Living-Alone Checklist
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May 19, 2021


When you share an apartment with one or more roommates, it sounds like living-alone will be easier. However, living alone is challenging, and it can be upsetting too. No wonder you won’t have roommates to snatch your belongings, but they won’t be there to support you when needed either. It’s possible to get carried away while shopping online or in person. To support you in managing your day-to-day task efficiently, here is my living-alone checklist. This checklist helps you to keep a check for some necessary items and get handy stuff at home.

My Living-Alone Checklist

If you live alone, you need the following in your daily routine and some must-haves that can be used anytime and anywhere.

So let’s start the article with the kitchen essentials.


You can eat like an adult now because you have graduated from college and entering into your work life. Work-life has its charm and stress. You no longer have to rely on noodles and Pop-Tarts! There is no longer a cafeteria to cook the food for you. You also do not want to visit fast-food restaurants because it can get costly. Learning to cook while living alone in an apartment is the safest choice. To do so, you will need the appropriate equipment.

Necessary items

  • Utensils
  • Cookware
  • Water filters or dispenser
  • Home appliances
  • Food storage containers or zip-lock bags
  • Tinfoil
  • Cutting Board
  • Potholder
  • Species
  • Sugary products


It’s a smart way to save a good amount of money by taking recycled things to the new apartment while living alone. But if there’s one room in your house where you can start again, make it your toilet. Toss out the fading, non – matching bath towels and replace them with clean, soft towel packs. Also, don’t forget to buy a fresh shower curtain. When you step in, these little investments make a huge difference in how fresh and neat the bathroom looks. Often find a fluffy rug to prevent an awkward situation like the “I slipped in the toilet” tale.

Necessary items

  • Towels
  • Shower curtain
  • Bath mat
  • Rug
  • Toiletries
  • Multi-surface cleaning spray and wipes
  • Disinfectant spray, especially in covid-19 times
  • Trash bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Stain remover
  • Dryer sheets
  • Air freshener
  • Scented candles
  • Mop


The bedroom is the perfect space to show yourself while living alone, but don’t go mad with the decor. Firstly consider the bed itself.  If your apartment is fully furnished, you have to work with the bed that comes with it. Which size do you like if you’re getting your sleeping bag? Will you be able to feel easy and comfortable out in a twin, or do you want a full-size bed? Kindly ensure that you purchase the relevant sheets. Similarly, you may need to carry a dresser for extra clothes storage, so choose one that will carry the whole wardrobe without filling up too much space on the floor.

Necessary items

  • Dressing table
  • Hangers
  • Small Room table
  • Bedding/ mattress
  • Lights
  • Pillows
  • Cushions
  • Dustbin
  • Air freshener plus candles


You cannot afford to exist without technology in today’s modern world. If you’re planning to live alone, consider purchasing a tv because you like some sound at times in the apartment if you are getting bored. Always choose something less expensive so you can spend your money on groceries or other basics. Since your apartment is likely to have fewer electrical sockets than you prefer, you’ll need to have some extension cords. You can also invest in surge protectors to protect the technology in the case of a power surge.

Necessary items

  • Television
  • Phones
  • Digital alarm clock
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Surge protectors
  • Extension cords
  • Cables
  • Wifi device


When you live alone, your health and security have to be your foremost priority. The landlord typically adds basic protection features when you move into the new home. So make sure you have them all and are properly functioning. If you can afford it, buy a secure locker so that your valuables can be safely tucked as you leave the house. Overall, you must have a good emergency management package. Water, non-perishable food, spare clothes, currency, and a first-aid kit with as many treatments as possible must be included.

Necessary items

  • Safe
  • Emergency tool kit
  • fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Torchlights
  • Pepper spray
  • Taser


While living alone in an apartment, new furniture can be costly. To get the best and cheap deals, go to second-hand stores and garage sales. You can also rent out the furniture. Please ensure seats and tables are at the top of your priority list. If you have a visitor that needs a place to sleep, you can have at least one sofa. Curtains are often necessary if you don’t want strangers peering into your apartment windows. Don’t be upset if the furniture and artwork don’t fit right away.

Necessary items

  • Couch
  • Dining table
  • Chairs
  • Picture frames
  • Curtains
  • Rugs
  • Carpets
  • Extra lights
  • Coffee tables

House Chores

Many of you most likely split the duties while living with the roommates, so you never had to clean the whole house daily. It’s quick to overlook any essential cleaning products in this situation. Keep in mind that each room in the apartment needs different equipment. You won’t leave a huge mess because you’re the only one living there, so a bit of cleaning by yourself is good and save you a good amount of money. This is where my living-alone checklist comes in handy. If you have the items that I have mentioned above, you can do quite a lot all by yourself. Additionally, learn to sew too as it helps you to save money. You can also use some handmade little decorations pieces.  You also must have specific basic tools, such as a hammer and a screwdriver, in the apartment.

Necessary items

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Sewing kit
  • Swifter mop
  • Trash can
  • Indoor Plants


So here my comprehensive living-alone checklist. Do visit your parents’ basement before running out to the closest supermarket or going online to look for certain things. By bringing those second-hand or nearly new items to your new house, you can save a lot of money. If you have a hard time finding a budget-friendly, live-alone place, contact Aceland Mortgage for expert opinion and guidance.

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