Moving in to a new apartment can be exciting, especially when
you consider the possibilities of what you can do with all that
empty space. But that first grocery trip can prove totally
overwhelming, especially if you're moving into your own place for
the first time or making a long-distance move, and stocking your
fridge and cupboards totally from scratch.
We're here to help with some tips on how to approach the blank
canvas that is your new kitchen, whether it's your first apartment
or a new apartment you're moving into with your family.
Make a Shopping List
It's always wise to make a shopping list before you head out to
go grocery shopping, but it's especially important when you're
shopping to stock up a new kitchen. Without a list, it's easy to
buy things you don't really need and won't actually use.
It can be overwhelming when creating a shopping list from
scratch; your best option is to break your list into four main
areas of your kitchen: spice cabinet and condiments, pantry,
refrigerator, and freezer.
Plan on More Than One Trip
If you're starting from nothing odds are you won't be able to
get everything you need for your kitchen in one trip to the grocery
store. Use the first trip to the grocery store to stock up on the
basics to get yourself setup for easy weeknight cooking. From there
make a list of what you would still need and prioritize them. With
each trip your fridge and cupboards will become more stocked!
Plan Your Meals in Advance for the First
For your first trip to the grocery store you'll want to ensure
you're set up with the basics and prepped to make meals after
you've moved in. A good way to figure out what you need to get
first is to plan what you'll want to make for the first week in
your new apartment. Don't be too ambitious! Think of simple dishes
you can make that you're comfortable with and get the necessary
ingredients for those meals.
Don't feel pressure to have your kitchen fully stocked in the
first week of moving in to your new apartment-it will take time and
your budget might be stretched thin right after moving into a new
place. The key to not wasting money or time on groceries is to stay
organized and make sure you have a list before going shopping.
After a short period of time you'll be setup in your new place, and
your kitchen will be packed with food and ingredients before you