110 Essential Household Items List for a New Home

When I moved into my first home, over 30 years ago, I remember gathering items together from family and friends, from thrift and charity stores and from my student days. Nothing matched, many items were years old, and I made do with the household items I could find.

What would have made the job a lot easier was having a comprehensive list of all the household items I needed, instead of spending nights making lists and wondering if I’d forgotten something.

So that’s why I’ve created this list of essential household items. Some you may not want of course, but at least you can decide. You can also decide the styles, look and themes of the items you choose – everyone wants their new home to look great and be a reflection of who they are.

I suggest scouring through the full list at the top of the post, then work your way through the useful and essential short lists, and go room by room to identify what pieces you need.

Full list of household items

  1. Quality Cookware Set
  2. Tool Kit
  3. Vacuum Cleaner
  4. Microwave Oven
  5. Cordless Drill
  6. Kettle or Coffee Maker
  7. Iron and Ironing Board
  8. Bedding Set
  9. Extension Cords and Power Strips
  10. Batteries
  11. Flashlights or Emergency Lights
  12. Water Filter or Purifier
  13. Can Opener
  14. Plants or Greenery
  15. Clocks
  16. Shower Caddy
  17. Step Stool
  18. Bulletin Board or Whiteboard
  19. Laundry Detergent
  20. Paper Towels
  21. Dish Soap
  22. Light Bulbs
  23. Trash Bags
  24. Basic Cleaning Supplies
  25. First Aid Kit (Medical Supplies)
  26. Fire Extinguisher
  27. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  28. Hand Sanitizer
  29. Window Coverings
  30. Broom and Dustpan
  31. Toilet Paper and Other Paper Products
  32. Basic Kitchen Utensils
  33. Personal Effects Organizer
  34. Storage Solutions (Large Bins)
  35. Tea Bags or Coffee
  36. Screwdriver Set (Right Tool)
  37. Sofa or Couch
  38. Dining Table and Chairs
  39. Dresser or Wardrobe
  40. Coffee Table
  41. Nightstands or Bedside Tables
  42. Bookshelves or Storage Units
  43. Desk and Chair
  44. TV Stand or Entertainment Unit
  45. Armchairs or Accent Chairs
  46. Side or End Tables
  47. Area Rug
  48. Lamps or Lighting Fixtures
  49. Artwork or Wall Decor
  50. Curtains or Blinds
  51. Refrigerator
  52. Oven/Stove
  53. Dishwasher
  54. Toaster or Toaster Oven
  55. Cutlery and Utensils
  56. Pots and Pans
  57. Storage Containers
  58. Trash Can and Recycling Bin
  59. Set of Knives
  60. Cutting Boards
  61. Baking Sheets and Roasting Pans
  62. Mixing Bowls
  63. Measuring Cups and Spoons
  64. Colander and Strainer
  65. Wooden Spoons and Spatulas
  66. Whisk
  67. Peeler and Grater
  68. Blender or Food Processor
  69. Oven Mitts and Pot Holders
  70. Timer and Thermometer
  71. Tongs
  72. Basting Brush and Ladle
  73. Dish Rack
  74. Mirror (Bedroom)
  75. Laundry Hamper
  76. Closet Organizers
  77. Area Rug (Bedroom)
  78. Shower Curtain and Liner (Bathroom)
  79. Bath Towels, Hand Towels, and Washcloths (Bathroom)
  80. Toilet Paper Holder and Toilet Paper (Bathroom)
  81. Toothbrush Holder (Bathroom)
  82. Soap Dispenser or Soap Dish (Bathroom)
  83. Bathroom Mat (Bathroom)
  84. Trash Can (Bathroom)
  85. Storage Solutions (Bathroom)
  86. Plunger and Toilet Brush (Bathroom)
  87. Mirror (Bathroom)
  88. Fresh Towels (Guest Bathroom)
  89. Basic Toiletries (Guest Bathroom)
  90. Toilet Paper (Guest Bathroom)
  91. Shower Curtain and Liner (Guest Bathroom)
  92. Trash Can (Guest Bathroom)
  93. Hand Soap (Guest Bathroom)
  94. Bathroom Mat (Guest Bathroom)
  95. Plunger and Toilet Brush (Guest Bathroom)
  96. Extra Toothbrushes (Guest Bathroom)
  97. Air Freshener or Scented Candles (Guest Bathroom)
  98. Comfortable Bedding (Guest Bedroom)
  99. Nightstand with Lamp (Guest Bedroom)
  100. Closet Space or Dresser (Guest Bedroom)
  101. Mirror (Guest Bedroom)
  102. Waste Basket (Guest Bedroom)
  103. Clock or Alarm Clock (Guest Bedroom)
  104. Hangers in the Closet (Guest Bedroom)
  105. Window Treatments (Guest Bedroom)
  106. Reading Material (Guest Bedroom)
  107. Herb and Spice Rack
  108. Welcome Mat
  109. Decorative Throw Pillows 
  110. Indoor Broom and Dustpan

