121 Household Items Everyone Needs (+ Downloadable List)

I first made a list of household items needed for a new home when my husband and I purchased a short term rental property back in 2017. The house not only needed renovations, but we needed to furnish and stock it from scratch. I also had a two-year-old at the time and was pregnant with my second child, so to help me stay organized and create a realistic budget, I literally wrote down every singly thing that was in our primary residence at the time so I could make sure I wouldn’t forget anything for our rental property.

I made the list in Excel, with columns for quantity of the items, cost of the items, whether I already had something, and a link to where I’d bought it, or planned to buy it. This household products list has proven to come in very handy a few more times in my life, when we’ve moved into new homes and when we bought our Vermont Airbnb. (It’s a good list, and I’ve included it for download below!)

Having a household items list is amazing for a few reasons. First, because if you’re moving to a new place, you can use it to help you take inventory of your current home and get rid of whatever you don’t need, and pack what you do. It can also help your figure out what to place in storage if need be. Or, if you’re purchasing a larger home, or your first home, it helps you keep track of what you have and what you need to purchase.

If you’re trying to figure out what you need for a new house, you can download my list below, like I mentioned. But, I’ve also pasted all of the must haves if you’d rather just take a glance, along with a few of my favorite options for must-have household things, below.

List of Household items Needed for a New Home or Short Term Rental (110+ Items)

All the kitchen items in our Vermont cabin

Kitchen items

  1. Dinner Plates x 8-12
  2. Salad plates x 8-12
  3. Cups x 8-12
  4. Cereal Bowls x 8-12
  5. Coffee Mugs 4-8
  6. Serving Platter
  7. Serving Bowl
  8. Tupperware
  9. Wine Glasses
  10. Outdoor cups
  11. Outdoor wine glasses
  12. Forks x 8-12
  13. Knives x 8-12
  14. Spoons x 8-12
  15. Steak Knives
  16. Butcher knife
  17. Paring knife
  18. Cutting Board
  19. Spatula
  20. Rubber spatula
  21. Can Opener
  22. Peeler
  23. Cheese grater
  24. Wooden Spoons
  25. Measuring cups
  26. Measuring spoons
  27. Tongs
  28. Frying pans, small and large
  29. Sauce pans, small and large
  30. Baking Sheet
  31. Pyrex Baking Dishes
  32. Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  33. Coffee Maker
  34. Tea Kettle
  35. Paper Towel Holder
  36. Toaster
  37. Microwave
  38. Slow Cooker
  39. Pot Holders
  40. Dish Towels
  41. Dish Drying Rack
  42. Garbage Can
  43. High Chair Attachment
  44. Kids Forks, Spoons
  45. Kids Bowls
  46. Kids Plates
  47. Kids Cups
  48. Vase(s)


  1. Garbage Can
  2. Plunger
  3. Toilet Bowl Brush
  4. Shower Curtain
  5. Shower Curtain Rings
  6. Bath Mat
  7. Bath Towels
  8. Hand Towels
  9. Washcloths
  10. Makeup Towels
  11. Towel Hooks
  12. Toilet Paper Holder
  13. Hand Soap Dispenser


  1. Pillows
  2. Blankets
  3. Sheets
  4. Quilt/duvet
  5. Mattress
  6. Bed Frame
  7. Headboard
  8. Sconces / Lamps
  9. Window Treatments 
  10. Area Rugs
  11. Nightstands
  12. Dresser
  13. Wall Art 
  14. White Noise Machine

Living / Dining Areas

  1. Sofa(s)
  2. Side Chair(s)
  3. Coffee Table
  4. End Table
  5. Lamps
  6. Area Rug
  7. Wall Art
  8. Throw Pillows
  9. Kitchen / Dining Table
  10. Kitchen / Dining Chairs
  11. Bar cart
  12. Sideboard
  13. Bookshelf

Entertainment /Electronics

  1. TV
  2. Books
  3. Radio
  4. Speakers
  5. Board Games


  1. Chairs
  2. Table
  3. Grill
  4. Umbrella
  5. Shovel
  6. Door Mat
  7. Lawn Mower
  8. Leaf Blower
  9. Weed Wacker

Cleaning & Tools

  1. Washer
  2. Dryer
  3. Ironing Board
  4. Iron
  5. Steamer
  6. Broom
  7. Dust Pan
  8. Mop
  9. Bucket
  10. Rags / Cloths
  11. Sponges
  12. Vacuum
  13. Clothes Hangers
  14. Humidifier
  15. Screwdrivers (philips and flat-head)
  16. Drill
  17. Hammer
  18. Measuring Tape
  19. Picture-Hanging Kit
  20. Extension Cord


  1. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  2. Fire extinguisher

Where to shop for home essentials?

There are so many home stores to shop at for home essentials, and the stores you choose to shop at will largely depend on your budget. A few of my favorites are:

Budget home stores

Mid-range home stores

High-end home stores

  • Serena & Lily
  • Nordstrom’s home department
  • Bloomingdales’ home department
  • ABC Carpet & Home
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Williams Sonoma Home
  • Jayson Home

What are the essentials to have at home?

Purchasing everything on a list of household items all at once can be daunting (not to mention expensive). You can always get what you need a little at a time.

The most important everyday objects to have at home, however, are:

  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Dishware and utensils
  • A toaster or microwave
  • A pot and a pan
  • Basic cleaning supplies like a broom, dustpan, and dish towels
  • Somewhere to sit to eat or relax
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, if your home doesn’t have them

From there, decor items, accent furniture, and the rest of your kitchenware and cleaning supplies can be added in accordingly.

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  4. Thanks, pointing my soon-to-be adult children here rather than making my own list as we work through financial planning.

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