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Furnish your New Home with these Essentials

Michelle McQuade | December 15, 2017

Furnish your new home with these essentials

Moving to a new home, especially if it’s your first, is always an exciting event. To help you make the process easier, I’ve collated the essentials you need that will truly make your house feel like home. To get you started, I’ve divided the items into segments, based on their specific use and the room you’ll most likely find them.


The kitchen is not the heart of the home if it’s not furnished and well-equipped with everything you need to whip up meals for you and your loved ones. Here are the things that will make your kitchen functional. Feel free to modify the list according to your needs and preferences.

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Basic cookware
  • Drawer and cabinet organizers
  • Kitchen towels
  • Food containers
  • Kitchen cutlery
  • Cutting board
  • Dish rack or drying mat
  • Paper towel holder
  • Cleaning materials
  • Food prep bowls and serving plates
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Glasses and plates


Turn your bare bathroom/s into an oasis for self-care. As with the kitchen list, feel free to add or remove items based on your needs and other factors.

  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Mirror
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Shower hooks, rings, bars, or racks
  • Hand, face, and bath towels
  • Bath rug
  • Tub mat (optional)
  • Shower rod
  • Shower caddy
  • Air fresheners
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Cleaning materials (toilet brush, cleaning agents, etc)
  • Toiletries
  • Air freshener
  • Waste basket
  • Soap dish
  • First aid supply
  • Laundry basket


Your bedroom is your safe haven. Decorate it as you wish, with your personal effects and other knick-knacks. You can go for theme for a cohesive look, or be a free spirit and furnish the room in a mix-and-match style. This list includes all basic bedroom necessities which will also cover guest rooms, if your house has any.

  • Bed
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Bed sheets and spreads
  • Blankets, duvets, etc.
  • Clothes hangers
  • Mattress pad and protector
  • Cabinet (if additional storage space is needed)
  • Laundry basket
  • Cabinet and drawer organizers
  • Curtains or blinds
  • Curtain rods
  • Bedside table

Cleaning and utility

For emergencies, home maintenance, and general cleaning.

  • Cleaning products
  • First aid kit
  • Batteries
  • Sponges and/or gloves
  • Trash bags and can
  • Vacuum
  • Dust pan and broom
  • Mop
  • Room fresheners
  • Extension cords
  • Surge protectors
  • Flashlights
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Basic tool set
  • Emergency kit
  • Smoke detectors

Home decor, etc.

Decorate your home as you wish! Here are a couple of things you need to get. As always, you can edit this list however you want.

  • Throw pillows
  • Slip covers
  • Bookshelves
  • Lighting
  • Wall art and picture frames
  • Door rugs
  • Floor mats and/or carpets
  • Shelving
  • Study table
  • Chairs
  • Coffee table
  • Console
  • Indoor plants
  • Side tables

Print out this home essentials checklist so you’ll be ready the next time you go shopping for your new home.

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