Top 10 Useful Household Items

These items are a mix of essentials for daily living, maintenance, and comfort in a new home. Some of these you may think you don’t need but I urge you to think again.

  1. Quality Cookware Set: Essential for everyday cooking, including pots, pans, and skillets.
  2. Tool Kit: Basic tools for repairs and maintenance, including a hammer, screwdrivers, and pliers.
  3. Vacuum Cleaner: Crucial for keeping floors clean, suitable for different surfaces.
  4. First Aid Kit: For handling minor injuries or emergencies at home.
  5. Microwave Oven: For quick and convenient meal preparations.
  6. Cordless Drill: Handy for various DIY projects and home improvements.
  7. Kettle or Coffee Maker: Essential for morning routines or entertaining guests.
  8. Iron and Ironing Board: For keeping clothes crisp and presentable.
  9. Storage Solutions: Such as shelving units, totes, and organizers to maximize space.
  10. Bedding Set: Including comfortable pillows, sheets, and a duvet or comforter.

Bonus Item – Welcome Mat: For the front door, helps keep the indoors clean.

10 Functional Household Items

These might seem like random household items, but many are essentials for the home and are useful and practical items that are make your house easy to live in.

  1. Extension Cords and Power Strips: Useful for electronics and appliances.
  2. Batteries: Various sizes for different gadgets.
  3. Flashlights or Emergency Lights: In case of power outages.
  4. Water Filter or Purifier: For clean drinking water.
  5. Can Opener: Essential for the kitchen.
  6. Plants or Greenery: To add life and improve air quality.
  7. Clocks: For keeping time in various rooms.
  8. Shower Caddy: To organize bath products.
  9. Step Stool: Helpful for reaching high places.
  10. Bulletin Board or Whiteboard: For keeping track of to-dos or schedules.

Home Essentials

This list is of the most essential household items you’ll need across the home. Work you way through it, making a note of the items that are relevant to you, or that you don’t yet own.

  1. Laundry Detergent: For washing clothes in your new place.
  2. Paper Towels: Handy for spills and quick cleanups.
  3. Dish Soap: Essential for cleaning dishes in your new kitchen.
  4. Light Bulbs: To ensure all light fixtures are in good working order.
  5. Trash Bags: Necessary for household chores and maintaining cleanliness.
  6. Basic Cleaning Supplies: For maintaining hard surfaces and living spaces.
  7. First Aid Kit (Medical Supplies): A must-have for any household.
  8. Fire Extinguisher: Important for safety in modern homes.
  9. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Essential for a safe haven.
  10. Hand Sanitizer: Useful for maintaining hygiene on a daily basis.
  11. Window Coverings: For privacy and controlling warm weather light.
  12. Vacuum Cleaner: For regular cleaning of floors and carpets.
  13. Broom and Dustpan: Basic items for everyday life.
  14. Toilet Paper and Other Paper Products: Staple items for any new house checklist.
  15. Basic Kitchen Utensils: Necessary items for food preparation.
  16. Bedding and Towels: Essential items for comfort in the most important rooms.
  17. Personal Effects Organizer: To keep personal style items neat.
  18. Storage Solutions (Large Bins): Great way to organize household goods.
  19. Tea Bags or Coffee: A little effort for a great morning in your new home.
  20. Screwdriver Set (Right Tool): Handy for assembling furniture and fixing things.

Bonus Item – Indoor Broom and Dustpan: Specifically for indoor surfaces like hardwood or tile.

Furniture Essentials

These are must have household items, that you’ll need across the home. Furniture is usually the most expensive so it’s a good idea to look on auction and marketplace sites to find preloved and vintage pieces.

