Essentials for Moving Out of Home

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Getting ready to fly the nest is an exciting time, but it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of things you’ll need to buy when moving out of the home. From packing equipment to bulky furniture and cupboard essentials - there’s lots to think about. To make the process easier, we’ve put together a list of the things you’ll need when you move out.

Packing Essentials

Though there are many things you’ll probaby need to purchase for yourself, there will also inevitably be objects you’ve already collected that you’ll want to take with you. These might be basic furniture or the smaller knick knacks that make a house a home. Whatever they are, transporting them can be tricky. Here are some vital packing supplies for moving out of home for the first time.

  • Storage boxes (it’s a good idea to have various sizes available, filling an extra large box with heavy items will mean it is virtually impossible to carry!)
  • Packing tape
  • Marker pens or labels to note the contents of each box
  • Bubble wrap
Person taping a box closed amongst other boxes and belonging

New Home Essentials

Shopping for your first home is an exciting prospect. With so much empty space to fill, it’s quite easy to get carried away in a houseware shop without properly considering what you’ll need. Here is a detailed breakdown of just about everything you’ll need in each room of your brand new home.

For the kitchen

Quite possibly the most important room of the home. This is where you’ll be cooking, maybe eating, and quite possibly spending a lot of your future time. Therefore, it’s important that it’s kitted out with everything you might need. Let’s take a look at your shopping list.

  • White goods (if not included with the property):
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Washing machine
    • Oven
  • Crockery 
    • Glasses
    • Mugs
    • Cutlery
    • Plates 
    • Bowls
  • Cookware
    • Saucepans (various sizes)
    • Frying pan
    • Baking trays 
    • Measuring spoons or weighing scales
    • Chopping board
    • Knife block
    • Mixing bowl
    • Spatula 
    • Wooden spoon
    • Tin opener
    • Bottle opener
    • Kitchen Scissors
    • Food storage boxes
  • Cleaning equipment
    • Sponges
    • Scourers
    • Washing up liquid
    • An antibacterial cleaning solution of choice 
    • Tea towels 
  • Kitchen bin
  • Appliances
    • Kettle
    • Toaster
    • Microwave

For the living room

If you’re lucky enough to have a spacious living room, this can be a lot of fun to decorate and fill with furniture. The lounge is an area that you can really make your own, finding your own style, but here are a few suggestions for things you might start searching for early:

  • Sofa
  • Coffee table
  • Cabinets or other storage furniture
  • TV and stand and/or wall mounting kit

For the bathroom

The bathrooms can so easily be overlooked, particularly having grown up in a home where everything was already provided. Objects like shower curtains and floor mats will obviously depend on the size and design of your bathroom, but don’t forget other essentials, including:

  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Shower curtain (if required)
  • Floor mats
  • Storage for toiletries/cleaning equipment
  • Cleaning equipment
    • Sponges
    • An antibacterial cleaning solution of choice
    • Toilet brush
  • Small bin

For the bedroom

When moving into your own room, you might forget that you will be spending a lot less time simply in your bedroom. With more of your very own space, the whole home is open for you and your partner or friends to relax. Nevertheless, the bedroom should be a comfortable and cosy place to unwind. Here are a few of the things that shouldn’t be forgotten:

  • Bed
  • Wardrobe and/or drawer units (you could also use a basic clothing rail)
  • Duvet and pillows
  • Bed linen
  • Mirror
  • Washing basket
Photo of a bedroom with a double bed, storage unit and a tv


If you’re quite the planner, there are countless other items that make up the essentials in a home. For when things break, for cleaning, and simply for arranging your furniture how you want, there are plenty of miscellaneous objects you can start collecting for your new home. These might include things like:

  • First aid box
  • Toolbox
  • Torch 
  • Hoover and/or a mop
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Batteries
  • Lightbulbs
  • Extension lead
  • Blinds/curtains (if not already in place)
  • Scissors


Of course, this first-time moving out of home checklist just covers the basics that you’ll struggle to be without. Once you’ve settled in, you’ll likely find other things to purchase so you can transform your new place into a home, as well as appliances that will make your life easier, such as a tumble dryer or dishwasher.

If you are moving into a small flat or a property that doesn’t have enough space for all of your belongings, or if you want to get prepared and purchase some of the items before you’re able to move in, why not get in touch with Easistore? We can store your personal belongings safely and securely until you are in a position to store them at home. We offer a variety of units from small lockers to double garages so you can be sure we will have something to suit your needs, without you paying over the odds for wasted space.

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