Most apartments provide a refrigerator and stove, but you might have to provide your own microwave. You need a place to sit and eat, so start with a table and chairs. Next comes a set of dinnerware, a flatware set, and glasses and mugs. The kind of cookware you will need depends on the type of cooking you will do. You will need at least one large pot, a saucepan, a skillet, a baking sheet, and microwave-safe cookware. If you like to bake, add baking dishes to the list. Other necessities are cooking utensils, knives and a cutting board, a colander, a mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, a bottle and can opener, a mixer (either hand or power), a pizza cutter, a trivet, a cooking timer, and salt and pepper shakers. You will need kitchen linens, including dishcloths, towels, and hot pads. You might want small appliances such as a toaster or coffee maker. Often overlooked are items for storing opened food: plastic bowls with lids, Ziploc bags, plastic wrap, and aluminum foil. A final necessity for the first apartment kitchen is a wastebasket.