  1. Bed and Mattress: Essential for a comfortable night’s sleep.
  2. Sofa or Couch: A central piece for the living room.
  3. Dining Table and Chairs: Necessary for meal times and socializing.
  4. Dresser or Wardrobe: For storing clothes and personal items.
  5. Coffee Table: Useful in the living room for holding various items.
  6. Nightstands or Bedside Tables: Convenient for bedroom storage and lamp placement.
  7. Bookshelves or Storage Units: For organizing books, decor, and other items.
  8. Desk and Chair: Essential for a home office or study area.
  9. TV Stand or Entertainment Unit: For organizing media equipment in the living room.
  10. Armchairs or Accent Chairs: Additional seating that adds comfort and style.

Living Room Essentials

Let’s look at the living room list in particular and the items that are most useful.

  1. Sofa or Couch: A central seating piece for comfort and socializing.
  2. Coffee Table: Convenient for placing drinks, books, and decorative items.
  3. Side or End Tables: Useful for additional surface space and decor placement.
  4. TV and TV Stand/Entertainment Unit: For entertainment purposes and organizing media devices.
  5. Area Rug: Adds warmth and defines the space.
  6. Lamps or Lighting Fixtures: Essential for adequate lighting.
  7. Artwork or Wall Decor: Personalizes the space and adds visual interest.
  8. Curtains or Blinds: For privacy and light control.
  9. Bookshelves or Storage Units: For organizing books, decor, and other items.
  10. Accent Chairs or Armchairs: Additional seating that enhances the room’s aesthetic.

Bonus Item – Decorative Throw Pillows: For added comfort and style in living areas.


Here’s a starter list of household kitchen items to get you thinking about what you’ll need in the most important room in the house!

  1. Refrigerator: Essential for food storage.
  2. Oven/Stove: Crucial for cooking and baking.
  3. Microwave: Convenient for quick heating and defrosting.
  4. Dishwasher: Helpful for efficient cleaning of dishes.
  5. Toaster or Toaster Oven: Useful for quick and easy toasting.
  6. Coffee Maker or Kettle: Essential for brewing coffee or tea.
  7. Cutlery and Utensils: Necessary for food preparation and dining.
  8. Pots and Pans: Fundamental for various cooking needs.
  9. Storage Containers: For organizing and storing food items.
  10. Trash Can and Recycling Bin: For waste management and sustainability.

Essential Kitchen Items Needed for Cooking

Now let’s delve deeper into the kitchen and think about the items you’ll need for cooking and meal preparation. If you haven’t had your own home before, it’s not always clear what items you’ll need so this list will really help.

  1. Set of Knives: Chef’s knife, paring knife, and bread knife.
  2. Cutting Boards: At least one for meat and another for vegetables.
  3. Cookware Set: Includes frying pans, saucepans, and a stockpot.
  4. Baking Sheets and Roasting Pans: For oven cooking and baking.
  5. Mixing Bowls: Various sizes for preparation tasks.
  6. Measuring Cups and Spoons: For precise ingredient measurements.
  7. Colander and Strainer: For draining pasta and washing vegetables.
  8. Wooden Spoons and Spatulas: For stirring and flipping.
  9. Whisk: For mixing and whipping.
  10. Peeler and Grater: For vegetables and cheese.
  11. Can Opener: A manual or electric version.
  12. Blender or Food Processor: For smoothies, sauces, and more.
  13. Microwave Oven: For quick heating and defrosting.
  14. Oven Mitts and Pot Holders: For handling hot cookware.
  15. Timer and Thermometer: To monitor cooking times and temperatures.
  16. Tongs: Handy for flipping and serving.
  17. Basting Brush and Ladle: For applying sauces and serving soups.
  18. Storage Containers: For leftovers or meal prep.
  19. Dish Rack: For drying washed dishes.
  20. Trash Can: Ideally with a lid for hygiene.

Bonus Item – Herb and Spice Rack: For organizing cooking spices and herbs.

Bedroom Essentials

Moving onto the bedroom, here’s a short list of essential bedroom items to get you started.

