet or hardwood, Dyson's got you covered.

    22. A pack of nonslip velvet hangers that'll take up less space in your closet, which means you'll be able to hang more in there. And with swivel hooks, you spend less time fighting your clothes and more time buying new ones.

    Purple velvet hangers laid out on a table

    23. A neutral Bohemian sheet set you'll be able to build your bedroom's aesthetic on top of. No clashing here. These 100% cotton sheets feature hand-drawn geometric shapes for a warm custom touch.

    the into you sheet set on a bed

    24. A 10-piece nonstick bakeware set from Rachael Ray's collection so you can cake it up with the best of them! This set includes a cookie sheet, a cake pan, a loaf pan, and two round cake pans all made from durable carbon steel that won't warp when you bake!

    the complete 10 piece yum o! nonstick bakeware set

    25. And a 16-piece nonstick cookware set from Tasty that has everything you need to fry an egg, steam some veggies, and stir homemade pasta sauce. Add a pop of color to your kitchen with this ceramic collection!

    the multicolor Tasty Ceramic Titanium-Reinforced Non-Stick Cookware Set on a kitchen counter

    26. A pack of two extendable window screens that can be easily installed vertically or horizontally to prevent your new creepy crawling and blood-sucking neighbors from coming over uninvited.

    reviewer image of a cat sitting in front of a window with a fenestrelle expandable screen installed in it

    27. A set of nine nonscratch Scotch-Brite sponges gentle enough to clean your new nonstick pans without scratching their surfaces and powerful enough to scrub away stuck-on messes without having to put your back into it.

    reviewer image of a pack of scotch-brite non-scratch sponges

    28. A speckled ceramic mug so you can enjoy a calming cup of tea as you begin to settle into your new home. And its neutral colors mean this handmade piece will fit into any aesthetic.

    a speckled and white ceramic espresso cup and coffee mug

    29. A shag area rug to add some textured fun to your bedroom or living room! If you place it next to your bed, you'll have a cozy morning launchpad.

    the gray house of hampton shag rug in a minimalist room

    30. A stainless-steel motion sensor trash can with Clorox odor protection that'll fit right in with all your other steel appliances. It also boasts a rear bag compartment, because if we're *gonna* have trash, getting rid of it might as well be as convenient as possible.

    31. A compact all-in-one printer that'll wirelessly tackle your everyday office print jobs as well as your family photo album project. It boasts features like a touchscreen, 125-sheet capacity, and two-sided printing, which means you'll never have to trek to a Staples to print your resume again.

    the HP Envy Photo 7855 Wireless InkJet All-In-One Color Printer printing a colorful photo

    32. A set of six hand-blown rose red wineglasses will make you feel like royalty as you sip two-buck chuck, because you spent most of your moving budget on a velvet sectional (and these stunning glasses).

    a set of six rose colored wine stemware

    33. An oven cleaner so powerful you might just convince yourself your new landlord gifted you a new oven altogether. This heavy-duty cleaner can remove grime, stains, and caked-on food in minutes!

    A customer's oven door revealing caked on grime on one half of it and a clean surface on the other half

    34. A funky minimalist table lamp that'll both save you a headache from your unnaturally bright overhead light *and* act as conversation-sparking decor.

    three tube top lamps of different colors displayed toppled on top of each other

    35. A dual hamper you can use to separate your lights from your colors, your clean from your dirty, or your warms from your colds. Any way you decide to use it means fewer of your ensembles end up on your chair and you can actually use it for sitting.

    The Seville Classics Hand-Woven Oval Double Laundry Hamper With Liner Natural Brown in a laundry room

    36. Handmade velvet curtains will add a sophisticated lushness to your apartment that'll make your neighbors wanna upgrade their whole aesthetic. Choose between a cotton or blackout lining and be wowed by your own elegance.

    an indigo velvet curtain panel hanging from a window

    37. An industrial coffee table built to last *and* look good while doing it. Its two drawers can store anything you wouldn't want on display on its open shelf. Plus, the wood grain is waterproof, so hiding the fact that you're a bit of a butterfingers when it comes to water glasses will be super easy!

    reviewer image of the homecho industrial coffee table in their living room

    38. A set of durable silicone oven mitts and pot holders so you can cook safely *and* in style.

    a set of silicone oven mitts and pot holders in a basket

    39. A 16-piece ceramic dinnerware set — no more paper plates, and toss that cracked mug you got for Christmas eight years ago! This sophisticated set is microwave and dishwasher safe, so you'll also be treating yourself to easy post-meal cleanups ;)

    Four pieces of the ceramic kingfield debosseed dinnerware set from threshold

    40. A timeless linen sectional with a storage chaise perfect for all your extra sheets and pillows for when guests come over. Speaking of guests, this couch also pulls open into a bed!

    reviewer image of the bowery hill steel grey couch in a living room

    41. A set of reusable vacuum storage bags so as you unpack, you can pack away out-of-season blankets, coats, and clothes without overwhelming your closet. Yes, closets get overwhelmed!

    42. A luxe hand-poured candle that'll fill your new home with the ~blissful~ scents of jasmine, rose, gardenia, carnation, and violet. Turn your apartment into a peaceful haven!

    the avant-garde chance luxe candle

    43. A modern tall lamp whose three mesh lampshades will add an industrial touch to your new living space. Rotate each head up to 180 degrees to shine their light anywhere!

    the modern gold tree floor lamp in a living room

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