Your First Apartment or College Dorm Survival Guide

You've done it! Congratulations on getting your own place! Here's a checklist for everything you'll need to make your new space feel like home. Find most of these items and more from the Martha Stewart Collection, exclusively at Macy's. 



Whether you're a novice cook or the host of every party, make sure your kitchen has everything you need. You'll want to start with basics: a good set of pots and pans, knives, and turners and spoons. With these tools, you can create most of the meals you want to make on a weekly basis. To save time and money, try preparing meals that you can freeze and save for later, or large-batch meals so you'll have leftovers the next day. Whatever you decide to make, you'll need these:

Essential Equipment:

Essential Cookware:



You'll need more than just a shower caddy for your new bathroom! It's easy to overlook some of these basic items -- like a second set of towels so you can have something on-hand while you're doing the wash, or if you have guests over. It's always better to be prepared! We've done the thinking for you.


Sleep with comfort and confidence with an outfitted bedroom. A good rule of thumb is to have three sets of bedding sheets: a set on the bed, a set in wash, and a set in your linen closet. One of our favorites on this list is the message center –- it's a great way to keep track of your schedule, chores, or to keep up with your roommates, if you have them.


A few last things to remember! These are the items you're bound to think, "I'll just get those later." But trust us -- go ahead and get them now. You never know when a light bulb will blow, the batteries in your TV remote die, or when you'll need a first aid kit at-the-ready!

  • Light Bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Surge Protector
  • Extension cords
  • First aid kit
  • Storage bins and caddies
  • Broom, mop, and bucket
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Basic office supplies -- everybody needs a pen every once in a while

Download our printable checklist to take shopping with you!