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Adulting + What to Do At Your New Apartment Right Away

We just moved again, (third time for both of us in the past year) and we feel like we have down what to do the first two to six hours when you move into a new apartment.

The steps are relatively simple, and can make a world of difference in making your new apartment or house your new home!

Move into a New Apartment

4 Things When You Move Into A New Apartment

1. Take Photos of Everything

As soon as you arrive, pull out your phone and take photos of what every appliance looks like when you move in. Take photos of what windows look like, the walls, and the bathroom. It’s great to have your own documentation, even if you walk through the apartment with a building or property manager.

We almost had to pay for a brand new stove because an inexperienced building manager didn’t note a scratched ceramic stove. Be able to stand up for yourself and document what’s wrong when you move in. 

2. Wipe Down Everything

No matter how great a cleaning job anyone did, wipe down your walls, countertops, toilet, cupboards, and drawers with disinfectant. Don’t forget your baseboards and the top of your doors, just run a wet paper towel or cloth around them.

It’ll make you feel better that this mess is yours and not anyone else!

3. Set Up Your Bedroom and Make Your Bed

Even if you move in your bedroom stuff in the morning, as long as you put together your bed (and have it ready for that night) you’ll feel much better. It’s so easy to forget about it in the midst of moving, but honestly, it’s so nice to get into a freshly made bed at the end of the night!

4. Put Boxes in Their Respective Rooms

Even if you can’t unpack them, sort boxes into their perspective rooms (at least in a pile together) so that it’s easy to have everything you need when you start unpacking that room. If you’re a visual organizer  (like me) then you’ll be able to unpack everything because it’ll be where you want it to go!


These are our tips for moving in, Matt also loves to go around to try to figure out what switches do what, I like to take at least six months for me to figure it out 😉

What do you do when you move in? Any fun rituals or decorations you always put up first? Check out my Pinterest board here to see what I’m loving as design inspiration for our new place!



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  • John Knetzger

    When we moved from one house to another (2 adults, 3 kids), every box had a colored square taped to it. Each room had a color and we had a few signs made up with each color and its destination. It made a huge difference.

    We, by which I mean my wife, made up a tote of things for the first days. Having easy access to TP, paper towel, wipes, paper plates, plastic silverware, etc. was a lot better than having to dive through boxes searching for things.

  • mckenna bleu

    Taking photos of everything is SO important! That is definitely the first thing you want to do!

  • Miss ALK

    Great tips!! I did a lot off these things with my recent move. Moving is never fun but all of this can help make it easier for sure.

    xoxo A

  • Sydney Power

    Taking photos is so smart, I do that when I move into dorms so that I can prove what was already there!

  • Adriana

    Such great tips!! Having before photos is so important, and I love the idea of getting a bit more organized by moving boxes into their rooms!

  • such helpful tips! We do photos AND video of a more in depth walk through of the place immediately after we walk in! it’s always amazing how many dings you missed when you had someone standing over your shoulder! haha

  • Such a good idea to take photos! I always pack my bedding separately so I don’t have to go digging around for it.

  • thesofieyahdiaries

    Hmmm… interesting things to be thinking about for sure!! Going to come back to this when I have my own xD

  • yesssss!!!!! Such great ideas! I wipe everything down like 10 times because I am so grossed out by others germs lol – especially the bathrooms!

  • These are such great ideas! So important to take photos of everything for sure!

  • Anna Hubbard

    These are all amazing tips! I totally agree with setting up your bedroom stuff first!

  • this is such a good post! I agree about cleaning everything, very thoroughly! I do this every time I move into a new dorm building at college, it just makes everything feel a lot more “homier” x, kenz

  • Greta Hollar

    I’m moving into a new apt next month and these tips are SO GOOD!

    Greta |

  • Macarena Ferreira

    I am moving into a new place in July and I am definitely taking pictures of everything before! God forbid they try and pull a fast one on us!

    xo //

  • These are amazing tips! I always tell myself to take photos and sometimes I forget.