125 Essential Household Items You Should Have at Home Somewhere

updated May 7, 2024
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Home is where the heart is — but it takes more than love to run a household. Whether you’re creating your very first home or you’re constantly reaching for supplies you never stocked in the first place, we’ve got you covered. Our list of 125 essential household items runs from essential cleaning supplies to must-have kitchen equipment to things that create a happier home

This is all based on the collective wisdom of the Apartment Therapy editors, people who think about what makes a happy, healthy home all freakin’ day, every day. We’ve got some opinions! But we’re fairly confident our experience applies to a lot of you. And we’ve got it all divvied up by category to make stocking up easier.

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Tools & Supplies

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Kitchen Equipment

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Cleaning Supplies

Be sure and check out the 40 tools that made our 2024 Cleaning Awards for more of our recommendations!

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Storage and Organizational Items

We love organizing things — so much so, that we created the Organization Awards to give our favorite organizers our heartiest recommendations!

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For Emergencies

Outdoor Essentials