First Kitchen Essentials For Your New Apartment

I can’t cook to save my life. The most I ever made when I lived at home were eggs, noodles, and grill cheese. So when it came time to move out on my own and actually stock up a kitchen I was going to have to cook in, I didn’t even know where to start.

And it was scary! The fact that I was going to have to learn how to cook AND stock up an entire kitchen was kind of nerve racking.

The best place to start making a first kitchen essentials list? Your own kitchen! See what your mom, dad, or anyone else grabs on a regular basis. Look through all the cupboards and drawers and take pictures of the items you see and start making a kitchen essentials list.

The last thing you want to do is go to cook a dish only to realize you don’t have the utensils you need. And that late night trip to the grocery store is definitely not fun.

So I put together a list of the essential items to have in your first kitchen so you don’t end up missing something important.

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 First Kitchen Essentials



I bought 2 boxes of a 20 piece silverware set and my boyfriend and I STILL run out of forks before the end of the week. I would definitely recommend getting at least 2 boxes unless you’re going to be doing dishes every day.          20 Piece Silverware Set

Plastic Cups/ Plates

Whenever I want a quick meal to sit on the couch and watch Netflix with I’d rather have a plastic plate or bowl rather than balance a glass one. I love this tupperware plate set because it’s great quality and is both microwave and dishwasher safe.
     Tupperware Plate Set

Glass Cups/ Plates

Since you are technically an adult now, it’s probably a good idea to have some nice dishes when you’re eating at the table or when guests come over. Get a simple set to start with and upgrade later in the future.

 Dinnerware Set

Non-Stick Pots And Pans

Is the non-stick part essential? Well not technically but it’s EXTREMELY HELPFUL! You will get so frustrated scraping food off your pans every day when a nonstick pan allows you to do a quick wash.

         12 Piece Cookware Set

Cutting Knives

Fruits, veggies, meats, bread, all of these things are going to require some good cutting knives because butter knives just aren’t going to cut it.

14 Piece Knife Set

Measuring Utensils

I’m definitely no chef so as I’m learning how to cook recipes, exact measurements have become my best friend. Don’t forget to get a liquid measuring cup as well.

              19 Piece Measuring Cup Set

Cooking Utensils

Spatulas, ladles, slotted spoon, can opener, tongs, whisk, anything you’ve seen your parents use on a regular basis, make sure you have them on hand. It doesn’t hurt to get doubles of some things like spatulas when you’re cooking more than one thing at once.

           8 Piece Cooking Utensils

Baking Sheet

The first week my boyfriend and I moved in together we decided to cook fries and chicken strips only to realize we didn’t have a baking sheet. Have one on hand for quick meals, or baked chicken and veggies.

     3 Piece Baking Sheet Set

Oven Mitts/ Pot Holders

You will be the maddest person in the world when you go to take your food out of the oven only to realize you don’t have an oven mitt. Pot holders come in handy too if you have a hot dish to set on the table.

    Oven Mitt/ Pot Holder Set


If you’re a pasta addict like me this should most definitely be a staple in your house. Retractable colanders are great because they take up less space which is essential in a small apartment.

     Collapsible Colander Set

Water Filter

Other than the occasional glass of wine, water is what I drink all day every day. A water filter is great because you can fill it up and keep it in the fridge so you always have a cold glass of fresh water ready for ya. And you can fill up your reusable water bottle to avoid buying disposable ones.


 Brita Water Filter

Casserole Dish

Now I actually haven’t officially used mine yet in the two months we’ve lived in our apartment but you better believe I’ve got 100’s of Pinterest meal ideas ready for when I do.
  Glass Baking Dish Set


I know most apartments come with a microwave but don’t forget about the toaster!
       2 Slice Toaster


Enjoy Your Freedom!

You’re finally out on your own and although it can definitely be stressful at times, enjoy your new found freedom! Grab your first kitchen essentials, organize your kitchen the way you like, and get cooking!

I have some healthy meal ideas to get you started on my Pinterest board if you need any help.

Good luck!

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