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First Kitchen Essentials

First Kitchen Essentials

There are a lot of kitchen tools out there that might seem pretty pointless: margarita makers, hot dog bun toasters, peanut dispensers, to name just a few. While fun and great for in-flight magazines, they shouldn't be the first items you furnish your kitchen with. So in light of the abundance of smoothie makers and popcorn poppers on the market, we have narrowed it down to a short list of must-have kitchen appliances for all you first-time kitchen owners. Whether you’re in a closet-sized apartment in New York City, or fighting off rattlesnakes in a desert den, these kitchen essentials will allow you to reach your full culinary potential without cluttering your space.

A cutting board should be one of the first items you get for your appliance arsenal. Chopping vegetables, slicing bread, and cutting cheese require a proper board in order to avoid slicing away your kitchen counter (and damaging your knife). Heavy-duty wood blocks are ideal because they are extremely durable and easy to clean. (Photo courtesy of O.co)

Nothing tastes better than when it is cooked in a cast iron skillet. Cast iron skillets should never be cleaned with soap, so a simple wipe with a paper towel will suffice. This cleaning technique creates a buildup of flavor on the pan so everything you cook in it will have layers of flavor. Whether you’re cooking eggs or cornbread this versatile pan is the perfect kitchen staple. (Photo courtesy of AceHardwareOutlet.com)

The food processor has endless uses. While they come in various sizes from 4-cups to 20-cups, the 14-cup processor is ideal for the home cook. Whether slicing potatoes, pureeing a tomato sauce, or making pesto, the food processor can take care of almost any kitchen task. (Photo courtesy of Magimix.com)

A toaster is an excellent tool to have in your kitchen. To quickly make breadcrumbs or croutons without diving into your oven, a toaster can tackle those smaller jobs without fail. With a timer and precise temperatures, toasters require minimal supervision so you can keep cooking without distraction (plus it's great for a quick toast breakfast). (Photo courtesy of Magimix.com)

Mixing bowls can be used for just about anything. Tossing salads or whipping up a frosting requires a proper vessel so as to keep your kitchen clean. (Photo courtesy of UnCommonGoods.com)

A proper chef’s knife should absolutely be one of the first items you purchase. Almost every recipe requires some sort of chopping or slicing and the versatile chef's knife can do it all. Don't spend too much money on a full knife set, just opt for ones of these and the paring knife below. (Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.com)

Perfect for all the small and precise knife work a home cook might encounter, like peeling vegetables or slicing bananas. (Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.com)

There’s no point having an oven unless you have baking sheets to go inside. These versatile platters can be used for your chocolate chip cookies or homemade pizza. Non-stick sheets are great, but if you don’t have one, just throw some parchment paper or aluminum foil on top before cooking. (Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.com)

Safety first. Avoid burns and easily transport your hot pans or dishes with this kitchen staple...while staying stylish of course. (Photo courtesy of Kitchengrips.com)

More and more households are skipping the old box grater and opting for the small and useful microplane. Best for grating cheese or zesting lemons and limes, microplanes will come in handy for almost any home-made meal. (Photo courtesy of William-Sonoma.com)


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?


The Essential Move In Must-Have List For Your First Place

When you’re moving into your first home or apartment, you’re going to remember to get the big things like a couch or bed. But there are a lot of little things that you might not think of right away. Unless you read this list, of course. So Trulia has put together the essentials to make your apartment feel like home.

For the Kitchen

The cooks’ corner requires a few gizmos and gadgets, and if you don’t realize it beforehand, you just might have to run to the store in the middle of a recipe. To avoid any culinary catastrophes, make sure to pick up these quintessential kitchen items:

  • A can and bottle opener
  • A wooden spoon, spatula, and tongs
  • An oven mit
  • Measuring cups and spoons

For the Living Room

In the living room, you’ll probably survive without these items. But there are certainly a few things you’ll want around to make your main living space feel more like home:

For the Bedroom

You know that you’ll need a bed and some sheets, but that doesn’t cover everything. Enhance your personal sanctuary with these commonly forgotten bedroom items:

For the Bathroom

With so many little things to think about, the bathroom has some of the most missed items. Here’s what you don’t want to overlook:

For the Laundry Room

Not all rentals have one, but if you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry baskets

For the Cleaning Closet

Another often-forgotten set of items for a new home is cleaning supplies. These will be used through the entire house. And while some will be used more in one room than another, all categorized here.

  • Toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • All purpose cleaner, safe to use on glass and wood
  • Stove cleaner
  • Bucket with mop
  • Broom and dust pan

For Around the House

This last category contains general around-the-house items that are important to buy as soon as you get your place. You just never know when they’ll come in handy.

  • Tool set including a hammer, phillips and flat head screw drivers, and a mix of nails, hooks and other hardware.
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape

With so many things to remember, it’s no wonder that we often overlook many of these items. What are the most important small items you’ve forgotten about when moving into a new place?