Walking into your new home or apartment for the first time typically elicits a variety of emotions. Maybe you are sad to leave the old memories behind, excited for life in a new location, tired from the effort to finally get there, and exasperated by the work that’s soon to come.

It’s not uncommon if the home needs a little TLC before you can really begin unpacking. For example, it might be a good idea to scrub the bathrooms down from top to bottom before you have to begin using them. Dust, mop the floors, sanitize the kitchen, and spray for bugs. These tasks aren’t as fun as redecorating, but you never know how cleanly the last owners were.

Soap Bucket

There are quite a few household items to remember in order to prepare the house before you can comfortably settle in. You may purchase most of the items from the grocery store, so as you stock up a few snacks and beverages to keep you energized during long hours of unpacking, grab these items too and get to work!

Deep Cleaning Supplies

The floor may look clean, but even seemingly clean floors could turn the bottom of your white socks brown. If a home has been on the market for a long time, dust and dirt will combine to create a layer of filth on all surfaces. Consider giving your home a deep clean before filling it with your beloved household items.

  • Sponges
  • Rags
  • Paper Towel
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Vacuum
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Trash bags
  • Mop
  • Light bulbs
  • Storage bins
  • Window cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Dusters

Other items you may need when moving:


The kitchen is one of the first rooms you will inhabit multiple times a day. Make sure the microwave, refrigerator, counter tops, and floors are in a clean enough condition to feed yourself and your family.

  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Hand soap
  • Paper towel
  • Dish rags
  • Can opener


It should be obvious why the bathroom needs a healthy scrub before regular use. Do yourself a favor, and don’t waste time on this one!

  • Shower curtain
  • Toilet plunger
  • Toilet paper
  • Bath mat

Laundry Room

During the move, there is a chance your bedding, towels, and other linens may gather dust and dirt, especially if you kept them in storage prior to the move. Give these items a quick wash before making beds and setting up the bathroom.

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets


Your bedroom is your sanctuary. You will be more at peace if you keep it organized from the start. You will also feel at peace if you have window coverings to give you a sense of privacy.

  • Hangers
  • Storage bins and baskets
  • Window curtains or blinds

These items will allow you to rest assured your new home is ready for you, free from all grime left behind by previous owners. Make life a bit more comfortable and start with a fresh start!