  1. Bed and Mattress: Essential for comfortable sleep.
  2. Bedding Set: Includes sheets, pillows, and a comforter or duvet.
  3. Nightstands or Bedside Tables: For storage and placing night-time essentials.
  4. Dresser or Wardrobe: For organizing clothes and personal items.
  5. Lamp or Bedside Lighting: For reading and ambient light.
  6. Mirror: Useful for dressing and adding depth to the room.
  7. Curtains or Blinds: For privacy and light control.
  8. Laundry Hamper: Convenient for organizing dirty clothes.
  9. Closet Organizers: For maximizing storage space in closets.
  10. Area Rug: Adds warmth and comfort underfoot.

Bathroom Essentials

I feel it’s always the bathroom that gets left until last, but these items can make life so much easier and more comfortable.

  1. Shower Curtain and Liner: For privacy and to contain water.
  2. Bath Towels, Hand Towels, and Washcloths: Necessary for drying off after a shower or bath.
  3. Toilet Paper Holder and Toilet Paper: Fundamental necessities.
  4. Toothbrush Holder: Keeps toothbrushes organized and sanitary.
  5. Soap Dispenser or Soap Dish: Essential for hand and face washing.
  6. Bathroom Mat: For safety and comfort when stepping out of the shower or bath.
  7. Trash Can: Necessary for disposing of small waste items.
  8. Storage Solutions: Shelves or cabinets for organizing toiletries and bathroom supplies.
  9. Plunger and Toilet Brush: For maintenance and cleanliness.
  10. Mirror: Important for grooming and adding a sense of space.

Guest Bathroom Essentials

If you’re lucky enough to have a second bathroom, these items are always good for guests and visitors.

  1. Fresh Towels: Bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths.
  2. Basic Toiletries: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion.
  3. Toilet Paper: Ample supply for guest use.
  4. Shower Curtain and Liner: If there’s a shower or tub.
  5. Trash Can: With a liner for easy disposal.
  6. Hand Soap: Preferably in a dispenser.
  7. Bathroom Mat: For comfort and safety.
  8. Plunger and Toilet Brush: Tucked away but accessible.
  9. Extra Toothbrushes: In case guests forget theirs.
  10. Air Freshener or Scented Candles: To keep the bathroom smelling fresh.

Guest Bedroom Essentials

If your home has a spare bedroom, why not add these items for when friends and family come to stay.

  1. Comfortable Bedding: Clean sheets, pillows, and blankets.
  2. Nightstand with Lamp: For reading and ambient light.
  3. Closet Space or Dresser: For guest belongings.
  4. Mirror: Full-length if possible.
  5. Waste Basket: For guest convenience.
  6. Clock or Alarm Clock: Ideally with easy-to-use features.
  7. Hangers in the Closet: For guest’s clothing.
  8. Window Treatments: Curtains or blinds for privacy.
  9. Reading Material: Books or magazines.
  10. Wi-Fi Password: Noted down for easy access.

Commonly Asked Questions

  1. What are the basic essentials for a new home? A new home should have essential furniture, basic kitchenware, a bed and bedding, bathroom necessities, cleaning supplies, and basic tools.
  2. Which kitchen items are must-haves for a first-time homeowner? Essential kitchen items include pots and pans, cooking utensils, cutlery, dinnerware, a microwave, a refrigerator, and basic appliances like a toaster and kettle.
  3. What cleaning supplies should every household have? Every home should have a vacuum cleaner, broom, mop, multi-surface cleaners, sponges, scrub brushes, and trash bags.
  4. What are some commonly forgotten household items when moving? Often forgotten items include a can opener, shower curtain, toilet brush, plunger, laundry basket, and light bulbs.
  5. How can I stock my bathroom with essential items? A well-stocked bathroom should have towels, non toxic toilet paper, a toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, shower curtain, and a small trash can.
  6. What items are necessary for a well-equipped laundry room? A laundry room should have a washing machine, dryer, laundry detergent, fabric softener, an iron, ironing board, and storage for supplies.
  7. What are some essential tools and gadgets for everyday home maintenance?  Essential tools include a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, a tape measure, a ladder, a flashlight, and a drill.
  8. What are the must-have items for a guest bedroom and bathroom? Guest rooms should have clean bedding, extra pillows, a bedside lamp, towels, and basic toiletries.
  9. How to create an essential household items checklist for shopping? Identify room-specific needs, list essential items like furniture, appliances, and cleaning supplies, and categorize them for organized shopping.
  10. What are the basic furniture necessities for a new house? Essential furniture includes a bed, sofa, dining table and chairs, dressers or wardrobes, nightstands, and basic storage solutions.

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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