After a busy apartment hunt that led you to your new home at Osgoode Properties, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re actually going to put in it. Everyone is different, so what people decide to have in their apartments depends on their unique interests and personalities. But for first-time renters, there are essential items for every room that any apartment can’t go without.


But there’s no need to panic. We’ve compiled a handy checklist for renters to help you prepare for your first move. Whether you’re moving into the spacious Brittany Apartments in Ottawa, or the bright and airy Mountain View Apartments in Calgary, you can use this list to make sure no essential item is missing.


Living Room

    • Couches and chairs
    • Coffee and end tables
    • Blinds or curtains
    • Floor and table lamps
    • Television, DVD or Bluray player
    • TV shelves and bookcases
  • Artwork and photographs


    • Silverware, cutlery, dishes, glasses and mugs
    • Pots and pans
    • Baking sheets
    • Trash and recycling bins
    • Compost container
    • Plastic containers and Ziploc bags
    • Microwave, toaster, blender and coffee maker
    • Ice cube trays
    • Dish towels
    • Dish soap and sponges
  • Dish dryer


    • Box spring and mattress
    • Pillows
    • Sheets, duvets, and pillow cases
    • Clothes hangers
    • Night stand
    • Laundry hamper
    • Window blinds or drapes
    • Desk and chairs
  • A mirror


    • Shower curtain and shower curtain rings
    • Toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, shampoo
    • Shower caddy
    • Toilet brush and plunger
    • Bath mats
    • Toilet paper
    • Towels and towel hooks
  • Trash can

Dining Room

    • Tables and chairs
    • Tablecloth and placemats
    • Napkins
    • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Table centrepiece (candles, flowers, bowl of fruit)


    • Detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets
    • Trash can for dryer sheets and lint
    • Clothes drying rack
    • Stain scrubbers and brushes
  • Iron and ironing board


    • Patio table and fold out chairs
    • Patio umbrella
    • Door mat or area rug
  • Outdoor lamps or decorative lights


    • Cleaning supplies (vacuum, broom, mop, bucket, etc.)
    • Cleaning products (Windex, Comet, Drain-o, floor cleaner, etc.)
    • Small area rugs
    • Trash bags (large and small)
    • Light bulbs
    • Basic tools (hammer, screwdrivers, nails and screws, etc.)
    • Extension cords and power bars
  • Flashlights and batteries

If you get every item on this checklist, you’ll have almost everything you’ll need for your first apartment at Osgoode Properties. It’s also a good investment because all of these essentials can be used in future apartments for years to come. Consult this checklist if you think you’re forgetting something while preparing for the move. You might be glad you did.