Practical Advice: Shopping for the First Dorm or Apartment

Before I moved out on my own for the first time, my Mom had a stiff upper lip. Every time I’d do something she didn’t like, she’d say “that’s going to get you kicked out of your apartment.” Then the day came where we loaded everything into my sister’s truck and I was off to live 35 miles away and Mama was a bundle of emotion. She never thought I’d actually leave.

After we got done moving everything into that studio apartment, my sister took me to Walmart and loaded me up with stuff I needed for my first place. It’s one of my favorite memories, actually. Between working for one of the nation’s biggest big box retailers and working in the housing industry, I have the answers for when folks ask “what do I need for my first apartment or dorm?”

You know me, I’m always looking to return the love for my readers and A.P. has the answers for your question! For this week’s blog, I’ve got your shopping list for that magic time of year where you or your student is going back to school!

For the first dorm (not including academic supplies):

  • Twin size bedding – buy a few sets of sheets
  • Pillows
  • Robe
  • Shower caddy
  • Soap
  • Towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Shower sandals
  • Door mirror
  • Coaxial Cable
  • Power Strip
  • Bed Risers
  • Under the bed storage totes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Mini fridge
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry bag or hamper
  • Trash bags
  • Trash can or waste basket
  • Alarm clock
  • First aid – band aids, aspirin or tylenol, neosporin, peroxide, etc.
  • Items specific to your student’s lifestyle.

For the first apartment:

  • Pots & pans
  • Knives
  • Silverware
  • Silverware tray for kitchen drawers
  • Plates
  • Drinking glasses
  • Coffee mugs
  • Trash can & bags
  • Plunger
  • Shower curtain
  • Toilet brush
  • Cleaning detergent
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Mop & Bucket
  • Vacuum
  • Hamper
  • Ice cube trays
  • Toilet brush
  • Laundry basket
  • Clothes hangers
  • Towels
  • Wash Cloths
  • Floor mats or rugs
  • Furniture as needed
  • Coaxial cable
  • Hand soap
  • Light bulbs
  • A tool set – nothing fancy, just enough to fix small things

Albert Einstein once said “Do not try to become a person of success, but try to become a person of value.” I wanted to put together the last for you to add value, and I hope I’ve done that.

I hope your student has an incredible year and I hope you enjoyed your summer.

Until your next trip across the Millerverse!

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