Congratulations on your new home! While moving can be an exciting time, it can also be stressful and overwhelming — you officially have to change your address, set up utilities and internet, and box up all of your belongings, just to unpack them almost immediately. Whether it's your first time on your own and you need some new apartment essentials, you are looking to spruce up your condo, or you're becoming a homeowner (yay!), we've created the ultimate new home checklist to help make the moving process as seamless as possible. Below are 17 must-have products that make moving so much easier.
Have this gorgeous glazed ceramic dish set — complete with dinner and salad plates, bowls, and mugs — shipped directly to your new place, so you don't have to dine on paper plates those first few weeks (or months). The handmade stoneware is microwave-, oven-, and dishwasher-safe, and comes in a ton of versatile hues, including white, cream, blue, gray, and black, which all look great on modern tables. If you're after something more minimal, like clean white dishes, we like this Corelle Dinnerware Set for less than $50 on Amazon.
It's the worst when you're unloading boxes in the heat of summer and are parched, but can't find a glass anywhere to save your life. This 12-piece set includes six tall tumblers and six short rocks glasses, so you're prepared whether you're in need of a cool drink of water or are serving cocktails for an intimate housewarming party. Like your dishes, be sure to ship them directly to your new home, so it's one less box your movers have to deal with.
Flatware tends to get dull and gross with years of use, or you might just be ready to invest in more elevated silverware (cue the dinner parties!). This set includes salad forks, dinner forks, dinner knives, dinner spoons, and teaspoons for four people, and the matte metallic finish adds a hint of modern style to any tablescape.
If you've never had a proper kitchen to cook in, but now have the kitchen of your dreams, this stainless steel pots and pans set is the perfect investment and will last forever — seriously. Plus, it'll help you to eat out less, which will save money and encourage you to opt for healthier, home-cooked meals. More of a fan of nonstick cookware? This durable 17-piece set is priced under $200 on Amazon, and has almost 3,000 five-star reviews.
Exceptionally durable and ultra-absorbent (a.k.a. they've got you covered with spills), these kitchen tea towels are also adorable with their striped and plaid patterns — adding a bit of whimsy to your kitchen.
Move-in day is always chaotic, and there's guaranteed to be a ton of garbage to deal with. Make sure you have a trash can handy, like this space-saving dual compartment step can from simplehuman. It has two inner buckets for trash and recycled items, which makes cleaning up your space super easy.
While you might remember to stock your home with pots and pans, you might forget to pick up actual cooking utensils. This set consists of the essentials, and then some: a wooden spoon, metal spoon, slotted spoon, air whisk, slotted spatula, tongs, and a sleek wooden base that's pretty enough to sit on your counter.
Long gone are the days of sleeping on an air bed until you're able to go to the store to test drive ridiculously expensive mattresses. Now, you can order a mattress online from companies like Casper, which ships its product conveniently rolled up into a manageable box. Their OG Essential mattress boasts three durable layers of premium foam — soft comfort, pressure relief, and support — and is encased in a charcoal grey zip-off cover to hide spills or stains.
Whether you've just moved in or are looking to update your current bedding, this soft, breathable cotton bundle guarantees you'll have everything you need, including a sheet set (one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, two pillowcases), a duvet cover, and two extra pillowcases — perfect for unexpected guests. Pick from solid white or an array of minimal white patterns like windowpane, smoke stripe, and graphite grid (pictured).
Fact: One can never have too many hangers. And your clothes can't sit in garbage bags or moving boxes forever (hello, wrinkles!). These slim velvet hangers prevent slipping, help to maximize space in your closet, and are surprisingly sturdy (read: they can hold up to 10 pounds — even that heavy winter coat of yours).
You're finally wrapping on moving day, and go to relax in the bath and realize you don't have a single towel. Hey, does a tea towel count? Trust us, you're going to want to have these luxurious, buttery soft 100% Turkish cotton bath towels on hand. Bonus: They are specially designed to cut down on drying time, which makes laundry day a breeze.
This trendy striped, fringe shower curtain is a must on move-in day, and will help to pull your bathroom together even if the rest of your home is struggling. Just don't forget to pick up an affordable mildew-resistant shower curtain liner and shower curtain hooks to hang it.
Made with scratch- and stain-resistant fabric, this cushy sofa has a reversible back cushion — one side tufted, one side solid — to suit your style and a built-in USB charger so you can easily charge your phone, iPad, or laptop while you unpack.
Replace all your odds and ends cleaning supplies with just one product! This starter kit from Branch Basics includes everything you need for cleaning your home, doing laundry, and even washing your hands. Also great? It's not harmful to people or pets.
Equipped with the basic tools you'll need for cutting open boxes, hanging art and frames, and doing small repairs around the house after moving in, this tool set is perfectly priced for homeowners and renters alike and can conveniently fold down and be tucked away into a drawer or closet when not in use.
Great for playing tunes while you unpack, this durable, waterproof bluetooth speaker is almost impossible to dent or scratch, can seamlessly be moved from room to room, features up to six hours of play time, and has a built-in speaker phone for taking calls when your phone is buried under who knows what.
This little vacuum is surprisingly good at removing dirt and debris from your home, and runs for 90 minutes before automatically docking and recharging on its own. Just focus on unpacking and let it do its thing! Create a virtual wall barrier to control where your robot cleans and schedule cleanings directly from the app — it couldn't be easier. Prefer a handheld vacuum or need something more heavy-duty for cleaning thick rugs? This highly-rated Shark vacuum on Amazon is more than $100 cheaper and uses anti-allergen technology alongside a HEPA filter to zap dust and pesky allergens from your home.