110 Essential Household Items Checklist for Your New Home

Moving into a new home is equal parts exciting and overwhelming. As a first-time homeowner, I remember the joy of having my own space mixed with the stress of figuring out everything I needed to fully furnish each room. 

To help simplify the process for you, I’ve put together the ultimate checklist of 110 must-have household essentials. From the kitchen to the bedroom to cleaning supplies, this new house checklist covers all the bases.

Kitchen Essentials

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s the perfect place to start when stocking up on household essentials. Here are the key items I recommend having from day one:

  1. Plates, bowls, and cups
  2. Silverware and serving utensils
  3. Pots and pans
  4. Baking sheets
  5. Measuring cups and spoons
  6. Mixing bowls
  7. Colander
  8. Can opener
  9. Corkscrew and bottle opener
  10. Cutting boards
  11. Sharp knives
  12. Coffeemaker
  13. Toaster or toaster oven
  14. Microwave
  15. Dish towels
  16. Potholders and oven mitts
  17. Trash can and bags
  18. Paper towels and napkins
  19. Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  20. Food storage containers
  21. Ice cube trays
  22. Fire extinguisher

I found that having a set of matching dishes and glassware made my kitchen feel pulled together right away. And a few good knives and basic cooking tools empowered me to start making meals at home from the get-go. Don’t forget a plunger too – you never know when you’ll need it!

Living Room Basics

With the kitchen squared away, focus on making your living room comfortable and functional. My living room checklist includes:

  1. Couch or loveseat
  2. Armchairs
  3. Coffee table and end tables
  4. TV and TV stand
  5. Lamps and light fixtures
  6. Curtains or blinds
  7. Throw pillows and blankets
  8. Area rug
  9. Wall art and decor
  10. Bookshelf
  11. Houseplants

I prioritized seating first, then built the room around my sofa with accent tables and decor. Hanging curtains made a huge difference in making the space feel finished and homey. And a few houseplants added a nice organic touch.

Bedroom Necessities

There’s nothing like sinking into your own bed after a long day. To make your bedroom a cozy haven, make sure you have:

  1. Bed frame and headboard
  2. Mattress and box spring
  3. Pillows
  4. Sheets and pillowcases
  5. Comforter or duvet
  6. Nightstands
  7. Dresser
  8. Clothes hangers
  9. Laundry basket
  10. Full-length mirror
  11. Alarm clock

Invest in the best mattress and bedding you can afford – it makes a world of difference in your quality of sleep. I also love having a tray on my nightstand to corral all my essentials.

Bathroom Basics

Don’t neglect the bathroom when planning your new home essentials. At a minimum, be sure to have:

  1. Toilet paper and holder
  2. Hand soap and dispenser
  3. Bath and hand towels
  4. Washcloths
  5. Non-slip bath mat
  6. Shower curtain and liner
  7. Toothbrush holder
  8. Over-the-door and/or wall hooks
  9. Trash can
  10. Plunger and toilet brush
  11. First aid kit
  12. Medications and toiletries

I like keeping my bath towels and washcloths in a basket near the tub for easy access. And hooks are a must for hanging robes and towels. Be sure to stock your first aid kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, and any other medications you regularly need.

Cleaning Supplies

Keeping your new home clean is essential for your health and happiness. Here’s what I always have on hand:

  1. Vacuum cleaner
  2. Broom and dustpan
  3. Mop and bucket
  4. Microfiber cloths
  5. Sponges and scrub brushes
  6. Rubber gloves
  7. All-purpose cleaner
  8. Glass cleaner
  9. Furniture polish
  10. Disinfecting wipes
  11. Laundry detergent
  12. Stain remover
  13. Fabric softener or dryer sheets
  14. Iron and ironing board
  15. Duster with extension pole

I’m a big fan of microfiber cloths for dusting and cleaning mirrors and surfaces. They’re super absorbent, gentle on finishes, and reusable. For floors, a vacuum is a must, along with a broom for quick clean-ups and a mop for deeper cleaning.

Home Office Helpers

If you work from home or just need a space to manage household paperwork, make sure your home office is set up for success with:

  1. Desk and chair
  2. Lamp
  3. Laptop or desktop computer
  4. Printer and ink
  5. Surge protector
  6. Extension cords
  7. Router for wifi
  8. External hard drive
  9. File cabinet or filing boxes
  10. Printer paper
  11. Pens and pencils
  12. Scissors
  13. Stapler
  14. Paperclips and binder clips
  15. Sticky notes
  16. Envelopes and stamps

A comfortable, ergonomic desk chair was a game-changer for me. And I love having a few pretty file boxes and baskets to keep my paperwork organized. Don’t skimp on the lighting either – a desk lamp is essential to prevent eye strain.

Miscellaneous Must-Haves

Beyond the basics for each room, there are a number of miscellaneous household items I consider must-haves:

  1. Flashlight and extra batteries
  2. Matches or lighter
  3. Candles
  4. Extension cords
  5. Batteries in various sizes
  6. Light bulbs
  7. Scissors
  8. Tape measure
  9. Hammer and nails
  10. Screwdriver and screws
  11. Pliers
  12. Adjustable wrench
  13. Drill
  14. Level
  15. Stud finder
  16. Duct tape
  17. Superglue
  18. WD-40
  19. Painter’s tape
  20. Drop cloth
  21. Paint brushes and rollers
  22. Putty knife
  23. Sandpaper

I keep all my tools and hardware in a portable toolbox so I can easily tote it from room to room for repairs and projects. Things like extra light bulbs, batteries, and extension cords are also good to have on hand for emergencies.


What should I buy first when moving into a new house?

Focus on the essentials for daily living first: Bedding, bath towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and basic kitchen items like plates, utensils, and a pot and pan. Then move on to making the space functional and comfortable with furniture, lighting, and storage solutions.

How can I save money when buying things for a new home?

Look for sales and coupons at home goods stores, compare prices online, and consider buying some items used. Prioritize the essentials and then gradually add in the extras as your budget allows. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family if they have any hand-me-downs to spare.

Do I need to buy everything on this list before moving in?

No, this checklist is meant to be a comprehensive guide, not a hard and fast shopping list. Prioritize your must-haves and then purchase the rest as you settle in and determine your needs and preferences. It’s okay to acquire things gradually over time.

How do I keep my new home organized?

Invest in ample storage solutions like shelving, dressers, closet organizers, and baskets. Give every item a designated “home” so you know where to put it back. Regularly declutter and donate or sell items you no longer use. Clean a little bit each day to keep messes at bay.

Moving into a new home is a lot of work, but having the right essentials on hand makes the transition so much smoother. Use this checklist as a starting point and then customize it to fit your unique needs and style. With a little planning and organization, you’ll have your new place feeling like home sweet home in no time!

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