The Commonwealth at York

5 Must-Have Essentials For Your New Apartment

May 9, 2019 | News & Events

Posted by: Mira Roberts

Commonwealth at York apartment kitchen open to the living room with stainless appliances and large granite bar seating level with the sink.

You’ve found your perfect apartment, and it’s finally time to move in. Congratulations! Moving into a new apartment is exciting and stressful, requiring a lot of coordinating and organizing to help your process go smoothly. Whether it’s your first move to an apartment or your fifth, it’s easy to get caught up in the details of your move and forget to stock your new home with the essentials you need to live and thrive.

Making sure to stock up on a basic list of cleaning supplies will help you to move in and get to work right away, making your apartment look and feel just the way you like it. If you ensure that you bring necessary kitchenware and food with you to your move-in, you’ll be able to unpack and whip up a home-cooked meal in your brand new, gourmet kitchen. Bathroom toiletries are a must-have, no matter where you live, and keeping a functional and basic toolbox on hand at home will help you to do simple projects like hanging artwork with ease!

Here are 5 must-have essentials we recommend you stock up on before you move in to your brand new, beautiful apartment in York County, VA.

Cleaning Supplies

If you’re like us, and like to keep your home spic and span, you’ll want to move in and tidy up right away. Making sure to keep the necessary cleaning supplies on hand will make it easy for you to unpack and get right to work. We recommend:

  • Broom & Dustpan
  • Mop & Bucket
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Sponges
  • Trash bags
  • Rags and cloth wipes
  • Window & Glass Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner & Brush
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Dusting Spray
  • Dustbuster
  • Paper Towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dish detergent
  • Laundry detergent


Moving can be exhausting, and unpacking boxes, moving furniture around and getting settled can work up quite the appetite. Make sure you move in with the goods you need to whip up something delicious to fuel you up as you work.

  • Pots & Pans
  • Utensils
  • Plates & Bowls
  • Mugs & Glassware
  • Baking Sheet
  • Knives
  • Cutting Board
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven Mitts
  • Measuring cups
  • Trash Can

Bathroom Essentials

After a long day of moving, you’re going to want to soak in a hot tub or take a long shower before resting for the night. Make sure you keep the items you need on hand so you can clean up and relax at the end of the day.

  • Shower Curtain & Liner
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap
  • Towels, Bath Mat, Rugs
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Toothbrush holders
  • Toilet Paper & Tissue
  • Small Trash Can

Basic Toolkit

You don’t have to be handy to keep a toolkit on hand at home, and any renter should try to keep a few basic tools accessible to them in times of need.

  • Hammer and nails
  • Picture hanging materials
  • Screwdrivers with both heads
  • Pliers
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencils
  • Spackle & Putty Knife


Let’s face it, after a day or two of eating pizza and takeout, you’re going to begin longing for a home-cooked meal, and that means staying stocked in a few items to help you cook and eat at home. Pick up the basics to get you through the day, and feed you through all three meals.

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Creamer
  • Bagels
  • Cream Cheese
  • Lunch Meat
  • Lettuce
  • Bagged Salad & Dressing
  • Protein Bars
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Rice & Pasta Noodles
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Lean Meat or Fish
  • Cheese
  • Snack Food
  • Condiments